Wednesday, April 17, 2019
Those pink flowers are not roses, they are ranunculus. But they so much like roses. I am always looking for chances I can improve my floral paintings. This one has give me a baby step improvement.
Monday, April 15, 2019
Sometimes, it is hard to say weather I am going too much or not. The 2nd demo is here. I feel I am so borderline now. It was fun to play the abstractness on the background, but I do wonder where this spirit of playing leads me to. Even my son comments quite often that dad is still a teenager. He just wants to play.
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Left the Deep South, I have arrived at the West Coast. This is the demo 1 I did at Springfield Oregon. I want thank Gene Costanza and the Emerald Art Center for organizing my workshop, and thanks to all artists for coming. It rains a lot here, but we had fun indoors.
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Monday, April 8, 2019
This is demo 3 I did at Lake Martin. It is also my favorite one. I have started to pay attention on color scheme design with this painting. The harmony of the color design on this painting was my intention.
Friday, April 5, 2019
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
This is my first demo on the workshop at the Tallapoosa School of Art at Lake Martin, AL. I want to thank Dorothy and George Littleton for organizing this workshop, and thank all the artists for attending. Lake Martin is a beautiful place. If you are interested to visit and paint there, please check: http://www.tallapoosaworkshops.com.
Friday, March 29, 2019
I was requested to do a demo at Dahlonega after my workshop. So I did this one. I have experimented a little on the composition. You have seen so many of my demo paintings, probably get bored with them because they are very similar. I decided to do this demo a little different.
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Monday, March 25, 2019
Saturday, March 23, 2019
Thursday, March 21, 2019
I am on my teaching trips again. At this moment I am at Dahlonega GA, teaching a still life workshop. I want to thank Anita Elder for organizing this workshop, and thanks to all the artists for coming and paint with me. This is my today's demo painting.
Sunday, March 17, 2019
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I have managed and painted a few paintings between my teaching trips. I did this one from a photo taken by one of my wife's friends. Austin has changed significantly these a few years.
Wednesday, March 13, 2019
Another delayed painting post. I don't understand (actually, I DO understand) why we all are so busy everyday. There are so many things we must do. We do it, nothing will happen, but if we don't do it, we will be in trouble. If you have seen I have been quiet for a long time, which means I am busier. Art is easy, but life is way harder. I taught many workshops, I must say I have learned way more from my students than I have taught them. There are three major sufferings we all have to face: aging, sickness, and death. Money and fame are useless in front of these three. Many of my art students have to deal with these suffering everyday. I admire their tenacity and courage. I am on my way to maturity.
Thursday, March 7, 2019
I wish I can post my painting more on time, but when life throws a curved ball, we must adapt. I have nothing to complain, just hope life can be a little easier. This is my second demo in Paso Robles.
Saturday, March 2, 2019
This is my 1st demo on my Paso Robles workshop. I really want to thank Marion and Robert for offering their lovely home for me to stay. Thanks to all California artists for attending this workshop.
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
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Not long ago, I did a workshop in Paso Robles CA. It was so beautiful there. I got a chance to visit quite few beautiful places. I did this painting today from a photo I took at Morro Bay.
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Friday, February 22, 2019
I have been organize "Painting in China" trip for quite a few years. Every September I take a group artists and friends go to China. We sightseeing in a few beautiful or well known tourist places, then we stay in a less tourist place and paint for a few days. This video shows the place we painted in our 2018 China trip. It was an old town called "Shang-li" in Sichuan Province. Unfortunately, it was raining everyday, but we painted anyway. Please enjoy this short video, and Please check my "China 2019" trip. I hope you can join me and we will have another wonderful time this coming September.
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
For Demo 4 I have used a ref photo of a very busy scene, but now I are not afraid busy subject matter any more. I have tricks to deal with them. I hope all the workshop artists also got my tricks.
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Saturday, February 16, 2019
Art Loft in Dahlonega, GA, and then I will teach at the Tallapoosa School of Art at Lake Martin, AL. If you are in the Southern states, and want to improve your art skills. Please contact the corresponding workshops organizers. I am looking forward to meeting you. Thanks.
