The divergent week

This week I got less time to do watercolor sketches, because of job hunting, finding daycare for Ethan, contacting galleries for exhibition opportunities, and the last few steps of our moving.

However, I got more time to think. What is the direction of my new works? Yes, I want to paint baby, not only because of Ethan. I have this wish for a long time. It starts from a painting by Gerhard Richter  Moritz by Gerhard Richter.

There is something, now let me roughly say it is half-human half-animal, of a little baby. Not saying it is the direction I want to go to, painting little animal-human, just it catches me, and stays. I want a real model, like Ethan, not some photos, to observe, to paint from live. The close observation and spending time with is so important that it is the only way that I can bring out truth.

So happily, at least now, I think I got the sense of what direction this is leading to. I will be upset and depress soon, as soon as I start to sketching for the paintings. But at least now, let me enjoy one flash of happiness.

Next week will be Ethan’s first week in a daycare. I feel very sad and very guilty about it. I want to be with him, especially when he is so young, only two and half months old. However, at the same time, I understand that a better career, can bring him much more than what I am giving now. And I need time to paint.

Wish he will understand and forgive me one day. I love him so much.

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Q.Song @ Residency in Motherhood

After having Ethan, my son, in late June, I was anxious about my career as an artist because of those huge changes happening in my life. I looked for help and was introduced by a friend to this self-directed, open-source artist residency for artists who are mothers – An Artist Residency in Motherhood. After some research, I feel this residency idea is beautiful, helpful, and inspiring, and decide to take part in.

Therefore, here I am, starting and structuring A Residency in Motherhood for myself.

Qing @ Residency in Motherhood will start from Sept. 11th, 2017, and end till June 27th, 2018, when my little Ethan is one-year-old. During this residency, I will “fully experience and explore the fragmented focus, na-length studio time, limited movement and resources and general upheaval that parenthood brings and allow it to shape the direction of my art work, rather than working against it.” (Residency in Motherhood manifesto)

This blog will be my residency working diary, in which I will weekly update my thoughts, plans, sketches, etc. And here is a rough weekly goal for Sept, 2017:

  • 1 working diary;
  • 3 painting sketches;
  • 5 drawing sketches;
  • finish the sketches and start the first oil painting in Sept.

Okay. 🙂

Talk to you later.

And here is an inspiring article you might like too: You Can Be a Mother and Still Be a Successful Artist, By Marina Cashdan.

Ethan, Sept. 9th, 2017

Ethan, Sept. 9th, 2017

Refrigerator

Girl with Refrigerator, watercolor on paper, 30 x 23 inches, 2016, Qing Song

 

Girl with Phone Light

New Watercolor Paintings

Girl with Phone Light, Watercolor Painting by Qing Song, 2016, 30 x 23 inches.

Girl with Phone Light, Watercolor Painting by Qing Song, 2016, 30 x 23 inches.

Banana must Go

Ready to sale this banana 😌🍌

Go to my web, if you like it —> Qing Song Art – Sale 😊

Banana, Watercolor on Paper, Qing Song 2016

Banana, Watercolor on Paper, Qing Song 2016

The Balcony 


This month, things just move slow. I’m afraid of lots of things. Nightmare after nightmare. I don’t like this wood panel surface, will go back to canvas for sure. But before that, I don’t want to give up. 

Be strong! Hold on! 

Haze

Haze, Watercolor on Paper, Qing Song, 2015

Haze, Watercolor on Paper, Qing Song, 2015

Every once a while, I surprisingly  catch the beauty of the nature for a second. And Haze is that second. Happily saying that, this is one of my favorite these days. 🙂