Friday, October 14, 2011
Taking Qiang Huang's Workshop
Qiang Huang Workshop
8x10in oil on canvas
I am in Albuquerque for the Qiang Huang workshop. Last year I hosted the workshop for Qiang in Las Cruces and this year I am co-hosting it here with a wonderful artist and friend, Peggy Jones.
She provides the brains - reservations etc, and I provide the brawn - setting up the 16 still life stations and crawling under tables getting light cords to them all.
This morning Qiang explained his personal philosophy and generously credited his influences/mentors. He then proceeded to blow us all away with a fabulous demonstration. I recommend you go to his blog
to see the demo he did.
In the afternoon we all painted from our own set-ups. Mine is above and not quite finished.
Qiang came around as we were setting up, advising each of us and, in my case, he asked what the focal point would be and suggested the lightest apple be moved to that area. During his demo he had carefully shown us how to gradually move the values towards the light(est) area which is the focal point. He paints the LIGHT!
He made several excellent suggestions each time he came around. Qiang is a marvelous teacher and takes time with every student. I am one happy camper. I love to learn. Tomorrow we do 'a high key' painting.
I am a painter living in Las Cruces, NM. After many years as an illustrator I turned to fine art to develop my own artistic voice. I currently teach talented and enthusiastic artists in oil, acrylic and egg tempera painting. I am also a member of the Artist Guild of Southern New Mexico.