Monday, June 20, 2011

New Zeal And Enthusiasm For Painting

The Perahu Nelayan Traditional for Pak Pin.

2010 was a very lean year as far as my painting goes. For the whole of the year only one painting was done and it was upon the request of my wife Fatthiyah who wanted to give it to her school as a farewell gift upon retirement at the end of the year. Since it was done on a small canvass, the painting of a field of tulips did not have an impact and she had to buy another memento to replace it. Since it was her choice to do it on that size, I can't be blamed.
The above picture is my painting done for Tuan Haji Ariffin Mamat aka Pak Pin an avid collector of my paintings. So far ten of my paintings are among his collection in his home in Taman Melati, Kuala Lumpur. Pak Pin is a Malaysian Kelantanese residing in Jeddah. Pak Pin had asked me to paint another painting of the same boat that I did for Dato' Jaffar Lamri but from another angle. For this painting I had made another visit to the fish landing jetty in Pulau Gajah, Pantai Sabak, Kota Bharu. Lucky thing for me, the boat was still moored to the jetty. I had signed the painting in 2009 but did not deliver it till recently in June 2011.
Though he had asked me to deliver the painting to his sister's house in Kelantan, I did not do so as I was not satisfied with the painting. It was only in 2011 after further touch up that I felt it is good enough to be delivered. Together with other paintings for my children, I brought the painting to Kuala Lumpur and his son Aidil was kind enough to come and collect from me at Taman Amanputra while I was visiting my daughter. Sorry Aidil, uncle forgot to take a picture of you to be included in this blog. I promise that it will be included when I visit your home in KL.
Among my children, my youngest daughter was one of the earliest to have a painting done for her. The triptych was a slight deviation from the black and white that she had earlier requested which I failed to come up with something worthwhile. It was actually my first attempt at an abstract painting. It was named as Cantuman Kasih 1 as suggested by Pak Pin.
Cantuman Kasih 1 as see on the wall of my daughter's home in Kerteh, Terengganu.

Since the painting for my eldest daughter Azura was based on the same concept I as the one for Azini, I am naming it Cantuman Kasih 2. I even helped her to hang it on her wall. From the look on her face, she doesn't seem too happy with it especially after she had seen the one for my son Azrin and also the one for Pak Pin. I guess an abstract is not for her and I promise her to do another one or two.

Cantuman Kasih 2 on the wall of Azura's home in Taman Amanputra, Puchong.

For my son Azrin I did a painting of The Bird of Paradise flower and it was on a bigger canvass as he had a large wall to cover. In fact he had asked of a 3' x 5' which I was not willing to attempt. Anyway the 30" x 34" unframed canvass took up another bigger dimension after framing and had to be carried in the passenger section of my cousin's car when taking it to KL.

Azrin is seen here drilling the holes to hold the painting.

Space enough for some smaller frames to keep Bird of Paradise some company.

Azrin with his wife Yani and baby Ilham posing with the painting.

The whole clan including yours truly wanted to be in too.

Right now I am working with another three paintings. One is for Aleef Muhamad who had given me a picture of the paddy field near her home in Kelantan. Another is for a certain collector from Jeddah who maybe visiting my home in Pasir Mas. It will be a gift to him.
The third painting is a new request from a friend of my son Azuan by the name of Dominic Singh of Bank Negara KL. It is a painting of some Japanese kois and in its final stages of completion.

Hopefully 2011 will be a bumper year for me and my zeal and enthusiasm to paint will continue so that I will be able to cope with the few more paintings that was long overdue to some people.


Azura said...

tq dad....for being so understanding...:))

Pak Zawi said...

Well I just try to please all of my children. After all I find joy in painting and all I need is just the reason to do it.

glassman said...

Salam... I was that close but did'nt have the chance to cross over. I was in Jerteh last month. too bad. anyway, my facebook id is orang jitra ,, that is if you have a face book account too.

Pak Zawi said...

Waalaikummussalam. Dah dekat tu. Yes I have a FB account under my own name Mohamad Zawawi Ahmad. I will add you.

aliff muhammad said...


