Sunday, March 29, 2015

Qiang Huang's Workshop

Last weekend, my friend and I went to Cindy Taylor's Art Studio in Napa Valley to attend Qiang Huang's workshop. This was my very first time attending a workshop. On top of that, I'm a complete beginner in oil painting. Needless to say, I was nervous, curious, and anxious. Thankfully, Cindy had organized a little soiree with Qiang the evening before the workshop where we got to meet fellow students/artists and Qiang & his lovely wife, Song.

We all got to know a little about Qiang, a former engineer from Austin, an artist who still considers himself as a beginner, who quit his job not too long ago to dedicate his time in art, and a very humble and witty man.

During the 3 workshop days, Qiang did extensive demos of still life with thorough explanations & reasons of the steps that he took including establishing reading path, use of abstract, edge quality, and color mixing. In the afternoon, we got to paint while Qiang made his rounds to help us solve problems.

On the second day, everything was going extremely sour for me -- shapes, colors, strokes, you name it, everything was disastrous. I hated my painting so much I was convinced that I was ready to pour turpenoid on the painting. When Qiang approached, my painting was already off the easel and I was soaking my towel in turpenoid. Qiang said I should power through it and to make a note why I don't like it, what went wrong, what went well and to learn something from it. I powered through and I still hated.
The next day, though, things got a little better and was managed to turn out an ok painting and Qiang seems to be genuinely happy for me.

In all, I must say it was quite an experience. Cindy had organized an amazing workshop in a gorgeous atelier and made sure that everyone had what they needed. Qiang was just so kind, attentive, and full of empathy for beginning to seasoned painters. I couldn't have asked for more.

Certainly, this workshop has really motived me to paint regularly, not to take myself (and my paintings) too seriously, and just enjoy the process.
I really hope to take his workshop again sometime near future. Qiang is just so amazing!

Day 1: Qiang's Demo

Completed work: here

Day 2: Qiang's Demo

Completed work: here

Day 3: Qiang's Demo

Completed work: here

Monday, January 19, 2015

New Year's Resolution

This year, I want to create lots of things -- painting, crafting, knitting, crocheting, and more!
Hopefully by end of the year, I can make a lot of progress this year.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Thread by Thread

I first started cross stitching when I was in 6th grade when my mom brought a bunch of patterns and thread.
Not too long ago, I found boxes of thread that my mom had neatly organized. I thought we'd lost them after several moves, but there they were, waiting for a comeback.

I went to different libraries and Barnes & Noble to find some patterns and I cannot keep my hands off them since.

It hurts my wrist, neck, and shoulders but I just can't get over the feeling of getting lost in them.
Recently. I've been also teaching myself how to do embroidery.
I've got to frame a few of the finished ones but I am not sure where to hang them... That's another project in itself.
Anyhow, I'm working on potted plants these days and can't wait to finish them!

Sunday, July 6, 2014


Cray-pas! The symbol of Asian childhood. I got these last year when I went to Korea.
When I opened the box, the smell made me immediately plunge into the nostalgia of my childhood. They are kind of like oil pastels but much cheaper and less gritty.

I played around with the cray-pas a bit and it was just like I remembered.

Sunday, May 11, 2014


It's been 6 years since Milou came into my life.
Sometimes, I just feel the happiest laying next to her facing each other and staring into her doggy eyes.

And other times, I realize how much white hair she has around her face. At those times, I want to ignore the fact that she's getting older. But I know she'll always be my little baby.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Bella Luna

Couple days ago, I got to see lunar eclipse. This one was particularly cool since the moon was tinted in red -- not that special or rare, according to NASA.

I got to use telefoto lens to shoot this but the weather wasn't too forgiving as clouds kept covering the moon.

Supposedly, there is another one in 6 month so I will keep my fingers crossed for clear sky.

Universe is awesome.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Work in Progress

When will I ever learn to finish one project before starting another.
Is it bad that I actually have at least 6 other projects that are patiently waiting on final touches?