Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Equestian Center

Another practice using Gouache. It was a cloudy day, so the landscape was easier to see and paint.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Burbank Power Plant

I didn't know what this structure was for, but it was cool that I had to try to paint it. I would imagine that it would be fun to play a tag here. BTW, ants seem to be a bit aggressive around here...


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Some update

Sunset, Manhattan Beach. I painted a little alley surrounded by nice houses with a beautiful oceanic view. But the parking situation wasn't friendly at all. We ended up parking all the way up the hill where there was a public park with several parking spaces around it.


A view from Buena Vista Park in Burbank near Forest Lawn. I am not a great fan of this house itself, but I like how it is located right below the hill and next to LA River. They should seriously remodel their house to a fairytale house like one from Red Hood.


Wednesday, August 11, 2010

summer paintings

These are done under hot sun that really illuminated the landscape. Stronger the sunlight is, colorful the scene becomes.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


I have been painting this church for a while, but the paintings never came out the way I wanted.
I think it's because of the white local color. It's hard to get those colors. One tip is to paint nice bright light colors first, then match the shadow colors according to the light colors.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

different time and weather

Sunset(7pm). This is FWY 2 near Harvey Dr Exit on FWY 134. I really like the scale of it. The cars are as long as the bottom length of the V structure, so this fwy bridge is pretty big. I should have painted the cars in... The sunset hit the dirt and illuminated the under side of the bridge in golden tone, which was constantly changing.
Cloudy day(9am) This tree(pine?) was also huge, but vertically. I was getting my tires replaced, so I painted meanwhile. It was interesting to paint in the morning. I will try to do that more often. Many colors were soft with bluish tone overall. It was also another hi-key painting. North Hollywood looks very peaceful in this painting.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

daily paintings

This is to see color relationship of cel-vinyl paints. Red, Purple, and Green are pretty dark.
Hi-key Pastel tone.
I wanted to paint the glowing saturated green in shadow, so I muted the light. I should have kept the rest of the shadow elements lighter...

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The hills

Not happy with them. Critic will be welcomed:)

Thursday, June 10, 2010

along LA river

I don't have much to talk about it... I was trying to have warm and cool balance in the paintng. I was also trying a different way to paint which I apply more bold colors and make them all harmonize.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

For Yuka-chan

I did this for my cousin who is about to get married. It's for people to write comments on it.


They are all done at different locations except the bottoms. I was on Bob Hope Drive looking towards the mountain across the freeway 134. It has an amazing view.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Dangerously Toxicated Zombish Things from Smelly Polluted Wasteland

This was for CG Society's CG Challenge XXV B-MOVIE. Unfortunately, they closed the image entry before the dealine(4-19-2010) due to the large number of submission. It never happened before. So I don't know where else to put this but here. It was fun to work on those ideas, Prof. Tarantula, Giant Panda, Revenge of The Chicken, Pharao Resurrection, and The Trash Man.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Thank you Daylight Saving Time!

Which means I have time to paint landscapes after work hour. It is nice to chase the sunset and see how the sky turns colors. These were painted in Glendale. Man, I could do this all day. BTW, I touched up in Photoshop because I wasn't able to fully control the colors under such dark sky.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

My home town

I went back to Japan during the holiday break. Originally, I wanted to paint the temple but it was awefully crowded. So I wondered around other area with my bike and found this view. There were residential buildings on a hill and a river which was in the middle of the painting but 5 feet below the street level. This is a very familiar view for me, so I am happy.