After taking a break for almost 6 months, the class is back again with the same group of “enthu” students as the last course … (although personally, would have like to see more “new blood” join the class, somehow, priority was given to those already on board to register so that the level of the students would not be too different, I guess??)
Into painting of flowers for the first 3 sessions (carnation, cattleya, hydrangea), of which I was keen only to do the cattleya:
Third session ended up as a big birthday bash for the teacher, with lots and lots of food and wine! I said in the whatsapp group that I would bring “an empty stomach” in Chinese but ended up with a “lawsuit” instead, by saying “我带控肚子“! LOL 🙂
local delights! potato chips ended not opened 😦
Gosh, practically raining non-stop since early morning 😦 so, today was a time for me to do an indoor “workout” instead …
I decided to see what I could do based on this photo (Hongcun, Anhui Province in China, taken during my Huangshan trip in 2014 during the Mid-autumn festival…very bad idea to go during that time because of huge crowds on Huangshan, btw) –
and after 6 hours of concentration, here is the result!
Quite satisfied with it, considering that the reflections of the people were quite tricky to do but must try to get the lines for the buildings to look straight next time!
Also, here are the works I did just before CNY, to use as house decor, before the Hongcun one above. And some self-critique: the one on the right looks more like a bear, the middle one looks like it has very stiff fur, and the left most one looks like it is going to vanish into thin air very soon, haha; and lastly, the writing is bad!! Wonder if Skillsfuture credit can use for Chinese calligraphy class???
Really doing a lot of painting nowadays ..Each week 3 sessions (1 subject each time) x about 2 versions for each subject x last 3 weeks = 18 pieces of work!! (a sample put up below …)
Gourd on vine 28 May 2015
Waxbill on rock (LaSalle class 4 Jun 2015)
Lotus and fish 8 Jun 2015
two crabs 11 Jun 2015
crab and reed 11 Jun 2015
prawns 15 Jun 2015
Prawns 15 Jun 2015
And from Tiong Baru CC class …
goldfish (25 May 2015)
Pomegrenade (Tiong Baru 4 Jun 2015)
cactus (Tiong Baru 11 Jun 2015)
A wide variety of subjects for three weeks!! 🙂
Lesson 1 Mushrooms!
Must say it has been rather “intense” on the painting front … on Monday and Thursday (3 hours) and then another one at Tiong Bahru CC (Thursday 2 hours)!
The first course of 8 lessons of Chinese Ink Painting I (start date April 27) at LaSalle College of the Arts just ended like a week ago, and already into the first 3 lessons of the next course (Chinese Ink Painting II) … here’s a sampling of what was done since joining this SG50 free course for Seniors (haha, actually still feel quite young leh but since I qualify, why not?!!)
Lesson 2 radish and ..
Lesson 3 cherries (how to group them, put front/back so as to look “random”)
Lesson 4 Strawberries (lol, learnt that the small strawberry does not mean that it is further away in chinese paintings)
Lesson 5 rock, grass and dots (quite difficult to draw grass and know where to put dots, and figure out the lines to use to depict rock!)
Lesson 6 daisy, with rock
Lesson 7 sunflower and bee
Lesson 8 Pine
Course 2 Lesson 1 Plum Blossom
Lesson 2 Chrysanthemum
Lesson 3 (28 May 2015) cross between cucumber and luffa (haha, because I was not sure of their characteristics before drawing)
Good to learn from another teacher, although their “styles” are really quite different! 🙂
This is how my “fish paintings” was finally used as CNY decoration for SM’s class …
and haha, they are actually placed showing the “wrong” side 🙂
(the side that I painted on is shown below). And one of her teachers whom I had met recently asked her whether her dad was an artist!! (think he was puzzled because I did introduce myself as a (ex) JC math teacher during the meeting!!)
After a little briefing for Tammy and myself on materials and equipment (brush, inks, paper, etc), we were seated in the front and “borrowed” the teacher’s things to do our first attempt at “trees and rocks”. Using the demo painting (previous post) stuck to the whiteboard just in front of us as a guide, we put into practice the techniques (what we thought he was teaching anyway – haha, the lesson was in 70% Chinese, 30% English, and my chinese C5 standard) for the next hour. It was all “free-style” and Mr Ang went around offering suggestions for improvement (like how to make my rocks more 3D by making the front part darker). Here is the result…
(not bad for a first timer according to most reviews!! my personal favourite are the rocks … Chien’s uncle gave the most insightful critique by saying “your painting got 3 seasons” whereupon I replied “no lah, 3 species of trees, haha”… looking forward to the next lesson!!