I had a unique painting experience on Saturday. I went to Yingge, which is outside of Taipei. It’s a small, old pottery town with cobblestone streets and has a lot of charm. A friend of mine invited me to visit an artist’s gallery/studio. I met A.W. Ling, a Taiwanese artist who has been painting for over 50 years. He’s sold paintings to American soldiers who stopped in Taiwan from Vietnam. He was never in it for the money, just wanted to have a good art life. His wife knows more English than he does, so she was translating. A very nice couple who reminded you of your own grandparents. I showed him my “Harry” painting. Suggested some tips and that I could be a really good portrait painter. And the best part, he’s going to be my teacher for the next month. 4 private lessons doing portraits with oils/drawings. I finally got a real, good teacher that I’ve been looking for in Taiwan.
After my meeting with him, I went to a nearby secluded temple and painted. I brought my pochade box and a panel, I looked towards the buildings and mountains. During the painting, a rainbow appeared. It was the biggest rainbow I’ve seen here. It was a like a sign from above. I may include that experience in a future painting, but my goal for now was to make a quick oil study and playing with light and color. My tripod wasn’t working right, so I sat down with the pochade box on my lap and painted the whole thing. In over an hour, it was complete. I lowered my expectations because this was just an oil study and didn’t need the extra pressure to paint a masterpiece.