Monday, April 24, 2017

"Demo at Cary 2017 3"


When I was preparing for this workshop, I found that I was in short of canvases to use, and the time was not adequate to order more. So I made a few oil primed panels myself. I got a piece of masonite  from the Home Depot, then coat a layer of PVA, and a layer of oil ground from Gamblin. I want thank Mark Boedges for teaching me how to make this panel. This was my first time using this home made panel for my still life. It worked fine.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

"Demo at Cary 2017 2" --- Sold


This the second demo at Cary. It is a little more realistic. I used to do most of my still lives with cool light and ward shadow, but some how I have encountered more situation of the opposite. I enjoyed the beautiful cool shadow on the tea cup this time.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

"Demo at Cary 2017 1"


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I am so happy going back to Cary NC. I want to thank JJ Jiang for organizing my workshop, and thanks to all the artists for coming and painting with me. This is my first demo. I hope this is not too abstract. Let me know if I am going too far. Thanks.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

"Plein Air at Mission San Jose"


I went San Antonio last Thursday and did  a plein air painting at Mission San Jose. It was a great exercise for warm light cool shadow. It was a wonderful day. I have enjoyed very much.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Backyard Habitat



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I painted plein air in my backyard yesterday. The subject is a small house I built with my own hands not long ago. I have been experimenting living off-grid. The small house is powered by two solar panels. I have camped in it a few times. It was a cloudy day. So the light is cool and shadow is warm. I know this principle theoretically, but I didn't observe this until recently. It is not that obvious, but it is true.

Friday, April 7, 2017

"Demo at Huntsville 2017 3"


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I have plein-aired a few days, but I have to come back to deal with my "priorities". There is no way out you know, it is just a part of life. Now this painting is another demo I did at my Huntsville workshop. I know very well, my demos are very predictable, but have you noticed I have some very slow improvements? Demo for teaching and learning, that is mode I have adapted. I do not have a specific goal for my art journey. Let's drift along, like a winding brook.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

"Arch Way of Laguna Gloria"



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Painting is always compromised to all other so called "important" priorities, such as doing the taxes, fixing the toilet in the master bedroom, or calling the insurance company to check if they cover the next doctor's visit. Life is such an agony and insignificant stretch of time if we are driven by "priorities". No matter hell or high water, I throw all my gears into my broken backpack, I went to plein air painting today.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

"Demo at Huntsville 2016 2"


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The brass object was from Saudi Arabia. I like the structure on the upper part of the handle. I don't know why. I really enjoy like detailed mechanical parts on a metal objects.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

"Demo at Huntsville 2016 1"


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Huntsville Alabama is the place where I was educated in optics, which started my engineering career. Now I came back as an artist, showing optical effects on painting surfaces. Great thanks to Laura Smith and Huntsville Museum of Art for organizing my workshop and thanks to all the artists for coming. This is my first demo. It is still available.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

"Demo at Dahlonega 2017 3" --- Sold


For this demo, I did a low key floral painting. I have not done this kind for a while. For the pink rose, the light part is just empty canvas. I have never done that before.

Friday, March 24, 2017

"Demo at Dahlonega 2017 2" --- Sold


This is the second demo. What is that thingy in the right? I am not very sure. It could be an opium pipe. I saw so many antiques in Anita's house. I surely enjoyed painting some of them.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

"Demo at Dahlonega 2017 1" --- Sold


Dahlonega GA is a small town about 50 miles northeast of Atlanta. My workshop was in a studio called the Art Loft. I want to thank Anita Elder for organizing my workshop and thanks to all the artists for attending. This is my first demonstration.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

"Demo at Tucson 2017 3" --- Sold


This is my last demo in Tucson. High key with flowers. So far I still feel I have not really got what I want. Well, I will keep trying.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

"Demo at Tucson 2017 2" --- Sold


I found this gismo by accident and fell in love with it. However, paint it as a demo right in front of students was a challenge. I love the intricate mechanical structures. It was fun of painting something which was used to paint.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Nancy Tankersley's Workshop at Austin


I am so happy to let you know that Nancy Tankersley is coming back to Austin this November and teach a 4-day workshop on painting figure from photos. Nancy is a nationally well known and very accomplished artist. Her expressive Impressionistic colors and bold brush strokes create phenomenally strong paintings, and brought her multiple rewards for many years. Nancy is also a wonderful art teacher. Her instructions are informative and practical. If you are interested attending her workshop, please check: http://www.qh-art.com/nancy-tankersley-2017-workshop.html to get detailed info and sign up. Thank you.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

"Demo at Tucson 2017 1" --- Sold


After I left Scottsdale, I arrived at Tucson immediately. I want to thank Linda Ahearn of the Toscana Studio and Gallery for organizing my Tucson workshop, and thanks to all artists for attending this workshop. This is my first demo.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

“Demo at Scottsdale 2017 4" --- Sold


This one is a little tighter than the previous demo. Painting the coffee grander and the copper tea pot was very enjoyable. Adding folds on the white table cloth made more fun.

