Saturday, September 14, 2013

Fisherman's Evening -- 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge (Round Two), Day 13

Fisherman's Evening,
 Watercolor on Arches #140 Cold Press paper, 6"h x 9"w, 2013 #64

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After a busy day at Filoli, I was happy to be able to still finish this little painting tonight. I used a very limited palette because I was inspired by some Sumi ink paintings and Haiku-like photographs I saw today. When I was painting it I thought about fog gradually rising on empty river surface, a lonely fishing boat anchored near shore, with its fishing-cormorants resting on the long pole at the end of it. The fisherman with a glass or two of hard liquor, resting after a day's hard work... It's a more and more rare scene even in rural China nowadays, the country being so rapidly developed. I know the romance in rural lifestyle is probably exaggerated while the hardship deliberately overlooked with people outside writing or painting about it, but still, born and raised in a mega city, I cannot help but being slightly nostalgia when thinking about such life of the past, which I have never experienced genuinely... :-P Life is full of controversies I guess. 

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  1. You know, before I started reading your blog, I thought of haiku when I saw the painting. Yes, it is a haiku of a painting!

  2. Thanks Kim! I definitely thought of Haiku when I was working on it... Too often my painting surface was filled with shapes and colors. For this one I wanted it simple, clean, and maybe even a bit empty. I liked how it came out... It was fun!

  3. You are truly kickin' it, Arena! I love your landscape paintings. They're so fresh and luscious. Of course I'm still completely amazed and in love with your florals too. This has been a really great challenge, hasn't it. Oh and thank you so much for your offer regarding the Fisher Price paintings -- that's awesome. Let me know when that show is -- I think you said next year sometime. I hope to continue this 5x5 series in some capacity once the challenge is over. Although I may take a little break. :) Keep up the fantastic work! :)

  4. Thanks Kara! I am equally amazed by your Fisher Price Little People series... They are all very nicely composed, methodically carried out, and always put a smile on my face!


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