Sunday, September 27, 2020

I will do a free zoom demo for you


I would like to do a free Zoom painting demo for you. The time will be on October 3 at noon CST. The demo will last about one hour. You will see me live, and I will show you my general painting approach. No painting experience is required for watching my demo. I am learning new ways to continue my art teaching. This demo will be an experiment for all of us to test out if Zoom will be a viable method for me to teaching virtually. If you are interested in attending this zoom demo, please register at: (or go to my website then click "Zoom Demo" tab). Since I have only 100 seats available, please sign up as early as you can. See you Saturday.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Once Upon a Time


I finished another painting. About a year ago, I attended the "En Plein Air Texas" competition in San Angelo Texas. I did a plein air sketch of this old truck. to show the feeling of the old time, I thought I would use a monochromatic approach. But the result was not ideal. I came back, and the painting went directly to the storage, started its own hibernation into the forgotten past, just like the old truck... Recently, I pull it out. Since I am in the mode of working on colors, I decided to paint on the top of the monochrome, I turned it into a true color painting. 

In order to adapt the new way of living in the isolation of the pandemic, I started to pay more attention to the Internet. I have been ignoring using Youtube for a long time, but now I want to develop my channel. After I posted my instructional video on using my "Painter's Guide" app, I am happy of seeing my subscribers increased from 55 to 118 in about a day.  Thank you all so much for your support. I felt deeply the connection between us. Now I am learning to make time lapse videos. I have documented when painting this old truck. Please go to: to watch my painting process (for Instagram users, please search: "Qiang Huang" on Youtube). I appreciate you subscribe my channel.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

New Youtube: how to use my app


I uploaded a new instructional video on Youtube to demonstrate how to use my "Painter's Guide" app. Please go to: to watch it (for Instagram users, please search "Qiang Huang app" on Youtube). I hope all of you can benefit from this free tool to improve your painting quality. Having been teaching for so many year, I feel I have a mission to accomplish: I want to boost up the general capability of representation art creation. I will try all the ways to achieve this goal. Creating apps is one of them. Youtube will soon be another one. At this moment, I have very few videos on Youtube and only 55 people have subscribed my channel. From now on I will use this tool proactively to provide my painting tips and other educational information. I sincerely hope you can support my effort. Please please subscribe my channel. I am serious about art and teaching, and know well that there is too much junk in the world now. I will and am obligated to keep my channel clean. Let's work together, to survive, to grow, to excel, and eventually to make this world more beautiful. Thank you so much. 

Monday, September 21, 2020

A Podcast about my work


I chatted the art publisher  Eric Rhoads for about an hour last Tuesday. Now this conversation is on Plein Air Podcast. Please check it out: This podcast covers my recent research on color, how I started plein air painting, what I have learned from the master painter Richard Schmid, my teaching experiences, and some tips about painting. I hope my experience as an artist and teacher can be informative for you. I am going through a transition during this special time. We will go through all the difficulties, learn some new skill in life, and be ready for the next phase of our journey on this planet we call the Earth.

Thursday, September 17, 2020

"Gondolas in Venice" finished


I have finished this 36" x 36" large painting. On and off, it took me about two weeks. I have learned a lot, especially on color management on large paintings. Painting grays in the background was difficult. I don't want the paint look muddy there. It took me a few iterations to figure out. After this experience I have gained more confidence to paint large, without worrying the painting showing overworking or color getting dirty. I have gone through the transition from an alla prima painter to a true studio painter. I will summarize what I have learned and hope in the future I can share with you on how to paint large.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

My demo for "Live with Eric Rhoads" is on Youtube

Last Sunday, I did a live stream interview and demo with Eric Rhoads, the Art publisher. Now the video is on Youtube, the link is: (or you can search "Live with Eric Rhoads 172" on Youtube. I know some of you may not register with Facebook so you could not watch live. Now it is ready for you. At the meantime, it is a learning experience for me to know how to do live stream from my studio. I plan to teach zoom classes soon. So this event helped me to iron out some of technique issues. It looks that I need to improve the sound quality a little and install a zoom lens with the webcam, or maybe multiple webcams. When I am ready to teach zoom classes, I will let you know. Now just download my videos from my website.

