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.