watching the character draw fireworks in the movie reminded me that i used to draw these fireworks a lot when i was younger too. we even drew them with crayons in art class and then painted black poster paint over them, creating the night. tonight's sparklers from our annual adhoc lantern adventure brought me back to this drawing again. :]
Tuesday, 13 September 2011
i saw and heard a girl wearing earphones singing out loud on the train yesterday. there were some premature aunties about to tsk and tut at her but i thought it was a nice moment.
i didn't want her to stop so i didn't pull out my camera but took out my notebook and drew the scene instead.
Thursday, 26 May 2011
walking around bali, we saw these banana leaf trays of flowers and little samplings of food pretty much everywhere. they are offerings made by the balinese twice a day.
i was fascinated with the variety of colours, food and flowers and the tiny portions reminded me of finger food served at cocktail receptions. it seemed to me like each square tray was a summary or a sample selection of whatever was cooking in the kitchen or fresh in the garden that day and perhaps quite telling of the family or person who had prepared that offering.
once upon a youngerthattime, i went on a trip to bogor, indonesia, as a pseudo-scientist to learn more about mosses, lichens and liverworts. seeing these growing on a statue at the airport in bali during a recent holiday reminded me of that trip to bogor.
Friday, 18 March 2011
these are some drawings i did in my sketch book while preparing photographs and write-ups i am contributing to a fund raising event that my friend (and moms) chris yap is organising to bring together various artists and art forms in our community for a good cause.
i hope the sun will rise again after the waves subside. jiayou japan!
(please pardon my pirated hokusai + that japanese wave pattern i was trying to recall quite unsuccessfully...that would be my wandering mind wondering about how waves have been quite a recurring feature of their art history. i hope we will all still be able to find the ocean and its waves beautiful again someday.)
Thursday, 27 January 2011
what happens when we accord something ordinary with undue importance?
light sparkling on the water surface,
a stray plastic bag aglow with the setting sun,
and perfectly embedded leds signalling the arrival of the train.
these are things we never quite pay attention to in our daily walks but yet are the very bits and pieces that form our everyday memories.
i begin to see in this series the unobvious things i am increasingly drawn to when i walk about with my camera.
10:11pm, 3:11pm 26th jan 2011.
retraced the day after - 9:13am, 2:13am 27th jan 2011.
(think i overestimated myself when i said that i was getting used to you being away.)
may time fly faster! for now...
meanwhile, drawing is definitely therapeutic. :]