Since Eric doing a favor to give me more publicity, I will help him too. So please sign up "Realism Live" if you think it will benefit you. The link is: You will learn from the most advanced artists in this event. Thanks.

Friday, September 11, 2020

Livestream from my studio on Sept 13

I am very happy to be invited by Eric Rhoads to talk about my recent art activities. Our meeting will be live streamed online at 11:00 AM central time on September 13 (Sunday). This will be the first time I will live stream from my studio. If you are interested to see my studio and know what I have been doing lately, please visit: on Sunday. It will be a fun event. See you then.

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

"Gondolas in Venice" Phase 3

Please be patient with me. This large painting will take a while to finish. For these a few days, I have been working on the figures. I don't want them to be detailed, but the drawing needs to be accurate, and the color needs to be interesting. This is what I got so far. I know some paintings take years to finish. I hope this one will not be that way. Well, I take it back. I started this one in 2017. Now it is 2020. At least I have not got stuck yet. Please wish me luck to have a smooth ride.

I hope you have checked the information of "Realism Live". I wish I could be a part of it, but I have a time conflict. If you have not checked the program, Here is the link: There so many superb artists will demo for this event. It is a great opportunity to learn from them.

Saturday, September 5, 2020

"Gondolas in Venice" Phase 2

If you want to paint a good landscape, 20% is from what you know, but 80% is from what you see. However, if you want to paint a figure better, 20% is from what you see, 80% is from what you know. That maybe the reason some good landscape painters never paint figures or portraits. If you want to be a good figurative painter, Serious study and training in art schools is crucial. Unfortunately only a few art schools nowadays offer this kind of study and training. I visited Florence Academy of Art before, and really wish I can get that kind of training. I did not graduate from any art school and I am not young anymore. I must think some way to expedite my figure skills. I have some new "app" ideas, and I will develop some tools to help mediocre figure painters to excel. I know some people use projectors, It can not solve the problem completely. Without a good "knowing", a normal 3 years old child still can judge if your figure is good or bad.

Thursday, September 3, 2020

"Gondolas in Venice" Phase 1

I am refurbishing a painting I did in 2017. I was stuck at the time, did not know how to finish. The painting was painterly and had some good parts, but there were something wrong with the color and the gesture of the main figure needed quite amount of work. It was a large one, 36" x 36". The correctness of the color relationship is crucial. I was not able to manage at the time. Now I am using my "Painter's Guide" app. I can mix color much more subtly and accurately. So color issue of large paintings will not be a problem any more.

Although my painting style is quite impressionistic, but I am always representational and realistic. If you are also a realistic painter, I recommend you attend an virtual event called "Realism Live" on October 21 - 24, 2020. The link is here (for Instagram users, please copy-n-paste: There are quite many excellent artists will share their tips. You will enjoy this great event.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

"Painter's Guide" App Announcement

I am so happy to announce that our newly developed app: "Painter's Guide" is ready for you. "Painter's Guide" app is a comprehensive tool for artists, especially oil and acrylic painters. If you paint from photos, you will find this app will improve your painting significantly. It can change your photo to black-n-white so you see value easily. It has the "oilify" filter to simplify the color shapes and hide details. You can vary the photo size to small thumb nails or enlarge to get details. Just like the previous "Color Picker" app, "Painter's Guide" can single out colors from any spot of the photo and provide you quantitative color information, so you can see and match color accurately. It is quite straightforward to use this app, but soon I will make a Youtube video to demonstrate how to use it.

You may access the "Painter's Guide" app on my website for free, simply go to and click "Apps" tab, then press the "Painter's Guide" button. If you are curious what the numbers mean on the app, I highly recommend you take my online color course (on my website then click "Online Teaching"). We are working hard to find ways to improve your painting skills practically. We appreciate greatly your kind donation in helping us to further develop apps for artists. We will work together to heal our beautiful world. Thank you so much.

We are still working on Apple and Android versions of this app. We need to cross additional learning curves. Please be patient with us. Thanks.

