Saturday, 26 March 2011

IF - Toy

5 Stones
Five stones, a traditional game of throw and catch. Those who are good at the game can do it with much grace and calm.

For Illustration Friday.

Thursday, 24 March 2011


Merlion Puzzle
Adding a touch a colour to OWoodz' beautiful Merlion wood puzzle has been fun.

I tried 2 rather different styles. On one side, a more painterly feel while the other is with zentangle.

Merlion Puzzle

Which do you prefer? Or perhaps this inspires you to create your own?

Friday, 18 March 2011

Kwan Shan Mei

I bought this (somewhat) old (circa 1983) book yesterday and it comes with very lovely illustration which were credited to Kwan Shan Mei.(Updated Nov 2012: I was informed later that Mdm Kwan herself has said that it was not her work. See comments for this blog).

That started me on a search to know about this illustrator but I was not able to find much on the net except that the Mooty series of books were also by her.

I think it would be great to honour the local illustrators who has been part of our collective visual memory through textbooks, readers and storybooks. So, if you know anything about Shan Mei, please drop me a note.

I also found the following illustration by Shan Mei on flickr.
Tang poem illustr 600px


Over at TEDx Singapore, I was asked how I rediscovered wonder. A great prompt. Here's what I said:

It has been especially since I started my Pauseability venture - to see and experience, and to encourage others, to pause and to consider possibilities.

Art has been a large part of this journey. It is not just about technique but an interplay of seeing, wondering and expressing - staying playful being key.

And it is always wonder-full meeting people, in person and through words, and sculpting ideas together.


Thursday, 17 March 2011

Joyous Life!

Joyous Life
Just completed training as a Conductorcise conductor. (The photo shows the Conductorcise baton.)

It is truly a wonderful way to bring joy through this unique combination of classical music, exercise and space for pausing as well as personal expression. Conductorcise is accessible to all - young or old, able-bodied or physically and mentally challenged, and brings benefits for body, mind and soul.

I am excited and cannot wait to be able to conductor a session. Interested? Let me know.

Sunday, 13 March 2011

IF - Stir

A cuppa to stir up the spirit in the morning?

For Illustration Friday.

A Klimt-inspired ATC created with watercolour pencil.

Thursday, 10 March 2011

ATC @ Bishan Library Mar 2011

ATC March at Bishan Library
A*Live - monthly live ATC session at Bishan Library.

For March, the theme was "March". We also tried drawing using Ed Emberley's books.

ATC March at Bishan Library
It was another great turnout with around 30 people.

ATC March at Bishan Library
Next session is on 14 Apr, and the theme is "Alphabet".

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Harlequinades ATC

My first experiment with this idea of harlequinades for ATC. It was fun making this.

Monday, 7 March 2011

IF - Warning

The mudskippers are territorial and would raise their dorsal fins to warn off the other mudskippers and defend itself.

They have eyes that can blink too. Fascinating fish.

For Illustration Friday.

Friday, 4 March 2011