Tuesday, March 31, 2020

When China was attacked by Covid-19 in February, I kept a close observation  on what was going on there. Now the Covid-19 pandemic has been attacking the whole world, I felt obligated to share what I have learned through my social media so the doctors can use this info as a reference. If you are a medical worker or know any of them, please use or share this info. The following information I got from WeChat (a Chinese social network), and I translated it into English:

According to the epidemic report, the number of deaths in Wuhan today (February 27) has halved for the first time, from more than 100 people a day to more than 50. The anatomy of the patient's body has revealed that a large number of sputum plugs appeared in the lungs of the deceased. The sputum plugs were generated by the use of a ventilator. The sputum plugs eventually caused hypoxia and death. Starting yesterday, the rescue was switched to a sputum suction machine, and the death toll was halved all at once. This is to thank the donors of the remains, and the second is to thank the team of Professor Liu Liang from the Department of Forensic Medicine of Tongji.

This information is for reference only. I am not a medical doctor. It is up to the professionals to make decision. Doctors should investigate this issue scientifically.I hope the doctors can find a cure of this horrible disease soon.

Monday, March 30, 2020

"Demo in Sacramento 2020 3"

It was my first time painting daffodils. It was a difficult flower to paint. I think I did all right.

I have been back home at Austin for about two weeks so far. Like the majority, I did not go anywhere and I am pondering what this Covid-19 pandemic means to an artist. I am learning how to move my teaching online. My floral painting DVD is coming in a few days. My son Jonathan is helping me. We have finished the video and audio editing. Now we are finalizing the file conversion from a mp4 to a DVD. Now April comes, I hope the turning point comes soon.

Monday, March 23, 2020

“Demo in Sacramento 2020 2" --- Sold

Metal and glass: how can you show different textures of the objects in your still life setup was the intention I did this demo. Of course they all boiled down to light and shadow, but they do have their own characteristics.

Now we all need to be a home as much as we can. You might want to think more about painting, which it can keep you occupied in a positive way. I consider painting is an activity that can "solidify" time. Your time is not simply passed away, but you can preserve it on your canvas.

Friday, March 20, 2020

"Demo in Sacramento 2020 1"

My workshop in Sacramento started in the gloomy atmosphere of the Covid-19 pandemic. That was March 14. At that time, 50 was the maximum number for people gathering. I had 12 wonderful artists coming to my class. This is the image of my first demo. I put a bottle of "Dawn" detergent in the setup. Of course, I was checking the color variation when I set it up. In hindsight, I can see now my subconsciousness at the moment might imply that we need to wash our hands more often before we touch the tea cup and fruit.

To follow the restriction rules during the pandemic, my workshops and painting competitions either canceled or postponed. I sincerely apologize the inconvenience to access my teaching at this difficult time. I am learning in full speed of making videos and online teaching. Currently I have one DVD available on my website (http://www.qh-art.com/dvd.html). Please check it to get more info.

Monday, March 16, 2020

"Demo at Templeton CA 2020 4" --- Sold

This is my last demo on my Templeton CA workshop. After left Paso Robles area. I drove to Sacramento and did another workshop. I am still in California and hope to get home soon. The world is so crazy. Who can imagine the entire mankind is in the same disaster. I may have quite few cancelations of my workshops in the near future. I will try to cross the learning curve as quick as I can, and establish an on-line teaching platform soon. See you in the Cyber world.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

"Demo at Templeton CA 2020 3" --- Sold

The ref photo for this demo was shot at Moro Bay, not far from Paso Robles. It was a very busy scene. I used the photo to show how I simplify and made the painting possible. I painted this scene before. I was happy I did it again.

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

"Demo at Templeton CA 2020 2"

Paso Robles California is super beautiful. For my second demo I used a photo I took right here. I love the rolling hills here. I wish I can paint plein air in this beautiful wine country.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

"Demo at Templeton CA 2020 1"

I am teaching a workshop at Templeton CA, and this is my first demo. The world of 2020 is very different from the good old 2019. I hope everyone of you be safe, wash hands, and take care.

