Wednesday, June 21, 2017

"T-Day in Bologna"

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This one is my studio work based on a photo I took at Bologna Italy. T-days are weekends and holidays for the people in Bologna. They block all the motor vehicles and turn the center of the city into a pedestrian only area. People enjoy T-days with music and wine. This painting was a challenge to me. Italian buildings have so much ornate exterior decorations, and the street were packed with people. I want to just suggest the T-day atmosphere instead of render tightly the details. I have spent about 3 days on this one. I still see quite a few places on the painting I don't feel absolutely satisfied, but I know I must stop. Otherwise the painting will lost its freshness and look too much labored.

Monday, June 19, 2017

"Demo at Lowell 2017 1" --- Sold

I am so behind in posting my painting lately. After I returned from my Italy trip, I have been to Lowell, Michigan. This is my first demonstration on my Lowell workshop. I am back to my usually still life demos. As matter of fact, I have been improving in baby steps. I am pretty happy about this one. I want to thank the Franciscan Life Process Center and Kathy Bechtel for organizing my workshop and thank to all the US and Canadian artists for coming and painting with me.

Friday, June 9, 2017

“Demo at Lake Martin 2017 3"

This demo was done at Lake Martin Alabama before my trip to Italy. Nowadays, I am so behind in my online posting. I must be getting old. I am kind of slow of doing anything.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

"Demo at Fiesole Italy 2017 2"

This is my second demo at Fiesole. Italy has so many this kind of bell towers. They are not that easy to paint. I need think more how to handle it. I hope I can do a better job of painting them.

Sunday, June 4, 2017

“Demo at Fiesole Italy 2017 1" --- Sold

I did this floral demo at the night I just arrived at Fiesole Italy. The workshop was planned as a plein air one. Since I painted after dark, I choose to paint flowers.

Friday, June 2, 2017

“Demo at Florence Italy 2017 2"

Because some Internet issues, I did not update you my activities in Italy. This is the second plein air demonstration I did at Florence. We are at the bank of Arno. There were so many old architectures in front of us. I didn't copy any structure "correctly". I painted my "feelings" of those beautiful houses. I was extremely humbled facing those beautiful buildings. I felt my art is really neglectable in the place  like Florence. Also I felt extreme fortunate that I was able to visit Florence as an artist.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

"Demo at Fiesole Italy 2017 03" --- Sold

I am so excited coming to Italy teaching my very first workshop in Europe. This is my 3rd plein air painting at Fiesole near Florence. I want to thank Debra and Ivano of Artensity for organizing this workshop and thanks to all artists from Brazil, Germany, Switzerland, and USA for coming and painting with me. I am so impressed by the rich culture here at Florence. This is a new milestone in my art career. I am so happy.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Painting in China 2017 Reminder

Time goes by really fast. I want to remind you that our "Painting in China 2017" will close to its registration deadline. Please don’t miss your opportunity to sign up to join this small band of international explorers and painters on the Plein Air Painting in China tour. My wife Song and I are both originally from Beijing, so you will have bilingual “locals” on the tour with you as well as the bilingual tour guides. 

There are still a few seats available if you would like to join us. 

For more information about the trip including full itinerary, please go to  

The trip includes popular tourist sights such as The Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, The Summer Palace along with  a trip to Shangri-La (Zhongdian) and some lesser known sights with many opportunities to paint along the way. I will provide plein air painting demos and share with you all my painting tips. It should be a fun and informative trip.

Check it out now before it sells out.  

It’s never been easier to travel in China with a guided bilingual tour. 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

"Demo at Lake Martin 2017 1"

Returned from from San Diego, I stay at home only one day before I started another teaching trip. This stop was Lake Martin near Auburn Alabama. Staying at the side this beautiful lake my fatigue due to heavy traveling was gone just like that. I want to thank Dorothy and George Littleton for organizing this workshop and thanks to all the artists for attending. This is my first demo, which is a plein air piece.

