Sunday, June 5, 2011

"Rose Without Flower 2" --- Sold

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I have stepped on something really hard for me. I spent more than four hours on this 5"x7". To make it look like rose leaves, I went tighter deliberately. It is so difficult to paint darks on lighter background on a wet-on-wet basis. Nevertheless, I think I made some progress comparing to my previous painting. Don't you agree this leaves are more resemble the rose leaflets? I had real hard time painting the stems. I use cutting in the negative space, but the paintwork labored tremendously. Man! I am so tired. On this thorny journey, I have a long way to go. If you are a developed painter, please wake me up if you know I am on a road toward a dead end.

6 comments:

Theresa Bayer said...

Beautiful work! Love the way the stem and leaves are so expressive. And the colors are great too.

Don't worry about the 4+ hours, it takes me a week to complete a painting, even a small one.

Christine said...

Qiang I am signed up for your upcoming Putney, VT, workshop because I want to learn more about your expressive paint strokes. The beauty of your work really touches me and you always have such a humble attitude and honesty about your struggle which is refreshing. I am really looking forward to the workshop.

Jewell Cheng said...

Hi Mr. Qiang Huang, I love visiting your blog. Usually I'm a silent lurker online but I'd like to put an end to your struggles and frustration you've been experiencing.

I guess you're trying to get an effect with leaves like Schmid? The artist that looks like an old version of Michael Cera? It's actually really easy.

Your leaves tend to be monochromatic in green. However, to suggest depth in painting, a one colored object MUST have at least 2 different prism colors because of the different planes of light and dark. You can notice Schmid's dark of green is brown while the light/midtone is green, with occasional other colors from bouncing light. It makes the eye feel depth because of color science. The different color planes should be opposite in the value scale too.

Another part is you translate the leaves too much into geometrical shapes, you should develop the focus more. Not in hyper-realism drawing detail, but emphasizing the planes and its idiosyncratic characteristics.
When painting multiple leaves, detail a few ones then make the ones away from focus gradually more and more abstract like the paint equivalent of camera blur. This visual science replicates peripheral vision.

Karen Johnston Blog said...

Hi Qiang, I love your work, it is beautiful. I have visited your blog for quite a while and I appreciate your honesty. You are right about trying to paint darks on a light background, it is very difficult and a mistake I made some time ago.

Carole said...

Quang-- I just finished reading ''The War of Art'' and according to this writer and my own intuition, you are doing everything right to manifest your passion...The enjoyment you give others in seeing Beauty through your eyes is your gift to this transient world. Thank you for sharing your excellence and struggles. We are all on the same road, looking for meaning, questioning our motives, etc. You have got everything you need for inner and outer success, and your determination is inspirational.

shivanand khanore said...

simply great!!!