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

"Symphonic Water Lilies"

The World can move to whatever directions, but we just simply paint. Among all the bad news we got lately, I received one piece of good news: I have been juried in this year's Oil Painters of America National Exhibition, and I will show my recent work "Symphonic Water Lilies". It is a big painting 24" x 30". Since the show will be in Fredericksburg Texas, I can deliver the painting myself. It saves me a whole lot of shipping money.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

"Chinese Eyes"

I have been working on this painting for past three days. I will call it done now. Life is so vulnerable in front of this horrible disease. We can not run away from our fate. I just got the info: One of my friends has died in Wuhan. I feel very sad, but what can I do? There is no choice other than staring at the reality. As an artist, I can not directly help. I painted this to show my feeling. I have posted this painting image on WeChat (a Chinese social medium). I hope this artwork can bring some positive energy to the doctors, nurses, and all the people who are on the front line fighting this devastating epidemic.

Monday, February 17, 2020

"Chinese Eyes"

The Novel Coronavirus has devastated my home country, and been threatening the whole world. So far my mother is doing fine in Beijing. Besides the inconvenience of going out, she is all right. I don't know what to do. So I painted this.

Friday, February 14, 2020

"Painting Guatemala with Qiang Huang"

Normally, now is the time for me to announce my annual Plein Air Painting Trip in China, but unfortunately I have to cancel my China Trip this year. The novel coronavirus has devastated my home country, and I am anxiously monitoring the situation. We are not going to painting in China this year. For your information, I will still keep the China 2020 trip webpage active on my website, and hope to resume this event maybe in 2021.

It feels the world is collapsed on us, but the life goes on. I will try to be optimistic. Replacing the China trip in September, I am excited to let you know: I am going to Latin America. I have teamed up with the "Explore Amazing Places", a very experienced event organizer in Latin America, and planned a new event called "Painting in Guatemala with Qiang Huang". The workshop and tour will be on September 8 - 19. We will paint and visit Guatemala City, Casa Santo Domingo, Antigua, Lake Atitlan, and Chichicastenango. I am looking forward to this very special event, and sincerely hope you can join us to explore Guatemala and become better painters in such wonderful places. Please visit "Painting with Qiang Huang" webpage for detailed information and sign up. This event opens only to a small group, so please register quick.

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

"Pink roses in cool light"

I am painting in my studio, and I decided to do some color experiments. This is what I did today. I used two light sources, one cool and one warm. I ended up with this.

This painting is available. It is a small painting. I want to sell it myself. If you are interested collecting this one, please contact me. Thanks.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Workshop reminder: Still life painting in Sacramento CA

From March 14 to 16 I will teach a 3-day still life workshop in Sacramento California. We still have a few openings. Please check: https://artist-patris.com/workshops for detailed information and sign up. Thanks.

Friday, February 7, 2020

"Demo in Charleston 2020 3" --- Sold

I did two still life demos and two landscape demos on my recent Charleston workshop. This is my first landscape demo, painted from a reference photo I took at Easton Maryland. We worked on linear perspectives and painting textures with this demo.

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

March Workshop reminder: Paso Robles, CA

I will teach a 4-day painting workshop, 2-day still life and 2-day landscape, at Paso Robles California on March 9 - 12. Please contact Sarah Ambrose at 805-238-9800 or go to my 2020 workshop page on my website to sign up.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

"Demo in Charleston 2020 1" --- Sold

I have started my 3rd workshop of the year. I am in Charleston SC. I put vegetables in my first demo.

Friday, January 24, 2020

"Giverny Impression"

Continuing my water lily painting endeavor. This one is from a photo I took in Monet's Garden in Giverny France. I almost completely used my palette knife for this painting. It is quite interesting.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

"Demo in Little Rock 2020 3" --- Sold

Of course my last demo was floral. All the students brought flowers to the class in the morning. I have 15 people in my workshop, so we go tons of flowers. I took one flower from each students and form a bouquet of flowers. Now here is the painting. I have got better with this composition. Painting flowers is hard, but practice makes perfect.

Friday, January 17, 2020

"Demo in Little Rock 2020 2" --- Sold

The workshop in Little Rock went well. This is my second demo. I have some free time today and I will tour this beautiful city. Excited.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

"Demo in Little Rock 2020 1" --- Sold

I am in Little Rock Arkansas teaching a still life workshop. I want to thank all the artists for taking this class. This is my first day demo.

