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Ink Painting class resumes!

After taking a break for almost 6 months, the class is back again with the same group of “enthu” students as the last course … (although personally, would have like to see more “new blood” join the class, somehow, priority was given to those already on board to register so that the level of the students would not be too different, I guess??)

Into painting of flowers for the first 3 sessions (carnation, cattleya, hydrangea), of which I was keen only to do the cattleya:

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Third session ended up as a big birthday bash for the teacher, with lots and lots of food and wine! I said in the whatsapp group that I would bring “an empty stomach” in Chinese but ended up with a “lawsuit” instead, by saying “我带控肚子“!  LOL 🙂

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local delights! potato chips ended not opened 😦

 

 

 

 

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Why is it good to do difficult things?

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for example, painting the above scene … (from ST21Feb2016 of scene around the Sultan Mosque). After more than two hours, I got this:

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And then, after another two hours plus, to add colour:

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For me, the answer to “why is it good to do difficult things?” is that

  • you somehow surprise yourself by what you can do, and
  • the harder it is to do, the more satisfaction after the whole thing is done, and
  • “the mind, once stretched by a new idea, never returns to its original dimensions”
    (most often attributed to Oliver Wendell Holmes on internet, but also to Ralph Waldo Emerson in Goodreads website).

Time to look for more difficult things to do !! 🙂

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A Rainy Friday!

Gosh, practically raining non-stop since early morning 😦   so, today was a time for me to do an indoor “workout” instead …

I decided to see what I could do based on this photo (Hongcun, Anhui Province in China, taken during my Huangshan trip in 2014 during the Mid-autumn festival…very bad idea to go during that time because of huge crowds on Huangshan, btw) –

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and  after 6 hours of concentration, here is the result!

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Quite satisfied with it, considering that the reflections of the people were quite tricky to do but must try to get the lines for the buildings to look straight next time!

Also, here are the works I did just before CNY, to use as house decor, before the Hongcun one above.  And some self-critique: the one on the right looks more like a bear, the middle one looks like it has very stiff fur, and the left most one looks like it is going to vanish into thin air very soon, haha; and lastly, the writing is bad!! Wonder if Skillsfuture credit can use for Chinese calligraphy class???

 

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“Random” events from Oct to Nov..

Have been rather busy recently and realised that all these have passed by in the last 3 weeks …

23 to 24 Oct 2015 (Fri and Sat) – Artsy weekend 🙂

helped Mr Ang, my painting teacher, in his solo exhibition, to hang up his works on 23 Friday 2015

helped Mr Ang, my painting teacher, in his solo exhibition, to hang up his works on 23 Friday 2015 (earlier in the morning, visited National Museum and SAM to see other exhibitions)

one of Mr Ang's works that was bought by one of my classmates at the opening of the exhibition on 24 Sat.

one of Mr Ang’s works that was bought by a classmate at the opening of the exhibition on 24 Sat. (also volunteered at the reception for a little while that day 🙂  )

In the evening, went to a free SCO concert at Hong Lim park with spouse ...

In the evening after the exhibition, went to a free SCO concert at Hong Lim Park nearby with spouse …

26 Oct to 1 Nov – tennis overdose week !!! WTA Finals in Singapore for the second year running …(watched at Indoor Stadium on 4 days this year, including the finals on Sunday with the whole family 🙂 and also at night on internet  )

At the practise courts before her match in the afternoon, Gaberdine Muguruza, a rising star from Spain, ranked 2 in the tournament!

At the practise courts before her match in the afternoon, Garbine (accent on n, Gar-be-nay) Muguruza, a rising star from Spain, ranked 2 in the tournament!

Muguruza serve, nice follow through!

Muguruza serve, nice follow through!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Always a crowd favourite, Sharapova, at the practise courts ...

Always a crowd favourite, Sharapova, at the practise courts …

World No. 1 rank Doubles pair, Hingis and Sania

World No. 1 rank Doubles pair, Hingis and Sania, after winning against Muguruza and Navarro, in the finals (was actually lucky enough to catch a ball with their autographs on Thursday 🙂  )

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Very emotional win for Radwanska, after defeating Kvitova in the finals!! Happy for her :)

Very emotional win for Radwanska, after defeating Kvitova in the finals!! Happy for her 🙂

and more Concerts by SCO (7 Nov) and Asian Contemporary Ensemble ACE (13 Nov Friday)

A concert for the young and young at heart, based on the theme of "Singapore Food" ...SCO@Conference Hall

A concert for the young and young at heart, based on the theme of Singapore food …SCO Young People’s Concert Series@Conference Hall, Voyage to Nanyang 3

Interesting venue at the Arts House, where ACE unveiled their mascot ...

Interesting venue at the Arts House, where ACE unveiled their mascot. Concert incorporated story telling (narrated by Rosemarie Somaiah, and with dance performance by PARAGRAPH)

Grace Fu, GOH, taking selfie with Mercat!

Grace Fu, GOH, taking selfie with Mercat at the end of the concert Sayang Singapura!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(concerts thanks to Joyce, dizi teacher, for recommending them! becoming like in her fan club as she performs in all of them, haha. She has been guest appearing for SCO, and also a key member of ACE)

 

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Trans-Siberian Railway …

a reflection on why I find painting to be such a great activity…

painted on 7 Nov 2015

painted on 7 Nov 2015

From ST Life cover page (sunday, 25 Oct 2015) Siberian Sojourn

From ST Life cover page (sunday, 25 Oct 2015) Siberian Sojourn

Besides producing something “nice”, I really enjoy the process of building up the picture line by line, dot by dot and the training it affords of noticing both the big picture (overall placement of the train, trees, grass, beach, cliff, sky, sea and clouds) and small details (the slant and length of the lines that make up the train carriages, the little details of the lines that makes a slope become visible, the importance of shadows, etc)! Very glad  that I took up this “new” hobby in 2013 🙂

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Mt Bromo and Mt Rinjani (chinese ink painting!)

With the haze in town the past few weeks and “stuck” indoors, I painted these images of Mt Bromo and Mt Rinjani, using Chinese ink …

Bromo sunrise

Bromo sunrise

painting based on this panoramic shot taken with my mobile camera

painting based on this panoramic shot taken with my mobile camera

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Mt Rinjani !!

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lovely photo of Mt Rinjani … really makes me want to go there next year!!

Must credit my classmate from ink painting class who did an incredible huge Chinese landscape piece that inspired me to produce the above … above are just small experiments for me to practise before I do a big piece, hopefully soon!! 🙂

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National Day, National Flower …

well, I suppose orchids in general can be considered our National Flower? or must it be Vanda Miss Joaquim?

Anyway, as August was National Day celebrations and all things related to Singapore, my chinese ink painting class focussed on orchids for 4 weeks!! and this was what I managed to do …DSC_0354

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Cattleya – does not bloom very frequently!! I actually knew the name of this orchid when teacher painted it, lol, actually, just about the only one I know …

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chinese orchids (cymbidium) grow on rocky soil, and not commonly the kind we think of as orchids in Singapore ..

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classmates thought the buds looked very realistic!! told them it was based on my sketch of them when I visited the National Orchid Gallery!

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sketch of the buds …

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added the background (broad strokes, with very light colour) to this work in class, after the demo by Mr Ang … this piece done in class the week before, and decided to re-use it …I find it fun to do, but some classmates felt “scared” by this kind of thing as they think they will spoil their main work … haha, I volunteered to add in for them!

quite easy, and yet quite a difficult subject to do … especially the cymbidium leaves (how to arrange and do it with a graceful stroke, and the intersections and bending of the leaves), and also to have the flower petals look “fresh” and “light” and with curled petals!

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