These are a couple of my paintings from Qiang Huang's workshop in April. I meant to post them earlier, but in the craziness of the past few weeks, it slipped my mind. The one above was done on our last class day, and I painted it with a palette knife. I struggle with my work being too tight, and working with the palette knife seems to be a great way to free up my mind and my brushwork.
This was painted on our first class day. During the morning, Qiang demonstrated his high key painting techniques, and in the afternoon, we spent several hours working with our own still life set-ups. I learned so much from his lectures and demonstrations, but I gained a great deal of insight from his thoughtful critiques of my work. I have only been fortunate enough to attend three workshops, but in all three, the critiques have proved so valuable to me.
This next week, I am headed to Austin for a portrait workshop with Fongwei Liu. I am so excited! After that, I hope to settle in for a summer of painting, but I'm very grateful for the opportunity to study with these two artists. I will post more about Fongwei's workshop next week.
On a side note, I have 3 packages of 6x6 Ampersand panels that I would like to give away. I love the quality of the panels, but I cannot seem to paint on such a smooth surface. And I don't like to see things go to waste. So, if you would like them, just let me know, and I will send them to you ASAP! Thanks!
Happy (early) Mother's Day to all of you. I hope you have the most wonderful of days!