Tuesday, March 2, 2021
My very first Zoom workshop started yesterday. This is the demo painting (well, I did some finish touches offline). I consider this workshop is a new milestone on my art journey. If I can use one word to summarize this event, it will be "quantitative". You might think this word maybe the most irrelevant for an art activity, but that is exactly why this workshop is so significant. I have introduced "measuring cups" to my students, and "painting by numbers" will not be dirty words in art practices any more.
Friday, February 26, 2021
My "Color Relativity" course is on Udemy now. The video can be viewed online without the need of downloading the file to your computer. This is the 3rd class of my "Rigorous Color System for Artists". I have learned a lot by doing the research of color relativity. Human's color vision is so tricky. It varies all over the places when the viewing condition changes. I hope this course can help you to gain more control when you paint. Please visit: http://www.qh-art.com/online-teaching.html to access all versions of this course.
Monday, February 15, 2021
Sunday, January 31, 2021
I am very excited and happy to announce: I am ready to teach a painting workshop on Zoom. The title of the workshop will be "Studio Oil Landscape Painting Process". I will meet the class 5 times on every Monday in March. I will use these group meetings to present, demo, and critique. This will be a highly interactive workshop. I will give assignments, and set up individual Zoom meetings with each student to discuss and give tips specifically. The workshop is limited to 15 students, and the registration will be on the basis of first come first served. For detailed information and registration, please visit: Qiang Huang's Zoom Workshop.
Friday, January 29, 2021
I have finished this painting. What I have learned from this project was how to control the chroma of the color. Any color has 3 attributes: hue, chroma, and value. To make the hue and value correct is not very hard, but visualize chroma precisely is not easy. We might be able to estimate how dull or vibrant a color can be, but it is difficult to get it accurately. I had to use measurement and math to get it close to right. I took many photos of the painting during its development. The load the photos on the "painter's guide" app. I measure the chroma coordinates of colors in specific area, and then compare the reading on the corresponding area on the reference photo. The result was shocking to me that how inaccurate I got the chroma. Very often, I tend to make the chroma too high. Now I have gained more chroma control.
I also made a Youtube video of this painting. Please enjoy.
Thursday, January 21, 2021
It has been about 20 days since my last post, and 35 days since my previous painting. Too much is going on. I watched too much TV. Now we have the new president. I wish the new president the best luck facing all of unprecedented challenges, and hope the United States is on the right track. Life keeps on going. I hope all of you happy and peaceful.
During this isolation time, I don't have too much commitments. I have been drifting with my mood and let my feeling takes control. This may not be a good idea. I spent a lot of time at my off-the-grid place with all kinds of projects. I also spent too much time on the computer learning 2D and 3D graphics, and investigating the scientific base of color. The only thing I did not do enough was painting. It maybe I did it too much and start to get sick of it. You might have the same experience: if you put down your brushes, it will be very hard to pick them up again. However, if you force yourself to paint, you will see the joy comes back.
I started this painting a few days ago. I am no longer having the energy as my old daily painting days, but as I saw the painting image evolving, I still feel enchanted.
Saturday, January 2, 2021
Happy New Year! My new year resolution for 2021 is "To serve more". We have gone through a very difficult 2020. We have been actually more connected rather than "isolated". I have learned how to survive by reducing my expenses. We grow our own vegetables, raise chickens and I am continuing my experiment of off-the-grid living. So I will try to decrease my business appetite in 2021. The year of 2020 was not too bad and I feel grateful. I am still healthy. I have learned a lot and accomplished quite a bit. I have done significant amount of study about "color", developed apps, produced online teaching videos about color study and painting. and started to build a Youtube channel.
At this moment, I am happy to announce that the Part 3 of the "Rigorous Color System for Artists" online course: "Color Relativity" is ready for download and DVD purchase, and very soon the true online class on Udemy will be available. I have made an Youtube trailer for this class. Please check: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lC0oCJWN0vk&t=2s . I keep my online color classes very affordable. Please visit: http://www.qh-art.com/online-teaching.html for information and purchase. You may find my teaching is rather "academic". It may not directly teach "how to paint". If you only want to know how to paint, please check my dvd page. I feel good artists need to do true studies. I take advantage of my scientific training to develop my color courses. I hope they can help you to grow and improve.
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
I did another zoom demo on Monday (Dec 14). This demo was organized by the Working Artists Forum in Easton MD. Since this demo was for a specific group, I did not announce it. However, you can watch the complete demo on YouTube now. The link is: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQupKbChHVc&t=173s. Please enjoy it.
