Tuesday, December 11, 2018
I did a plein air painting workshop in Austin before Thanksgiving. It was a cold day. Thank God it did rain that day. I want to thank Linda Carter for allowing us to use her property for the class. There was an old sailboat in the marina. It is kind of interesting.
Friday, December 7, 2018
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
I did a 3-day workshop at Wayne Art Center near Philadelphia. I want to thank Nancy Campbell and Kimberly Leone for organizing and all the artists for attending. This one was my first demo.
Friday, November 30, 2018
Happy Holidays my dear artist friends. I have made my 2019 painting calendar. To order one or a few, please visit my website then click "Store" tab, or just simply: http://www.qh-art.com/calendar-2019.html. Thank you so much for supporting my art.
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
This is the day we supposed to go to a ranch and painted there, but I left my canvas holder (it is part of my easel) at the framer's shop. After I got it, the major part of the morning has gone. Instead of driving to the ranch, I decided staying in town. In the alley, I saw the back side of "Deadhorse" bar has this vibrant red door. I set up my easel there. It made my day.
Saturday, November 24, 2018
I am very excited to announce that Derek Penix will come to Austin again in April 2019 and teach a 4-day painting workshop. Derek is a true rising star artist. I know so many artists want to develop a loose and energetic painting style, but it is not easy. Derek really has the know-how. I just love his way of painting. If you are like me, and want paint loose, please check: http://www.qh-art.com/derek-penix-2019-workshop.html. Derek's workshop fills up fast. Please sign up as quick as you can.
Friday, November 23, 2018
Continuing on my slow motion blog posting, this is my plein air of the old San Angelo Movie Cinema. It is no longer in use. I decided painted a monochromatic one. It gives a nostalgic feeling. I am very fortunate. This painting has been collected by San Angelo Fine Art Museum.
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
I did another water lily painting in San Angelo. You probably have realized that my painting posts have been way out of date. I was at San Angelo in latter part of October, now it has been already latter part of November. Since San Angelo, I have done two workshops but I have not posted any paintings there. I don't know why I am so busy all the time, but I am behind of so many things always. I used to like the rabbit in "Alice in Wonderland" anxious of being late. Now my mind likes the still water in this water lily pond. Everything seems have stopped. Time is an obsolete concept. You think I am enlightened? No, I am just simply being lazy.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Sunday, November 11, 2018
Thursday, November 8, 2018
Sunday, November 4, 2018
Saturday, November 3, 2018
Thursday, November 1, 2018
This is the Cathedral Rock in Sedona. You know I am more or less a "structure" painter. I like to paint buildings, still lives, portraits and figures. Painting natural scenes is unnatural to me. I need more thinking. I feel this kind of painting is about depicting textures. Mountains and trees are just different kind of textures. There are ways to do them. Many artists (or teachers) say that "you can paint anything, because they are just shapes, colors, and edges". Well I have to tell you, that is true only philosophically. If you know some "formula" (I know it is a dirty word). You will do much better and quicker. That is why Bob Ross and Thomas Kinkade were so successful. If you want to painting natural scenes as fine art. You must be an illustrator first.
This painting is available. Contact me if you are interested.
Monday, October 29, 2018
Finally we got some sunshine in Sedona. I did this plein air painting by the beautiful Oak Creek. I was very fortunate. This painting has won me an award. This painting is available. If you are interested to collect it. please let me know.
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
When I was painting is one, the rain was on and off. I had to put away my easel back to my car when rain came and re-set it up when the rain stopped. I had been in and out 5 times. It is really test how fast I can put away and pull it out. I could manage to do this in a few minutes.
Thursday, October 18, 2018
I am in Sedona AZ now attending 2018 SPAF. The weather was not cooperating for a few days. This plein air painting was done at Tlaquepaque in downtown Sedona. It was raining and cold. Fortunately I found a cover.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Monday, October 15, 2018
Saturday, October 13, 2018
his work online. Hsin-Yao is one of few I consider a genius. He has reached his success in the art world at very young age. Look at this extraordinarily beautiful portrait he did. I have been inspired, and learned a lot from him when I was studying at Art Academy of Art University in San Francisco. It has been a rare opportunity I invited Hsin-Yao come to Austin to teach. I hope you all also can take advantage of this special learning opportunity to bring your portrait work to the Master level. Please check Hsin-Yao Tseng workshop and sign up soon.
