Saturday, February 16, 2019

Workshops in March

Hello my artist friends: I will travel to the southern states: Georgia and Alabama and teach two 4-day still life workshops. On March 21-24, I will teach at the 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

"Roping"


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

“Demo in Tucson 2019 2" --- Sold


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

“Demo in Tuscon 2019 1" --- Sold


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

"Head Study 020919"


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

"Head Study 020819"


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

"Painting in China 2019" announcement


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

My 2019 Spring Workshops

My 2019 Art teaching has started in full swing. I feel it may be a good idea to list a few of my forth coming workshops on my social media. I travel quite a bit and enjoy sharing what I know about painting to my art friends. I hope this posting helps you to plan your art learning at locations close to you. I teach many workshops, maybe too many. I do consider to slow down (I am not allowed to say that I am getting old, but you know). So please take the opportunity that my teaching is still relatively easy to access. Please visit my website and contact the corresponding workshop organizers. Thanks.

Saturday, February 2, 2019

"Demo at Charleston 2019 3" --- Sold


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.