Xu is currently working on his "Mongolian" series which he hopes to expand with even more original paintings that captures the exotic traditional culture of Mongolia; free from the modern culture influence. He has begun to include not only oil paintings, but pastels into this series as well. Regardless of medium, Xu continues to amaze with his strokes of pure talent as he captures the hardworking life, essence and soul of the Mongolian people.
"My techniques are simple when starting a new work. Since I normally paint from photos, transparent grid sheets are often used to make the correct scale on my canvas. Once I've established the scale and proportions, I begin the pencil sketch right away.
Before I officially start painting with colors, I always apply an under-coat of warm brown hue over my canvas so that I have a base of warm tone. I find it much easier to decide on the color balance of my painting from there onwards."
"It’s no doubt that my style is traditional, but it is also classic in a way. I prefer to paint with fine details than large brushstrokes; and my approach to painting is to maximize the space between the objects and foreground and background such that there seems to be life, open space and air within the painting not two – dimensional or flat. The values, shadows and tones must be perfectly balanced to create the realism effect and bring life into the painting; and to accurately distinguish the layers (background, middle ground, subject, foreground...etc) in a painting."