Sunday, April 17, 2011

Qiang Huang ~ Day 3

A quick paint morning before the afternoon lecture about the business side of art. Qiang is a wonderful teacher, both with the artistic side and the business side. He's very clear, precise and detailed. Did I mention he's an engineer in real life? I definitely would recommend his workshops.

Today's painting is a detailed study of high-key still life from yesterday. Christa & I had planned to change it, but we arrived after our 3rd artist, who had already begun to paint it. Oh well, it felt good to sleep in a bit.

I played with the style of painting. Normally I'm pretty tight and controlled. So today I went loose. Only wiped the canvas twice (but it was in the drawing stage.) But, as they say, "No Pain. No Gain." Later, I had some wonderful and uplifting comments from Qiang and fellow artists. It was great learning experience (but, boy, am I tired!)

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Qiang Huang ~ Day 2

Oh, the pain of a high key painting (light background) and a light pink rose. And Cobalt blue glass bottle? And a silver bowl.... I love a challenge, but hate it at the same time. Again, not a finished piece, but an exercise.

Qiang did a demo that included 3 different color roses. It is so beautifully done, I could weep. Here's a detail from his painting.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Qiang Huang ~ Day 1

Day 1 of a 3 day still life workshop with Qiang Huang at the Coppini. Qiang started out talking about composition & set-up. The way he presented "clicked" with me and made it easier to set-up a still life for our afternoon painting session. Qiang did a demo for us that made it all look so easy.

We worked in groups to set up a still life, then painted and squinted. We had a lovely set-up, great composition and tones. I loved my painting sooo much that I wiped my canvas after 1.5 hours of work, right after I said I would "use this as a lesson" and try, try, try. Yea. Didn't happen. That artistic/red-head temper kicked in. It was either wipe it all off or pack up and leave. Plus, I was having easel problems that caused a big problem (more later).

So, with a little over an hour left, I flipped the canvas to a vertical format and began again. Much better. It's not complete or perfect. I had to make choices about where to spend my limited time. But it's 1,000x better (and no, I didn't take a picture of the first one.)

About the easel/tripod problems, the tripod wouldn't lock the paint box upright. The box kept falling backwards when attached. This was the first time I used my new easel. I thought it was me, but several fellow artists tried to fix it and couldn't solve the problem. I ended up calling the company for help. They were fantastic and tried several things that unfortunately didn't work. But they're sending me a replacement and Charlotte is letting borrow her tripod for the rest of the workshop.

Saturday, October 2, 2010


I had a wonderful day at a workshop by Bill Kalwick today. Bill is a lot of fun, very knowledgable, and full of encouragement, especially to someone who hasn't painted in over a year. It feel so great to put brush to canvas, squinting and hoping to find the right values needed.

Our model Lauren is beautiful and poised. As happy as I am with the portrait, I wish it would have done her justice. It was such a rewarding day. It was lovely to see my paintinig friends again, just lovely. :-)

Tuesday, July 28, 2009


This painting was from a photograph I took in a workshop with Gladys Roldan de Moras. We worked on a pose (picture below) for a day but during the model breaks, Carla would roll onto her back, shut her eyes and rest. I asked if I could take a picture and she agreed.

The blanket was her family heirloom and was just gorgeous. The embroidery on it was delightfully complex. I repainted it several times trying to get the tones right. Definitely needed a photograph to keep me on track.

Carla was actually reading the book during the class pose which is why her resting pose struck me as poignant. When I read a book that affects me, I do that to... hug it to my chest, close my eyes and savior the words.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Mr. Blue Jeans

This is another Different Strokes from Differnet Folks challange. This is a figuartive painting challenge; trying to get the "weight" of the figure correct, not a portrait. I am pleased with the way he turned out. The denim of the shirt and pants were a challenge being that they are about the same color and value but they turned out well. I bet you can tell from the title what is my favorite part. (Plus, it reminds me of Mr. Green Jeans from Capt. Kangaroo. I used to love that show and the magic drawing board.)

Saturday, May 30, 2009


Oh baby Hayden! This adorable munchkin is a friend's baby. He's about 6 months old in this picture. When his mama was showing me his latest pictures, I tenatively asked if I could try to paint a portrait from the photo. She said "Sure!"

I had never painted a baby, a baby with yummy checks, a baby with an intent stare.... oh those EYES! They are really that blue. And his lashes are destined to entice any female that looks at him. I just love the way the painting turned out.
So did his mama :-)