Ebay – a crazy awesome sale. Philadelphia Fine Art K. Hu Artist

Get these amazing deals on e-bay while you still can!  I am moving and don’t want to take these with me…


Thanks for looking 😀

Here is a photo of what I’m working on as a reward for clicking because you are awesome.  I am doing a more layery technique than my usual alla prima esque style with this one because it’s tiny and I want it to look very detailed.  Also it’s the first panel I’ve primed on my own.   Celebrate.


Painting a painting – Continued – Philadelphia Fine Art. K. Hu art

Just thought I’d pop by and continue my photographic journey through this painting I’m working on.  This is day two…


I’m working here on darkening everything to match the crazy dark background.  I am refining the colour of the eye and separating it from the shadows there as well.  The lips looked ok here but I ruined them by where I am now.  I am trying to make these bigger shapes look smaller and more detailed because everyone loves detail..


There is my “inspiration” wall behind the painting.  The still life is by Bart Lindstrom who I had the pleasure of attending’s short class at PSOA in 2011.  I’m putting in the arms.  BIG BIG shapes.


One thing I learned makes paintings look really lovely is when everything is gradated from the lightest point.  So here I have darkened the arms on their way down from the head, even though it’s not as clear in person, I’ve exaggerated the effect for aesthetic purposes.  Heck yeah.


Slowly painting the hands mysteriously rising from the shadows


Or like, big slabs of colour and value.  Whichever…


I am faking it.  The nails aren’t red in my reference but I want them to match the lips to create a subtle focal point when you get bored trying to find the flaws in the face.  Did I mention that this panel is wicked?  It’s super smooth texture makes the paint really really show up.


This is where it’s at so far.  The awkward angles are to avoid backlighting and to get it in one frame.  This is the largest painting I’ll have done when I finish.

Overall, I am not sure how detailed I’ll get on the hands as I don’t want them to be too distracting (I’m afraid I’ll ruin them.)   I am, however, intending to draw all the little dragons on the dress eventually.  It’s gonna need layers just due to the nature of the panel.  It should look cool.  I promise to spend so much time looking at it that I can’t stand it anymore until a few weeks later when I go “oh that came out pretty good”

Ok that’s all you get from me for tonight!  Have an awesome week!



Clementines and Class information – Philadelphia Fine Art

My next Portrait Painting class comes up September 17 and again in October:


Also contact me for private lessons on the web (yes, I can teach you a lot.)

My next Drawing class in October:


Here is an example of some 4th week student artwork vs. their first week:

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And for your update, here is my finished painting of the clementines:


I am going to write about drawing soon, just getting some materials together to make a cool post.

I’ll admit I’m a stinky blog updater! K. Hu Art – Philadelphia Fine Art

I’m blaming instagram.

Also I was in Los Angeles last week for 7 days so forgive me dude.

I’m working on some non-portrait items, but honestly the oranges (clementines) aren’t speaking to me the same way people do!

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Here is my sketch and my block in so far.  I am about halfway through my end stages now and just need to work out some edges but I don’t have a more recent pic.  Maybe today, maybe tomorrow.

New classes coming in September from artistsnetworkuniversity.com

Alla Prima Style – Philadelphia Fine Art – K. Hu Artist

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This is the progress so far (minus some work on the arm I’ve done since this last photo.

Basically I’m breaking it down into little alla prima sections this time – inspired by my last study.  Originally, I paint with an alla prima style – very loose and not a lot of gritty detail.  Lately I’ve become fond of doing some more detailed work, for exercise and practice, but it certainly feels good to get back to my roots and paint like I want to paint (not like I need to.)  I will have some new work available on e-bay tonight – and I have classes coming up in July!  Learn to paint portraits or learn to draw faces.  I have some impressive before and after work from my drawing students I will post sometime here.

I will go into a detailed explanation of the steps I took once I’m finished with the painting.  Til then, have a good one.

Affordable portraits? Philadelphia Fine Art – K. Hu Fine Art


Here is one of my experiments with trying to make a portrait in a really really affordable manner.  I am talking $150 tops.  I am not sure if I can duplicate the process well enough to call it a go, but I will keep you updated.


Here is a colour block in study for my next painting.  It’s gonna be very large, larger than normal, so I wanted to get an idea of what would go where first.  It’s a really small painting, the head is smaller than a penny.

I want to do some more posts on my process so I will be sure to get photos of my painting.  Have an awesome rest of the week!


My first attempt at watercolour plein air… or like anything really. Philadelphia daily fine art sketches K. Hu

So I’ve been updating my instagram a lot, that means you aren’t getting as many updates and for that I apologize.  Here is a really wobbly sketch I did today out my window – I really want to learn how to paint en plein air (I feel like air should be spelled heire or something fancy like that.)  with watercolours, so here is my first try.  I can say that the tacky green trim is accurate.  Actually, it is even more tacky in person.


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