Monday, April 16, 2018
Putting figures into a landscape painting is exciting, but I have not done this much. This demo painting was done with a photo I took a couple of years ago in Xidi China. I thought I might not have enough time to finish, but it turned out all right. I may do more paintings like this in the future.
Monday, April 9, 2018
Sunday, April 8, 2018
I love to paint buildings, you know that. This is a black smith's shop in Louisiana. I took a photo, and did this painting reference to the photo. I feel the color scheme for this painting maybe too cool.
Wednesday, April 4, 2018
I would like to announce my painting workshops in Austin for 2018. I will teach a 4-day still life workshop on June 20 - 23, and a landscape workshop on November 10 - 12. I have just created a webpage for the June Still Life Workshop. Please check the info and sign up.
Tuesday, April 3, 2018
This is another palm tree demo. I did this at Ponte Vedra Beach Florida.
Thanks to so many friends responded to my last post. I understand there are issues we should not openly talk about, but have we noticed those issues are all important issues. Well, let paint more palm trees. because all those trees are supporting each other and forms a beautiful scene, and it helps us to make a beautiful painting.
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
When I was at Ft Lauderdale, it was just after the Parkland high school shooting. It was about 20 mi away from where I teach. I just simply can not understand that the current US government does not do anything on gun control. I thought we live in a civilized country. We have long passed the barbaric time that everybody have to bear arms to protect themselves. It was shocking that the government considers giving teacher guns is a good idea to make school safer. It is so sad to see Washington is not willing to do anything on gun control to protect its own citizens, especially children. The problem is the guns themselves, people can get crazy by zillions of ways. If they can not get the mass destructive weapons, the damage can be a way less. Why common sense is so difficult to grab for our "leaders"?
Sunday, March 25, 2018
I painted this demo from a photo I took at Xidi China. The photo showed a very busy scene, I simplified it significantly. The painting has demonstrated a good play of opacity vs transparency. The brushwork has shown a good spontaneity. The color needs some work. It is over simplified.
Thursday, March 22, 2018
In February, I taught two landscape workshops. Compared with my still life painting, my landscapes still need more development. I am learning while I am teaching. It is a little scary experimenting in front of students. Well, sometime, there is not much choice.
Monday, March 19, 2018
I feel I am slowing down quite a bit in everything. I am still posting paintings I did two months ago. In this modern life, we are much busier than ever before. Everything is getting more and more complicated. We are more and more controlled by the digital technology. I really long for the good old days.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
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I did a small daily painting yesterday. Life is cyclic. My art career started with doing small paintings daily. Then I have tried all other directions. Now, I am coming back to it. I feel the most tangible way to run your own art business is still selling small paintings on the internet. Life gets more complicated, painting time is harder to come by. Very few artists can survive if they do not have a rich family. So down to earth, and face the reality. As a beginner artist, do small, and learn a lot.
Friday, March 9, 2018
I want to tell you a funny story. I am preparing for my trip to Europe, and I want to check where we will go. It happens to be the day that I had a major internet failure in my house. I was not able to check Google maps online. My wife is am AAA member. Just like the good old days, she went and got me a paper map of France from the local AAA office. I spread it wide open in front of me and try to find Paris. I searched and searched on this giant map for a long time, but lo and behold, I just simply CAN'T FIND PARIS, the capital of France... I gave up, felt so embarrassed . In the evening I had dinner with a couple of my friends. I asked one of them this stupid question: Where is Paris? He showed me on his phone. Yes, I saw it. Paris is in upper middle of France. After I got home, I went to my map of France again. You know what I still CAN NOT find it!!! .... I was so confused. ... Suddenly, I realized what is going on. Here is my answer:
Where is Paris? .... IT IS ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE MAP.
No matter how stupid I am, I still paint and willing to share. If you are interested to see how I paint, please join us in Paris and Tuscany. We still have a few openings. Please check my website to sign up.
Saturday, March 3, 2018
This is my first demo at Lindale workshop. Dark bottles and some fruit. I really don't know what kind of fruit at the front is. I don't think it does not matter. They are for the taste of the eyes. They manipulate the light the fruit way.
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
My true love in art is painting portrait and figures. All of my still life learning has been aimed toward to paint human well. I was teaching a workshop at Lindale Texas last month, and I did this demo at the last day of the workshop. We had a great model Megan. It was so wonderful painting this study.
Monday, February 26, 2018
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Nowadays, I sync all my social media together, and I have reached another milestone. I have found recently that the number of followers on my Instagram account has passed 50,000. Thanks to all the friends who like my art.