Thursday, February 14, 2019
I did this painting yesterday based on a photo I took at San Angelo TX last October. I think it is first cowboy painting I have done. I am considering sending this painting to a gallery soon. Personally, I have tried to establish a process or a procedure I can deal with any narrative topics. My attention is going into the abstractive expressions of all the painting elements: shape, value, color, texture, etc. I want to go beyond techniques and skills, so the my painting becomes a true art.
Monday, February 11, 2019
Now we get something exciting. Playing the texture and colors as a piece of visual music, that was my main idea when I painted this demo painting. I have enjoyed the freedom of the brush strokes and the color distribution. However, I must be mindful that I need a control to keep the painting representational. Do not want to go pure abstractness. One of artist in the workshop is an orthopedic surgeon. He told me that the person doing this kind of art should be a specialist called an "optical realistic abstractionist".
Sunday, February 10, 2019
I need to put my "head studies" aside for a while now, and come back to field I feel more comfortable to be in. At the end of January, I did a workshop in Tucson Arizona. I want to Thank Brenda Semanick for organize this wonderful event, and thanks to all the artists who attended this workshop. I like the shimmering colors in this demo.
Saturday, February 9, 2019
Today's head study is relatively more challenge, I can not play the light and shadow game on this one, and the perspective is not easy either. I am happy that the model has strong features on her nose and mouth. I am rather weak in painting the nose and mouth area, I have got a chance today to practice. The entire process of today's painting was a struggle, but result was not too bad. Man! I wish I can do head studies everyday.
Friday, February 8, 2019
I have done a few "head studies" after I got back home. I did not show all of them. They are kind of boring, and full of problems. This is what I did today. It is relatively good. The nose has some minor issues, and I did not have time to do the ear. I will say I have reached the mediocre level of portrait painting. The face looks close to normal human being now. At this moment, I won't say there is much of art in my head studies, because I still concentrate only on how to copy the face accurately, I have not give much of thought about design and composition. I just try to avoid anatomic, proportional, and perspective mistakes. That is all.
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Today is the Chinese New Year, the year of pig. As a matter of fact, I was born in one of those years of pigs. Well, I don't want to talk too much about pigs, but it maybe a good time to kick off my "Painting in China 2019" program. I have worked hard quite a few days and getting the trip finalized and webpages developed. In this September, we have planned to cruise the Yangtze River, then painting at the spectacular Guilin. I will teach a 5-day landscape painting workshop at Yangshuo, a small town in Guilin area. We also arranged an additional Beijing - Xi'an - Shanghai trip for people who visit China the first time. For detailed information, please check: http://www.qh-art.com/china-2019.html. We will keep the group relatively small, so seats are limited. Many people have asked me about this exciting trip. Please take your action now.
Monday, February 4, 2019
Saturday, February 2, 2019
This is my 3rd demo on my Charleston workshop. As a matter of fact, I have painted using this ref photo before, and get more and more excited about the direction I am heading to. "Figures in landscape" may be the genre I am getting in. The potential of the artistic expression is tremendous. I am happy my art tree starts to bear fruit. Many years of exploration in still life and landscape painting have given me a peek what the future will look like. Many friends have considered that I have established my art. Well, I am afraid not. I have seen just the beginning.
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Monday, January 28, 2019
I have just finished a 3-day workshop at Charleston SC. I want to thank Laura Todd and Pat Huff for organizing this wonderful event. Thanks to all the artists for coming and painting with me. This is my first demo. BTW, I did go to see a dentist when I was in Charleston. I am OK now. Thanks to all friends' asking.
Saturday, January 26, 2019
I would like to announce that I will teach a 4-day still life painting workshop in Austin on May 5 - 8, 2019. I want to share my know-hows on how to make a painting more dramatic. If you are an artist in Austin, or artist wants to come to Austin Texas in May, please take this opportunity to improve your painting skills. Please check the workshop webpage: http://www.qh-art.com/qiang-huang-2019-still-life-workshop.html for more information and sign up. Thanks.
Monday, January 21, 2019
I have to interrupt my portrait study for a while. At this moment, I am sitting at the airport waiting for my flight to my next workshop teaching. This painting I did right after the New Year to give my still life painting a little change. I am exploring new compositions. Of course, I want to push the envelope of my colors.
