Tuesday, February 15, 2011

"Memory of the Old Days"

Recently, I didn't post as frequently as I wanted, but I was literally a daily painter. I painted everyday. Instead of doing many small paintings however, I did only one, but a relatively large painting. I have spent more than 10 day on it. This one is different from most of my paintings. I emphasized on the subtle details, but not much to the boldness of the paint quality. This was a wonderful exercise for me. I practiced more on the long term painting process. I was confronted in many areas that I was lack of skills and ideas. For a couple of days I was in real ageny (spelling? the checker didn't work today). I wanted to quit many times, but I am glad I didn't. I think I have grown quite significantly by doing this serious painting.

I am going to submit this painting to this year's Oil Painter's of America National Exhibition. I hope I get lucky.

24 comments:

Candylei said...

It's beautiful! I have an old portable singer sewing machine exactly like it.
Best of luck in the competition. I'm certain you'll win.

Candylei

Barbara Andolsek Paintings said...

I'd be very surprised if you weren't juried in with this entry...

RUDHI - Chance said...

Reminds me to Vermeers *Klöpplerin*; so well 'singered'...

Judy Jones said...

Gorgeous painting, Qiang! It has wonderful mood and atmosphere and has the makings of a winner. It is well worth all the agony you had to go through. I know, easy for me to say.

Jerry Stocks said...

Sew beautiful(notice: I deliberately spelled so as in sewing machine). There is actually a magazine called "Sew Beautiful" that I wrote a column for for eight years.

Carol Blackburn said...

This is a winner for sure....beautifully done Qiang.

Ann Rogers said...

What an exceptional painting! Will surely be an OPA winner!

Kay said...

Good luck..lovely painting

Deborah Elmquist said...

Love the subject matter you chose. Lots of exciting elements to feast the eyes upon. The Singer sewing machine is a favorite subject for me too. dbelmquist.com

Kristin said...

I love this painting! The sewing machine is beautiful and the cloth and oil cans look so real! Also the spool of thread is painted beautifully and I love how the loop of hanging thread catches the light!

carol morgan carmichael said...

Wow! Beautiful piece with so many interesting details. Love the reflection of the pink spool on the metallic sewing wheel. This is a wonderful work of art. Glad you stuck with it!

Anne Marie Propst said...

Wow is right. This is absolutely amazing.

Lee Smith said...

Amazing! You don't need luck with those mad skills, Qiang.

Karen d'Angeac Mihm said...

It's very beautiful! Great job!

Ricardo said...

Hi I want to congratulate you for the great work they do, I love the painting you do, the colors and tranquility that reflects very good work, greetings.

alla logia said...

I loved the painting! It's so beautiful!

Chris Carter said...

This painting is stunning! Thank you for sharing your paintings and your thoughts.

Valérie Pirlot said...

Amazing! Beautiful! Your hands are made of gold!!

Karen Werner said...

Wow! Stunning...so, so masterful! The drapery is sublime! The light..the reflected color...that thread! How did you paint a THREAD with TEXTURE??? You are an amazing painter!

Donna said...

I am in awe! Thank you for sharing! A winner for sure!

claire christinel said...

Beautiful Quiang! I love the soft light on the sewing machine and how it almost disappears into the background. The fabric is taking me to the Masters! Wow!

Pragya Tiwari said...

I feel nostalgic. My mum had one of these :) What a fabulous piece of work. You are a winner !

Connie Nobbe said...

I love this beautiful painting for more than one reason. 1. It's gorgeous in it's execution and 2. I love old sewing machines (I love to paint and to sew). Funny you should post this, just a couple days ago, I was thinking about painting an antique sewing machine, and wondering where I could get my hands on one. And then you posted this! What a coincidence!

Brian Cameron said...

as always you did a beautiful job. I thnk the subject matter is cool. I too have that same machine in my closet. The oil cans are such a fun twist.