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.
This painting is available for purchase.
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.
Sunday, December 23, 2018
Friday, December 21, 2018
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Saturday, December 15, 2018
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This is my 3rd demo on my Austin plein air painting workshop. We went Oasis (a wonderful restaurant by Lake Travis). I painted this one on the balcony facing the big lake. It was a very cold day. The wind was strong and raining too. We had to go inside to get warm and then come out painting, back and forth quite a few times. Oasis was very kind to us, and allow all of us painting inside the restaurant in the afternoon.
This painting is available at: https://www.dailypaintworks.com/fineart/qiang-huang/lake-travis-demo-in-austin-3/715789
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Hello my friends, In February 22 - 24, I will teach a still life workshop in Florence Texas. If you are interested in my approaches to still life painting please check http://www.paintedviewsranch.com to get detailed information and sign up. See you at beautiful Texas hill country.