Sunday, December 13, 2020
I have been slowing down and not posting paintings actively. Even the posted painting today was done about a month ago. The reason is simple: I have not painted for a while. The world is in chaos. I am having a hard time to concentrate myself to art. I try my best to calm my mind. I spend more time at my off the grid haven. There is no wifi and I force myself away from Youtube and other so called "information resources". If I don't know, I assume the world is still in peace. I know it is not true. I wish all the best to all of you. Please protect yourselves. It is cold there, we will hibernate and wait for the spring to come.
Thursday, December 3, 2020
This is a small painting I did in November. Although it is small, I have spent quite a few days to finish it. I have found recently that my painting process has been prolonged significantly. I have been thinking and seeing more, and found more stuff I don't know. I have spent long time figuring out the color I should use for the wall of the Mission Espada. We all rely on our intuition to paint. However, if you start to see the intuition gradually turn into a rational process, we start to understand. If your intuition is still a merciful phenomenon, it means you have not understood.
Friday, November 27, 2020
Saturday, November 21, 2020
I have made a 2021 desk calendar with 13 of my painting images. You may view all the calendar images at http://www.qh-art.com/calendar-2021.html. The year 2020 is so sad. So far more than 254,000 Americans have died of Covid 19. The country is so divided. We Need More Love.
The calendar is $10 each. If you purchase before the Black Friday (November 27), you will get 20% off. Please allow me some time (before Christmas for sure) to ship the calendar to you. I will place my batch order based on the number of orders right before Thanksgiving, then send to you individually. Thank you so much for supporting my art.
Friday, November 13, 2020
This is my recent Youtube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brEe-41ZLrg. Today's post is not about art, but it is about life. After the Covid 19 pandemic has spreaded everywhere, we must adapt the new way of living. I started to think seriously on how to live sustainably. Dominated by the consumerism for so long, we gradually lost the ability of doing things, We only buy things or hire contractors to do things for us. This video has documented a simple DIY project I implemented recently. It does not need a rocket scientist to do it. I hope all of us can be handy and be able conduct this kind of projects. If we can DIY (painting is one of them), our life will be simpler, less anxious, and more fun.
Thursday, November 5, 2020
This is my quick draw piece on the EPAT 2020 competition. How can you paint a subject which moving in a fast speed? I think the key is take advantage of the "repetition" (of course the subjects have to be willing to do it). I was located at the outside of the "practicing ring", The riders were running in circles. I paid attention only on one of the angles when the horses came. I extremely simplified the painting by throwing away the light, color, background, and even value. It does not matter weather the horse is black or white, nor the rider is a cowboy or cowgirl. I don't really know the anatomic structure of horses, but I only worked on the silhouette of rider's gesture, so I have a plenty of time doing that.
Sunday, November 1, 2020
I wasn't prepare doing a portrait demo in San Angelo. It was cold and windy, but many demo artists were brave and painting in the cold wind. I decided to take it easy. I stayed indoors and did this portrait. The light was not ideal for a portrait, but it was interesting. I did a monochrome so I was able to concentrate on drawing and value only without worrying I might not have enough time to finish. My hand was rusty, but the result was not bad.
Thursday, October 29, 2020
Monday, October 26, 2020
I have made a new Youtube video of the accident during one of my plein air painting sessions on EPAT competition. A strong wind knocked my easel over and crash my painting into the dirt. I did not rescue the disaster immediately, but instead, I documented what was going on with my phone. I had put a footage on Instagram and got more than 7,000 views. Now I am back to my studio, so I v-logged this accident. You may view this at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jXDqzh-JOo and have a good laugh.
Sunday, October 25, 2020
This is another plein air experimental piece. The location was at the "International Water Lily Garden" in San Angelo. The painting was relatively large (18" x 24"). My intention was concentrating on the color design and using as less as possible representational elements. I would not say the experiment was successful, but it was not a failure either. I did gain color freedom, but the harmony needs quite amount of work. I have learned.
Thursday, October 22, 2020
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
Sunday, October 18, 2020
Thursday, October 15, 2020
Continuing painting plein air in my backyard. I really like this one. I did not work hard on colors this time, but I spent some time on drawing and edges. I must say I have not done enough plein air on flowers. I did most of my florals on my still life setups. I usually buy flowers from grocery stores. The leaves usually are in bad shapes. This one really gives me a good feeling. I want to paint more floral from gardens.
