Thursday, October 31, 2013

A year-old painting revisited, repainted

I did this last December but I noticed a very 'unforgive-able' error, so I've discarded it to one corner.  Today, as I've run out of supports I went through my discarded 'department' to see if I can recycle any of them when I saw this.  Despite knowing that it cannot be saved, I still went ahead with repainting certain areas to see if I've progressed in colours and well, that's another story.  This re-painting or touch-ups if you like, reminded me once again, the importance of accurate drawing skills....which I must do continuously...

....but who can really compete with gravity?  this quote is a little 'impossible' for me...

"If you are not skillful enough to sketch a man jumping out of a window in the time it takes him to fall from the fourth storey to the ground, you will never be able to produce great works." -- Eugene Delacroix

Sunday, October 20, 2013

The long and narrow lane to an Open and Fair Country

I was in town the other day, it was at first cloudy, then heavy rain started to pour.  I couldn't get out of the car when I was near my destination, so I drove to a very narrow back lane of a shop-block.  At first I didn't pay much attention to the surroundings but gradually, as the rain started to subside and after slowing down the windscreen wiper, I began to look around and the view in front of me began to materialize although still quite 'blurry'.  It was to me, a beautiful view.  Suddenly, I felt like painting the scene in front of me and quickly took a few photos to refer to when I get back home. 
This scene is not an uncommon scene here in streets of Malaysia.  Especially when you're near china town. These streets, and lanes, they were a familiar scene in my daily life when I was very young so it is not a surprise that everytime when I am in town, i'm enveloped by a feeling of nostalgia. 
When I drove away from that spot, I realized that the lane actually leads to a Chinese school (Confucius Secondary School).  In light of the recent disturbing and sensitive events/issues on religion, race, etc...this scene, is to me, very apt.  A narrow and dark lane, a Chinese school at the other end in the open.   I hope we as Chinese will be strong enough, wise enough and most importantly, calm enough to face the challenges ahead in this country.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Turning points

It may not be obvious, but I've learnt a lot from these 2 oil studies.   They, I think, may be considered my turning point(s) in my oil painting journey.  Off course, they are not the type that will encourage praises, but it really doesn't matter.

(not sure why this spoon painting looks greenish here...but it isn't)

Monday, October 14, 2013

Old man in oil

Oil on canvas pad. 
I need to work on the beard further.  Other than that, I hope I've captured what I feel about this face I saw from a magazine article years ago. Accuracy is not my aim here, just the feeling.


Sunday, October 13, 2013

Olive and Gold

Olive and Gold. Small oil sketch on paper just for fun. Oil and Digital.

Friday, October 11, 2013

What Am I

A few days ago, I was at the ladies in the University where I work and I happen to go at peak time. There were so many students in there, chatting, smoking, putting on makeup, etc. When I entered, there was a sudden hush. Well, I went ahead with my business and after that came out to the common area to wash my hands. Some students were still around. Suddenly one finally approached me and asked if I'm a student and if i'm a Chinese from China. I laughed! so that's why they were staring at me. Well, off course i'm not and told her so. She said that I looked not like a Malaysian and not sure what to make of me. I'm surprised to hear that from a local. I've been asked if I'm Japanese, Vietnamese or Taiwanese but never China. So that's one country to add to my list. Then later the same night, we had a church gathering at home and some brought their kids along. As usual, I entertained the kids with my 'silliness'. After chatting for some time a pair of 8 or 9 year old twins asked seriously after studying me for awhile: "What are you?" I was stunned until they continued: "What should we call you? Che Che (Big Sis), Aunty? Or are you a YOUTH?" Ha ha! YOUTH really made me laughed! What a term to use by kids! They are so cute. Off course I gave them some silly answers and they teasingly settled at the title: Po Po (Grandma). And we all laughed. These 2 brief conversations made me think of my art that I've sadly swept under the layers of my heart for a while. What am I? Where do my art belong? Where does an artwork that is neither cute, nor whimsical nor refined (in the world of fine art ie.) stand in the world of cuteness and full of trends? People do not know what to make of me. What are they (art)? What is this? What am I?......