Happy weekend!! I honestly do not know where the week went.
Today’s sketch no 1423 is Koay Teow Th’ng It’s clear chicken soup with flat rice noodles served with shredded chicken, fish balls, fish cakes and garnished with chives. This dish is a welcome respite from all the other spicy and fried dishes. It’s like a pause or breath of fresh air.
Join me tonight live on Penang Art District facebook and zoom sharing my artwork process for the exhibition “boxed in” for Open Studios Penang. There will be 6 artists in this session and I should be on at about 9pm.
Internal monologues. To talk or not to talk, that is the question. Some people like to talk about their problems whilst others hide theirs behind a facade. Nobody is entirely transparent whether they choose to share or not.
The problem with verbal communication is that it is not perfect. The listener often misinterprets what is being said because we process information through our own biases.
How often have you asked a question only to be given an answer completely off tangent or the other person jumps in to finish your sentence but gets it completely wrong?
The official opening of Belang was last Sunday at the Penang State gallery.
It’s the first time I’ve been invited to exhibit there, and it is an honour to be part of the movement to create awareness for our critically endangered Malayan tiger, which makes it even more meaningful for me.
We didn’t have much time to come up with an artwork for this show as the green light came quite close to exhibition date. I had a full week to come up with the concept, finish the artwork and get it delivered to Penang from Kuala Lumpur. It was a challenge indeed. My mindset was to make the tigers proud and to help them in every way possible.
Selling the painting and raising funds is not enough for me. I really want my artwork and all the other artists work to make an impact, otherwise what is the point of the exhibition. A lot of hard work and sweat has been invested in putting this exhibition and campaign together.
The question is how to stop the killing and how to stop the habitat destruction. It is always easy to take a back seat or to play the blame game. It is more challenging and more effective to come up with solutions that are effective. Admittedly I do not have the answers but I definitely do want to start this important conversation.
What do you think, what are your ideas and what can you do to help save the Malayan Tigers, and for that matter all wildlife and nature?
BELANG : Save Our Malayan Tiger Campaign Art Exhibition, in collaboration with the Department of Wildlife and National Parks of Peninsular Malaysia (PERHILITAN) and Penang State Art Gallery, curated by Ivan Francis Gabriel.
The exhibition is to create awareness as well as to educate the public on the importance of saving the remaining 200 Malayan Tigers we have left in the wild.
Date: 1st March to 31st March 2020 Venue : Penang State Gallery
Bulan by Tiffany Choong Acrylic and gold leaf on canvas Size 800 x 600 mm SOLD (The gallery will donate 25% of sales to PERHILITAN)
In order to save a species, you have to fall in love with the subject matter. In this case, it is the Malayan tiger, and it’s habitat.
You cannot save the tiger without saving it’s home. The tropical rainforest is home to the Majestic Malayan tiger. In this artwork, I want to showcase this beautiful creature in all it’s glory as well as it’s magical kingdom.
The full moon shining bright, lights the way for a hopeful and peaceful future, where the forests are preserved and the wildlife run free.
I hear the sound of distant memories calling my name.
Sketch of the day no 1188 in my moleskine sketchbook: boats at Straits Quay marina in Penang.
It’s a beautiful sunny day to sketch by the marina today.
The feminine phoenix in Peranakan culture is a mythical bird that not only brings transformation but only appears in places where there is peace, prosperity and happiness. It is a symbol of beauty and grace. 🌺
The stencil street art is located in George town Penang on Lorong Lumut towards Lorong Toh Aka.