Saturday, January 11, 2014

Qiang Huang Workshop

Workshop Participants with Qiang and Song (his wife)

This week was so much fun. One of my China trip cohorts, Billie Bassette, came to stay with us and we both attended Qiang Huang's 4 day painting workshop in Austin along with a number of my Plein Air Austin, Central Texas Pastel Society, and Austin Pastel Society painting buddies along with some new painting buddies we met there. I just love painters. They are all so generous with their praise and with their knowledge. The workshop was at the Anderson Mill Garden Club and I have to give thanks to the wonderful Garden Club volunteers who greeted us each morning, fed us continually throughout the day and waited for us to all leave before locking up. They were wonderful and the food they prepared for us was great.  If you ever get the opportunity to take a painting workshop with Qiang Huang, I can't recommend it enough. He is an amazing artist AND a great teacher. He is very organized and teaches in a way which works with students of all levels, beginners to professionals. It's no wonder his demos usually sell at the workshop and they actually have to draw names to see who can buy each painting since so many want to buy each one.

I finished 3 paintings during the workshop and have one more which is almost finished. It just needs a little punching up. The last one I did was a view of Zhouzhuang from the China trip. I am so proud that I finally was able to "get" the perspective after Qiang demo'd a similar photo that morning explaining all about how the vanishing points worked. I've had it explained many times, but this time it actually seems to have sunk in a bit.

I painted a Chinese butterfly last week and it sold at auction on Daily Paintworks. I was very pleased with the painting so I'll show it to you as this week's painting.
"Flutter By" 5x5 oil on board SOLD

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