21 May 2014


Samantha Li is an IB student at West Island School, who is extremely passionate about art and design.
I have dedicated this post to her as in my opinion her art work is very inspiring.

SAMANTHA LI: In the landscape paintings, I like to combine realism and surrealism by using real life places but transforming the colors into something intense and empowering. The colors I used were mainly primary (red, yellow, and blue) and are often mixed right onto the canvas. We're often told that high contrast and having complementary colors right across the color wheel should be avoided, but they're actually the basics in nature! And that makes it beautiful.

The four paintings are the most recent ones and I personally feel they are my best so far because it is the first time my work is on public display and a tight deadline. It is the result of hours of experimentation, practice, and stalking painters from behind and applying what is learned bit by bit into my own work. This included small things such as the way the artist scooped up the paint to the angle of the brush.

Tibetan Mountains -   23" x 40" oil on canvas. Only one of the four paintings in the set will be reserved for National Gallery Singapore (2015) also for sale. 

Marble Bar - Requested by my dad, who went on a work trip last summer. This one is of Marble Bar in Western Australia. It was the morning after the first rain in 40 years and the land is over 3 billion years old! Winter at Home - Painting of my granddad's home during the new years. This one was particularly challenging. The transparency needed to be carefully controlled and can not be painted over after the first wash.

Lake/Untitled - This was the first of the set. It was just a random scenery because I simply wanted to try out the "wet" feeling. Using loads of oil and simple blending. It was also the easiest to do in the series. Tibetan Mountains - The last of the series. The light wash at first was quite smooth but adding thickness was so difficult! Especially the mountains. I had to do several mini-paintings before actually painting onto the canvas


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