The Nyonya Garden Mural art at Gusto Cafe, Penang. My brief was to paint something that would teach these people how to respect nature.
Mr Koi represents all the koi fish that were brutally murdered by irresponsible parents who allowed their kids to throw liquid soap and ketchup in the pond at this cafe. The peonies represent the plants that were plucked from their pots while their parents watched and laughed.
“We want to enjoy our lives here without fear of being plucked by strangers ~ sincerely Mr Koi and Ms Daisy.”
I hope this artwork will inspire the parents to teach their children to respect and appreciate nature and the beauty around us.
Today’s sketch of the day in my moleskine art journal is of a red peony flower. Paeoniaceae Paeonia.
Peonies are one of my favourite flowers and it is featured a lot in Chinese and Peranakan textiles and porcelain as a symbol of good fortune, happy marriage and fertility. Flowers are like friends. They bring colour to your world.
Happy Monday! Here is a sketch from my moleskine notebook of a Pink Peony flower to kick start the week. Peonies are the king of flowers in Chinese culture and it symbolizes love, Peace and good fortune.
I started my artwork with a sketch a day. I used pen on paper then digitally added in the colours and now I have been combining the artwork with different components. By documenting my sketch a day, I have seen the evolution of my work.
I dreamed, a dream. At the beginning I was scared to act on it, but now that I have followed my path, I am happy with my achievements. Success is not monetary, but a deeper sense of achievement and fulfillment.(well, I hope money does come eventually! ;p)
Over the weekend, I started painting. I’ve really been enjoying painting. Photos to come soon!
I love to travel and I believe in following my dreams rather than living someone else’s. I found this article a few days ago on huffington post and it scarily sounds like me. The photo even looks like me from the back. Spooky. Click here for the article
Don’t date a girl who travels
“She’s the one with the messy, unkempt hair colored by the sun. Her skin is now far from fair like it once was. Not even sun kissed. It’s burnt with multiple tan lines, wounds and bites here and there. But for every flaw on her skin, she has an interesting story to tell.
Don’t date a girl who travels. She is hard to please. The usual dinner-movie date at the mall will suck the life out of her. Her soul craves for new experiences and adventures. She will be unimpressed with your new car and your expensive watch. She would rather climb a rock or jump out of an airplane than hear you brag about it.
Don’t date a girl who travels because she will bug you to book a flight every time there’s an airline seat sale. She won’t party at Republiq. And she will never pay over $100 for Avicii because she knows that one weekend of clubbing is equivalent to one week somewhere far more exciting.
Chances are, she can’t hold a steady job. Or she’s probably daydreaming about quitting. She doesn’t want to keep working her ass off for someone else’s dream. She has her own and is working towards it. She is a freelancer. She makes money from designing, writing, photography or something that requires creativity and imagination. Don’t waste her time complaining about your boring job.
Don’t date a girl who travels. She might have wasted her college degree and switched careers entirely. She is now a dive instructor or a yoga teacher. She’s not sure when the next paycheck is coming. But she doesn’t work like a robot all day, she goes out and takes what life has to offer and challenges you to do the same.
Don’t date a girl who travels for she has chosen a life of uncertainty. She doesn’t have a plan or a permanent address. She goes with the flow and follows her heart. She dances to the beat of her own drum. She doesn’t wear a watch. Her days are ruled by the sun and the moon. When the waves are calling, life stops and she will be oblivious to everything else for a moment. But she has learned that the most important thing in life isn’t surfing.
Don’t date a girl who travels as she tends to speak her mind. She will never try to impress your parents or friends. She knows respect, but isn’t afraid to hold a debate about global issues or social responsibility.
She will never need you. She knows how to pitch a tent and screw her own fins without your help. She cooks well and doesn’t need you to pay for her meals. She is too independent and wont care whether you travel with her or not. She will forget to check in with you when she arrives at her destination. She’s busy living in the present. She talks to strangers. She will meet many interesting, like-minded people from around the world who share her passion and dreams. She will be bored with you.
So never date a girl who travels unless you can keep up with her. And if you unintentionally fall in love with one, don’t you dare keep her. Let her go.”
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