Sunday, August 30, 2020

"Mayfield Water Lilies"

I have finished this large (24" x 24") painting. I concentrated on the realistic presentation of the water lily pads and flowers. It is totally different style from my previous large painting "ICU heroes". When should I do a realistic painting, and when an abstract one? I feel the control is not up to me, especially large paintings. I need quite a few days to paint one, so I just go with the flow. The painting evolves right in front of me, Just like the flowers. I don't think I "created" this painting, I felt like an gardener. My job simply is to provide the as good as possible conditions for the water lilies to grow and bloom. If the painting turns out a good one. I usually spend a long time in front of it to enjoy the beauty of the visual presentation.

Friday, August 28, 2020

"Lake Brownwood State Park 3"

I went to the same location where I did my first painting in the Lake Brownwood Park. I was not completely happy about the colors I used for my first painting. It was so dry that all the grass has turned into that yellowish dry grass color. What color I should use to paint the dry grass, and also the green bushes. It was so vibrant green. I decided to paint again. This is what I did. I think I did better this time.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020

"Lake Brownwood State Park 2"

My 2nd plein air painting is the Recreation Hall in the park. It is ideal place for painting workshops. Well, now there is nobody here. I enjoy painting buildings and I was not in a hurry. So I got something like this.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

"Lake Brownwood State Park1"

Over the weekend, our family camped at the Lake Brownwood State Park. I did 3 plein air paintings. This probably my very first plein air painting outside of my house since the pandemic started. I felt rusty, but I have gradually gained momentum. The park was so quiet. The entire camp site had only 3 sites occupied. We have enjoyed very much the beautiful tranquility.

Friday, August 21, 2020

"Mayfield Lilies" Phase 3

I have not finished it yet, but I will be out of my studio for a few days, so I feel I should update you the status. I enjoy painting water lilies. To make this kind of painting more interesting, I have been exploring the richness of the texture and color. This painting is 24" x 24". To me it is a large painting. So I want enrich the painting as much as I can. Not much on details, but the abstract beauty.

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

"Water Lilies in Austin" Phase 1


Life goes on, painting goes on too. I started another painting yesterday. I loaded my ref photo with my app on an Android Pad (it is very cheap $85 from Walmart). We are still developing the app on Android devices. It is almost ready, but still need some improvements. Then we will get this app on Apple products. We have crossed many technical learning curves. At this moment, This app is on my website. You can access it for free. In addition, it will be helpful if you have taken my "color" courses. Please visit my website, then click "Apps" and "Online Teaching" tabs. Let's make progress together.

Sunday, August 16, 2020

"ICU Heroes"


I have finished the painting "ICU Heroes" I want to acknowledge Mr. Phillip Reese and "The Sacramento Bee" for the reference photograph. I kept the paint work rather rough presenting a feeling of movement. It must be very exhausted and stressful working in ICUs. Let us help them by not getting sick. Please take Covid 19 seriously: stay home as much as you can and showing you care by wearing masks.

Friday, August 14, 2020

"ICU Heroes" Phase 2

This is my second session on "ICU Heroes" I am using my "Color Picker" app (on my website) to identify my colors, and mainly using a palette knife to block in. I want to thank all the wonderful friends who commented on my previous post. We will go through this difficult time. I can not predict the future, but I know well that we should use the time we have to grow, to be a better artist, and a better person. 

Thursday, August 13, 2020

"ICU Heroes" phase 1


I have decided to do an ICU painting, because I feel personally grateful to all the doctors, nurses, and other medical workers fighting Covid 19 on the front line. In the morning of April 8, I got a call from Toronto. My brother told me that his wife has got the Covid and moved into ICU. Three days later, my brother was also hospitalized and in ICU as well. For more than a month since then. I have been calling ICU daily to check on my brother and sister-in-law. I have talked with so many wonderful people in the ICU. My brother was on a ventilator for more than a month, and my sister-in-law was in ICU for about two months. Finally both of them have recovered. I want to thank all the wonderful people in the ICU for saving their lives. They are risking their own lives to help others. This pandemic has been disastrous for so many people, so many families. We all should try our best to help.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

"Walking Dog on Wheels"


For a while, my mind has been on developing mathematic model for color systems. I did not paint much. This painting was on my easel for quite a long time. I finished it today. Painting figures and portraits is my goal for being an artist. However, I have not paint this genre during most of my painting times. All the still lives and landscapes for me are really the preparation for the challenges of figure painting. This one is another painting I did from my photos shot in San Miguel Mexico. I hope you like it.

