It all started with a seed of idea– friends telling me that they were terrible at drawing and that they can only draw stick figures; my students drawing what they already know in their minds instead of looking at the subject and understand how it looks like. I wanted to reach out to them and make it easy for them to learn how to sketch by seeing. Thus Sketch Your Life was born. Japanese Garden in pen and watercolor It wasn’t easy. I … Read More
Persevering Till the End I saw him again on my way to work and had to quickly sketched him. He lived across from the bus stop, carrying his blue drawstring knapsack along with a belt bag and would slowly inch his way accompanied by his two four-legged canes. He inspires me. At his old age he still goes to work despite his condition. He always entered last in the bus and would go down at the first stop. I have no idea … Read More
It is a great experience to gather with fellow brother and sisters in Christ to make art. It might be intimidating at times especially when others are better than you but let not that stop you from joining and being part of a community. As for me I just want to listen to stories, perhaps learn something new, and paint! First they asked us to draw one another using our non-dominant hand. Some laughed and even had to apologised for the “bad” drawing. Surprisingly … Read More
It has always been my desire to teach painting but I guess teaching painting is quite different from painting itself. I mean when I paint I feel so focused and in the “zone” that I am not actually thinking of the way or steps that I paint. But when I get to teach that, I find it challenging because I need to actually verbalize the steps and be able to translate from what is vague and difficult to manageable and … Read More
Night Cityscape I rarely paint a night scenery. I was thinking how I can proceed because all I can think of is the black color. But in watercolor I find that it is helpful to leave the white of the paper as light instead of painting the whole of the buildings in black. There must be a contrast between the dark and light colors. Hope to experiment and learn more as I practice.
I enjoy writing letters to family and friends and prefer handwritten over typewritten. In the past I used to buy stationeries but now I prefer to make my own. Not only is this method inexpensive but also handmade things makes everything special. Here’s how I make my own stationeries: Materials: Drawing block paper Scissors Watercolor Brushes Procedures: Cut the drawing block paper into A5 (approx 5.83″ x 8.27″) Decide on a theme for the design. It can be anything. I like nature. Paint … Read More
Rosey Surrendering to God does not mean I have given up. It only means that I am in need of His help because apart from Him I am bound to make decisions that is based from my own selfish desires and may lead to undesirable action. There is peace when we know that God is sovereign and He is using each of our situation for His greater glory and for our own sanctification. Praise Him in Christ Jesus! * I painted this rose … Read More
One of my favorite watercolor techniques is the line and wash. It means using either ink, pen or even pencil to draw or sketch then overlay it with watercolor wash (diluted watercolor paint). I mostly sketch using a pen because I prefer the spontaneity of capturing what I see around me. This cactus painting was sketched from one of our newly bought cactus plant which sadly died a few days ago. It was a good thing I sketched it so I … Read More