Chinese New year celebrating Jade Emperor’s birthday also known in Hokkien as Pai ti Kong.
This is the most important day for the Hokkiens during the lunar new year celebrations and it is one of my favourite festivals.
Traditionally a feast is laid out on the altar table for the Jade emperor to thank him for his protection and blessings. Offerings like gold paper are burnt to send to heaven and fireworks and firecrackers are set off at midnight.
Sketch of the day no 1227 in my moleskine sketchbook : Giant joss sticks.
It is ghost month and the Chinese believe that the gates of heaven and hell are open allowing spirits from the other realm to roam free on earth to visit their loved ones. The tradition is to give offerings to our ancestors and other wandering spirits to appease them
Window shopping group art exhibition by George Town festival 2018 in Penang this month of August.
I have my 2 dragonflies named ‘Flutter your wings and fly” on display at the window of Mano plus lifestyle store at 37 Lebuh Pantai (Beach Street) in George Town, Penang, Malaysia for the duration of the festival which runs through the whole of August.
Drop by to check them out and find the other artworks across window displays around the unesco world heritage site.
I am happy to announce that my art exhibition in Penang is featured in Malaysia Airlines in flight Magazine “Going Places” March 2018 issue. It is really heartwarming to be getting such great coverage from the media.
Treasures of a Straits Chinese art exhibition is on at G Hotel Gurney Penang, Malaysia until 30 April 2018
I’ve been a bit busier recently as I’ve started working on my first solo art exhibition. The reality of it is still sinking in as I didn’t plan for it but when the time feels right and the door opens, I felt confident enough to venture into the unknown.
The exhibition is still a long time away. It’s next February 2018 but i need to pull myself together and have a full body of work by year end. That’s just 4 months away! So I have been trying to get into work mode which is easier said then done.
What does an artist do all day?
I’m not sure what other artists do all day but I think a lot. I think and read more than I create. I’ve spoken to a few of my artist friends about this and they are similar.
The thought process takes up most of the time and the actual execution of the artwork is the easiest part. I let ideas perculate in my head. It rolls and bounces around when I’m awake, when I’m asleep, when I’m talking to people. It takes on a life of its own. Finally when it’s ready, it emerges like a newborn. Crazy as I am, I consider all my artworks my babies. It comes from within me, it is me.
My daily sketches have helped in the creative process. By sketching daily and doing the homework subconsciously has helped me formulate ideas and concepts faster. By retrospectively analysing my sketches, I have uncovered the reason for them. What started as a challenge, became my therapy, to learning about myself and a sense of nostalgic interest in my heritage. In essence a philosophical question of finding who am I.
My ideas may change by year end. Let’s see what comes out of this.
I love this so much I had to draw it so that the miracle of this tile stays alive in me.
Sketch of the day in my art journal: Stebuklas tile in Vilnius.
This tile is a symbol of hope and inspiration. If you step on the tile, make a wish and turn 3x, your wish will come true.
When they decided to get married. They both agreed to combine their backgrounds. So they had a temple wedding, a catholic church wedding and a wedding dinner party to celebrate their union with their friends and family.
I was the maid of honour. I’m not quite sure what that role meant, but I took it on myself to make sure the bride was happy at all times. I assumed the role of bodyguard and messenger.
Sketch of the day in my Daler Rowney art Journal is of The Magical Humble plastic stool in Penang.
I don’t care who you are…
No matter i who sits on this plastic stool, you will be the same status as the next person. It doesnt matter if you are the head of state or the road sweeper. We will all be the same. It is humbling, this magical stool.