Thursday, April 30, 2020

"Still life in green study 043020"

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I did another monochromatic still life study. Today's color is green. The colors I have used for this one is sap green, cadmium green pale and white. Green is relatively easy color for tinting and shading. It was fun doing this kind of studies, and it is very helpful to know the colors. I wish I did this kind of work a long time before.

Monday, April 27, 2020

"Report on Primary Color Mixing"

Does an artist need math and science to develop techniques in art? Well, it depends. If you are gifted, you probably do not. You just follow your intuition and create the visual impact from your heart. However, for an average human like me, I have to rely on all the resources I can access to improve my art. You know I am recently doing research on color. The images above are from a short report I wrote on primary color mixing. I have concluded that red, yellow, and blue are NOT good primary colors to use. If you are interested what I found, you may download the report from my website: If you are bored at home, you may find my scientific report entertaining.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

"Brocken Crayons still Color"

During my morning jog, I have noticed many painted pebbles lying under the trees in the neighborhood. These must be the art pieces done by the children in our subdivision. The information on the stones touch me. The Coved-19 turns the world up side down, but the courage and kindness of the mankind shines like jewels. Yes, the crayons may be broken, but they still color. My artists friends, please use this time to create. It will be the time well spent.

Friday, April 24, 2020

"Still life in Yellow study 042420"

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My today's post is a monochromatic painting using my yellow scale. The colors I used were black, burnt umber, yellow ochre, cadmium yellow lemon, and white. This kind of painting probably has no market value. I did this purely for my academic curiosity. Maybe I should pay more attention to the action items on how survive in this difficult time, but some how my mind has been trapped deeply into this research. I am following my heart, and let the future manages its course.

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

"Still life in turquoise study 042120

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This is a painting I did for my color research. During my color scales exercise, I have figured out what colors to use to produce a value scales for any tube color I use on my palette. For this painting, I used my turquoise scale, which has black, phthalo blue, cobalt teal, radiant turquoise, and white. I can get any value for the turquoise family with relative high chroma, so I decided to do a monochromatic painting. It is exciting to see the result. The color is so intense that is hurting my eyes. I can use this kind of painting to study the psychologic impact of a color.

I also want to test the market effect of this kind of painting. I am going to post this painting on Daily Paint Works ( as an auction to see the reaction.

Friday, April 17, 2020

"Red Rose 041220" --- Sold

I did this small painting a few days ago as a small commission. A friend sent an image of one of my small paintings I did a few years ago and asked if he could buy the painting. The painting was sold long ago. So I said I can do a similar painting. So I did this one. When I was painting this one, I felt I have gone back to my old "Daily Painting" days. It was so nostalgic. It was the good old days. Well, if you have similar request, please let me know. I will work with you. 

Monday, April 13, 2020


We are all having a very tough time right now. So many people died, and more people are dying. Some of them are very close to me. It seems we have lost control and hopeless. I am having a hard time to concentrate on doing anything. I photographed the color scales I did recently and composited them into a digital image. I keep on doing whatever I can. And HOPE everything  can get better.

Saturday, April 11, 2020

"DVDs have arrived today"

Dear friends, we have received the hard copy DVDs today. The orders have been shipped out. I hope my teaching can help your art, and you can utilize your time at home or studio to achieve significant progress. If you are interested in to have a copy of "Floral Painting with Qiang Huang" DVD, please go to: to order. I really appreciate your support of my art by purchasing my DVDs. This difficult time makes me deeply realized that we are all closely connected. Social distancing actually connects our hearts more together than ever. I feel so grateful to this world family.

By the way, if you are a friend in Toronto, Canada.  Would you please contact me? You may email me from my website and click the "Contact" tab. I need some information about your city. Thank you so much.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

"DVD: Floral Painting with Qiang Huang"

Hello all my artist friends: I would like to announce that my second instructional DVD "Floral Painting with Qiang Huang" is ready for purchase. Like my first DVD. I have two versions: physical DVD and downloadable version. Please visit my DVD webpage: to order. The physical DVD is designed for people who want to watch the video with a DVD player (computer works as well). My first batch of mass replicated DVD will arrive this Friday, so it will be the earliest time we can ship the DVD to you. The downloadable version works on your computer and iPad. After purchase, you will receive an email with a download link. Please make sure you really download the video file on your computer (about 1.5 GB storage needed) before you start to watch the DVD.

Covid-19 has significantly disturbed everybody's life. I will not be able to teach paintings workshops for a long while. I hope this DVD can help you to improve you painting skills. Now we all must stay home. Painting can be a really good activity to make your time well spent. We can be productive and grow, even in this difficult time.

I really want to thank my son Jonathan Huang for helping me to make this DVD possible. I am keeping exploring all possibilities to offer my art teaching via the internet tools.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

"Handbook of Covid-19 Prevention and Treatment"

I want to share this reference information with you. "Handbook of Covid-19 Prevention and Treatment" is a short book (68 pages) written by a group of doctors who were personally participated the fight to Covid-19 virus in the frontline of Wuhan, China. You may download the pdf from: This ebook contains professional and comprehensive information, especially for hospitals, doctors, nurses, and other medical works. Please pass it on to anyone you know who are fright in the front line.

When I published my previous information sharing post, I have got a few comments concerning the credibility of the Chinese resources. I will say: as a rational human being, I don't blindly believe anyone. I will use my reasoning and logic mind to evaluate the information to see if it makes sense or not. The government may or may not tell the truth, but the information from experienced doctors can be helpful to save lives. At this very moment, Americans are dying in big numbers,  any effort to help should be considered a patriotic action.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

"Color scale study"

All my workshops in April and May have been canceled. I don't need to travel for two months at least. Well, it might be a good opportunity to turn on my research mode and do some serious study, which I wasn't able to do for many years. I made a few color scales today. I know the "color theory" some sort. But my knowledge about color is quite chaotic. I need a very organized system specifically for myself first, then I can pass it on to my students. I will reference to other peoples' teaching, but eventually I need to develop a practical and easy to use color system. It is not a knowledge issue, but rather a management issue. I am glad I have started today. I will share with all of you when I have my color system. Just like learning to play piano. Let's play scales first.