Monday, May 15, 2017

"Small house at Balboa Park"

On the 4th Day of the Plein Air Convention, we have painted at the beautiful Balboa Park. There are so many grand, elegant, and very ornate structures. I have shied away from all of that and picked up a small house near the parking lot. When I painting this one, I turned around and found surprisingly that Jeremy Liping was standing next to me. I was so excited. We talked for a while and he gave me quite a few tips. Thank you, Jeremy.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

"Harbor of San Diego" --- Sold

I have attended the 6th Plein Air Convention in San Diego. I did this plein air painting right out of the Sheraton Hotel at the Harbor Island. Be honest with you, I really didn't know what I was doing. The scene was very busy with zillions of boats. I was in my "just do it" mode and follow completely my intuition. The result was better than I thought. Many artist call themselves intuitive painters. I am not.  But sometime I was in the spot and have no way out. Well, I just do it.

Friday, May 5, 2017

"Demo at Louisville 2017 3" --- Sold

This floral demo was a little crazy. I saw big bouquet of flowers in the studio, and directly moved it to my still life stand with adjusting its arrangement. It was very busy, full of different kinds of flowers. I only selected a few flowers and formed my composition. It was a indoor plein air practice. I did not paint everything in front of me, but selected only a few items which are interesting to me.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

"Demo at Louisville 2017 2" --- Sold

The second demo at Louisville.  A little tighter, warm light and cool shadow. Painting metal is very enjoyable.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

"Demo at Louisville 2017 1" --- Sold

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Louisville KY is my first US city when I came from China. That was 32 years ago. I was so happy visiting and teaching at Louisville again. I want to thank Katie Burke for organizing this workshop, and Suzanne Dougherty for offering her lovely home for me to stay. Many thanks to many artists for coming and painting with me. This is the first demo I did.

Monday, April 24, 2017

"Demo at Cary 2017 3"

When I was preparing for this workshop, I found that I was in short of canvases to use, and the time was not adequate to order more. So I made a few oil primed panels myself. I got a piece of masonite  from the Home Depot, then coat a layer of PVA, and a layer of oil ground from Gamblin. I want thank Mark Boedges for teaching me how to make this panel. This was my first time using this home made panel for my still life. It worked fine.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

"Demo at Cary 2017 2" --- Sold

This the second demo at Cary. It is a little more realistic. I used to do most of my still lives with cool light and ward shadow, but some how I have encountered more situation of the opposite. I enjoyed the beautiful cool shadow on the tea cup this time.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

"Demo at Cary 2017 1"

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I am so happy going back to Cary NC. I want to thank JJ Jiang for organizing my workshop, and thanks to all the artists for coming and painting with me. This is my first demo. I hope this is not too abstract. Let me know if I am going too far. Thanks.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

"Plein Air at Mission San Jose"

I went San Antonio last Thursday and did  a plein air painting at Mission San Jose. It was a great exercise for warm light cool shadow. It was a wonderful day. I have enjoyed very much.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Backyard Habitat

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I painted plein air in my backyard yesterday. The subject is a small house I built with my own hands not long ago. I have been experimenting living off-grid. The small house is powered by two solar panels. I have camped in it a few times. It was a cloudy day. So the light is cool and shadow is warm. I know this principle theoretically, but I didn't observe this until recently. It is not that obvious, but it is true.

Friday, April 7, 2017

"Demo at Huntsville 2017 3"

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I have plein-aired a few days, but I have to come back to deal with my "priorities". There is no way out you know, it is just a part of life. Now this painting is another demo I did at my Huntsville workshop. I know very well, my demos are very predictable, but have you noticed I have some very slow improvements? Demo for teaching and learning, that is mode I have adapted. I do not have a specific goal for my art journey. Let's drift along, like a winding brook.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

"Arch Way of Laguna Gloria"

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Painting is always compromised to all other so called "important" priorities, such as doing the taxes, fixing the toilet in the master bedroom, or calling the insurance company to check if they cover the next doctor's visit. Life is such an agony and insignificant stretch of time if we are driven by "priorities". No matter hell or high water, I throw all my gears into my broken backpack, I went to plein air painting today.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

