Saturday, November 27, 2021

2022 Desk Calendar


At this wonderful Thanksgiving time, I am very grateful that so many wonderful friends are supporting me, cheering up and encouraging me to come out of my challenges. I am deeply touched. You are warming my heart. At this special moment, I want to announce that I have made the 2022 desk calendar, and you may order starting today. My batch order will come in early December, then I can send them to you after I receive my batch. Please go to my website then click the "Store" tab, or directly: to see the images and place your order. Thank you so much.

Sunday, November 7, 2021

"Richard Schmid's Roses"


I have spent quite a few days to copy a painting from The Master Artist Richard Schmid. I admire this exceptional great artist, and learned a lot from his teaching. My copy will have no commercial value. I will keep it at home to remind me how beautiful oil pigments can generate. 

Now I have started to review my journey as an artist. I feel all good paintings are manifestation of the great Universe. The artists are the vehicles to carry out or reveal the greatness of the Cosmic Devine. We, as individuals, are in this world for only a short time, and can do very limited things. However, the appreciation of the Super Creation will last throughout the entire mankind.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Workshop Reminder


I will teach a 4-day in-person still life painting workshop at Sarasota Florida. If you are interested to know my painting approaches, this will be a wonderful opportunity. We still have openings. Please visit: for detailed information and signing up. I am looking forward to seeing you in the Sunshine State.

Monday, October 11, 2021

Demos I did in Tuscany


Recently, I have taught a plein air painting workshop in Tuscany Italy. I want to thank "Art Escape in Italy" and all the artists from all over the world.  I really had a wonderful time.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

"Sister Bay Sail Boats"


I have not posted painting images on my blog and FB for a while. I am sorry. This is a small painting I did yesterday. 

Monday, August 23, 2021

My new Zoom workshop in September


I would like to announce a new workshop I will teach soon: "Painterly Figurative". You probably have noticed that the workshops I have been teaching for more than a decade were either still life or landscape. Now I am ready to share my figurative techniques. I will use this One-Day Zoom class to introduce how I handle human forms to achieve sensitive and accurate drawings, and then how to use expressive brush work to obtain a loose but convincing presentation of figures on canvas. If you are interested in my painting techniques, please check: to sign up. I will show you my approaches, which are tangible and working.

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Workshop Reminder: Tuscany Italy


I have resumed my in-person workshop teaching. So far I have taught two. I am expecting a third one, which will be at Vinci, Italy. I am so looking forward to visiting and teaching at this special place of Tuscany. Vinci is the home town of Leonardo da Vinci. I feel so honored to be close to the Master. If you happen to have time, love art and Italy. The workshop/retreat will be a great opportunity for you. Please check the webpage: for detailed information and registration. We still have a few openings. I am looking forward to meeting you, and sharing my painting approaches with you. 

Friday, July 23, 2021

App update


A quantitative color temperature scale has been developed and implemented on the updated “Painter’s Guide” app. This app is free for everybody to use. Just go to my website and click the “Apps” tab, then select “painter’s guide”. I know the color temperature is a relative concept. However, I think it will be helpful if we have an absolute quantitative scale, so we can manage the subtle temperature change more precisely. If you are you interested in the scientific base of this development, please contact me.

Monday, July 19, 2021

Sunday, July 18, 2021

Monument Valley 2


I have taken many photos during our recent RV trip. This is my first studio painting based on one of the photos. The purpose of this painting is to re-present the color scheme that the Nature demonstrated in front of my camera. I don't think I can create, but I can simply document what has happened.

Saturday, July 17, 2021

Workshop Announcement


I have just finished a one-month long RV camping trip in Texas, New Mexico, and Utah. Now I am ready for work. I would like to announce that I will teach a 4 - day painting workshop at Huntsville Fine Art Museum. We still have a couple of openings. If you are interested in learning how I push paints around. Please visit Qiang's Huntsville Workshop for more info, and signing up. I am looking forward to painting together with you.

