Thursday, March 22, 2018

"Demo at Ft Lauderdale 2018 1" --- Sold

In February, I taught two landscape workshops. Compared with my still life painting, my landscapes still need more development. I am learning while I am teaching. It is a little scary experimenting in front of students. Well, sometime, there is not much choice.

Monday, March 19, 2018

"Demo at Lindale 2018 3" --- Sold

I feel I am slowing down quite a bit in everything. I am still posting paintings I did two months ago. In this modern life, we are much busier than ever before. Everything is getting more and more complicated. We are more and more controlled by the digital technology. I really long for the good old days.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

"Egg Plants and Turnip"

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I did a small daily painting yesterday. Life is cyclic. My art career started with doing small paintings daily. Then I have tried all other directions. Now, I am coming back to it. I feel the most tangible way to run your own art business is still selling small paintings on the internet. Life gets more complicated, painting time is harder to come by. Very few artists can survive if they do not have a rich family. So down to earth, and face the reality. As a beginner artist, do small,  and learn a lot.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Where is Paris?

I want to tell you a funny story. I am preparing for my trip to Europe, and I want to check where we will go. It happens to be the day that I had a major internet failure in my house. I was not able to check Google maps online. My wife is am AAA member. Just like the good old days, she went and got me a paper map of France from the local AAA office. I spread it wide open in front of me and try to find Paris.  I searched and searched on this giant map for a long time, but lo and behold, I just simply CAN'T FIND PARIS, the capital of France... I gave up, felt so embarrassed . In the evening I had dinner with a couple of my friends. I asked one of them this stupid question: Where is Paris? He showed me on his phone. Yes, I saw it. Paris is in upper middle of France. After I got home, I went to my map of France again. You know what I still CAN NOT find it!!! .... I was so confused. ... Suddenly, I realized what is going on. Here is my answer:

Where is Paris? .... IT IS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MAP.

No matter how stupid I am, I still paint and willing to share. If you are interested to see how I paint, please join us in Paris and Tuscany. We still have a few openings. Please check my website to sign up.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

"Demo at Lindale 2018 1" --- Sold

This is my first demo at Lindale workshop. Dark bottles and some fruit. I really don't know what kind of fruit at the front is. I don't think it does not matter. They are for the taste of the eyes. They manipulate the light the fruit way.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

"Demo at Lindale 2018 4" --- Sold

My true love in art is painting portrait and figures. All of my still life learning has been aimed toward to paint human well. I was teaching a workshop at Lindale Texas last month, and I did this demo at the last day of the workshop. We had a great model Megan. It was so wonderful painting this study.

Monday, February 26, 2018

"Demo at Sacramento 2018 3"

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Nowadays, I sync all my social media together, and I have reached another milestone. I have found recently that the number of followers on my Instagram account has passed 50,000. Thanks to all the friends who like my art.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

" Sunflower Study 021018"

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I did another small sunflower painting. It happened that my son Jonathan was home. He made a time-lapse video for me. I have upload this video on Youtube. Please click: Sunflower time-lapse to watch.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

"Demo at Sacramento 2018 1"

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Finally, I start to post my 2018 workshop demo images. I have done two workshop teaching so far for the year. This one is my first demo in Sacramento CA.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

"Sunflower Study 020618"

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February is the time I paint a few individual flowers. I hope I can progress a little every year.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Ponte Vedra Palms

This winter is cold, very cold. In addition, according to Phil the Groundhog, we will have 6 more weeks of this cold winter. Well my fellow artist friends, should we go to Florida?  Paint a few palm trees and practice your understanding may be a warm idea.

In February, I will teach two landscape painting workshops: Ft. Lauderdale (2/20-22) and Ponte Vedra Beach (2/24-27). So far we still have a few openings at Ponte Vedra Beach. Please visit: Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach for detailed info and sign up.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

"China Trip 2018"

I am very excited to announce our "Painting in China 2018" trip is ready for registration. From September 6 to 21, we will spend 16 days together in China. We will climb the Great Wall, and visit the Forbidden City in Beijing, see the Terra-Cotta Warriors in Xian, play with the adorable giant pandas in Sichuan Provence, and the most special, we will visit the mysterious and legendary land of Tibet. During the trip, we will have 6 painting events. I will share my oil painting approaches.You may get the general information about this trip on my website:, and send your request by email: We will provide detail information about registration and preparation for the trip, and answering all the questions you have. This is a very special program. Please join us.

Sunday, January 28, 2018

“Demo at Ada 2017 3" --- Sold

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My still life, especially floral, paintings get looser and looser. I have been enjoying the freedom, and the musical impression of the 2D paint distribution. I hope this flow of color does not get too sloppy. I thought I still have the balance between representational and abstract. I maybe wrong.

Friday, January 26, 2018

"Demo at Ada 2017 2"

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I really enjoy using dark background for my still life paintings. It is so effective to enhance the light effect at the center of focus. Still life is relatively easy to paint. However, to make a still life painting interesting is not that easy. I try all the tricks to push the envelope.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

"Demo at Ada 2017 1" --- Sold

My last workshop of 2017 was at Ada Oklahoma. This is my first demo. recently, I really like to combine turquoise colors with the warm red and orange colors.

Friday, January 19, 2018

"Demo at Nashville 2017 3" --- Sold

This is my last demo at Nashville last November. It was very enjoyable of having this delicious color play. Still life is more a design process rather than a realistic rendering. We have much more freedom than we think we have.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

"Carnation Study 011618" --- Sold

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I have painted many roses and sunflowers, and feel relatively comfortable painting them. However, I have not studied thoroughly other kinds of flowers. My general impression about carnations is a colorful whole bunch of mess. I never examined the anatomic structure of this flower. I did a close study of a pink carnation. My brush work was a little restricted and the painting looks mechanical, but is a good start. I need to do more to develop the skills.

