I can attest that sketching from life is challenging (especially using a pen!) yet very rewarding. I don’t think about making my sketches perfect or else I might as well feel intimidated of even starting at all. All I care about is the experience of savouring the life around me and the tremendous learning that happens whenever I step out in faith to do something that undoubtedly scares me (at first) but by the grace of God I am strengthen to do whatever … Read More
In its short span of life, a flower gives it all– beauty, colors, fragrance, decoration, accessory, food, medicine, wonder. I had the pleasure of sketching it up close, observing and beholding while the orchid lasts. The life of a flower reminds me of Jesus when He was living on earth. How short His life was yet He left us with an eternal impact. As His Holy Spirit lives in the hearts of God’s children, may we live a life worthy of the calling God … Read More
Like a child filled with excitement and awe at the sight of toys and candies, I had the same feeling when I first stepped inside the National Orchid Garden in Singapore. Different species of orchids graced the garden, along with hundreds of other flowers, herbs and succulent plants. I admire this one particular orchid with bright purple color and white spots. Sketching it on location made me appreciate its beauty more.
I still feel uncomfortable sketching in public especially in crowded places. People passing by looking over their shoulders to see what I’m doing. I think the owner of the fruit stall (where I was sketching) was wary of me doing some kind of a detective work. He approached me and asked what I’m doing, to which I smiled and showed him the sketch. He beamed back and went on about his business… I will keep going. World Watercolor Month
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
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
It was a windy day when I sketched this almost bare tree. It was about to rain and the sky was gloomy. I sketched quickly feeling the wind on my face and hair. I like how the thin tree stood amidst the rocks and inches away from the boulder. It was a lovely sight as if they were communicating with each other. Psalm 61:1-3 Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer; from the end of the earth I … Read More