12 x 12 Painting
by Pat Fiorello
Here were Qiang's demo pieces from the workshop. The first 2 were more in the traditional style he's know for, with dramatic values and dark backgrounds. Today he did something totally different, a colorful high key painting with a light background.
|Qiang Huang demo #1|
|Qiang Huang demo #2|
|Qiang Huang demo #3|
I thoroughly enjoyed the workshop and am inspired to keep working at consciously making choices when it comes to edge work to bring a more "painterly" look to my own work. The thing that non-painters might find hard to believe is that it is harder to make a truly wonderful painterly/loose piece of art than it is to make a realistic painting. The masters we marvel at, like Qiang in oils and Charles Reid in watercolor, who I have also studied with, Richard Schmid (and I'd bet John Singer Sargeant, Sorolla etc.. if we could have watched them paint) work very hard and deliberately to have their paintings appear loose and painterly. Their paintings appear casually and spontaneously done, but believe me it's no accident. It requires careful design choices, concentration and self restraint to say more with less.
Thanks to Donna Thomas, owner of the Art School in Sandy Springs for bringing such a great talent for us to learn from here in Atlanta.
|With Qiang in front of today's demo painting|
I've been to several great workshops this year and have both participated and led many workshops over the past 20 years, so I decided to share some tips on "How to Make the Most of Your Painting Workshop Experience" in a series this week in my blog. So stay tuned ( sign up for email delivery if you're interested) for more...