Sketch of the day in my moleskine art journal is of Bob the boxer puppy. I named him Bob cos he looks like a Bob. He was in a pet shop in Penang and he looks frustrated and fed up being in the little cubicle waiting to be sold.
I met Sheba in East London a couple of years ago outside a vintage shop and decided to do a sketch of her and now she’s on my products. I don’t often promote my products but I do sell stuff online if anyone is interested. How else would an artist survive?
I love PUGS! They are so adorable and I just want to give them a big hug. Meet wrinkles. She is my friend’s faithful pug. She is the friendliest cutest dog with the saddest eyes. I find inspiration for my artwork all around me. I did a sketch of wrinkles recently and I gave this set to my friend Su for her birthday. It is her dog after all.
Uncle Rave asked me what do I do to make myself feel better. I borrow a dog and give it the biggest hug ;p
Little Penang Street Market is a showcase of arts, crafts and live performances held every last Sunday of the month at Upper Penang Road.
Little Penang Street Market is a non-profit making community venture, organised by a small volunteer committee. It is organised under the umbrella of Penang Arts Council, a registered society founded in 1954.
In January 2013, the Little Penang committee comprises of James Lochhead, Eric Yeoh, Khoo Salma Nasution, Adrian Cheah and Lyndy Ong. Lyndy Ong is our present full-time worker. The Penang Arts Council is headed by Pamela Ong. The website and facebook page is maintained by Malvina Anthony.
The Little Penang Street Market was founded in July 2006 with a grant from the Institute for Cultural Enterprise, New York. Its establishment in the first year was spearheaded by Lestari Heritage Network. From the beginning it has been our philosophy to establish a “market place” for cultural entrepreneurs. Artists, musicians and entrepreneurs need access to their audience and customers, while the public wants to discover a diversity of talent and products.
By providing a “market place”, we thereby create a space for cultural incubation and creative evolution – entrepreneurs can meet their public and get real feedback on what they have to offer.
Little Penang has established itself as the premier monthly street market event and a key cultural performance venue in Penang. This has been done despite the shoe-string budgets on which the monthly markets run, and is testament to the efforts of the small organising committee and the response of stallholders and the public.
The market’s main mission is the nurturing and showcasing of Penang’s creativity in traditional and contemporary crafts and culture.
It does this by:
1 providing a low-cost venue whereby local artists, artisans and cultural entrepreneurs can sell directly to the public;
2 upgrading local arts, crafts and culture by providing design and marketing support to local artists, artisans and cultural entrepreneurs;
3 providing a venue whereby local Penang charities can showcase and sell their work, under Community Works;
4 providing a space for visual artists to display and sell their work;
providing a space for performance artists and groups to showcase their talents; emphasis is given to showcasing traditional cultural performances from the different Penang communities, as well as presenting contemporary performances from performers old and young;
5 hosting regular book readings and other literary discussion activities, to promote and nurture local writers and writing;
6 organising a variety of children’s activities, both to nurture talent and to enhance understanding of the cultural heritage of Penang.
The Little Penang Street Market is supported by the Municipal Council of Penang Island (MPPP) and a number of local businesses. One huge strength of the Market is that it is grounded in Penang’s community. The joy of Little Penang Street Market stalls, performances and exhibitions is that people of all ages and talents participate: established professionals take their place alongside producers and artistes who are new to selling, performing or displaying.
In facilitating this, Little Penang Street Market now occupies a strong position not just to play an important role in enhancing Penang’s creative capacity, but in a way which reaches out to a significant local and foreign audience. With its stress on sustainable and cultural tourism, and its commitment to community and talent, Little Penang Street Market is a unique asset helping drive Penang forward in the 21st Century.
It’s taken me long time for to figure out what I want out of life. I had a very laissez faire attitude because life was easy growing up and then when I entered the real world, when I started working, my life started to go down hill. I’ve analyzed it and I think I have found the reason.
When I was young, I believed I could do and be anything. No one challenged this. The world was my oyster.
When I grew up, I started to lose confidence in my abilities and I lost my way. I did things I had to do and not what I wanted to do. I stopped following my dreams and I forgot what they were after a while. Then I started drifting. Life knocked me down and kicked me really hard. i didn’t know how to pick myself up. When I was at the bottom and feeling sorry for myself, it didnt take my long to figure things out. It was a wake up call.
My fall started in 2009 and my wake up call was in 2012. Two years on, I look back and think, I have picked myself up and taken small steps to move forward. I am in charge of my own destiny. I know where I want to go, I just have to figure out how to get there.
I feel positive going into 2014. Thank you bloggers for being there and encouraging me on my journey. I feel truly blessed and thank full.
The BulanLifestyle animal farm has grown considerably over the year. The image below is what it looked like before.
The old farm looks so sparse now. Putting the new images in made me really appreciate my efforts last year of taking up the sketch of the day challenge, otherwise I doubt I would have added so many more animals!
Today is Nacho’s mum’s birthday. As her birthday present, this is dedicated to her. She is moving to London to live in a few days so her life will be a new adventure and a brand new chapter. For those of us not migrating anywhere, 2014 will still be a new adventure as the unknown lies ahead, waiting for us to discover what the New Year will bring.