Sunday, August 26, 2012

Lovebirds in a Tiff

I have a friend who is an enormously talented photographer who specialises in photographing birds.

I am most fortunate to be able to paint/sketch based on his fabulous photos with his special permission. ;)

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

It's not the real thing, but hopefully a painting can be a good substitute?

Between painting bread (previous post) and this painting, I painted 2 duds - 1 is of orchids and another of a bunch of bananas and a clay vase against a striped cloth - they lacked depth and looked too flat so I didn't post them. I may eventually repaint and improve on them later though.

I painted this for a friend's birthday. He wanted a gramophone, and since I couldn't afford to buy the real thing, I painted one instead (and hopefully it'd  be a good alternative).

The Gramophone

This was based on a photo of a gramophone found off google images, but unfortunately I cannot remember where it was from. If you find this resembles your photo and would like me to credit you, please let me know!

Saturday, May 12, 2012

It's about Composition

In my 5th lesson, I was tasked to paint this.

It looks simple enough, right? Well, it wasn't easy, I tell ya...

Sunday, May 6, 2012

A Study in Orange

Orange is such a happy colour, just like yellow, and I was happy to paint a peeled mandarin orange against a black background. A strikingly attractive composition, imho. My teacher has a great eye for composition - but of course.

The real deal

Click 'read more' to see my finished piece.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Painting reflection

My bad for the long hiatus. By now I've progressed beyond still life in my paintings, nevertheless, here are my back-dated posts on my past lessons so you could see my progress.

My fourth lesson was a tad tougher, since it involved painting a variety of colours. Instead of simply using the tube of brown paint in my basic paint set, I learnt that brown could similarly be achieved by mixing cadmium red, lemon yellow and white, in varying amounts, to achieve varying tones. This was useful in creating the 'reflection effect' on the tin box that I was trying to paint.

Click read more for more pictures.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Colour of Focus: Purple

Some pictures from my third painting class.

New colour learnt: Purple, eggplant purple specifically.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Thing about Colours

Orange is a colour I learned to mix from using crimson red and ultramarine blue in my second painting lesson. 

I realised sometimes it's not possible to achieve a desired shade of colour given specific shades of primary colours. For example blue alone has a variety of shades - there's ultramarine blue, phythalocyanine blue, prussian blue, cerulean blue, and so much more. Mixing different types of blue with different shades of yellow could give vastly different shades of green. Given that I only had ultramarine blue I wasn't able to achieve the same turquoise blue that was the actual shade of the paper on which the pumpkin and box was placed on, so I made do with this.

Final look
(I know the pumpkin looks like a melon. Fail on my part~)

A Recent Joyful Occupation

If I'd known what joy I could derive from drawing and painting, I'd have taken up classes a long time ago. As it goes, life and work got in the way. Nevertheless as I always say, better late than never!  

Some months back, when I had the free time and opportunity to take up classes, I googled, researched and narrowed my selection of teachers, and eventually chose Mr Jimmy Quek, one of the best art teacher I've had so far (counting those I've had in school). I chose to learn acrylic painting, very commonly used by many modern artists being available only in the 1950s. FYI, oil paints were commonly used by the famous Renaissance masters and are very slow drying, sometimes taking weeks to dry.  

My first acrylic painting on canvas

More about my first class after the break.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Dreams and Reality: A Peek at Selected Masterpieces from the Musee D'Orsay's

'Dreams and Reality' was a special exhibition that recently ended its run at Singapore's National Museum. The exhibition showcased carefully curated masterpieces of paintings, drawings and photos from the Musee D'Orsay in Paris. Although I visited Paris some years back, I had time for the Louvre only, and even so, there wasn't enough time to see all the masterpieces in the Louvre. So this 'Dreams and Reality' exhibition was a great opportunity for me to view the top masterpieces without incurring the cost of an air ticket. :)

As I am partial to paintings, all of the works shown here are of paintings. Click "read more" for some commentary and pictures of some of my favourite works.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

The last of the Sketchbook Project 2011 sketches!

It's just as the title says... here are the last of the sketches for the project (about time!).

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Sketches Inspired by Outdoor activities

Sea kayaking can be most relaxing, however, that can be subjective especially if you are not near the protective shades of mangrove trees near the shoreline and subject to the merciless scorch of the sun. I tend to be partial to water activities, which is why the following 2 sketches were inspired by some cool water sports that I love or would love to try.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Sketches inspired by Korea

Awesome scenery and cool activities done in Korea inspired the following sketches.

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!

Hallo all,

Here's an 'au naturel' (with the exception of frame and text that I added) picture I took this morning with my phone. It's the last sunrise of 2011. Here's saying goodbye to 2011 and welcome 2012!


Friday, December 23, 2011

Furry and Feathery

Here are a couple of sketches that were inspired by my desire to get up close with these animals.

Who doesn't fall in love on sight with these lovable creatures?

Monday, December 19, 2011

Paper Sculpting Fun

Some weeks ago, I visited Japan and had the opportunity to visit Ghibli Museum, a wonderfully whimsical museum that all Ghibli anime fans should go at least once in their lifetime. I will blog about the visit in another time. For now, I'd like to show you a paper sculpture made from a DIY paper sculpture pack bought from Ghibli Museum. 

Friday, December 16, 2011

It's Tree-mendous fun to make your own Tree

Not getting a tree for Xmas? Not to worry, the newspapers to the rescue!

Interestingly the classified section of the Straits Times had incorporated a DIY origami tree tutorial on its front page that readers could make and join in a contest. I wasn't too interested in the contest (having zilch luck in contests can do that to you) but was more interested in making the tree. It's really quite simple. Just follow the instructions below.


Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Sketches inspired by Malaysia

Malaysia, Singapore's next door neighbour, is a resource rich country with an abundance of sights and scenery to enjoy. 

Although I've not been there before, I've heard rave reviews from divers about the pristine waters of Sipadan, near Sabah, Malaysia. Corals, turtles and many other marine species abound, Sipadan is one of the world's top ten diving site. Which is why it's become one of the places to visit on my bucket list. Despite having forgotten my diving basics, I resolve to go there someday, even if it means just snorkelling.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Lessons on Happiness

A friend lent me a book titled 'Hector and the Search for Happiness' by Francois Lelord and I found most of the lessons/observations about happiness made by the protagonist profoundly true. I'm listing all of his lessons here.

Australia Inspired Sketches Part II

I've 2 more sketches inspired by Australia. 

The lavender fields in Tasmania....which I wouldn't mind helping out at the farm for a stint.

And hot air ballooning in the famous Canberra hot air balloon festival.

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Sketches Inspired by Thailand

I'd like to thank all who've checked out my Sketchbook at the Brooklyn Library, it's been more than a year now since the 2011 project, and I'm glad my sketchbook is still being displayed and viewed by visitors till now. For completeness, I'd continue to upload the rest of the pictures drawn for the Sketchbook 2011.

Here are some sketches inspired by Thailand, ie, Phuket and Bangkok.


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