"Demo at Huntsville 2016 2"

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The brass object was from Saudi Arabia. I like the structure on the upper part of the handle. I don't know why. I really enjoy like detailed mechanical parts on a metal objects.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

"Demo at Huntsville 2016 1"

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Huntsville Alabama is the place where I was educated in optics, which started my engineering career. Now I came back as an artist, showing optical effects on painting surfaces. Great thanks to Laura Smith and Huntsville Museum of Art for organizing my workshop and thanks to all the artists for coming. This is my first demo. It is still available.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

"Demo at Dahlonega 2017 3" --- Sold

For this demo, I did a low key floral painting. I have not done this kind for a while. For the pink rose, the light part is just empty canvas. I have never done that before.

Friday, March 24, 2017

"Demo at Dahlonega 2017 2" --- Sold

This is the second demo. What is that thingy in the right? I am not very sure. It could be an opium pipe. I saw so many antiques in Anita's house. I surely enjoyed painting some of them.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

"Demo at Dahlonega 2017 1" --- Sold

Dahlonega GA is a small town about 50 miles northeast of Atlanta. My workshop was in a studio called the Art Loft. I want to thank Anita Elder for organizing my workshop and thanks to all the artists for attending. This is my first demonstration.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

"Demo at Tucson 2017 3" --- Sold

This is my last demo in Tucson. High key with flowers. So far I still feel I have not really got what I want. Well, I will keep trying.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

"Demo at Tucson 2017 2" --- Sold

I found this gismo by accident and fell in love with it. However, paint it as a demo right in front of students was a challenge. I love the intricate mechanical structures. It was fun of painting something which was used to paint.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Nancy Tankersley's Workshop at Austin

I am so happy to let you know that Nancy Tankersley is coming back to Austin this November and teach a 4-day workshop on painting figure from photos. Nancy is a nationally well known and very accomplished artist. Her expressive Impressionistic colors and bold brush strokes create phenomenally strong paintings, and brought her multiple rewards for many years. Nancy is also a wonderful art teacher. Her instructions are informative and practical. If you are interested attending her workshop, please check: to get detailed info and sign up. Thank you.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

"Demo at Tucson 2017 1" --- Sold

After I left Scottsdale, I arrived at Tucson immediately. I want to thank Linda Ahearn of the Toscana Studio and Gallery for organizing my Tucson workshop, and thanks to all artists for attending this workshop. This is my first demo.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

“Demo at Scottsdale 2017 4" --- Sold

This one is a little tighter than the previous demo. Painting the coffee grander and the copper tea pot was very enjoyable. Adding folds on the white table cloth made more fun.

Friday, March 3, 2017

"Demo at Scottsdale 2017 3" --- Sold

I feel I am getting too loose now. This is my 3rd demo I did at the Scottsdale Artist School. I am still exploring my high key painting approaches, and I hope someday I can achieve the goal I want.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Paint with me in Italy

I am very excited for this opportunity of going to Italy this summer. We have planed this wonderful trip to Fiesole and Florence from May 23 to May 31. This will be small group. I will share my plein air painting approach and provide specific guidance to help you to improve your art. Besides art classes, we will enjoy more other cultural activities as well. At this moment, we still have a few openings. Please visit: Landscape Painting in Italy with Qiang Huang for detailed information and signing up. Thank you.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

"Demo at Scottsdale 2017 2" --- Sold

This is the second demo. What is that blue thingy to the left of silver pot? It does not really matter.