Monday, June 7, 2021

Workshop Reminder: June 25 at Salt Lake City


Life gradually moves back to normal. I am preparing to travel again. My first in-person workshop will be in Salt Lake City on June 25. This workshop is almost full, but it might still have a couple of openings. If you are interested to learn how I paint, please visit: Workshop SLC to sign up. I am looking forward to meeting you in-person. Good luck.

Saturday, June 5, 2021

Snow in Texas


Can you believe I never painted snow before. That is true. Well, not any more. I painted this one after I returned from my plein air camping trip. This was our neighborhood during the deep freeze in February. I did this for a color study. I need to finish the 4th session of my online color teaching: "Color in the real world".  To my surprise, snowscape is one of the simplest color situations in representational painting. The reason is very simple. Snow does not have much of local color because it is white. It may not have too much influence of environmental color either because its size. Therefore, the dominant color contribution is the light source colors. In a sunny day like this one, the dual light source situation is obvious. For sure you have warmer light and cooler shadow. You know why. So if you want to understand color temperature, paint snow first before you paint other landscapes. It took me quite a few years to figure this out. Duh....

Friday, June 4, 2021

San Angelo Water Lilies

Painting plein air at the International Waterlily Garden at San Angelo with my friend Kyle Ma. 

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Blooming Cactus


I went camping again. The location was San Angelo State Park. The cactus were blooming. It is not surprising seeing cactus of course, I have been living in Texas for more than twenty years. However, it is my first time seeing so many of them, and they are blooming so beautifully. I don't think this plein air painting capture that beauty, but I have tried.

Thursday, May 20, 2021

New Zoom Workshop in June: Dynamic Still Lives


I will teach a Zoom workshop about still life painting in June. This workshop will have 2 group meetings, I will share my approaches via presentations and demo. In addition, there will be 1 individual critique for each registered student. I will work with you specifically to address your issues and provide helping tips for your improvement. If you are interested in taking this workshop, please visit: for detailed information and sign up. I am looking forward to meeting you in mid June.

Sunday, May 16, 2021

First Sunset


This is my very first sunset painting. Be honest with you, it was one of the easiest paintings I have ever done. Thursday afternoon was perfect, I decided to catch the last piece of beautiful light en plein air. I arrived at the spot quite early because I know the sunset is very quick I should better be prepared. I did my drawing and value rather quickly, but hold on the color block-in, because the colors will change when the showtime comes. Then I waited, waited, waited a little long .... zzzzz. I got up, walked around, and took many beautiful photos. Then come back the my painting spot, but the sun was still pretty high. Now I have a confession to make: I took out of my phone, find a sunset photo I took from my previous camping trip, and wollah!! Here comes the painting.

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Plein Air Tree Study 051421


We went camping for 3 days at the Lake Somerville State Park. I did a few plein air paintings. You know I seldom do pure nature landscapes, I like to put houses, boats, or other man made items in my painting as the center of focus. This time I was out of luck. This park is full of beautiful trees. So I must paint some of them. This is one of studies.

Friday, May 7, 2021

"Green Roof"


This is my demo painting I did two days ago for my One-Day Zoom Workshop. It was another successful one. The feedbacks from my 3 Zoom workshops so far have approved that using apps to paint is a remarkably effective way to paint. Beginner painters can quickly go through the hurtles of color perception and color mixing. My dream is to make the technique part of painting becomes so clear and easy. Artists will spend most of their time and effort on their designs to express their creativity.

Sunday, May 2, 2021

"Rock and Water Study"


How do you manage your colors to show something looks solid? How do you use color relativity to reveal subtle changes of the local color variation? How do you handle grays to achieve rich and sophisticated color designs? To answer these questions, I did this study. 

Thursday, April 29, 2021

One Day Zoom Workshop Reminder


The image showing here is a demo painting I did for my 2nd Zoom Workshop I am still conducting. Now I have gone through the necessary learning curve of using the internet tool to teach. For my regular Zoom workshops I have to limit the number of students. However, now I am trying this new approach of One-day Workshop, so I will be able to share my painting process with more people. If you are interested in the way I paint and happen to be that you have some time next Wednesday, then please consider to attend my one-day class. The webpage of this workshop is at: I hope all the beginner painters can get the right techniques and elevate to at least the intermedium level as soon as possible.

