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Tan Siang Hon陈上宏

I got into watercolour about the time I went overseas for work in mid-2000, where I was based in a relatively remote part of China. The beauty of the people and landscape inspired me to capture them through painting. As I had no formal training, I relied on watercolour publications, including Robert Wade and Ong Kim Seng’s books in the past, and more recently, online tutorials by watercolour masters such as Alvaro Castagnet and Joseph Zbukvic. I love the transparency and fluidity of water to apply paint on paper, and while most unforgiving as a medium to work with, I am always surprised when “happy accidents” turn into a thing of beauty. In many ways, I see this as a parallelism of life, where things that go wrong can turn out into blessings when we have the patience to wait and trust in the Divine.