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: http://www.qh-art.com/zoom-workshop-one-day.html. 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: http://www.qh-art.com/domestic-workshops.html (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: http://www.qh-art.com/zoom-workshop-one-day.html. 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: https://www.artescapeitaly.com/qianghuang 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: http://www.qh-art.com/zoom-workshop-3_2021.html 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. 

Friday, February 26, 2021

"Color Relativity" course is online

 


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

"Tuscany Study"

 

I painted a small study today. The purpose of this study is to investigate the chroma of the color green. Human eyes are very sensitive to green. In the real world, It is rare to have greens with high chroma. Most of the greens are rather close to gray, but our eyes often give us the fake news. We feel we see very pure green, and we tend to use high chroma green colors to paint trees, grass, and other green stuff. Now I have the "Painter's Guide App". I can measure the chroma if I paint from photos. In this painting, all the greens in light are rather dull. Actually, the chroma of the shadow colors are much higher. Is that weird? 

Sunday, January 31, 2021

Zoom Workshop: Studio Landscape Painting Workshop

 


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

"A girl in Sedona" finished

 


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

A girl in Sedona 1

 


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

"Color 3" class is online

 


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

New video: "painting from a photo demo"

 


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

"The Red Door" --- Sold

 


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

"Mission Espada" --- Sold


 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

Calendar sale ends soon


 Simply remind you that the 2021 painting calendar sale (20% off) will end tonight at midnight. Please visit: http://www.qh-art.com/calendar-2021.html to preview and order. Thanks.

Saturday, November 21, 2020

2021 Painting Calendar

 


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

Smart Chicken Coop

 


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

Roping quick draw

 



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

Portrait demo in San Angelo

 


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

"San Angelo Roses" --- Sold

 


This one is a plein air piece I did at the San Angelo Community Rose Garden. It was a wonderful day. I will paint more flowers outdoors. It is so different.

Monday, October 26, 2020

Real Plein Air Experience

 


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

"Water Lily Impression"

 


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

"Quillen's Ranch House" --- Sold

 


I had a bad crash when I did this painting. However, I have repaired it. So not problem, but have a big laugh. Now, the painting is no long categorized as "oil on board", but it is a "mixed media".

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

A window of Texas

 


I am experimenting this vertical composition. It is also my first time painting cactus.