Thursday, June 9, 2016

DPW Spotlight Interview: Haze Long

Each week we will spotlight a different DPW artist who will give away one of their best paintings.

To enter to win Haze's painting, "Potted Succulent III" go to Daily Paintworks and click on the link at the top of the page announcing their interview.

From Haze's DPW Gallery:

I am a professional artist in my 30s living in Malaysia. I grew up loving art and would frequently draw portraits to ease my mind. As with any other chinese family, pursuing any sort of creative endeavours would result in a demotivating backlash. Looking back, studying something more academic would make more sense since I had the brains for it. Nevertheless, I insisted on furthering my studies on Film & Animation. (click to read more)

Tell us a bit about how you first started painting.

I started painting when I was in my teens, it was an outlet of expression and I would draw portraits all the time. Slowly they became better and more refined over the years.

Did you have any stops and starts in your painting career?

Definitely, I stopped painting when I was in university in order to focus on my studies. It wasn't until after my father passed away that I've finally picked up a brush and started painting again. My best friend convinced me to pursue a career in art and fortunately for both of us, it went very well.

Potted Succulent III
(click to view)

Enter to win by clicking on the link at the top of the DPW home page announcing Haze's interview.

What mediums and genres have you experimented with?

I first started out with sketches and was trained rigorously in pen sketches by one of my lecturers. I painted digitally often when I was young and that helped my business when we started a mural and arts company in my country. Since then, it has been 24/7 acrylics and mural painting. We did all sorts of art from pyrography to graffiti. My skills soon improved immensely and I was motivated to try oils. That's when I discovered Daily Paintworks.

Which ones have "stuck" and which ones have fallen away?

Well, I enjoy every medium I have learned so far and mastering one leads to greater understanding of another. I think I am not suited for color pencils or pastels, nor am I inclined towards hyper realism. I simply do not have the patience for working on the same piece for a long period of time.

Asa II
(click to view)

Which ones are you looking forward to exploring?

Right now, I am back to digital artwork, watercolor, charcoal and oils. Oils is such a difficult medium to master and I am expecting a life long learning process for that one.

Who or what inspires you most?

Steve Jobs.

Lemon in a Box
(click to view)

What does procrastination look like for you?

It can be very difficult, especially lately. There can be canvases and projects ongoing and I will just be sleeping the day off. The one thing I've learned is to know that things get easier once the wheels have started rolling.

What techniques work to ensure that you make time for your art?

1. The art doesn't have to be a masterpiece
2. I don't have to finish it today
3. Have someone else set a deadline for me
4. Watch tutorials and read books on art

Iris II
(click to view)

How do you generally arrive at ideas for your paintings?

It usually comes when I am working on other art projects and other mediums.

How do you keep art "fresh?" What techniques have helped you avoid burnout and keep your work vibrant and engaging?

For me, I can't stop painting. Once I stop for a day, a long timeout occurs until I am motivated again. The busier I am, the more productive I am. My art works when I put less thought into it, I just need to focus on either the emotion or the objective of the artwork.  

Secret Waterfall at Serendah
(click to view)

What do you feel you are learning about right now as an artist?

I am still a painter. Loads to learn before I can consider myself an artist.

What makes you happiest about your art?

I am happy now that I am finally creating art for myself and slowly stepping away from signature-less art creation.

Thanks, Haze!

© 2016 Sophie Marine

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