I had a unique painting experience on Saturday. I went to Yingge, which is outside of Taipei. It’s a small, old pottery town with cobblestone streets and has a lot of charm. A friend of mine invited me to visit an artist’s gallery/studio. I met A.W. Ling, a Taiwanese artist who has been painting for over 50 years. He’s sold paintings to American soldiers who stopped in Taiwan from Vietnam. He was never in it for the money, just wanted to have a good art life. His wife knows more English than he does, so she was translating. A very nice couple who reminded you of your own grandparents. I showed him my “Harry” painting. Suggested some tips and that I could be a really good portrait painter. And the best part, he’s going to be my teacher for the next month. 4 private lessons doing portraits with oils/drawings. I finally got a real, good teacher that I’ve been looking for in Taiwan.
From the urban setting of my rooftops, comes a tale about find solace in the distance. I am surrounded my the urban landscape, but in the distance lies tranquility. Green mountains and a river bathed in a grey sky very common here in Taipei. I call it Alligator Mountains only because that’s the first name that came to mind when I looked at the mountains. They are various greens and it reminded me of the beast that is nature herself.
I had fun painting this on my rooftops of course. I’m outdoors yet so close to home. I feel very comfortable using greens in my art. This was also very simple to do because of a simple composition. Of course I’d rather just paint the damn thing and then start critiquing it later, because it’s the process that rules. If I didn’t enjoy the process, I know my work would look uninspired and dull. I purposely wanted to use greys, as I enjoy the endless possibilities. When using greys the right way, it helps make a painting “pop” out their true colors. Though the main colors are grey and green, there are many other colors in between. I won’t tell you what they are, but you can take a look for yourself and tell me what you see. Preferably on my Facebook Fan Page. Happy painting!
This article was inspired by a conversation with Carolyn Edlund of the very cool blog Artsy Shark .
It started out as a normal conversation on Facebook as I was asking questions. She somehow was impressed with what I said and decided to write a blog post about it. And I’m very pleased how it turned out. There were many comments. To date, I’ve had responses about artists visiting places like Italy, Australia, India. Personally, I’m headed to Taiwan for a possible long-term relocation. But I want to commit at least a few weeks to see if it’s a good spot for me. I’ve connected with a few artists and read a lot about Taiwan. I heard many good things about its culture and landscapes. Boy, I can see myself painting on the beach now…but here’s a snippet of the article you can check out…maybe these questions you can play around yourself too. Tell me what you think!
Where in the world would YOU travel to make art?
If you had no obligations,
If you had enough money to live for six months,
If you could travel anywhere that would inspire you,