Thursday, August 6, 2020

"Color Mixing" class is truly online

The "Color Mixing" class has gone through the evaluation successfully. Now it is truly online. You can take this class on the internet without the concern that video takes too much your computer space for downloading. Please visit: for details. Thank you so much for supporting me. During this difficult time, I have seen more the beauty of the human nature. Let's help each other, we will go through the hard time, and the world will be more beautiful.

Friday, July 24, 2020

"Color Mixing" course is ready for download and DVD

The 2nd part of "Rigorous Color System for Artists" online course: "Color Mixing" is ready for download and DVD purchase at: (or go to my website, click "online teaching" tab). The real online version of this class will come soon. This is a relatively long lesson (about 2 hours), but I keep it the same price as that of the first lesson "Color Theory". After you go through this class, you will gain a much better understanding and experience of using concepts like hue, chroma, value, and color space in your painting. The last part of the class is a painting demo for you. You will know how to match colors. If you have used my "color picker" app recently, you will find this class gives you the rational base of the reason I develop the app. Now you can systematically manage your colors during your painting practices. Please take advantage of my teaching about color and be a better painter in no time.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

"On A Street in San Miguel" 24 x 30

I have just finished this large painting. If you have seen my recent Youtube video on "how to use an app to painting", then you saw this painting on the background. I have not done many large paintings. I really want to my painting to show the "painterly" quality. This goal is not easy to achieve for large paintings. I mainly used knifes to paint this one. I must say the newly developed app is really a big help for me to get my color accuracy quickly. It gives me more confidence of doing more large paintings in the future.

Monday, July 20, 2020

How to use an app to paint

I made a Youtube video showing how to use an app to paint. Please click: to see the video. Let me know what you think.

Saturday, July 18, 2020

"Demo at Plein Air Live"

I did a virtual demo on "Plein Air Live". The purpose of this demo was to show how I use a "Color Picker" app to guide my color mixing accurately and efficiently. This app is free and it available on my website. Please check: Currently, this app runs only on my website. We are working on the downloadable version now, and hope soon you can download it from the App Store, and Android Store. I hope our effort may make your painting progress a little faster.

Monday, July 13, 2020

"Color Theory" DVD is ready

In order to satisfy the request of artist friends who do not actively pursue the development of technology (I think they are smarter), I start to provide my color course in DVD format. Now it is ready for purchasing. Please visit: to order. Thanks.

Saturday, July 11, 2020

"Computer Aided Color Matching Method" Demo

You probably have already known that I will do a demo for "Plein Air Live". The topic of my demo will be "landscape painting from a photo", but I would like to use this opportunity to share with you my newly developed techniques during this pandemic isolation time. I think I have had figured out all the color issues. I have published my online color course and generate apps for you to use. In this demo, I will specifically share one app, which will guide you to mix color accurately. If you are interested in my demo and demos from many other superb artists, please sign up by clicking the link:

Thursday, July 9, 2020

My class in truly on-line now

Finally, my online color course, Part 1, "Color Theory" is truly online now. I am using the online teaching platform "Udemy" to carry this course. If you concern your computer may not have enough storage to actually download my class, or you don't have a computer (you have only an iPad, or a smart phone), this is your option of accessing to my teaching. I am glad I have passed the learning curve, and want to thank my son Jonathan Huang for making this approach viable. If you are interested in taking this class online, please visit: This is my new endeavor on the journey of art and art education. If you see any issues, I appreciate you letting me know. I will try my best to help you. Thanks.

Monday, July 6, 2020

"APPs for Painters"

I have been collaborating with two software engineers, and we have started to make APPs for artists. Please visit: to see what I have. At this moment, all the apps are related to the information I go through in my recent "Color Theory" class. If you have downloaded this class, you receive a zip file. There are 4 files in it. To attend my class, you only need 2 files: the video file, and the pdf. The other 2 files are the "color conversion" table and "color map" app. They run on Mac only. So that is problem for PC users. Now the problem has been solved. these 2 files can be replaced by the apps on the webpage now. So both PC and Mac user can access them.

