I just received word that one of my pieces (Nothing Better Than A Warm Sun On A Cold Day) was accepted into the Visual Arts Exchange juried show - Unfettered. The show runs during the month of April, with the opening being on April 5th (First Friday). -- There are a lot of pieces in the show, but here is hoping that the judge likes my piece!
I was fortunate enough to attend a painting workshop recently that was taught by the painter I feel is creating the most interesting and most vibrant still life works today, Qiang Huang. Qiang is originally from China, but has lived in Austin, TX for half of his life. He is a former tech engineer, turned professional artist - and after you see his work, you will understand how he was able to make that transition. His work is amazing, filled with light and energy, all while at the same time being a still life.
Qiang demo paintings
Each day was split into two sessions.
One session was a lecture and demo and the other section was an opportunity for us to paint while under his watchful eye.
These two paintings are his demos. These were completed in less than 2 hours of work! He is amazingly efficient with each stroke of his paintbrush.
The bottom image is what he calls 'low key', meaning it is created with a dark background and a focus on the light's interaction with the objects. The top image is 'high key' - where the background is light. I think I prefer the 'low key' version, but they both are extremely successful pieces of art.
I want to publicly thank Qiang for his great instruction. I look forward to more opportunities to study with you down the road. Thank you - Adam
Click the read more just below this text to see my work done during the Qiang Huang workshop
I spent much of Saturday morning in Clayton, NC. I am fortunate enough to have 10 pieces of my artwork hanging in the best steakhouse around for the next 6 weeks. If you are in Clayton and interested in grazing on some top quality beef, please stop by the Clayton Steakhouse to gaze at my artwork while you eat. -- Everything is for sale, and the waitstaff can process your orders while you eat!
I love this place. Jerry's Artarama. I could spend every penny I have there, and still want more. Yes, I am an addict.
I am heading there today to pick up the final little items I need before hanging my show this weekend. Things like a new can of varnish, some picture wire, a couple of ready-made frames and a few other odds and ends. By the time I leave there, I am certain I will have a few more tubes of paint, probably a brush or 5, some new stretched canvases, a few primed panels and maybe even a new tote to carry it all in. Yes, I am an addict.
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