Monday, January 15, 2018

"Workshop reminder: Lindale Texas"

My 2018 teaching will start very soon. First I will teach a 3-day still life workshop at Sacramento on Jan 19 - 21, then I will teach another 4-day workshop at Lindale TX. So far I still have a few openings at Lindale. Please contact Maureen Killaby at for information and registration. See you.

Sunday, January 14, 2018

"Winter Colors" --- Sold

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January 15, 2007 was the date I posted my very first painting on my blog. Since then, I became a "daily painter" and marketed my art on the Internet. Now, 10 years have passed. I am happy I have made it so far. I am grateful for so much support I have received. I am extremely humbled for the art journey is harder than I thought ten years ago. Do I regret? I would say "maybe", I could have been a lousy engineer and provided much better "security" to myself and my family, but I will say "No". I have lived honestly with much more happiness.

To celebrate my 10 yrs anniversary, I did this 6"x6" this morning. I will put in on the daily paintworks auction with a starting price of $100.  This was I did ten years ago almost everyday.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

New workshop: Tuscany, Italy

I want to sincerely thank all the friends commenting and suggesting on my Venice painting I posted previously. I might do very limited amount of touches to keep the painting a Impressionistic look.

Having said about painting Venice, I am excited to tell you that I am going to Italy again. I will teach and paint at the beautiful Tuscany area on May 17 - 24.  I want to thank Betty Huang and Studio B Gallery for organizing. This workshop has been just added to my website. Please visit Qiang Huang Tuscany workshop for detailed info and sign up.

Monday, January 8, 2018

"Venice Impression (2nd phase)"

The time I spend on a painting either very short (alla prima) or very long. I just can not do a painting in 2 to 4 days. I have shown you this painting at its early stage. Now quite a few days have passed, and the painting has reach to this point. I deliberately resist the temptation to paint more details and move toward the realism direction. I don't think it is the time to stop now, but I am rather confused about what to do for the next step. I am doing a lot of think at this moment. What do you think?

Sunday, January 7, 2018

"Demo at Nashville 2017 1" --- Sold

I keep on posting my out of date workshop demo images. This one is what I did in Nashville TN last November. I want to thank Jeanie Smith for organizing the workshop and thanks to all the artists for attending.

2018 will be a critical and challenging year for my art. The future is mysterious. As matter of facts, the mystery is all over. I must admit that I am a control freak.  I don't like uncertainties. However, the world is impermanent, My art will be a part of it. I am learning to be equanimous to everything. I should not worry too much about the winter. The spring will come, and the grasses will grow by themselves.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

"Derek Penix workshop"

I am happy to announce that Derek Penix will come back to Austin and teach a 3-day painting workshop. The title of Derek's workshop is "Loosen UP!" His style of painting is very powerful. I met Derek a few years ago and fell in love with his work immediately. I took his workshop two years ago and have learned a lot. You probably can see some of his influence in my paintings. If you want to really energize your art, I think Derek can help you. Please visit Derek Penix workshop webpage for detailed information and sign up.

Monday, January 1, 2018

“Demo at Gainesville 2017 3" --- Sold

I haven't had enough 2017, but now 2018 has begun. I don't have a specific resolution for the new year. In general, I hope I can live my every day fully, intentionally, and sincerely. We are in an era of information, too much information I think. It may not be a good thing, just like we mix all the colors  together, we get mud. We are in this information mud. We must be careful. Holiday season is over, Let's work.

Friday, December 29, 2017

"Venice Impression (in process)"

Sometime, letting what in your mind out can motivate you in a positive direction. After my last blog post, I have received so much encouragement from many friends on the Internet. Like a dead car battery connected to a powerful engine, I was jump started and running again. Thank you sincerely from the bottom of my heart. I am so happy that I have so many friends supporting me. Now this is the 36x36 painting I was talking about in my last post. It is from a photo I took in Italy in May. I have worked on it a few hours today. It is not done yet, but it is at a lovely abstract color stage. 

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

"Demo at Gainesville 2017 2"

I hope all of you have had a great Christmas. Life moves on and now the New Year is coming. During this holiday break, I did not paint. Somehow I have had a guilty feeling. I must be honest with you. For a long time I have been suffering a terrible burnt out. Earlier this month, I started a 36x36 . The painting just had a rough block in. I have tried many times to pick up a brush to continue, but I just can't. I don't know what exactly prevents me to paint. Maybe the lack of inspiration is the reason. If I don't feel I want to do it, I am afraid that the painting will turn out badly. I kept myself busy with other things. My recent acquired camper is a can of worms, It forced me spending a lot of money in Amazon. I did so many projects on this old toy, and it seems more and more to come. What should I do? Am I still a painter, or not?

Friday, December 22, 2017

“Demo at Gainesville GA 2017 1" --- Sold

It has been a while I have not posted any still life paintings. However the fact is that I have taught 3 still life workshops after I came back from Sedona. I am so behind in posting. Well, this one was done on my workshop at Gainesville Georgia in November.

Now I have finished all my planned art activities in 2017. I am long for a break. I will have a relatively quiet holiday season this year. Pardon me, I will put art aside for a few days. This a couple of days, I have been modifying the electric system of my recently acquired camper trailer. I was surprised that I still can use Ohm's law and upgraded my system without spending a fortune.

Monday, December 18, 2017

"Demo at Sedona 2017 3"

Demo 3 on Sedona workshop was at a state park north east of the town. There are a few nice looking old buildings. I have forgotten what they were used for. Vaguely in my mind, they did something with apples. Anyway, no matter what, they were fascinating to paint.