Friday, February 24, 2017

"Demo at Scottsdale 2017 1" --- Sold

I feel great and honored for teaching at the Scottsdale Artist School again. I have a relatively large class with 18 people from all over. I want to thank SAS and all the artists for coming and painting with me. It is my first demo. I got more and more abstract nowadays. I need to be careful not moving from loose to sloppy.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

"Plein Air at Saguaro Lake" --- Sold

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Another plein air painting. I feel this one is not as good as the previous one, but I surely learned a lot. I have realized how much I don't know about painting natural subjects, such as bushes, rocks, waters and so on. I feel more comfortable with objects with regular forms, like apples and oranges, but most of objects I deal with theses week have irregular forms. Give me some time, I will get there.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

"Plein Air at Superstition Mountain" --- Sold

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I am at Scottsdale taking a workshop from Mark Boedges. Mark is a fabulous landscape painter. I have learned a lot these a couple of days. Yesterday and today we painted at the Superstition Mountain. The scenery is spectacular. I spent about 5 hours on this one.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

I will attend and demo at the PACE17

I'll be at the Plein Air Convention in April in San Diego. If you are thinking of going, make sure to book today and save $400 off the full price - the early bird price expires at midnight tonight (Feb 14). Get your tickets before #PACE17 sells out!  Hope to see you there!!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

"Rose Study 2017 09"

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This is interesting. My mind is telling me: "You thought you know how to do it. Guess what, you don't." That is true. My today's painting didn't come out as I want it to be. In other word, I still do not have a control on my rose paintings yet. I am humbled even more. I will analyze what is going on. At least at this moment, I know, (maybe that is my advise to you as well): DO NOT listen the news when you paint. I will sell this painting cheap.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

“Rose Study 2017 08"

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Red rose is always difficult. So I don't paint this kind very often. It is hard to vary the value to make the red go brighter without losing its vibrancy. Even photographing the red rose painting is difficult. I have a feeling that the digital cameras do not show the variation of red well. I can't tell the difference among pink red, cadmium red, and orange red from the photo. The painting looks a way better than the photo.

Monday, February 6, 2017

"Rose Study 2017 07" --- Sold

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So many artists want to paint looser. I do too. However, before you loos up, you must know how to make a tighter painting work. At least I think so. Painting is no gimmicky, and I don't really consider the significance of being talent, because I don't believe I have one. Painting is hard, but I am willing to bite the bullet.

Sunday, February 5, 2017

"Rose Study 2017 06"

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Observing my previous 5 rose studies, I have seen that the integrity of those flowers gradually fallen apart. I didn't know what has happened, and I didn't even know this is happening until I did this one. Many years have passed, and I did so many roses. However, I suddenly found that there is so much I still do not know in painting this relatively simple subject matter. It makes me humbled even more.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

"Rose Study 2017 05"

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When I did this study the rose was completely back lit. So I was struggling to show the translucent light effect. Using back lit for roses is new for me. I need to across this learning curve.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

"Rose Study 2017 04"

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Yesterday was my mentoring class day. I did this painting. I did struggle a little. You know rose is a subject that does not allow me to over work. So I turned off my art mode and turned on my analytical mode. I took a photo of the painting, and compare it with my ref. photo. The comparison gives me something to try. I feel much better with the result.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Sunday, January 29, 2017

"Rose Study 2017 02"

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Valentine's Day will come soon. I will try my best to provide a few floral paintings to you. I have been painting roses for many years, but still feel there are so many areas I need to improve. This is good opportunity, for both my business and art development. I hope you like my today's painting as well.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Rose study 2017 01 --- Sold

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Recently, I have been pondering my art journey, and find suddenly that I have been running art as a business for a decade. I started selling my paintings as a "daily painter" on eBay. That was January 2007. Ten years have passed. I made some progress. I am so grateful that so many people have been supporting me. Sometimes, I hallucinated that I have got there. I have been trying new things, painted larger paintings, and gradually moved away from my daily painting discipline. I have been not doing my small daily paintings for about two years. I have tried new market for my work, but the result was not that good. Now I want to re-activate my small painting exercises again and use online bidding to sell my paintings again. I did this rose study a few days ago. I hope you like it.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Painting in China 2017

My dear artist friends, I am very excited to announce my 2017 "Painting in China" trip. We plan to meet in Beijing and travel to Yunnan Province. This trip will be two weeks long from September 10 to September 24. You are cordially invited to join me and paint plein air at a few quite exotic places in Southwest China. For detailed information, please visit my website: and click the "China 2017" tab. I am looking forward to meeting you and painting together with you.