Friday, February 23, 2018
Sunday, February 18, 2018
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I did another small sunflower painting. It happened that my son Jonathan was home. He made a time-lapse video for me. I have upload this video on Youtube. Please click: Sunflower time-lapse to watch.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Monday, February 5, 2018
This winter is cold, very cold. In addition, according to Phil the Groundhog, we will have 6 more weeks of this cold winter. Well my fellow artist friends, should we go to Florida? Paint a few palm trees and practice your understanding may be a warm idea.
In February, I will teach two landscape painting workshops: Ft. Lauderdale (2/20-22) and Ponte Vedra Beach (2/24-27). So far we still have a few openings at Ponte Vedra Beach. Please visit: Cultural Center at Ponte Vedra Beach for detailed info and sign up.
Thursday, February 1, 2018
I am very excited to announce our "Painting in China 2018" trip is ready for registration. From September 6 to 21, we will spend 16 days together in China. We will climb the Great Wall, and visit the Forbidden City in Beijing, see the Terra-Cotta Warriors in Xian, play with the adorable giant pandas in Sichuan Provence, and the most special, we will visit the mysterious and legendary land of Tibet. During the trip, we will have 6 painting events. I will share my oil painting approaches.You may get the general information about this trip on my website: http://www.qh-art.com/china-2018.html, and send your request by email: email@example.com. We will provide detail information about registration and preparation for the trip, and answering all the questions you have. This is a very special program. Please join us.
Sunday, January 28, 2018
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My still life, especially floral, paintings get looser and looser. I have been enjoying the freedom, and the musical impression of the 2D paint distribution. I hope this flow of color does not get too sloppy. I thought I still have the balance between representational and abstract. I maybe wrong.
Friday, January 26, 2018
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I really enjoy using dark background for my still life paintings. It is so effective to enhance the light effect at the center of focus. Still life is relatively easy to paint. However, to make a still life painting interesting is not that easy. I try all the tricks to push the envelope.
Sunday, January 21, 2018
Friday, January 19, 2018
This is my last demo at Nashville last November. It was very enjoyable of having this delicious color play. Still life is more a design process rather than a realistic rendering. We have much more freedom than we think we have.
Wednesday, January 17, 2018
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I have painted many roses and sunflowers, and feel relatively comfortable painting them. However, I have not studied thoroughly other kinds of flowers. My general impression about carnations is a colorful whole bunch of mess. I never examined the anatomic structure of this flower. I did a close study of a pink carnation. My brush work was a little restricted and the painting looks mechanical, but is a good start. I need to do more to develop the skills.
Monday, January 15, 2018
My 2018 teaching will start very soon. First I will teach a 3-day still life workshop at Sacramento on Jan 19 - 21, then I will teach another 4-day workshop at Lindale TX. So far I still have a few openings at Lindale. Please contact Maureen Killaby at firstname.lastname@example.org for information and registration. See you.
Sunday, January 14, 2018
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January 15, 2007 was the date I posted my very first painting on my blog. Since then, I became a "daily painter" and marketed my art on the Internet. Now, 10 years have passed. I am happy I have made it so far. I am grateful for so much support I have received. I am extremely humbled for the art journey is harder than I thought ten years ago. Do I regret? I would say "maybe", I could have been a lousy engineer and provided much better "security" to myself and my family, but I will say "No". I have lived honestly with much more happiness.
To celebrate my 10 yrs anniversary, I did this 6"x6" this morning. I will put in on the daily paintworks auction with a starting price of $100. This was I did ten years ago almost everyday.
Saturday, January 13, 2018
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
I want to sincerely thank all the friends commenting and suggesting on my Venice painting I posted previously. I might do very limited amount of touches to keep the painting a Impressionistic look.
Having said about painting Venice, I am excited to tell you that I am going to Italy again. I will teach and paint at the beautiful Tuscany area on May 17 - 24. I want to thank Betty Huang and Studio B Gallery for organizing. This workshop has been just added to my website. Please visit Qiang Huang Tuscany workshop for detailed info and sign up.
Monday, January 8, 2018
The time I spend on a painting either very short (alla prima) or very long. I just can not do a painting in 2 to 4 days. I have shown you this painting at its early stage. Now quite a few days have passed, and the painting has reach to this point. I deliberately resist the temptation to paint more details and move toward the realism direction. I don't think it is the time to stop now, but I am rather confused about what to do for the next step. I am doing a lot of think at this moment. What do you think?