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The Birds

The amount of time I have spent hovering over this painting is adding up. I have enjoyed painting the ochre-orange sky and the branches, but my greatest fear awaits me ~ finishing up on the birds and hope that I will do them justice.  Before I even heard of Wild Arts...

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The President is out of town

It was a good day to fly into DC. The plane charged through the clouds and revealed below an emerald landscape studded with trees and winding rivers.  Washington Reagan is one classy airport and the awesomeness starts when the plane is descending.  It flies over the...

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Another project underway

I am one to think that most of the time, inspirations finds me instead of the other way around. When I told my family that I was going to apply for the Audubon Society's Wild Arts Festival, Tiff sent me this book by Don Hadden on Australian birds.  After laying eyes...

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Never throw anything away

This painting of Magnolia blooms have been on the wall for many years.  I just did not like it enough to proclaim it finished. There is a gut feeling that some day I may have my Eureka! moment and know how to finish it off.  Well, that day came a few days ago. DONE!...

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Good news!

After months of anticipation, the letter finally came last weekend! I will be showing at the Wild Arts Festival sponsored by the Audubon Society of Portland. One of their requirements is that artists show at least one piece that is related to animals, preferably...

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~ !! PAINT ME !!

Woke up to a beautiful, no clouds-in-the-sky day. There is a slight breeze in the air, sending perfumes of spring flowers to the nostrils.  Not so good for allergies but every good gardener will not see this as a hindrance, I am sure.  At least, not this one. I poke...

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Falling for Gouache

Stashed away in the back of my paint box are some tubes of Reeves gouache that I inherited from a friend a long time ago.  I have never used the medium before, don't know much about it and that was partly the reason why I have never touched it.  Well, I have to thank...

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Spring has sprung!

I don't know how it is for other people, but it takes me a long time to get out of the holidays duldroms. Before Thanksgiving, I slow down with my painting as I get the house ready for family coming home and in the full swing of Christmas, I have no time to sit down...

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Old Town

Once again, I am back from my pilgrimage to the town where I was born.  It was nice to be with family during the Chinese New Year.  It seems like the young are flocking to the newer established part of Seremban called Seremban 2.  The old town is not as thriving as in...

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One holiday after another

Most will agree that it is not easy to get back to the rhythm of things after the holidays.  Why is it that holidays are back to back to each other?  To make things even more complicated, Chinese New Year is looming in the horizon.  It's like you have to come up to...

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Finishing up

If you ever find yourself in Penang, better known as the Pearl of the Orient, make sure you seek out some of the old colonial building rows.  They have such a charm about them. My mother's friend on the left.   I remember her as a robust woman, full of life and...

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Wild Arts Festival

The Montgomery Park building sits on the northern fringe of the city limits.  For some reason, we always thought that it was an old, abandoned building.  But, far from it.  It may look abandoned on the one side, but when we drove into the parking area, it was a whole...

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Inspired

I hate it when I get the "block".  All of a sudden, the inspiration is gone and the effort to pick up a brush feels like a lead ball.  But, going out for walks and best yet, going on a little trip always helps to put me back on track again. This past July, we had a...

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Colours Hunting

There is no use clinging onto the last memories of summer but to accept the fact that Fall is here and trudge on.  My better-half is always moaning about how everything seems to be dying around him.  He hates the miserable cold and dampness.  But, it sure beats the 5...

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Launching my “next chapter”

This is my first blog to christen my art website. It has taken me almost five years to get to where I am now with my art which I abandoned when I started my family.  And when I did finally took up brush to canvas, I spent a whole year at least painting over what I...

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