Monday, January 13, 2020

"Demo in Austin 2020 3"

We think time is linear. It comes from past and gets to now, then goes to the future, but why the instrument which measures time is always goes in circles. The clock does not tell the past and future. Maybe there is no such things called the past and future. The hamster in a wheel does not know it, me neither.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

"Demo in Austin 2020 2"

I had some odd feeling lately (well, maybe you felt the same but not odd any more). My college attending son came back home for the holidays. So we are under the same roof for a while. The odd thing is: every time when I see him, I feel I see myself. Some how my son has become my mirror image. However, every time when I watch myself in a mirror, oddly, I see my father. He has passed many years ago, but he is in front me vividly. Is that strange? The time is playing a trick on me, well, all of us.

I like this painting. simple and consistent. The design is what I like.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

"Demo in Austin 2020 1"

Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year, all the holidays and festivities have passed like a mirage. Before we know it, we are in the year of 2020. As usual, I have started teaching my painting workshops. Apples, dark backgrounds, glasses and metals, I painted as I usually do. Nothing seem happened. (however, so many have already happened.)

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

"Water Lily 103019"

"Why do you want to paint?" This is the question I have been asking myself for a quite long time, but I still have no good answer for it. In my early art years, I felt the answer is no brainer. I just want to do it and felt good. Now I examine my early motivation, I know that was the ego. We all want to demonstrate that our life has a special meaning. Painting was one of the few things I could easily do better. However now, I feel the ego is so absurd. It has meaning only to yourself. To other people it does not mean much. There are so many great artists created fabulous works. If you happened to be one of them, so what. For a long time, I feel painting has been my way to make a living. Well in our monetary world, it has been proved this was a rather stupid idea. If I love money, I should have done real estates and even my previous engineering life would make more sense. Recently, I am very interested in the life of Paul Gauguin. To be honest with you, I never liked his art, but his life as an human was so fascinating. "The moon" or "Six pence"? That is the question. At this new year's eve. I think I know this life better.

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Our China 2020 trip plan is almost ready

Again, we will organize another China painting trip in September 2020. Our Beijing office and myself is busy arranging the China 2020 painting and touring trip. We have identified the places we want to visit and made a Youtube video of the plan. Please check it out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j09CDUQeyyI Very soon we finalize the detail planning and I will announce officially the program with the dates, pricing, and itinerary. In comparison with our previous China trips, we have a few major improvements for the 2020 plan: (1) We have slow down the paces to make the trip as a relaxing vocation instead of rushing through the tourist attractions; (2) We will arrange to purchase art supplies locally and rent easels so you don't need to carry heavy art gears for the trip; (3) We will relax the dinner plans and you have more options for your meal selection. My team and I will work hard to make the China trip better and better. Please check our China 2020 webpage and I will update this page soon. If you are interested in travel with us to China in September 2020, please contact us and we will put your name on our list.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

"Water Lily Study 121819"

I started painting again. I know some artists who paint same type of paintings for a quite long time before shift to another topic. I think that is a good idea. In this way you may use the repetition to get a deep understanding this specific theme, and establish the skills and enrich the paintings. I have painted a few water lily paintings. I feel I just touch the surface. We know Monet painted so many water lily paintings. There are reasons for that. I may want to do the same thing, at least for a short period of time.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

"My OG Place Update 2"

I have got many comments after my previous post. I apologize I was not clear: OG stands for "Off-the-Grid". My structure is located in a very primitive location. There is no power, no water, and no septic. To make this place inhabitable, I must build all infrastructures. So my today's image is not artistic, but very engineering. (1) I have installed a 800W solar system (about $2000) so I can run a window AC, all my lights, fans, and water pumps. (2) I collect rainwaters (about $600) with 300 gallon tank space, and 4 stage filtration for water purification. (3) I installed a propane tankless water heater for a shower. (4) I bought a composting toilet (about $1000), and the waste goes directly to a small organic vegetable garden.  (5) I use a propane heater ($200) and insulated the bedroom only to save fuel (Texas does not get too cold in winter). So far my total expenditure on this project is about $8000. Lumber and other materials are from the Home Depot, and appliances and miscellaneous are from Amazon. All the DIY knowhow is from Youtube.