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Did a mural for Webdoo Studio in April and am only able to process this now! Hope you enjoy the pictures and video!

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Hi guys! Yes, I haven’t updated since February, but I’m not gone! I’ve just had SO MUCH GOING ON. Apart from trying to keep up my weekly YouTube videos (check them out here: Youtube.com/daphnesiaw), I’ve also been working on portraits, more murals, while working with The Filmmakers Company! :O So yes, packed packed packed!

But do follow me on my Instagram accounts: @daphnesiaw and @artsydaphy for more pictures and behind the scenes! And subscribe to my YouTube Channel (I try very hard to upload weekly)!!! Oh, and check out the blog DaphneSiaw.com once in a while for longer stories and feeelsssss.

Ok, in a rush, thanks and see ya!! More updates soon!

Feast and Furious Cafe Mural

Artsy Daphy started furiously as we completed our first mural of 2016! The Feast and Furious Cafe Mural on Abell Road, Kuching, Sarawak, Borneo, Malaysia got itself a feature on Borneo Post! 😀

Artists create iconic murals in city centre

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Up-close shot of the left side of the mural. The pup in my bicycle is Repsol! She’s the sweet little pup that our Client rescued on one of his rides. Janani’s on the Vespa, and Alex’s on the Ducati. The guy above Alex is Eddy Merckx, a professional cyclist and on his left, Valentino Rossi.

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On the right, the Norton!

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And Michael Schumacher on the corner of the building, cheering on all drivers 🙂

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The whole thing took about 14 days to complete with one week on my yellow magic carpet!

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Me and my assistant on the first week!

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And my second assistant for the second week!

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We also had a go on the cherry picker on the final touch-up day 😀 Yes, I can now operate both machines!

 

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During our two weeks there, we met tons of curious and interesting people too. This very friendly couple came up and asked, “You, drew this? That is er.. Rossi?”. When I replied, “Yes, you recognize him?”, they said proudly, “Yes yes! We’re from Italy!” and pointed at Rossi and the Ducati. 😀

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And this guy was touring Malaysia with his little sister. This is probably the fifth picture he made his sister take. They were so cute and made me want to travel with my sibling too!

Till the next project, do follow the social media links on the left to get regular sneak peaks on our latest projects before they reach this website! You can also follow my personal blog at daphnesiaw.com for more random, not totally art-related stuff. Thanks for dropping by!

Janani and I bring to you the first and most important step to painting!

Our team has been mad busy with this installation piece putting every single day’s free time to cutting a ton of reusable plastic bottles and painting them. We can’t wait to share with you the reason why we slave away everyday to bring you this very meaningful piece! Stay tuned!

So I was inspired one early morning while brushing my teeth, to do a 12-canvas acrylic painting that sends a message that, to achieve anything at all, it takes effort and courage to just take the first step! After that, it’s all about faith and perseverance.

I’ve always wanted to film my art projects, but never got to do it. So this time when I actually did it, it took hours just to edit this 15 second trailer (15 seconds so it fits in instagram. @daphysal). Such a beginner. Those hours are not inclusive of the hours spent preparing the canvases and actually painting on them. Since I filmed everything myself, I had to constantly look back at the camera to check that I got all the footage I wanted. Often, the camera would stop recording and some processes didn’t get filmed.

Anyway, despite all the challenges (mainly because I’m a beginner at this video stuff), I’m really excited about this and praying that both the painting and the video will be good and entertaining! Estimating this to take about a month, as I will be out of town for a week. Super excited! Stay tuned!!

Eve
Acrylics on 50″ X 60″ Canvas
It took me a month to finally lay paint down on this canvas. I was inspired and had a rough idea of what I wanted to paint. When I looked at the large canvas, I felt a strong feeling that I needed to express. I never understood abstract art until I started splashing paint around. I felt like I had to do it this way. I wanted to feel and to understand.

It took a lot of patience for the first layer of paint to dry. The next day, I peeled out the face that it was supposed to be. After layers and layers of experimentation, I was finally satisfied with the shape and textures I gave it. Acrylics is really a fun medium to play with.

Being an “almost-perfectionist” inside, I needed the subject to be neat and clean, hence, the adding of the black outlines.

And Eve was born, of primary colors, the first adventure, and the beginning of many more. 😀 

The only way to know, is to try;
The only way to understand, is to analyze;
The only way to prove, is to show.
Now I can say I tried, I’m starting to understand, and here it is!
90 x 60cm Acrylic Painting of Nelson Mandela
“It always seems impossible until it’s done”
– Nelson Mandela -1918-2013 –
My first acrylic attempt, I had no experience, yet no doubts about finishing it, I didn’t really think too much about it, I just went ahead and did it. 
Done from 10.30pm – 5am on a Thursday night to Friday morning. Yes, only had 2.5 hours of sleep and back to my 8-5 job the next day, and the amazing Lov Gallery: Strong Words exhibit launch that evening. Lovely week. Lovely caffeine. lol. I had to write this mad experience down to remind myself nothing is impossible.
It was done last minute because the gallery informed me that there was a wall to fill a few days before the launch. And at the given time, I had completely no idea what to draw that was related to the theme “Strong Words”. Then, a day before the event, I thought, why not do a Nelson Mandela drawing since he spoke very Strong Words which inspired many, whom so happen to leave us only about a week ago.. I thought it would be a great tribute to him which for some coincidence had a lot to do with the exhibition’s theme. And so I decided to do an acrylic typography portrait of him (the typography part didn’t happen though). I went to get the canvas, without thinking whether I can actually do it or not because for one, I never did a 60x90cm canvas before, but I’ve painted on walls, so I imagined the size shouldn’t be a matter. Secondly, I never used acrylics… All I knew was, it is paint and it dries faster than oils, so, I thought, couldn’t be that hard, so I just winged it!
And so that night I happily tried my luck and challenged my limits. I was really satisfied with the results. Only, the next day, when the portrait was under the sunlight did I realize it needed more layers. However, that could wait because it’ll probably look fine indoors in the gallery. And so that’s the story of my first acrylic painting: a portrait of the late Nelson Mandela in one night. 

Thursday – 11pm
Wine and art, my favorite past-time combination

12am

1.30am

Friday
Close up

Up on the wall before the opening. Words written by Patsy Lam, the gallery’s adorable director
“Strong Words” launch. Great turnout, wonderful performances, amazing community

Artists doing their thing!
My two new friends
Talented duo! Got everyone clapping along to their music
Amazing picture taken by Michelle Ferreis, a super friendly and talented graphic designer!
The night was a blast. Got to meet tons of wonderful local artists. Looking forward to the next exhibition! Be sure to check Lov Gallery out next time any one of you are in Kuching!