Saturday, January 19, 2019
Obviously, I did not do a good job on my yesterday's painting, but I went to Whole Food and found myself a bowl of Chicken Noodle soup. It was delicious. I went to live painting again this morning. It happen to be the same model. I did better I think.
Friday, January 18, 2019
Today, I have really experienced how a starving artist feels. Due to a bad toothache, I hardly ate anything for a few days. I felt very hungry today. I wanted to go today's noon to 3:00 live painting, but I better find a bowl of soup (that is only thing I can eat) before I start to paint. I left a little early and stopped by 3 places: a Burger King, a HEB (grocery store), and a Jersey Mike's Subs. Man! nobody offers a bowl of soup. I was starving and arrived at the painting place late. I did all right. The painting has some problems. I finished this painting with some warm water and a tablet of ibuprofen.
Thursday, January 17, 2019
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I was at Paris last May, and tried of painting the Notre-Dame plein air. I failed badly. The structure is so intricate. It is so difficult to simply and still make sense on canvas. I was pondering this problem since then. Yesterday I was reviewing my photos shot in Paris. This question came to mind again. So I give it try again. I think it works this time.
Wednesday, January 16, 2019
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This painting is from a photo I took at the Potala Palace in Lhasa Tibet. Tibetan Buddhism is mysterious to me, but I know it is one of the pathways to the utmost wisdom. A group of artists and I visit Lhasa in last September. I was rather sick due to the high altitude when we visited the Potala Palace, but I decided to give it a try. I am glad I did. I got a ton reference photos during my China/Tibet trip. I will try my best to find time to do some paintings with them.
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Tuesday, January 15, 2019
My obsession of portrait painting keeps on going. I went to life painting again yesterday. We had the same model, with whom I did "Head Study 010719" a week ago. I can see I am getting better noticeably (Don't you agree). I am much faster now, and start to have a procedure on how to paint accurate head studies. I don't want emphasize "loose" or "painterly" effects on this kind of studies. Portrait painting is totally different ball game relative to still life and landscape paintings. I also want to stay in this monochromatic scheme for a while until I really get anatomy of human face nailed.
Monday, January 14, 2019
This is my last painting in the year of 2018. I worked on paint application, using more broken color techniques to increase the feeling of spontaneity and energy. I review my journey on still life painting, I did a lots of repetitions, because most of my still life paintings are demos. My progress were baby steps. I sneak into my teaching a small amount of experiments. I learn a little bit every time when I teach. gradually cumulates my know-hows. I have waited for a long time. Now I start to see improvement.
Saturday, January 12, 2019
Gush! I am obsessed with portrait painting now. I painted this one this morning. I am working on two things in my head studies: solidity of the head form and anatomy of facial structure. I have done three head studies this week and have seen progresses. I hope I can have more time on this path. Wish me luck please.
Friday, January 11, 2019
I think I have got Alzheimer's now. I went to life painting again this afternoon. I thought I got everything I need, but when I arrived at painting location, I found I forgot to bring the brushes I like, I did not have a palette knife. I have not a container to hold mineral spirit. I even forgot to bring the tripod that hold my easel. (Well, after the painting session, I found my tripod was in my car, but I have absolutely no memory that I had brought it). I had to borrow a palette knife and managed to finish. The painting turns out all right.
Thursday, January 10, 2019
This demo painting is a little different from I usually do. I have concentrated on using broken colors and developing textures. I used to use more solid grey for the background, but this one I deliberated use purple and green to make the background color not that identifiable. I saw quite a few artists using this Impressionistic color mixing, but have not tried it myself seriously. I like the feeling of this painting. I felt I have more opportunities of using more higher chroma colors to present relatively dull colored objects. I consider this one marks a progress on my art journey.
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Saturday, January 5, 2019
Thursday, January 3, 2019
The holiday is over. Go back to work. I continue posting my out-of-date paintings. This one is my first demo on my workshop at the Scottsdale Artists School in December 2018. Since this is my second workshop of the year at SAS, so I call it demo 5.
I had a relatively long break in this holiday season. I didn't paint. I re-read "Walden" by Henry David Thoreau, and decide to practice his idea literally. I started to build a small off-grid habitat with my own hands. This holiday season marked the very early phase of this long term project.