I am almost there – but I need your help!

I got accepted into two of my dream schools – along with some generous scholarships, but even after that and maxing out my available student loans, I am still just a bit short of going to live my dream (getting a degree in art and then teaching!  Also, opening my own gallery before I die :D)

I am asking for your help.

I have two ways you can help:  One is to purchase one of my super discounted artworks at http://www.khufineart.com/send-me-to-school.html – and the other is to donate (even $1 makes a difference!) at http://www.gofundme.com/5f0dso

Please help me out – it would be an amazing holiday gift for me – and for you if you decide you want a painting or drawing!

Anything you’ve seen on my blog is available at a discount too, please email khufineart@gmail.com for information.

You are so awesome for reading this post, here is an e-hug just for the good vibe 😀 <   ^_^  >



Coolest most personal gift ever? Philadelphia Fine Art – K. Hu Artist

What could be more personal and radical than a custom portrait of a loved one?  I really can’t think of anything.

Drawings: 11×14 one bust – $38.00

Paintings: 12×16 one bust – $300.00

Each other person: Drawings – $10 Paintings – $40

Drawings are done on archival layout bond vellum with charcoal.

Paintings on panel (linen on request) with oil.

I could also do some specific commissions, such as nudes, florals, still lifes, etc.  Maybe you want a babelicious painting of your gorgeous wife’s back?  I can do that for you.  They all start at $300.  Your wife is gorgeous.  People like my paintings according to my ebay feedback.  You will too.  I promise.

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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.