Sunday, April 25, 2021

Thoreau's House


This small house is a replica of Henry David Thoreau's house at the historical museum in Concord MA. I have read Thoreau's "Walden" and admired his wisdom. I wish more people understand him. The world could have been much better if more people have practiced his teaching. I used the same reference photo and painted this small house many times. On my 2nd Zoom workshop I painted this house again as a demo.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Richard Schmid


We have just lost I considered the BEST representational artist in the world: Richard Schmid. He was one of the kindest and generous teachers I have ever met. I am very fortunate of having chances of meeting the painters' Master in 2010. As a beginner artist at that time. I have admired Richard's remarkable paintings for a long time. However timid I was, but I decided to reach out and contacted the Putney Painters. I was so thrilled and I got the permission of visiting the Barn and watched Richard, Nancy, and many Putney master painters to paint. The photos here are my documentations of the several events I have participated. Richard was not only the BEST artist, but also the kindest human being. His humor, his wit, and his knowledge have left very profound  impression in me. Inspired and educated by the Master, I will try my best to promote and share the knowledge and skills to bring more people involving into the most beautiful field we call ART.

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Workshop in Salt Lake City


Two days ago, I have got my second vaccination shot.  I think I am ready to resume the normal life. I have updated my domestic workshop schedule on my website: (or just go to my website and click the "Workshops" tab then select "Domestic Workshops). If you are interested in taking one of my in-person workshops, please check the above webpage and communicate with the corresponding workshop organizers. I will start to travel and teach in June, and my first workshop will be at Workshop SLC in Salt Lake City UT. I hope to see you there.

Sunday, April 11, 2021

"Spring in the woods"


Painting green is a challenge. I picked a photo that show all kinds of greens: the house with a green roof, The trees with fresh green leaves in the spring time, and the green grass in shadow and in light. I have spent two days on this small painting. It feels my handling of green colors has got more sensitive. All the efforts during the pandemic isolation have shown some effects. I am enchanted.

Monday, April 5, 2021

One Day Zoom Workshop in May


From my limited experiences of organizing Zoom workshops, I have learned that the demand of online art learning is much larger than I thought. The two workshops I have organized so far got full way to quickly, and many friends did not get a chance. In order to give the opportunity for many more people to access my painting approaches, I decided to teach a one-day Zoom workshop and allow up to 100 people to get in. So you can have an overview of my painting process. Different from my regular workshops, I may not be able to provide individual guidance this time. However you may view how I paint and have a video to review at your convenience. The information and registration of this workshop are at: If you are interested in my teaching, I do recommend you to sign up as early as possible. It may get full quickly as well.  Good luck my friends.

Thursday, April 1, 2021

Workshop in Tuscany Italy

It has been too long. We all look forward the Covid 19 pandemic coming to the end, and we can travel and enjoy the activities we used to have. I have planned to teach a plein air painting workshop in Tuscany, Italy this October. Can you imagine the wonderful days of relaxing in the beautiful Italian wine country and learn a few tips of oil painting? Please check: for detailed information. So far we still have a few openings. I am looking forward to seeing you this fall in the beautiful Tuscany.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

"Tuscany Landscape"


This is so far the largest demo painting I have ever done live in front of my students. The size is 18" x 24". The painting was finished in 3 sessions: composition, color block-in, and modeling. I used the opportunities to share my understanding and techniques of drawing, color, and design. The happiest thing for me of teaching workshops is to see noticeable progress showing on students' work.  

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Zoom Workshop in April


I plan to teach my 2nd Zoom workshop in April. This one will take two weeks, from April 19 (Monday) to April 30 (Friday). I will cover the same amount of information as my current March workshop in a more condensed way. If you are interested taking this workshop, please visit the webpage: for detailed information and click the blue registration button to sign up. I have only 15 seats. Please take your action as quick as possible.

Tuesday, March 2, 2021

"Utopian Harmony"

 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.