Qiang Huang is the most efficient painter I have ever observed. He studies his set up, mixes a color, places one stroke and steps back. Chances are very good that he will not touch that spot again! Oh, for an eye that accurate!
All of the "wanna-bes" in his recent Melbourne workshop were astounded that he spent twice as much time looking as he did stroking...so of course we are inspired to try likewise. After failing to capture a 3-stroke rose a la Qiang, I switched over to a pumpkin I had waiting to be made into pie. Pumpkin posed, I channeled Qiang and, while I have miles more to go, I was slightly more satisfied with the results.
Ok, so now it is back to arrange another set up, light it and try again. Bear with me...it's just like dancing: the experts make it look so easy and graceful while others of us contend with two left feet!
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