Sunday, June 20, 2010

Knocking on Master's Door


In the legendary Chinese martial art (or Kungfu) history, there were full of stories of how sincere novices approaching masters with courage and tenacity. The mentoring of the great masters significantly accelerated the growth of their disciples. I don’t know any martial art, but I admire the spirit. To bring my art to the next level, I want to learn from the best artists. After a long hesitation, I finally gathered enough courage. I knocked on the door of Richard Schmid and Nancy Guzik.

This is a remarkable milestone. On June 19, 2010 I had the great honor and met Richard and Nancy in Putney Vermont. We had a wonderful day together. My wife Song modeled to the masters. Richard and Nancy are so kind and given. I was so thrilled beyond any words can express. I wish I could articulate better, but I will show my appreciation by demonstrating improvement in my paintings. I can’t wait to come back to Vermont to learn a great amount.

I also met quite a few other great Vermont artists. I felt so lucky. Thank you all.

16 comments:

Denise R said...

Wow! So cool! What a great and memorable experience for you!

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

Qiang, you are such a humble man and your paintings are amazing.
I'm sure Richard and Nancy were just as thrilled to meet you and Song.
I'm glad you are having a wonderful vacation in New England and that our weather has treated you kindly. It is not always so cooperative.

Perissinotti Claudio said...

You deserve teaching Schmid. You have chosen the best artist. compliments. To me you are the best artist of the blog.

Ann Rogers said...

How memorable for all of you. I love reading about your vacation and I'm sure that meeting Richard and Nancy will be one of the highlights of your trip.

Carol Schiff Studio said...

Congratulations, Qiang. The wonderful thing about art is that we continue to learn always. I am excited to see how Richard and Nancy influence your beautiful art.

I am looking forward to meeting you in November during your workshop in Melbourne, FL.

Leslie Bishop said...

I have no doubt that Mr. Schmid will benefit from his working with you as much as you will from his instruction and assistance. Congratulations to you both. What an adventure, and what a win-win combination!

lilly piri said...

That's so wonderful that you met Richard Schmid! The painting of Song is beautiful.

silentwitness said...

Qiang, I am so very happy for you to meet Richard Schmid and Nancy Gusik. I am amazed at the thought of you all in the same room, all among my favorite artists!!! I wish I could have been a fly on the wall listening to your conversations. May all good things come of your new friendships! The portrait of Song is so lovely!

Mark Bridges said...

That's fantastic that you were able to spend some time with Richard and Nancy, and get to watch him paint.

carol morgan carmichael said...

What a wonderful experience. Looking forward to seeing your new works! You are such an inspiration to me and countless others.

E. Melinda Morrison said...

Not only am I extremely happy for you but so envious! I have learned much from Richard Schmid through his books and studying his paintings. What a joy for you that must have been! You go, Qiang!

Loren said...

How fantastic for you and your wife to meet Richard Schmid. His "ALLA PRIMA, Everything I Know About Painting" is a must for anyone who wants to paint what they see. I know I've made use of it. Make each day your masterpiece!

B A Morris said...

I am so delighted you got to meet Richard Schmid and Nancy. My 2 great wishes are to paint with Richard Schmid and the second was Qiang Huang. I have fulfilled one of those and I promise to get better also, thanks to you.

Karen Hargett said...

How wonderful for you and Song too! You are such a wonderful artist yourself and then to paint with Richard - WOW! You are two of my favorites ;-)

Vikki Bouffard said...

Hello Qiang, I was fortunate enough to participate in your Newport workshop--a great experience and I feel I've learned a lot. Delighted that you were able to meet and paint with Richard Schmid and Nancy Guzik as I know you were very excited at that prospect. I have a print of Nancy Guzik's in my kitchen and all my artist friends admire it.

Dean H. said...

Wow! My hero meeting my hero! What an event. Congratulations! May your paintings reach even greater heights.