I am on my way to San Angelo, Texas to participate the En Plein Air Texas painting festival. This is my first in-person event since March. I am very excited. I will let you know how it goes.
Monday, October 12, 2020
This is another plein air piece. The location was in our backyard. The time was about 2:00 pm. The painting was started a year ago. It was abandoned after it had barely a composition sketch. I did not know why I didn't complete the painting at the time. I worked on it a few more days recently and I may say it is finished. I would not say I really like it, but it did show some progress of my skills after I researched on color during this precious time of the Covid isolation. I become more sensitive about colors in the shadow. I like the color of siding of the shed in the shade. This one and my previous "Off the Grid" painting are two my most recent plein air works. I find I am slowing down significantly. None of these paintings was alla prima. I have been seen more and mix more colors. Although the resulted paintings have not shown significant difference from my previous plein air works, but some feelings are happening.
Friday, October 9, 2020
Recently, I have been learning the skills of making videos. I have made another one today and just posted it on my Youtube channel. Please go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1MiDqABpZM to watch it. For a while I have been painting relatively large paintings. I know it is hard to show the effects of large paintings if I only post static painting images. So I made this video and I can zoom into the details of the paintings. Since the Covid 19 Pandemic, fewer people go to galleries to see the shows. Maybe this video can give you some impression of my gallery paintings. This can be an idea of doing a "virtual solo show" on the internet. Nowadays, Youtube is so popular, but I have just started to use it to promote my art. I don't know I will become those who are called as "Youtubers", but I am willing to test the water. So please comment on my videos and give me suggestions. I appreciate you help me to grow.
Monday, October 5, 2020
I painted plein air at my "off the grid" haven yesterday. I remembered I have talked about my DIY project of building off the grid before. I was inspired by Henry David Thoreau's "Walden" and did this project mainly in 2019. This year, I have added an attached bathroom to the main structure, and built decks in the front. Nine solar panels provide the power so I can turn on lights, run a refrigerator, and the most importantly, drive an AC to beat the super hot Texas summer. I use rainwater for shower and other cleaning, and propane gas for cooking and heating in the winter time. I enjoy very much when I stay there. Now, all of us are going through the Covid 19, and it becomes more significant to know how to live sustainably.
The weather is perfect. When I was painting, all the details I went through during the construction came alive. It was a good moment. I realize that I can not be only a painter, I must know all the skills to survive.
Saturday, October 3, 2020
Please watch the video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-fgG6MrOvU.
I did a painting demo live on Zoom today. It was problematic, and it might have caused some artists who has registered, but not able to watch. All of this was due to my lack of knowledge of using Zoom. The problem was that I have sent out the wrong invitation. I copied the invitation info and pasted to the email I sent out, and I did not know how to verify the correct meeting ID until the time the meeting started. I copied an different meeting invitation and sent it to you. Fortunately, my son Jonathan figured it out. and helped me to start the meeting with the ID I have sent. If you have missed the live demo, I sincerely apologize to you. We live in this so called "Information" age, but the fact is we are lack of more information. Just a few days ago, I knew nothing about Zoom. I jumped into the water without knowing how to swim. I am learning dangerously. I wish I could have prepared thoroughly to start to do things, but we don't have that kind of time. Life is too short, we have to take the risk. I am glad this live demo was not a complete failure. The result is better than I thought.
Now I have put the demo on Youtube (it is another deep water I need to swim through). Please go to the above link to watch. I hope this video helps you. For the people who have seen the demo live, you may watch the painting getting finished in this video.
Monday, September 28, 2020
I made a quick video to talk about some issues I have been going through in preparing for the painting demo on Zoom this coming Saturday. Please watch it on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQ1n37JIW5I. We all work hard to make the new life working. I have learned a lot just this a couple of days. Yesterday, I have sent more than one hundred emails one - by- one, because I did not know how to send a group email for all who have registered for my demo. I felt clumsy at the beginning, but eventually I will figure out, and things will get more smooth. Thanks to all of you for your support to my art and teaching. I will try my best to teach more often and more effectively.
Sunday, September 27, 2020
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: http://www.qh-art.com/zoom-demo.html (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
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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAGW64xhYbA to watch my painting process (for Instagram users, please search: "Qiang Huang" on Youtube). I appreciate you subscribe my channel.
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
I uploaded a new instructional video on Youtube to demonstrate how to use my "Painter's Guide" app. Please go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SYWzG4JLpSU 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.