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Alfred Ng

7 Months Ago

A New Life For My Old Art

When I was in art school, I majored in print making. I had stacks of hand pull prints from that period; some are etchings but mostly are silk screen prints. I never sold any of them and no one has seen them since I graduated from art school. I just treat them as part of my ever expanding works.
I had no intention of discarding them so they came with me for all my moves. Finally, last year, I started to remake them to my current art. At first, I used them for paper sculptures and cards
.Yesterday, I found this one which I had already cut into narrow strip among some of my old works. The piece is 5”x17” with a dark brown and blues. Right away I see the blue area in the print looks like a koi swimming in the pond. I turned it into a paper cut which took almost a whole day to finish. On the left is the original print before and the one below is the finished piece.

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Marlene Burns

7 Months Ago

Alfred, you always amaze me! As soon as I read that you majored in printmaking, my mind went right to your paper cuts!!
Stunning redux you have shared..I look forward to many more, my friend!

 

Alfred Ng

7 Months Ago

Thank you Marlene! although I stopped making prints after I left art school but some of the skills I learn which I has applied into my job and art later on.

 

Marlene Burns

7 Months Ago

yes, it all influences your work today.

 

Kelley Lee McDonald

7 Months Ago

Alfred, What would happen if you let it lie in the past, and simply threw it away?

 

Alfred Ng

7 Months Ago

Kelly, "'what would happen if you let it lie in the past and simply threw it away?"

If I let it lie in the past and simply threw it away, my only contribution is to the landfill and my creativity and skills lie in the past.

 

Jean Booth

7 Months Ago

Beautifully done!

 

Kelley Lee McDonald

7 Months Ago

What I'm suggesting Alfred is this. When we hold on to the past, we move forward more slowly because of the heavy load we bare. Being able to throw away an idea, sometimes a great idea, makes way for a mind blowing idea. You are a brilliant artist whether you understand what I've said or not. :-)

 

Alfred Ng

7 Months Ago

Kelly, I think we are on a different track here, my post is more about transformation and with age and excrescence one can see things with a whole new perspective.

 

Kevin OConnell

7 Months Ago

Alfred, you should embrace the future and keep creating and evolving. I would let the past go

 

Patricia Strand

7 Months Ago

Wonderful new piece here, Alfred. Absolutely love it when someone can take an old piece from years past and see it in a new light. Beautiful execution!

 

Mary Bedy

7 Months Ago

This is beautiful, Alfred. Recycled or not, it's a stunning piece. Please share whatever else you transform. I always look forward to your new work.

 

Alfred Ng

7 Months Ago

Thank you! I will dig out more old works and give it a make over!

 

Phyllis Beiser

7 Months Ago

As usual Alfred, whatever you put your hands to is golden! Fantastic and I can not wait to see more.

 

Michael Hoard

7 Months Ago

Hello Alfred, once again you have a genius mind and there is nothing wrong with bringing an old piece of art work and give it new life. Technically its your original, the moment you create something different or advance that new piece it now becomes an original piece. Am I correct to assume that? Great renewal to an old piece......And your paper cuts are just amazing the detail and time you put into them.....Just a note: the very same affect can be done to photographs as well, .Best success with them all, - Michael Hoard

 

Alfred Ng

7 Months Ago

Thanks so much Phyllis, Michael! I really enjoy the paper cutting which is a lot like painting watercolor, one always thinking of the positive and negative shapes but I can stop or start whenever I want. When I working on a piece it is very relaxing. I like how the paper cut can play with light and shadow which add an extra diminution to it. Michael, you must be reading my mind, I been thinking use it on photographs later.

Here is a shot of one of my watercolor paper cut display on window.

lotus paper cut on window

 

Rose Santuci-Sofranko

7 Months Ago

Wow, how cool!

