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AAU 2022 Summer study aboard in Florence, Italy ( Part I )

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A AU 2022 Summer study aboard in Florence, Italy ( Part I ) This summer I was lucky enough to participate in the off-campus art study abroad program that my school AAU cooperated with SRISA (Santa Reparata International School of Art) in Florence, a wonderful seven-week program. The following are several oil paintings that I have completed in this world-famous "Birthplace of the Renaissance" and after that! 今年暑假很幸運的可以參加我的學校 AAU 與「佛羅倫斯」 SRISA  ( Santa Reparata International School of Art )   合作的校外藝術留學課程 ,  長達七週精彩的課程。以下是我在這個舉世聞名的「文藝復興發源地」 ,  以及之後陸續完成的幾件油畫作品以!                           Sunday morning, Piazza Santo Spirito   Sleepless night of River  Arno Breathtaking sunset of River Arno, view from Piazza Michelangelo Return at night, Piazza De Cimatori , Florence the Sunshine of Arno River Bank                                                                    Boboli Garden ©  Copyright by ChingJu Tsao  2022 FB: ChingJu Tsao IG:  chingju_art Website: https://www.chingjuart.com

Wild flowers of Mendocino county line

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Wild flowers of Mendocino county line, Oil painting on 18x24" canvas  The western coastline of the United States has magnificent and beautiful scenery, and sometimes there are amazing and surprising coastal scenes. From Petaluma to Mendocino is a very suitable route for self-driving roaming. Wandering in the blue sea and sky, there are pine cypresses, eucalyptus trees, green fields and hillsides along the road, or sometimes steep, sometimes winding and narrow, making you Refreshing! Mendocino is a coastal town full of literature and art. This is a town built by a group of very united and cooperative residents. Here, you can have many cultural and youth-style experiences, characteristic and warm B&B accommodation options, and local specialties. Galleries, bookstores, handicraft shops, coastal walks, nostalgic train journeys, handicraft experience courses, morning and evening walks, nostalgic lights on the coast, sunrise and sunset coastal scenery… Now enjoy the landscape photos

Art statement of my series of thesis paintings

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Sakura, oil on18x24" canvas All my painting inspiration comes from my current living environment and surroundings.  In the past two years, affected by the epidemic, the school has changed to remote classes. Fortunately, it saves traffic time and gives me a chance to calm down and gradually develop the habit of taking a walk and contemplation. This also gives me the opportunity to intimately observe and appreciate the beauty of plants.   I have to marvel at how nature harmoniously presents the changes of the four seasons, either complementary colors, or analogous colors, as well as overlapping shapes, distinct lines and color ranges... etc. They are definitely the visual and spiritual feast, sometimes even a projection of culture and memory. For example,  the lotus flower reminds me of Zen meditation’s enlightenment for regaining self-compassion and love. Cherry blossoms always evoke memories of the last overseas trip with my father. California poppies are definitely the best dance

Contemporary Painting 02

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  Self-portrait, oil on 12x16" canvas The expressionist style is not limited to the exaggerated or rendered composition or color of the characters, but also applies to the presentation of landscapes or still lifes. Using a palette knife to show the thick-coated texture is particularly capable of showing visual tension, as if it is the endorsement of the emotional expression of painters. 表現主義風格 ,  不僅限於人物誇大或是渲染的構圖或是色彩 ,  也適用於風景或是靜物的呈現。以調色刀來展現厚塗式質感 , 特別能夠呈現視覺張力 ,  彷彿是畫 家們情感流露 的代言 。 I was 46 years old then, just like a flower that was about to wither after it blooms. It seems that I was still attached to the tail of youth, but I couldn't grasp it. The self-confident me, the tears hidden in my eyes, still keep on What is the meaning of life? What is the definition of love? 正直 46 歲的那個我 ,  就像一朵綻放過後 ,  即將凋垂的花朵 ,  彷彿仍眷戀青春的尾巴 ,  卻怎麼也抓不著 ,  看似自信的我,隱藏於眼匡中的淚水 ,  仍然不停的質疑 ,  生命的意義究竟何在 ?  愛的定義是什麼? Birthday roses, oil on 16x20" canvas Only by knowing surrender can you understand the taste

Contemporary Painting 01

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Nora of 17, oil on 16x20" canvas The course of "Contemporary Painting" by Kevin Moore provided by AAU is mainly to guide students to understand and explore the historical background of the many inheritance and evolution of American contemporary art creation style from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. This mainly includes: expressionism, stylization, cubism, pop art, surrealism and realism. Although the topics covered are broad and not in-depth, they are eye-opening and breathtaking.   Remember, the lesson plan for the first two or three weeks starts with a discussion of expressionist styles and practical creative exercises. At that time, I was still ignorant and didn't know what I was doing. I am a little skeptical of the definition of "expressionism". Isn't painting a way of expressing emotions and thoughts through "visual techniques"? Does being called expressionism have to be very emotional?   I have to admit that our gener

Quick Study 02

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  The so-called creativity or inspiration often comes from people and things that are closely related  to life. When viewed from different perspectives and angles, or reorganized or deconstructed,  there will often be unexpected surprises, such as: fruits by the window, afternoon tea time ,  street performers, or even sinks, can be the subject of painting. Such appreciation and  composition ability is also a surprise harvest I got from the Quick Study class. 所謂的創意或是靈感, 往往是來自生活息息相關的人事物, 透過不同的視點和角度來觀看或是重組 或是解構,往往會有令人意想不到的驚喜,譬如:窗邊的水果, 下午茶時光, 街頭藝人, 甚至是洗手槽,  都可以是作畫的題材,這樣的賞析及構圖能力, 也是我從Quick Study這堂課得到的驚喜收獲 Once again, I will share with you the 24 painting themes provided by Professor Craig Nelson. I  hope  friends who are interested will try and challenge themselves.  Don’t forget to share your experience with me! 再次將Craig Nelson教授的24項繪畫題材跟大家分享, 希望有興趣的朋友們, 多多嘗試及自我挑戰, 亦別忘了跟我分享你的心得! ******************************* 1.   Male Head & Shoulders              13.   Chair Composition 2.   Female

Quick Study 01

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In the fall semester of 2021, I took a course "Quick Study" guided by  the director of the Art Department of AAU, Mr. Craig Nelson As the name suggests, the main purpose of this hall is to complete the intuitive and fast painting of the  scene in front of you within a limited time frame. Many people mistakenly think that the purpose of this class is to train the speed of painting. In fact, that is  just added value, painting in a limited time. It has changed many of the bad habits that many people used to paint, such as "unconsciously smearing over and over" and "warm and fuzzy brushstrokes and composition", After this semester, continuous practice and experimentation, instructing professors, and step by step guidance, we have covered a variety of topics, creative compositions and light sources, The main items include: costumed characters, nude characters, performance colors and characters under  light, still life, landscape... etc. (please refer to the fo