Monday, October 8, 2018
This is only plein air painting I did in Lhasa, Tibet. We were at Norbulingka, Dalai Lama's former summer Palace. It was a beautiful place, rather quiet. After we set up our easels and ready to work. A police woman asked me about our activity. After I explained that we were a group of international artists coming to Lhasa and paint. She was very happy about what we were doing, and watched we work with strong interest.
Sunday, October 7, 2018
Sunday, September 30, 2018
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This plein air painting was interrupted a few times by the rain. I don't know if it is considered finished or not, but I was really in a rush using the time when the rain was subsided into a drizzle. The scene was a complicated structure, but I was under the pressure, and it is impossible to take care of all the issues I consider necessary to be a painting I like. reality is reality.
I feel the process of this painting just like my life. We have to compromise to all the issues we wish we can take care of, but life is telling us that is the best we can have. Struggling in life is not always a bad thing. Just like this painting, I kind of like it.
Friday, September 28, 2018
I was completely disappeared from the cyber world for a month. I just came back from China last night. Our painting trip there was very exciting. 13 of us traveled and created art together. We have many stories to tell, and many photos to share. Unfortunately, I was not able to access to my social media during the time I was there. I was happy being there in China, and I am happy coming back as well, because I can show you images.
Shangli is a old small town in Sichuan Province. There are many remarkable old structures. The weather was 100% raining when we were there. I painted two paintings there, all in the rain.
Friday, August 24, 2018
This painting was done at Oxford MD during the Plein Air Easton Festival. I felt very peaceful when I painted them. Nowadays, the world is getting more and more chaotic. We really have no peace of mind when we are bombarded with the information of what are happening. Art is my sanctuary, where I can forget the reality temporarily. Just like those boats, I want to dock peacefully.
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Do artists need math? Generally speaking, I don't know. However to myself, the answer is: Absolutely. Mathematics is a powerful tool when I run into ambiguous issues during painting practice. I'd like to run a few analysis mathematically. For instance, I try to investigate the color temperature relationship between light and shadow. I use image processing software (Photoshop) to sample out the colors in light and shadow area. I get their color coordinates so I can compare, and then plot the sampled colors on the color wheel. The result can be shown clearly. I document the analysis result in my note book for future references. My today's post is one of my color analysis. I consider I may teach some useful math to you in my future workshops.
Sunday, August 19, 2018
I spent two morning hours painting this old barn at Easton. I love to paint old stuff. This barn I painted last year. I saw it gets run down even more this year. Things fall apart. That is a very profound truth. On one hand we try to improve, wish we get better and better. On the other hand, we fall apart. The world is balanced in a weird way.
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Got on "Youtube", I searched "Time to Say Goodbye". When the beautiful voices of Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli permeated my studio, I felt tears in my eyes. This month of August is still young, but I have been shocked twice by the sad news that friends pretty close to me passing. Capt. John Atoms, (who was in Richard Schmid's dvd "The Captain's Portrait"), had stroke in July and passed away on August 3. I love him dearly. Another friend Patrick Hugg went to China with me last year and we met again in my Raleigh workshop last month, but he was gone on August 4. Patrick was only 52. The God of Death is so close to us. We all know we can not live indefinitely, but very few accept this truth. I did this small house painting several times. One of them was collected by Capt. John, and this very one was painted in front of Patrick. Farewell, my dear friends.
Saturday, August 11, 2018
This is another plein air painting on PAE. It was at Oxford MD. I realized during painting this one that I really do not have enough know-how knowledge about landscape painting. I don't know how to paint trees, I don't know how to paint rocks, I don't know how to paint water, and I don't know how to paint small figures in the scene... I was wondering why I was there for. When I was trying to put the blue umbrella on the painting panel, a gust of wind came suddenly, and my painting umbrella flue off to the lake, it was dancing and spinning, made a spectacular show, before sunk into the bottom of the water. I was in awe of such beautiful performance, regret I wasn't quick enough to snap a video clip with my phone. That was a True Art.