Malaysian Village

by Alvin Phua
(Malaysia)

My original watercolor artwork (not from tutorials etc anymore) done on 300gsm cold-pressed paper. Size 11' x 15".

a typical malaysian wooden village house is built on stilts. traditional function is to prevent wild animals or floods during a heavy rain from entering the house.

today such natural threats don't exist anymore. thus it's improvised as storage space or shaded carpark. so the car parked under the house hint a sense of modern element to the painting.

please comment. thank you.

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peaceful village....
by: Oeendree

Well done Alvin! You did really well with your back ground trees. All the best.

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by: Mary Fraser

Hi Alvin,

Just wanted you to know how encouraging your words are... I paint because it brings joy to my retirement. There is no desire to have a new career. I do enjoy this website. I allow my paintings to dry naturally so I'm usually doing 2-3 at the same time (grin). So even though what you shared was in response to someone else, they helped me.

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my reply (continued)
by: Alvin Phua

Dear Todd

Oh, I forgot one more thing... It took me 2 days to complete this painting at approx. 5 hours per day. It took this long because I waited for a wet layer to dry naturally before proceeding with the next layer.

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my reply
by: Alvin Phua

Dear everyone,
Thank you for your feedback.

Dear Todd,
Prolific? Yeah, probably... Learning to paint requires lots of practice- just like learning any art form or learning mathematics in school, hehehe. So its best to paint on a regular basis, thru trial & error, with the aim to be better than the previous one.

i know personally many local established artists paints daily during their learning years and continue to do so during their artistic career. Here I'm not depending art as a career, but I'm aiming to achieve watercolor proficiency in the shortest time possible. Too ambitious huh? :)

i'm glad that Bob Davies put up this website showing people how easy it is to paint with his methods in short videos. thanks Bob!





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Gorgeous
by: Todd

I admire your work. It's always neat and well thought out. I notice that you are prolific in a sense. How long did it take you to paint this scene?

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village
by: Anonymous

Dear Alvin,

Thanks for the reply. I love it when artists include "histories".. It gives me a better sense of the painting and opens doors I'll never walk through. Looking forward to the house... Love the idea of living above ground and in the trees.

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just for some info
by: Alvin Phua

Dear Mary

History lesson? Sort of... Info is just for some people who wonders why this house is built on stilts. This painting is not about the village house. It's a scenario of a small village with the nature surrounding it. The added text is just sharing some information. Soon I'll do another painting close-up of a village house...

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house
by: Mary Fraser

I envy your ability to capture the back ground bushes .... mine still look awful . Thanks for the wee history lesson . The car is a delightful touch . I would like to see more of the house and less of the background ...just a thought .

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Malaysian Village
by: Anonymous

Love the whole thing just as it is.

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house
by: Dorothy, Cambs

A very competent painting, I'd like to see the house more of a focal point

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