I am working continuously to make the DVD and online version of the "Color Theory" class available as soon as possible. I am sorry for the delay, They will come soon. Well, at least you have the downloadable version now. If you want to download, go to:

Thursday, July 2, 2020

"Plein Air Live"

I am happy for being invited to demo for the "Plein Air Live" A Global Virtual Experience on July 15 - 18, 2020.  If you are interested in participating this virtual event, please check: I was planning to attend the Plein Air Convention in Santa Fe. Unfortunately that event has been canceled. "Plein Air Live" is a good alternative. I hope see you via a computer screen.

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

“Rigorous Color System for Artists, Part 1: Color Theory"

I am very happy to announce that my color course "Rigorous Color System for Artists" begins to get its fruition. The first class of the course is "Color Theory". It is available now. If you are interested in this class, please visit: Now you can download the video and my presentation notes. and study on your computer at your convenient time. The true online version is currently under evaluation by the online teaching platform "Udemy". It will be available very soon. I am also working on the DVD version of this class. it will be ready soon as well.

For a long time, I feel art education is lack of formality. Art has been taught casually. I want to use this course to resume art teaching in an academic manner. I hope all of you can benefit from my teaching and heal this wounded world.

Friday, June 26, 2020

"Tomato DIY"

These a couple of days, I was painting plein air in my backyard. Since the pandemic, it has become inconvenient to grocery shop, we decided to grow our own vegetables and raise chicken for eggs. Now the summer is here, and we have got a plenty of fresh organic vegetables and eggs. The yard work keeps us busy and physical. Now these tomatoes have become my plein air subjects. The pandemic has taught us how to live. I really feel grateful to the Mother Earth.

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

"Sargent's Color"

I did a short demo painting yesterday. My son Jonathan has taped the process, and the demo will be used as a part of my online color course. We will finish the recording the course today, then Jonathan will edit the video and select a online platform we will put the course on. We plan to publish the course at the end of June, or the first week of July. Please be patient with me. I am trying my best to make this course informative and practical.

Friday, June 19, 2020

"On a street in San Miguel"

Five years ago I visited San Miguel in Mexico. I took many photos and thought someday I will paint from some of them. Five years have passed. Now I got a chance. I want to do a large painting, but I did this small one to testing my colors first. I think it looks all right.

Saturday, June 6, 2020

"Vicki's Laundry"

I did this painting as a commissioned piece. It has quite amount of colors in it. I have practiced my computer aid color matching technique to mix all the color needed. As a matter of fact, if you know how to match color accurately, you don't have to know color temperature and harmony that kind of junk. The painting will automatically look good. I will introduce the color mixing methods soon in my online course about color. So far my preparation of my online teaching goes well. I have just finished the video taping the first part of the course -"Color Theory". I will soon start taping the second part - "Color Mixing". I plan the get the course ready for upload before the end of June. Please encourage me to cross all the learning curves. We all are adapting the new norm of living with the Covid-19. We will survive.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

"Monet's Garden in Spring"

Today, I came out of my color research and temporarily to the real world. I did this painting from a ref photo from the Monet's garden. I did not do any color tweaking. So the painting is rather representational.

I know the country is open for business, but I still follow the common sense and stay at home as much as I can. It is so sad that today the death of Covid-19 has reached 100,000. I hope all of you are safe.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

"Water Lilies in Blue 2"

This is my 2nd try of the same painting. From the previous one, I have learned that I might have shift the reference photo too far to the blue, so the scene has deviated too far from the reality. With the 2nd attempt, I toned the ref photo a little less to maintain most of green colors, but the painting still has a dominant color tone to unify the color scheme. The trial and error approach gradually trains my sensitivity in establishing my color sense. It is tedious, but necessary.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

"Water Lilies in Blue"

I manipulated the color of a photo I took in Monet's Garden in France a couple of years ago. I want the scene has a dominant color tone. Might be I over did the color shifting, and the image starts to look like a nocturne. I did a small painting to see the effect. This is a preparation for a future large painting

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

"Red and Green"

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This is dangerous. Red and green are almost complimentary. It is rather difficult to harmonize these two colors together, but I did it anyway. Do I like this color scheme? I don't know. It is kind of interesting.

