Sunday, June 17, 2012

My New Endeavor


I have mentioned a couple of days ago, I will start a new endeavor.  Now, it is the time to let the cat out of the bag.  Starting on Monday I will be a graduate student of the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. I will take figure painting under the guidance of the well known figure painter Zhaoming Wu. Many friends think that I know what I am doing, and it is also true that I have been teaching for many years. However, I am craving for learning. I know my current limitations, and the potential for improvement. 
Many years ago when I was young I had been strolling outside of the Central Art Institute of Beijing many times, daydreaming of becoming a art student.  Now this dream is finally coming true. AAU is one of the very few art schools I consider can offer something I need, and Zhaoming is one of the best in figure painting. I did pay an arm and a leg for this opportunity, but it is a major investment for my art future. I will stay at a student dorm and close to many young artists. I will paint many to bring my art to a higher level. 
I will keep you posted and share what I do at AAU.

17 comments:

Marla said...

This is very exciting! I know you will learn a great deal from your instructor and fellow students, and they from you - you will probably be the best painter in the world when you are done.

silentwitness said...

Wow, congratulations, Qiang. It is very competitive to be accepted into this fine school. Studying with Zhaoming would be totally awesome! May your success in painting continue, and may your passion for creating art never dwindle. Thank YOU for sharing your art and your journey with us.

Elizabeth said...

Fantastic! Can't wait to see the magic you will create. Please keep teaching by posting your masterpieces and work process. Good luck!

Jerry Stocks said...

This is an awesome endeavor. I am also back in school to get my Bachelor's Degree in Studio Art. I am loving the challenge and learning so much. Best of luck, and please keep posting on your blog as you progress in your studies.

Donna said...

Congrats to you Qiang! I am so happy for you! I was introduced to the work of Zhaoming on your Blog. He is truly a magnificent artist. Peace to you on this exciting new journey.

Theresa Bayer said...

Go for it! That's wonderful and congratulations. Good to see you're following your heart, and may you receive many rewards from doing so.

Dottie Leatherwood said...

I can hear the happiness and excitement in your words. I am sure you will savor every moment and I look forward to seeing your paintings along the way.

usetty said...

All the best in your new endeavor. Always admired your style of work and - drive.

Katherine Thomas said...

That's so exciting! I like what you said about knowing your current limitations and wanting to be better than you are. I think that is the mark of all great artists... they were always striving to be better and never satisfied with where they were with their art. Good luck to you on this wonderful new adventure!

carol morgan carmichael said...

Congratulations and good luck. Exciting time for you!

Tina Collins said...

I've just done a workshop in Italy with Zhaoming thanks to seeing it advertised here on your blog. I am still on a high from it. Zhaoming is a Master and a real gent. We discussed you, I said I thought you were a wonderful writer as well as artist. You are going to have a wonderful time learning under him and I am very pleased for you and just a tiny bit jealous. Remember to keep blogging!

lindy said...

May your new adventure fill your heart and soul with joy.

Pragya Tiwari said...

This is exciting news! Welcome to San Francisco :)

c.dingman said...

Congratulations. I don't think anyone will ever stop learning when it comes to art. Being part of a class, the fellowship is so much fun. You will learn and have the best of time doing it. The input from your experience will be great for your fellow students.

Linda Nickles said...

This is such exciting news, and what an excellent opportunity for you. Congratulations!

Arena Shawn said...

This is so so so great!!! How long would you stay in the bay area and study? Would you consider teaching some workshops in the bay area while being here?

Unknown said...

I'm going to be "that guy" and tell you that no one in San Francisco art scene who didn't go to AAU doesn't really consider it to be that great. You can go to a better school, you have the chops. It's way over priced, the reputation is bad, the curriculum is weak and it preys on people with a dream. I'm not saying you made a horrible decision, but...

Be very, very careful.