Sunday, June 1, 2008

Langkawi Triptych

The past two days saw me working furiously non-stop to finish this latest painting. It is for a show at Artseni gallery featuring XL-sized works by Malaysian artists.

It really is XL! This one is a triptych measuring 7 by 14 feet, done in acrylic. The painting is of a secret place near Kuah town, Langkawi.

I wanted to re-create the sounds and splashes of the sea waves against the rocks. I wanted to show the colours of the dipping sun reflected on the sea, without resorting to painting the sky. I wanted to differentiate the calm of the sea against the frothy surf in the foreground.

Well, at least, I hope that the viewer will see all these from my painting.

Of course, due to the size of this painting, viewing it from a distance is totally different from viewing it close-up. I had a difficult time painting this due to the size. Had to keep on moving back and forth, near and far, to see how my strokes affected the "big picture," so to speak.

I even had to "create" special brushes to do this piece. I attached long pieces of branches to my brushes so they would be longer and help me create the rough strokes for this painting.

The six pictures above show the different stages of the painting. It will be installed on the Muse Floor of Starhill Gallery this Tuesday, 2nd June. To see the final version, do come for the official opening scheduled for 15th June.


Eye of the Storm said...

I love your paintings. I am a novice art lover, with no pretension of knowing arts the way a pro does - I have no art background at all - but I like what I like. And I know I fell in love with your paintings when I saw them. But they are way out of my league in terms of budget. Well, may be one day. :)

Zainal said...

i am very sorry for this very very late response to you. i am glad that you enjoy the paintings, really appreciate it. thank you for your kind for budget, i do have some smaller works of watercolours on paper if you are interested. you are welcomed to visit my studio to see them if you wish.

wajay said...

air tu nak tumpah tu....

Zainal said...


Masa i dok buat, banjir studio i.