Herry Arifin About
Painting is, for me, a way of communicating, of expressing to others my feelings about the world around us. When I retired early, in 2002, I found that I had suddenly lost many of the opportunities for communicating that had come with my work. Painting has filled that need since then, and I think it could do so for many retirees.
People often think that to paint one must have unusual, inborn talent, or to go through a long period of training in art school. I found that is not really true __" painting, like talking is a natural human activity. I had no special training as a young person, only after retiring, I attended painting classes. This taught me the fundamentals of design and of the technical aspects__"handling paints and paper. Since then it has been a matter of practice, and looking as much as possible at high quality paintings by others.
The choice of medium and style for communicating in paint is a personal one. At first I wanted to imitate other painters, but fairly soon I realised that the important thing was to allow my own style to develop. I__™ve chosen watercolor because it suits my personality as well as my painting style. What inspires me most is taking a busy, even chaotic, scene, and organising it into a pleasing, simple pattern of values and colors.
I hope that people will enjoy my works, but most of all I want to encourage others to have the confidence to try it for themselves, and experience the same kind of satisfaction that I have found.
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