Friday, May 8, 2020

"Green Yellow Scheme 050820"

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Continuing on my color scheme research. Yellow and green can be analogous, but we need to be careful. When I paint this one, I significantly tone down the chroma of the green to almost gray. If both yellow and green have high chroma, the scheme may not work. If the green is darker, it will be even worse. On the color wheel, yellow sits between orange and green, and we all know yellow and orange get along well. They can form a very harmonious analogous scheme, by why green and yellow can not getting along?

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

"Complementary color scheme test 050620"

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This is another test of my color research. Today's scheme is complementary colors: red and turquoise. As a matter of fact, "color scheme design" is a big topic. It does not have to have any realistic base. How should we group a set of colors together and make a good presentation? I don't have adequate amount of information to answer this question. That is one of my purposes of doing this research. The colors of my paintings (this one and previous one) are NOT from my still life setup. I got on the internet and searched for "color palettes for website designs", and decide which online palette I want to use. Then I choose objects and background drapery to match as much as possible to computer color palette. I also plot the colors on the color wheel so I know which category of schemes the set of palette belong to. So I had a complementary one today and an analogous one last time.

Monday, May 4, 2020

"Harmony with warm colors"

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This simple painting has shown the fruition of my color research. After getting deeply into color theory and measurement using math, and strategies of color mixing, now I move onto aesthetics, color psycologry and color scheme design. This one uses an analogous color scheme centered at warm yellow. It has developed from my earlier monochromatic scheme with yellow. The palette I used for this painting was burnt umber, yellow ochre, cad yellow lemon, cad yellow deep, cad orange, cad red light, quinacridone magenta, radiant red, and white. I did tested this color scheme on the computer first. Science does work.

Saturday, May 2, 2020

"Still life under cool light"

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This is another daily painting exercise. I used all cool colors to obtain an analogous color scheme to maintain harmony. The paintwork is rather rough to give a painterly look. I will tweak this color scheme more to make it work even better. If you have any suggestions, Please let me know. I appreciate it.

Friday, May 1, 2020

Red and Green are NOT Complementary, Neither Purple and Yellow

If you have painted for a while, you probably have known that red and green are not true complementary colors, either from your color mixing experiences or from your study. If you just started painting, I hope you are learning the correctly way. I did this color mixing demonstration to show that red and green mix together will make a brown or dark yellow, and purple and yellow will make similar brownish color, but they are not neutral grey. The true complementary color for red is turquoise (or cyan). Not a long ago, I have shown you the limitation of the red, yellow, blue color mixing. We have seen so many problems of this system. I don't know why so many color teachings are still following the wrong path.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

"Still life in green study 043020"

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I did another monochromatic still life study. Today's color is green. The colors I have used for this one is sap green, cadmium green pale and white. Green is relatively easy color for tinting and shading. It was fun doing this kind of studies, and it is very helpful to know the colors. I wish I did this kind of work a long time before.

Monday, April 27, 2020

"Report on Primary Color Mixing"

Does an artist need math and science to develop techniques in art? Well, it depends. If you are gifted, you probably do not. You just follow your intuition and create the visual impact from your heart. However, for an average human like me, I have to rely on all the resources I can access to improve my art. You know I am recently doing research on color. The images above are from a short report I wrote on primary color mixing. I have concluded that red, yellow, and blue are NOT good primary colors to use. If you are interested what I found, you may download the report from my website: If you are bored at home, you may find my scientific report entertaining.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

"Brocken Crayons still Color"

During my morning jog, I have noticed many painted pebbles lying under the trees in the neighborhood. These must be the art pieces done by the children in our subdivision. The information on the stones touch me. The Coved-19 turns the world up side down, but the courage and kindness of the mankind shines like jewels. Yes, the crayons may be broken, but they still color. My artists friends, please use this time to create. It will be the time well spent.