Thursday, February 20, 2020
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Friday, January 31, 2020
Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Friday, January 24, 2020
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
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
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Monday, January 13, 2020
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
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
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
"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
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
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
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.
Monday, December 16, 2019
After my final workshop was done before Thanksgiving. I have decided not to paint for a month. I spent almost all my time in upgrading my OG place. Now I can live in it comfortably. Of course, my purpose of doing this project is not to building a regular house. I try to prove a concept: You don't need a lot of money to live decently, and it can be done by a single human being. There are multiple advantages of doing this project. (1) I am in control and can change and fix everything. (2) I have my own eco system and minimize the waste. (3) I don't buy insurance for this house because it is so cheap. (4) Keep away from harmful chemicals and minimize the use of plastics. (5) Keep away from the Internet so I can have quiet time. (5) It is very affordable. I don't need to be a slave of money.
Now this month of down time has passed. I will start to paint again.
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Flowers and more flowers. This is my final demo painting in Gainesville. I am in the mood of celebration. I have made another great year of painting and teaching. I am so grateful. Thank you all my art students.
Monday, December 9, 2019
My final workshop teaching of the year was at Gainesville GA. Having done so many landscape paintings, it felt really good when I was painting still life again. Nowadays, my paintings get a kind of "stylish". I don't know it is good or bad. Definitely, the painting is recognizable. I am happy about that. However in a negative connotation, my painting is getting more cliched. I am not surprised this happens. As a human, I never dreamed to become a super man. I just wish I could have been smarter, so I could have not fell in traps the commercial world. I will try harder and come out of the "burn out" phase. Let us allow the art being "cliched" for a while. I will cook something new when the future comes.
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
Happy Holidays my artist friends. The last month of the year 2019 has arrived. I am glad I finally have some down time. I am not traveling to any places for the entire month of December. During the Thanksgiving holidays, I got a chance working in my OG (off-the-grid) place for a few days, really enjoyable. I live intensionally for this month, writing down what I have done and will do on my notebook, otherwise, the time will soon pass without being noticed.
My friends, I want to use this time to remind you that my January workshop in Austin will start in exactly one month from now. It will a fine event to kick off the special year of 2020. We will improve our vision to art and to life, at least our mind's eye will have a 20/20 acuity. Please check: http://www.qh-art.com/qiang-huang-2020-still-life-workshop.html for more info and sign up.
I am also excited to announce that my 2020 painting calendar is ready to order. It has documented pieces of my artist life of this year. I hope those painting images bring you joy for the coming year. It also makes a good gift to your friends and relatives. Please visit: http://www.qh-art.com/calendar-2020.html to order or browse my art images. Thank you so much.
Sunday, December 1, 2019
After En Plein Air Texas, I really feel good about painting water lilies. I want to paint more of this topic. Maybe doing a few large ones. This one is a demo showing using multiple ref photos to do one painting.
Thursday, November 28, 2019
Happy Thanksgiving my artist friends. I feel so grateful to all of you for your support and encouragement to me during this hectic 2019. We have almost reached the end of the year, and I am happy I have made so far not badly. I know sincerely I can not make it without your help and support. Like this demo painting: this small sailboat (my art) is docking in this relatively calm bay, resting, and preparing to sail to the turbulent sea again. Thank you so much.
Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Sunday, November 24, 2019
I taught a "landscape painting from photo" workshop in Huntsville AL recently, and this image shows my first day demo. The workshop was 4 days. I have presented 4 lessons to my students: 1) My landscape painting procedure, 2) Linear perspective and Imaging processing, 3) How to effectively simplify a super busy landscape scene, 4) Using multiple photo references to compose a painting. I found this teaching arrangement was quite effective. I covered the information for both beginning and advanced level students.
This painting was from a photo I took in Guilin China. The painting is still available.
Friday, November 15, 2019
I was completely lost when I entered our "Quick Draw" competition location. The roping contest was going white hot. Cowboys and horses are dashing out in a speed of zillion miles per hour. Am I supposed painting in this kind of situation? you must be kidding. I stood there like a piece of wood for at least 45 min, didn't do anything. Then I used my slowest paces painted this one. I only did a as few as possible strokes on my panel, but I try show there are zillion of people and animals there. Oh boy, life is so oxymoron.
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
I have decided to do this painting with a monochromatic color scheme. I felt this approach is rather suitable to the subject. The monochromatic scheme is not using one color and white. In order to keep the color harmony I need to use quite a few colors. I want to research more into this color scheme.