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符永刚博士的收藏的墨宝真迹

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海南会馆里的天后宫.楼下展示海南会馆所收藏的字画

在农历元宵节的前一天,书法老师刘明亮邀请我到马六甲的海南会馆,去参观符永刚博士的墨宝真迹和第三届符永刚杯书法赛。当明亮老师在筹备书法赛的一场讲座时,他致电符永刚先生,希望符永刚先生能当讲座会的讲师,和大家分享书法;符永刚先生给了明亮老师一个惊喜,除了他会在当天配合活动,也会展示他所收藏中国清代以来各大书法家的墨宝真迹。

当晚,除了有很多的人踊跃参赛,会场还展示了海南会馆的书法珍藏和符永刚博士的珍藏品。大家都有缘欣赏了自清朝以来到当代的书法家包括了何绍基、沈鹏、康有为、徐悲鸿、罗振玉、吴昌硕等等的真迹。这些墨宝书法有甲骨文、金文、篆书、隶书、魏碑、楷书、行书、草书等等各体。

在书法赛后,刘明亮老师和符永刚博士给了一个很有意义的书法讲座,符博士说:“我们学书法能只学一体,必须博取众长,或转益多师,这样才能创作出自己灵魂的作品,成为书家;不然,就是停留在写字写字的阶段。”

这是明亮老师和我认识的另一位在孔教会教书法的老师刑福兴先生,所给的建议都是一样的。越是把自己的思维封闭起来的人,越难写出好字。书法和绘画不一样,非表面的创作。书法是有传统的根,却不局限于传统的思维;必须于时并进却又不能忽略传统的文化价值。

当我、蔡天成先生、明亮老师和符永刚博士在挂展览品时,我们一面挂,他们一边评论这些各大书法家的字。从中他们的谈话中,可以知道他们对书法的有多了解与热爱。他们能说出作品的书法家是受何人的影响、大约多少岁写的、为何人而写的等等;让我知道原来从一位书法家的真迹中,能了解到他的人生经历和修养。譬如一位书法家的两幅真迹中,明亮老师他们能分别是80岁前或80岁后写的,因为他所经历了人生不同的阶段,笔触流露出个人的性格涵养。

以下是我在会场拍摄的照片:

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Dad, I have to work harder!

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Little Tang (Tang Yao-Kun) with his Chinese calligraphy writing, "dragon leaps, tiger jumps". Behind is the teacher Mr. Liu Ming-Ling.

Little Tang (Tang Yao-Kun) with his Chinese calligraphy writing, "dragon leaps, tiger jumps". Behind is the teacher Mr. Liu Ming-Liang.

Many are amazed by the calligraphy writing of our little friend Tang (Tang Yao-Kun). One day during the calligraphy class, I chatted with Yao-Kun’s father.

3 years ago, when Yao-Kun was in kindergarten, he was a naughty and hyperactive kid. His teacher always suggested to his parents of bringing Yao-Kun to Mr. Liu Ming-Liang’s class to learn Chinese calligraphy. She added calligraphy is an art, a Chinese tradition, and also would be able to let little Tang settle down and more concentrate in his study. However, father Tang and mother Tang did not know much about calligraphy and thought that it would not be as useful to little Tang as told.

The kindergarten teacher insisted. Everytime father Tang and mother Tang went to the kindergarten, the teacher suggested the same thing again and again. Due to that, the parents reluctantly agreed and brought little Tang to Mr. Liu’s calligraphy class. They were however unsuccessfully locating the place of the class, and so they gave up.

The next time they met the teacher, again she suggested the parents to bring little Tang to the calligraphy class. Father Tang and mother tang felt sorry to give any excuse since the teacher really took this matter seriously and it would be for the own good of little Tang.

Where there is a will, there is a way: father Tang and mother Tang found Mr. Liu’s calligraphy class eventually and little Tang started his class since then. In addition, little Tang did not know about Chinese calligraphy at all. He took part in half-heartly. Mother Tang was in charge of bringing little Tang to class everyday.

Months after, and little Tang stepped into primary school year one. Father Tang was asking the performance of little Tang in the calligraphy class. He was told that little Tang was an excellent and well-behaved student in class. This appraisal of Mr. Liu however was a mistake because he was mistaken of little Tang’s name with another student. According to Mr. Liu, little Tang did not perform and not well-behaved in class. Even worse criticism was given by the teacher.

Father Liu was pissed when he was told and could not agree with Mr. Liu. He decided to take over the responsibility of little Tang’s learning from his mother, putting full supervision of little Tang’s learning and started to stay during the whole period of little Tang’s calligraphy class to check on him.

Not long after that, there was a competition. Father Tang encouraged his son to take part in order to gain experience and boost the interest of his son. This would be the first competition little Tang took part; also he was nervous as he had to write in front of a bunch of people and with other children. He finished the writing though.

During the prize giving ceremony for primary school students category, prizes were announced from the consolation prizes to 2nd runner up, 1st runner up then the best prize. Prizes announced respectively, the confidence of little Liu was getting lower and lower, and disappointment was getting greater. The prize giving ceremony for primary school competitors was over, and little Liu did not win any prize. He was so disappointed.

