Saturday, December 24, 2011

More paintings

at Aqus Cafe, Petaluma

at Graton Gallery, Graton  
I have paintings at the following locations through the holidaze:

Petaluma Arts Council

Gallery One, Petaluma

Graton Gallery, Graton

Aqus Cafe, Petaluma

Pelikan Gallery, Petaluma

Studio Gallery SF, San Francisco

at Gallery One, Petaluma

at Pelikan Gallery, Petaluma

at Pelikan Gallery, Petaluma

Sold at Graton Gallery!

This painting sold last week at Graton Gallery. "In Motion" is one of a series of dancers I have painted over the years. I particularly love the motion and back view of this one, and the golden tones. The show will be there through January 16. Gotta love that scapula!

My students have a show at Thai Ginger in downtown Petaluma.

Come visit this lovely little restaurant in downtown Petaluma. My students' art has really brightened their walls with some colorful (and very affordable) scenes of the downtown square. Come by and take a look and enjoy some delicious Thai food, the perfect spot to refresh yourself after shopping locally!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Paintings at Graton Gallery

I have about 15 paintings at Graton Gallery till January 16. There's lots of wonderful art and gifts here if you want to shop locally this season. Check out this gracious little gallery.

Winter in Helen Putnam

My attempt to capture the cold tranquility and unconfined beauty of Helen Putnam Park at this time of year. We need these parks!

Thursday, October 6, 2011


If you haven't heard the Steve Jobs address to the 2005 Stanford Graduation class, be sure to watch and listen to it. Quite an amazing human spirit has passed through our life times. When you feel like quitting, keep this around, take a listen, and keep drawing.

Monday, September 19, 2011

New drawings from life

I draw from life once a week, and the consistency of this is starting to show. This week I used some pastel for color. Last week, I used vine charcoal, although I typically find this too fugitive. But the model was so soft, and nothing else seemed to feel right. This week I went out and bought more materials. It seems one never has exactly the right thing, but it also seems that limitations often produce the most creative results. I am not where I want to be with these, but each week, something new shows up in the drawings, and the magic of being there before the model drives me onward.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Ira Glass on Not Quitting

This is a wonderful statement from the inimitable Ira Glass of NPR's "This American life."

Ira Glass on Storytelling from David Shiyang Liu on Vimeo.

Monday, August 15, 2011

I donated this piece to the FACE TO FACE auction.

 The auction will take place on Saturday, Sept. 17. To preview the art work, go to
 There is some fabulous art in this auction, and the cause is a very good one, so consider putting this one on your calendars for a great party and some good buys.

A Little Magic   24x36   oil on canvas

Friday, July 29, 2011

These recent drawings from life can be purchased at Gallery One in Petaluma.

Or you can view them and others on my website:  Drawing from life is a passion that I share with so many artists throughout history. I love the immediacy and time constraints, the conversation between artist and model. It's great theater!


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The San Francisco Mission District is one of my favorite places to paint.

"Mission Man"      11 3/4"x 7 1/8" oil on board

I find the Mission is a feast for the senses. Love this figure surrounded by the colors and flavors of urban life, at once exciting and alienating. All the verticals and horizontals form a structural compositional network that supports this lone figure.