Friday, March 3, 2017

"Demo at Scottsdale 2017 3" --- Sold


I feel I am getting too loose now. This is my 3rd demo I did at the Scottsdale Artist School. I am still exploring my high key painting approaches, and I hope someday I can achieve the goal I want.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Paint with me in Italy


I am very excited for this opportunity of going to Italy this summer. We have planed this wonderful trip to Fiesole and Florence from May 23 to May 31. This will be small group. I will share my plein air painting approach and provide specific guidance to help you to improve your art. Besides art classes, we will enjoy more other cultural activities as well. At this moment, we still have a few openings. Please visit: Landscape Painting in Italy with Qiang Huang for detailed information and signing up. Thank you.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

"Demo at Scottsdale 2017 2" --- Sold


This is the second demo. What is that blue thingy to the left of silver pot? It does not really matter.

Friday, February 24, 2017

"Demo at Scottsdale 2017 1" --- Sold


I feel great and honored for teaching at the Scottsdale Artist School again. I have a relatively large class with 18 people from all over. I want to thank SAS and all the artists for coming and painting with me. It is my first demo. I got more and more abstract nowadays. I need to be careful not moving from loose to sloppy.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

"Plein Air at Saguaro Lake" --- Sold


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Another plein air painting. I feel this one is not as good as the previous one, but I surely learned a lot. I have realized how much I don't know about painting natural subjects, such as bushes, rocks, waters and so on. I feel more comfortable with objects with regular forms, like apples and oranges, but most of objects I deal with theses week have irregular forms. Give me some time, I will get there.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

"Plein Air at Superstition Mountain" --- Sold


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I am at Scottsdale taking a workshop from Mark Boedges. Mark is a fabulous landscape painter. I have learned a lot these a couple of days. Yesterday and today we painted at the Superstition Mountain. The scenery is spectacular. I spent about 5 hours on this one.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

I will attend and demo at the PACE17


I'll be at the Plein Air Convention in April in San Diego. If you are thinking of going, make sure to book today and save $400 off the full price - the early bird price expires at midnight tonight (Feb 14). Get your tickets before #PACE17 sells out!  Hope to see you there!!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

"Rose Study 2017 09"


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This is interesting. My mind is telling me: "You thought you know how to do it. Guess what, you don't." That is true. My today's painting didn't come out as I want it to be. In other word, I still do not have a control on my rose paintings yet. I am humbled even more. I will analyze what is going on. At least at this moment, I know, (maybe that is my advise to you as well): DO NOT listen the news when you paint. I will sell this painting cheap.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

“Rose Study 2017 08"

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Red rose is always difficult. So I don't paint this kind very often. It is hard to vary the value to make the red go brighter without losing its vibrancy. Even photographing the red rose painting is difficult. I have a feeling that the digital cameras do not show the variation of red well. I can't tell the difference among pink red, cadmium red, and orange red from the photo. The painting looks a way better than the photo.

Monday, February 6, 2017

"Rose Study 2017 07" --- Sold

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So many artists want to paint looser. I do too. However, before you loos up, you must know how to make a tighter painting work. At least I think so. Painting is no gimmicky, and I don't really consider the significance of being talent, because I don't believe I have one. Painting is hard, but I am willing to bite the bullet.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

"Rose Study 2017 06"


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Observing my previous 5 rose studies, I have seen that the integrity of those flowers gradually fallen apart. I didn't know what has happened, and I didn't even know this is happening until I did this one. Many years have passed, and I did so many roses. However, I suddenly found that there is so much I still do not know in painting this relatively simple subject matter. It makes me humbled even more.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

"Rose Study 2017 05"


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When I did this study the rose was completely back lit. So I was struggling to show the translucent light effect. Using back lit for roses is new for me. I need to across this learning curve.


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

"Rose Study 2017 04"


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Yesterday was my mentoring class day. I did this painting. I did struggle a little. You know rose is a subject that does not allow me to over work. So I turned off my art mode and turned on my analytical mode. I took a photo of the painting, and compare it with my ref. photo. The comparison gives me something to try. I feel much better with the result.