 

Melissa Bittinger

7 Months Ago

That is very cool Alfred, I don't exactly understand how you layer and do what you do...would LOVE to see one of your works in person as I think an even higher appreciation would be achieved, and it's pretty high already :o)

 

Alfred Ng

7 Months Ago

Hi, Melissa, here is the link which shows how it was done:
http://fineartamerica.com/showmessages.php?messageid=1361483

 

Hi Alfred. Wow. A stunning work. Good result really. Love it. U Re so tale tes. As u see I have not been very active here hummmm i did not have much time being busy with other business...I should Côme back soon though. Again congrats. Good work as always.

 

Jeffrey Canha

7 Months Ago

Beautiful, did you photograph or scan it to upload it here ???

 

Alfred Ng

7 Months Ago

Hi Marie, nice to hear from you, best wishes!
Jeffery, this one was scanned but most of my other uploads are photograph.

 

Jim Taylor

7 Months Ago

Alfred I don’t like to go back on old work but your idea is great. It creates something new and fresh from your silkscreens, especialy since you enjoy the process. I enjoy pencil drawing in the same way as you mentioned where you can easily stop and go as you please. I also did silk screen back in another life time before computers and digital. The four color printers were expensive so I made my own on a stand which rotated from a lazy Susan base. frames were held by clamps that could be adjusted for alignment. Making the silk screens photographing and getting the image on the screen. Crazy lots of work. I wish I could get back some more of that time spent.

 

Alfred Ng

7 Months Ago

Jim, I still have some silk screen equipment and keep thinking one day I would make some prints. oh well that one day still haven't cme yet.LOL

 

Michael Hoard

7 Months Ago

Alfred, I can not wait to see the effect you will create using photos, and the creator you are it will be sensational and a masterpiece.

 

MM Anderson

7 Months Ago

Alfred, as usual your work looks great. Maybe it'll inspire me to dig out some of my old school pieces to re-work in some fashion. I took printmaking but I don't think I've kept very many of my prints. I'll have to see what I have left. I've been looking for some inspiration lately.

 

Roger Swezey

7 Months Ago

Alfred,

With all great artists, their Art has no past, is not only in the present, or will be only in the future.....Great Art is Timeless.

All your work, to me, is Timeless

And by the way when you wrote:.."I really enjoy the paper cutting which is a lot like painting watercolor, one always thinking of the positive and negative shapes but I can stop or start whenever I want. When I working on a piece it is very relaxing"

When you say that those 2 disciplines are "relaxing"...I shake my head in disbelief.....I've tried both in my lifetime..knowing that when there's a slip of the blade or the misslap of the brush, there is no redo button to push......In both cases, I'm a nervous wreck when.attempting to come with something worthwhile.

Again I say , your work is amazing, as I look at it all with Green Eyed Envy!! .

 

Alfred Ng

7 Months Ago

Thank you Roger! I think the artists paint with watercolor have a different temperament with more patience than artists use other medium. When I working on a piece either watercolor or paper cut I usually sitting down in front of the work with my brush or a knife in my hand and all my thoughts are focus on a tiny section of the work. My world is as small as those tiny sections and nothing seem matter. Yes, it is rather relaxing and Zen like.

 

E B Schmidt

7 Months Ago

Beautiful work!

 

Melissa Bittinger

7 Months Ago

Wow, that was great seeing the grasshopper image cut out before the backing, thanks for that :o)

In one of my college classes we had to learn how to use a swivel knife to cut acetone film. Tricky learning to get the hang of it. I still have the swivel knife...sometimes it would swivel left when you meant go 'right'!

 

Alfred Ng

7 Months Ago

Melissa, i tried the swivel knife as well but it didn't work for me, I prefer the Xacto knife it able to do what I wanted and it is cheap two for a dollar at the dollar store.

 

Roy Erickson

7 Months Ago

In my next life - I'd still like to be Alfred - but someone/somewhere - will have to give me a whole boatload of patience - and if patience is a virtue - I'm certainly not very virtuous

 

Alfred Ng

7 Months Ago

Oh Roy, I am speechless!!

 

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