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Cheerful and Colorful Paintings in Oil, Acrylic, Mixed Media and Collage

Monday, April 16, 2012

Qiang Huang Oil Painting Workshop, Day 1 ~ Dena Wenmohs Ranch by Texas Daily Painter Nancy Standlee

 Pear and Grape Still Life
 8 x 10 oil on Ampersand board
Painted at the Qiang Huang's workshop at the Dena Wenmohs Ranch (April 13-15, 2012) 
(For painting purchase see link at the end of the post for the Daily Paintworks Gallery)

My first day high key painting from the Qiang Huang workshop. I've been in the Texas Hill Country for several days and yes, there are some bluebonnets still blooming. Qiang Huang has conducted a studio still life painting workshop at the Dena Wenmohs Ranch, April 12-April 15, 2012. There have been 10 happy painters watching demos and listening to lectures in the morning and then trying to apply the concepts in the p.m. after a wonderful Dena lunch back at the main house. Dena gave us some Ampersand panels so I chose this one for the first high key painting. 
The Class:
For the first two days, Qiang lectured during a slide show, then his demo in the a.m. and the students would paint in the p.m. at 6 stations set up in the large barn. Two students would work at one station and before beginning painting, Qiang would give suggestions on set up and composition. On the third morning, we painted and then he gave a slide show/lecture in the p.m. on art marketing. The first day of the workshop, Qiang's emphasis was on composition and lighting and how to set up a still life.  
This is a great getaway for workshops so check Dena's website for the dates for the next one with Vie Dunn-Harr. 
Dena and I have spent some time in the evenings learning more about Pinterest and Leslie Saeta had a blog talk radio program last week on why artists should be on Pinterest. Listen to her program anytime HERE.  

 Qiang Huang's demo high key painting 9x12 oil, SOLD, during the workshop. He is an excellent instructor and a gentle soul with encouraging words to me like "your color is good but you need to be more sensitive to your drawing" instead of saying .... "your drawing, proportion, and measurement sucks!"
No, he would never say that but Dena would!! I showed her how to use Pinterest on the condition that she make a board of "Favorite Artists" and put in on it first and I'm now on that board in Qiang's company...woo hoo.. 

 Dena, Qiang, and Nancy (the wind is blowing bad and my middle is not quite that big's big but I could be "with child" in that photo) One of the camp mascots. Roscoe, is whiffing in the background.

 Qiang's palette setup with the Art Box and Panel James Coulter system.
I love taking photos of instructors palette and how they set it up. I tried to refrain myself from asking what size brush is that??? and instead would run up and look after the demo. I'm probably best known to art instructors as the lady who sits in the front row and interrupts with "what color is that" or "what size brush is that"...

Canvas by Canvas...remember our reception Sunday. 
 A Few of Our Favorite Things, at the Old Post Office Museum and Art Center in Graham, Texas. I belong to the collaborative group, Canvas by Canvas, and the painting Wine on the Vine is one of our new paintings. Each member paints one square and the separate paintings are combined for the complete image. All eight of us will exhibit some of our personal paintings. We invite you to the opening reception Sunday, April 22, 2012 from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM. The Old Post Office Museum is located at 500 3rd St. Graham, TX 76450, and telephone is 940 549-1470. The show runs from April 16-May 18, 2012 and includes work in watercolor, acrylic, oil, mixed media, epoxy resin and collage. The artists will be at the reception and would love to meet you and answer any questions about their art and unique technique. Artists represented from Arlington, TX are Karen Foster, Barbara Hackney, Nancy Standlee, Maryann Stephens, and Elizabeth "Betty" Taylor, from Fort Worth, Connie Michael and Margie Whittington and from Graham, Cindy Yandell Parker. The gallery is open Tuesday thru Friday from 9 AM to 4 PM and closed at lunch from 11:30 to 12:30.


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Suzy Pal Powell said...

awesome work Nancy! you just keep getting better and better.....and better! so happy for you

Jean Levert Hood said...

So nice to see two of my favorite people with a wonderful artist and Roscoe! I bet y'all had a great time and I sure am missing you!! I love your blog, so wonderful to follow your paint adventures!

Nancy Standlee said...

Thanks Suzy and Jean... two of my favorite people making comments and missed both of you at the workshop. Jean I missed you making my coffee...