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Chinese Pagoda

Chinese Pagoda in Kek lok si temple in Penang

Be not afraid of going slowly, be afraid only of standing still ~ Chinese Proverb

Sketch of the day no 1283 in my moleskine sketchbook : small pagoda pavilion at kek lok si temple in my hometown of Penang.

Sketch of the day no 1167 in my moleskine art journal: Felicity the Flamingo ♥️

Wishing all humans a happy birthday on the 7th day of the Lunar new year

Wishing all humans a happy birthday (人日) on the 7th day of the Lunar Chinese new year.

Sketch of the day in my moleskine art journal is of Felicity the Flamingo throwing a birthday party for us because she’s the best at hosting parties ♥️

The journey has begun: Working on my first solo exhibition. 

BulanLifestyle work in Progress

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. 

And now back to work! Or thinking… 

My cousin’s wedding, the Malaysian way

1. Temple
Temple wedding

I’ve just been busy helping out at my cousin’s wedding last few weeks, which explains why I have been missing from wordpress. Please excuse me. I would like to share some of the highlights with you.

I find it interesting to look at weddings from different cultures, and by sharing my cousin’s wedding with you, I hope you will find it interesting as well.

I live in a multi cultural society. Malaysia is made up of diverse races and religion.

My cousin is Eurasian. Her heritage is Portuguese Kristang. The Kristang are a Malaysian ethnic group with mixed Portuguese and Malay and for some possibly Indian or Chinese ancestry, which arose during the Portuguese colonial period (16th to 17th century). Her husband is Malaysian Malayali. The Malayali (also Malayalee) are a Dravidian people who inhabit the South Indian state of Kerala and the Union Territory of Lakshadweep and have the Malayalam language as their mother tongue. 

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.

It was a beautiful wedding that lasted one week.

I wish them both eternal love and happiness.

Now that the wedding is over, time to rest 🙂

2. Church
Church wedding
3. Party
Dinner Party

Sketch of the day no 699 in my Daler Rowney art journal: The chartered bank night safe on Beach street Penang

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the chartered bank night safe in Penang

Sketch of the day in my Daler Rowney art journal is of a vintage chartered bank night safe on Beach street Penang.

A relic from the colonial days. It is now the Standard chartered bank. The night safe is no longer in use but still on the wall preserved as part of the heritage of the past.

Sketch of the day no 696 in my Daler Rowney art journal: Pair of tablas

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pair of tabla with quote: march to the beat of your own drums

Sketch of the day in my Daler Rowney art journal is of a Pair of tablas that I saw last night from the festival of Taal. This is the first time I’ve really noticed them. It was an incredibly spiritual performance especially when more than 300 people played in a group. I was mesmerised by the music.

March to the beat of your own drums!

Happy Sunday xoxo

It’s a sticker street art day in George Town Penang, Malaysia

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sticker street art in George town Penang

Today was a sticker art day in George Town, Penang. I made some stickers for Hello, Hide and seek treasure hunt game organised by We Are Artists in conjunction with George Town Festival and I had some left over stickers to share some BulanLifestyle art around town.
The stickers are made of cork and will naturally biodegrade over time 🙂

Sketch of the day no 675 in my moleskine art journal: Abacus. The original calculator

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abacus. the original calculator

Sketch of the day in my moleskine art journal is of an old wooden Abacus. The original calculator. This used to fascinate me as a child. Many shops used this but it’s something very rarely used these days.

Sketch of the day no 320: Old Penang door #6

Old Penang door
Old Penang door

This is a very humble home. You can tell from the narrow facade and low ceilings and simple and basic shapes. The homes of the wealthier traders had wider facades, but generally the houses are narrow but long with one or two courtyards inside for ventilation and to allow light in. The narrow facade is due to a tax which was calculated on the width of the home. In general, the higher the ceiling, the richer the owners. I find the architecture in Georgetown Penang really fascinating. I often play ‘guess the people who live there’ game in my mind.

 

As I was writing this post, I was listening to my mum’s itunes on her computer and this tune came on.

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