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Title: 形色从容 = A jazz of colors and shapes
Authors: Ng, Woon Lam
Keywords: Visual arts and music::Visual arts
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Ng Woon Lam
Source: Ng, W. L. (2015). 形色从容 = A jazz of colors and shapes (1st ed.). Singapore, Singapore: Ng Woon Lam.
Abstract: I am addicted to the convenience of working with watercolor for en plein air painting. It dries immediately, requires minimum layers and all my gear can be packed into one simple travel luggage. My foldable stool, my whole box of watercolor paint, brushes, some drawing materials, a few sheets of quarter-size watercolor paper, sun-shielding cap, a few bottles of tap water and sketchbooks are all packed into my paint-stained red Eastpak travel luggage. A few times, when I met my neighbors early in the morning, they asked if I was travelling abroad for work seeing me with my travel baggage. However, the most attractive point of working with watercolor on location is I have the luxury of carrying out many experiments in a short period of time. This lovely characteristic of watercolor has found any competition. Many of my peers always think that I work fast in watercolor seeing my paintings. However, many of them might have missed seeing my complete working process. In reality, my overall working process is not as fast as what they think. Therefore, I would like share take this opportunity to share with everyone some insights of my process. Some days, I might even spend hours thinking about a new idea or a new way of forming the mood of an image the night before I am going out for morning en plein air painting. Therefore, I have chosen the word ‘Jazz’ as part of my title here. I like to feel like listening to a jazz piece when I am fighting against a difficult design problem of colors or shapes. I hope my audience could see my processes, my failures and be convinced that images do not form through just a few splashes, though they might look as if it has gone through a speedy process. I have presented my most common processes of shape, color and tonal planning. These steps form the framework of my compositional process. In addition, my publication will record my new discovery through my experiments with colors and shapes. These two major visual elements are my most favorable elements that constantly spark me with new ideas in my compositions. They fulfill my philosophy as a living artist where art making is a process of arriving at state fulfillment and therefore happiness. I would like to share the joy with my audiences. Andrew Wyeth lived and painted Maine without having to leave this small state for new subject matters or inspirations. He constantly amazed us with his new discovery around him. I admire the genius in his creation and respect his intensive attention and wholehearted design efforts in his creations. Learning from his approach, riding on his giant shoulders, I wish to peel into a further distance with a wider perspective. I chose to re-discover my familiar places and subject matters. I like to give them new meanings. I wish my courage and new findings in colors and shapes are interesting to my audience. I welcome all constructive feedbacks. Thank you in advance. I hope everyone enjoys my new artworks.
ISBN: 9789810958992
Schools: School of Art, Design and Media 
Rights: © 2015 The Author(s). All rights reserved. This book is made available with permission of The Author(s).
Fulltext Permission: open
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