Chien Chung Wei Watercolor

 


Why do I paint?為何而畫?

智慧之果 Fruit of Wisdom 51×36 cm 2002

When a student paints just to finish homework or to pass an art exam, it must be painful.

When a professional artist paints just to earn money, I can imagine it must be even more painful.I am not making a high-flown but impractical statement. Just imagine a person sitting at the desk like a fool, frowning and looking from the left, right, up close, far away, adding a touch here and there, being afraid that too many strokes make the painting messy, too few make it empty….Sometimes this fool gets up and dances when a procedure is performed successfully, but more often he is filled with regret and discontent because a section of the painting has failed.

I believe that the only one reason a person would sit in front of his easel tirelessly and stupidly for hundreds of hours is simple—the motivation to create an interesting, beautiful painting full of personal style.This simple motivation is what propels a person to the level one has only been dreaming of.(Translated by Arianne Guan Toleno)

畫畫這件事,對學生來說,如果只是為了教作業、考試,那一定很痛苦;對專業畫家來說,畫畫如果只是為了賣錢這個目的,我可以想像,那一定非常、非常的痛苦!

這不是在唱高調、假清高。一個人,傻傻的坐在工作檯前,皺著眉頭左看、右看、近看、遠看,這邊畫一點、那邊加一些,就怕畫少了空虛、畫多了雜亂。有時後會因為一個程序表現完美而手舞足蹈,卻也有更多時候,會因為一個局部表現失敗而懊惱悔恨一整天…。

我確信,會讓一個人,呆坐在畫架前,幾十個小時、幾百個小時,幾天幾夜,身心俱疲的做這件蠢事,只有一個原因、只有一個動力:「想要畫出一張很有個性、很有趣味、很美的一張畫」,如此而已。

也只有這個單純的動力,才有可能將自己—推到自己嚮往的境界。

(翻譯:管惠玲)

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