Alif tunggu juga lukisan kampung pemandangan rumah atau sawah padi... Bila agaknya dapat. Long overdue... :D

Pat said...

Lovely to see that you're on a roll, Zawi.

Did I say before that I loved that bird-of-paradise painting? Hahahah! I can't remember. But, I do: love it, I mean!

Not everyone likes abstract art. It is too subjective, I guess. But, it can be brilliant, can't it?

I can't wait to show your fish to my husband. I am sure he'll try to persuade me to try my hand at it, too! ;)

Pak Zawi said...

Tunggu, jangan tak tunggu. Sebenarnya Pak Zawi dah buat pemandangan sawah padi tapi Pak tak puas hati dan nak cuba rumah pula. InsyaAllah akan siap tak lama lagi.

Pak Zawi said...

I have shown the painting of the bird of paradise in my earlier blog and you could have seen it there. I am so happy that so many people like it especially the ultimate recipient i.e. my son. now I am painting another one for my own home. Let see if I can find another angle for a piece for you.
I believe only accomplished artist can do abstract. Accomplish here means that you can do figures, portrait, landscape and what other form of art before you can do abstract. I once declined Zaitgha's request for an abstract. I had to do this one because my daughter wanted it and i didn't mind failing in my first attempt and I am glad because she like it immensely. sadly my eldest daughter didn't and I will have to replace her's.
The kois are extremely beautiful fish due to it's colors. Please paint it on your items. Your hubby will certainly love it. Anyway my koi painting is not done yet. I hope it will look better when done.

~Covert_Operations'78~ said...

Those are some gorgeous paintings, Abang Zawi. You really have a knack for painting things in nature. Everything looks so alive and beautiful. Ha ha ha about you not being to blame for the small canvas! :D Yes, yes, always blame the woman.
I hope 2011 will be a bumper year for you too.

Pak Zawi said...

Ee Lynn,
Thank you for liking my painting. There are certain things that I feel for and thus they feel good when i paint them. When a painting is difficult to do that make me lose my desire to paint.
Yes!Yes! Blame someone else when something is not right hahahaha. We call it the blame game.

VersedAnggerik said...

I like the cantuman kasih series!

Very abstract!

Pak Zawi said...

Thanks to Pak Pin, he gave the name. Would you want to have one?

dominic singh shadank said...

this is Dominic here , Azuan fren!
Would like to say my greatest THANK YOU VERY MUCh for such a lovely painting ! it's like you can just read my mind ! Very beautiful with the essence of japanese !

Pak Zawi said...

I am happy that you like the painting. I will be doing further work to beautify it and hopefully it will look better once I consider it done and deliver it to you.

Wan Sharif said...

I am helpless at painting.. to me those paintings shown here are just awesome!

Pak Zawi said...

When I first started painting, it was awful to look at. I was really surprised when Zendra wanted to buy my first painting. Anyway I persevered and keep learning from friends and internet as well as through trial and error. Thanks to friends who are supportive of my effort by buying my paintings which really motivated me as the income enabled me to sustain the hobby.
Thank you for visiting.

Wan Sharif said...

the topic of this posting.. at first glance looks like New Zealand ;))

Pak Zawi said...

At first glance I saw it that way too. Well I guess it is a good way of attracting attention as New Zealand is of course a fine destination which everyone of us want to visit.

Anonymous said...

Zawi, a friend highlighted your blog posting wanting me to check out whether it is the same Zawawi that we used to know during our school days. You wrote so much about SIS days and we cldn't help but being nostalgic about it all. Confirmed, you are one of the Kangkung clan (never to be associated with the KKK of course), among the many that makes it good. Love to know of the good life you are making during this 'afterlife' aka retirement.

Pak Zawi said...

I am the same Zawawi from Kangkong together with Nafisah Mahmood, Che Semah Seman, The late Nordin Jaffar and the late Khoo Cheng Ho. We all came to SIS Primary and later did our secondary school in SIS Secondary Pasir Mas. Anyway there is another Zawawi Muhamad from Kangkong who was one year our junior if you are from the same 68 batch as me.
You came in as anonymous how I wish you had left a name to allow me to recall you.