Little Tang  insisted to stay for the later prize giving for junior high school category and high school category as he thought he might stand a chance in winning. Father Tang did not know how to explain to his son but he accompanied his son until the whole event was over. Both of the father and son were so upset. The son was let down because he didn’t win; the father was upset because the son.

During their ride back to home, both father and son didn’t speak a word. There was a moment of silence. Looking at the son, father Tang felt bad of forcing little Tang to the calligraphy class again. So he asked, “What do you want to do now?”

“Dad, I have to work harder!” he answered.

* * * * * * * * * * * *

3 to 4 years later after the first lesson of calligraphy, little Tang is 11 year-old this year. He is the star of Pay Fong 2 Primary school and many students and teachers are proud of little Tang. He has won many prizes in calligraphy competitions. The reasons behind the success are the patience of little Tang’s parents, the teaching of Mr. Liu, and also the hard work of little Tang.

Mr. Liu once told me, “Interest can be developed. Talent is nothing more important than hardwork, it only helps to acquire the skill quicker than others. The main keys of improvement are dedication and determination.” English physicist also said, “If I am anything, which I highly doubt, I have made myself so by hard work.”

Thanks so much to Mr. Liu for sharing his and his son’s learning experience with us. Hope that little Tang is able to continue with his hard work and be humble in his learning always.

Little Tang was writing at the Jonker Street of Melaka for a charity event. Little Tang's cute sister and father were just standing beside him.

Little Tang was writing at the Jonker Street of Melaka for a charity event. Little Tang's cute sister and father were just standing beside him.

“Why did little Tang learn callligraphy? Because he was interested in?” I asked.

爸,我要更努力!

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小朋友耀坤(右边)和嘉彬,都写了一手好字

活泼的小朋友耀坤(右边)和嘉彬,都写了一手好字

汤耀坤小朋友的书法是我们所见识到和羡慕的。我曾经问汤爸爸:“为什么他会学书法?是兴趣吗?” 

当耀坤就读幼儿园时,他是一位好动和好玩的小朋友。幼儿园的老师常常推荐汤爸爸和汤妈妈,希望他们能带耀坤去刘明亮书法老师那里去学书法。这不只是一门艺术,也能让耀坤定定性。汤爸爸和汤妈妈商量后,觉得书法没有什么用,就没有带儿子去学。但是每一次汤爸爸和汤妈妈到了幼儿园,老师还是不断的提倡书法,希望耀坤能够去学习。 

由于老师的热诚,汤爸爸和汤妈妈逼于无奈下带了耀坤去明亮老师的书法班。可是到了幼儿园的老师所指明的路行到了书法班的地区,却找不到书法班的所在。于是,他们又放弃了。 

再一次,汤爸爸和汤妈妈见到了幼儿园的老师,她还是建议耀坤去学书法。既然老师都那么坚持,汤妈妈决定送儿子去学书法了。这次他们终于找到了明亮老师的书法班,耀坤也开始上课了。他那个时候根本不了解书法,只抱着玩玩的态度去学习,每次都由汤妈妈带去书法班。 

耀坤学了不久,也是一年级了。汤爸爸有次问起明亮老师对儿子的评语,老师给了很好的评语。后来才知道老师搞错了学生,他还很不客气地批评了耀坤,说了耀坤不认真的学习态度。汤爸爸听了,真的吃不下这口气,认为老师太看不起自己的儿子。于是,他告诉汤妈妈,从今以后,他会亲自带儿子去学书法,也会留在书法班监督儿子学习。 

在不久后,有了个书法比赛。汤爸爸当然支持耀坤去参赛,希望比赛能增广儿子对书法的认识,也促进他对书法的兴趣。第一次参赛的耀坤当然非常紧张,要当着那么多群众写字,和那么多人比赛。最终,他还是完成了他的字。当主办当局宣布小学组赛果的时候,耀坤也很紧张,而且也拭目以待,希望能拿个奖项。报告奖项是由比较低的安慰奖先报告,到优秀奖三、二、一名。一个个的报告了,也报告了第一名,许多的奖项,却没有耀坤的名。当然他很失望,很沮丧。 

当报告初中和高中组的奖项时,耀坤还是抱着希望,叫爸爸不要带他离开比赛会场,可能他还会有希望得奖。汤爸爸知道儿子不肯放弃,也不知道怎么跟他解释,就一直陪着儿子到整个比赛结束了。儿子的希望最后还是破灭了。 

在回家的漫漫的路途上,汤爸爸和耀坤在车上一直没有说话。爸爸瞧见儿子很沮丧,也很心疼,觉得不忍心逼着儿子再学书法了。于是汤爸爸是对耀坤说:“耀坤,你现在想怎么办?” 

