I grew up in the ’80’s and ’90’s in the Central Valley of California, and although I can’t tell you all the things that have influenced my tastes in the visual arts, I imagine illustrations and designs in Hong Kong media have had some role in how my view of the world has grown and evolved over the years.
Gaa Wai refers to my common name in Chinese:
家 or “Gaa” means “family”
瑋 or “Wai” is a word for a kind of jade, or it can mean “valuable.”
It’s phonetically spelled according to the Cantonese dialect, which is spoken in and around Hong Kong.
I’ve had small, occasional bursts of creativity, particularly from 2008-2010. Then in 2017, I decided to begin this blog, so I can keep everything in one place.
What I offer here may be sporadic, but I hope to grow as an artist and I’d like to share that journey with others.
I made copies for my first few posts so I could give my hands something to do. It is also one of the oldest approaches to developing one’s skills as an artist.
Initially, I relied on carbon copies, as I was coming back from an extended break from drawing… and I’d gotten weak in the knees, as I wasn’t sure if I could reproduce the originals as well as I wanted to. But I had an immediate response to them, and I wanted my hands to have an understanding of what it’s like to draw them.
Often, it required me to look more closely and be very conscious of what I was seeing, before I could mimic how the lines move.
Exploration of Lines
Lines can be as personal as one’s signature, but can vary as widely as a given language. When using lines as a primary element, I am often enamored with the language of that line and how it expresses itself. Over the years, I’ve employed a variety of them in sketches and drawings and the beginnings of larger works.
I’m slowly navigating my way through online platforms, which is like my way of waving my hand and saying, “Hi.”
I’ve started a catalog of designs at Society6, and a handful of originals are available at Saatchi. You can also find me on Quora, where I offer what I can to questions having to do with art and artists.
It’s a long road ahead and I hope you’ll stay with me, through the good, the bad, the ugly… and the extraordinary.