Wednesday, December 9, 2009

"Enchant in Subtlety"

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At Sherrie's workshop, I only did two paintings. the one I posted previously took me relatively shorter time. However, this one took me almost two days. Remember I was talking about learning from her how to create drama. This one is my experiment. The setup was done completely by Sherrie. When I started to paint, I felt I was powerlessly disarmed. You know I like to use high chroma colors, high contrast value range, and expressive bush works. I had none of those with this project. The color and value of the pot is almost the same as those of the background. The shapes of the arrangement were complicated and irregular. The roses were dying (they withered and died completely on the second day). I almost ran away from it. Well, I am glad I did not. I suffered through. And I started to appreciate the subtlety of the setup. It gives more potential for me to express, and the painting quality will be elevated to the next level. It is so great to see the opportunities. Did I show more "drama" in this one?

11 comments:

Kim Carlton said...

Wow, Qiang, Your courage really paid off! Thank you for staying on the field until you were victorious! It's beautiful.

jhurston said...

I love, love, love this. Your diligence paid off. You are so talented.
June

Debra D Russell said...

This has to be my most favorite piece you have done. I love this!

Bonnie said...

Just beautiful!

Jo Castillo said...

This is so gorgeous. I see what you mean with the close values, but you added the drama with the shadows and bright roses. Wow!

silentwitness said...
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silentwitness said...

Wow--the subtle gradations and layers of color are ambrosia for the viewer's eyes. I also loved your other painting from the workshop---they create different moods, both are stellar!!! Bravo

Tess said...

It's the composition--all those classical lines...color harmonies--all that lovely warmth! But those are nothing without the execution. You really did take it to he next level!

BTW, I've only 2 more days in cubicle land and I'll be a less wealthy, focused, happy painter again. Can't wait.

Jeremy Elder said...

I am glad you didn't shy away from it. It turned out very nice and I am sure you learned a lot.

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

The drama is there. Rich and beautiful color harmony.

Rusty Jones said...

A little lesson in Texas history. The "yellow rose of Texas" was a young mixed race lady, Emily West, who was entertaining Mexican General Santa Anna in his tent at the Battle of San Jacinto when the Texans stormed his camp. 400 Texans defeated over 2,000 Mexican troops and Texas won its independence.