“爸,我要更努力!”耀坤回答。 

* * * * * * * * * * * *

三、四年后的今天,耀坤今年十一岁了。他不只是培二小学师生校园之光,在之后很多的书法比赛都有不错的成绩,赢了不少的奖项。耀坤能有今天的成就,全是父母的鼓励、刘老师的教导和他自己的坚持和努力。 

其实,很多兴趣是可以培养的,不一定要靠天分。刘老师和我说过:天分只能让某个人比别人更快的掌握技巧;而真正能进步的因素是靠努力。物理学家牛顿他曾这样说过:“虽然自已有某些方面的天分和才华,但仅靠天分的自然流露,没有自觉的勤奋努力是远远不够的。” 

很谢谢汤爸爸和我们分享他和儿子的学习经历。愿耀坤小朋友能继续努力,虚心学习,方能更上一层楼。 

耀坤全神贯注的写字,为春暖人间、家家贴春联的活动挥毫募款。

耀坤全神贯注的写字,为春暖人间、家家贴春联的活动挥毫募款。左为刘明亮老师。

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再遇李茂东先生 – 水墨画分享

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李茂东先生在培二小学现场画竹

李茂东先生在培二小学现场画竹

前几天我在香林小学遇到了李茂东先生。在嘉宾致词时,他很幽默的交给我一张字条,写着:你的网站的梅花不是我画的。

还记得李茂东水墨画家的主题?里面有个梅花水墨画。原来茂东先生到访这个网站,看到了我所刊登的梅花水墨画写着李茂东先生的作品其实不是他所画,所以让我知道。

之后,我和茂东先生交谈了一会儿,了解了他一些事情。茂东先生热爱画画。除了水墨画,他也喜欢铅笔画。在十多年前,他喜欢背着背包装满了绘画器材,到处去写生。他只学了短期的水墨画,而之后却不断地磨练,才有我们所看到的成就。

平时文静的李茂东,为人其实和蔼可亲,有时还很幽默。在他和宋群礼先生等书法家在一起的时候,我看见了几个大孩子在游乐,很豪爽,一点架子都没有。在茂东先生作画的时候,有时很轻描淡写的画,有时却全神专注的画,也许这就是他描绘人生,在生活找到一个平衡点。

我带了朋友Murphy到鸡场街的庚寅年“春暖人间、家家贴春联”的活动场地去选购春联和水墨画。Murphy是一个很响应慈善的人。活动所卖的春联和水墨画的款项将捐给峇章圣约翰洗肾中心,帮助患有肾脏病的患者。Murphy很豪爽的买了几副茂东先生的水墨画,和几副春联。然后他也让我拍摄这几副作品:

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春暖人间、家家贴春联-到访文化小学、培二小学、平民小学和香林小学

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“春暖人间、家家贴春联”的工委主席戴桂珠女士也现场挥毫,写得一手好字。

“春暖人间、家家贴春联”的工委主席戴桂珠女士在文化小学现场挥毫,写得一手好字。

上个星期,我跟着“春暖人间、家家贴春联”的团队和书法家,到几间小学去推广书法和募捐。其中的学校有文化小学、陪二小学、平民小学和香林小学。这个活动是为峇章圣约翰洗肾中心筹款,希望帮助患有肾脏病的患者,同时也大家响应贴春联,增加春天的气息。各界人士,包括了书法家、学生、老师等等,都出钱出力,支持富有意义的活动。

据我所知,文化小学筹到了4千零吉,打破了去年的纪录。培二小学也卖了400幅春联,筹获了1千3百零吉。而平民小学所筹到的款项要到这个星期五才知晓。只有少过两百学生的香林小学也筹获了6百多零吉。

以下是我拍到的照片,和大家分享。

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李茂东水墨画家

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李茂东水墨画家

李茂东水墨画家

上个星期,我在马六甲鸡场街的“春暖人间、家家贴春联”活动认识了李茂东先生,一位水墨画画家。看着他现场轻描淡写就能画出力墨竹、盆花等等,真叫人好生佩服。 

更叫我佩服的是李茂东先生乐于助人的精神。除了李茂东先生,还有其他的书法家和热心人士,不断地写春联和作画,到鸡场街和学校义卖。李茂东先生是其中一位到马六甲很多的学校挥毫的人士,鼓励师生响应这项极富意义的活动和推广中华文化。 

“春暖人间、家家贴春联”的活动是一项春联义卖活动。筹到的善款将捐给峇章圣约翰洗肾中心来帮助患有肾脏病的病人。虎年农历新年即将到来,希望各位能响应这个有意义的春联义卖,到鸡场街去义买字画和给与鼓励。 

李茂东先生在鸡场街“春暖人间 家家贴春联”活动现场画竹

李茂东先生在鸡场街“春暖人间 家家贴春联”活动现场画竹

水墨梅花

李茂东先生 - 水墨梅花 (更新和更正:这并非李茂东先生的作品,而是一位学生画的)

双鹤报喜

李茂东先生 - 双鹤报喜

09/02/2010更新:上面的水墨梅花并非李茂东先生的作品,谢谢李茂东先生到访juesatta.com和提出的更正。

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