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Mural of the Three Little Kids and an Autumn Tree
Over the Gawai holidays, I was given an opportunity to paint this really fun piece!
The Client intended to have a mural of their children playing on a wall in their garden. 
Before: The wall and I

Took this picture to estimate the size of the little humans later.
Wall size: 2.6m x 6.5m
Paint: Murobond Murowash
After several discussions and a couple of sketches, we finalized with this sketch:
Sketched Proposal done with Photoshop

Finished piece: Mural of the Three Little Kids and an Autumn Tree
Of course, the painting came out completely different from the sketch, but I was super pleased with it. Somehow, the tree looked to me like it came out of one of the fairy tale books I used to read as a child. Ooh, the Client managed to add a real physical seesaw and we integrated it with the painting, giving it so much more life!
The Client’s idea of a tree with red leaves was genius, although I was against it in the beginning. I have to admit, if it were any other color, it wouldn’t have stood out and have such a cheerful vibe.
Just playing around with some effects on Photoshop

Love this pixel version most!
It was such a pleasure working on this one! Can’t wait for the next! 😀
After: Layered and painted with Photoshop
Before: Taken with a mobile phone and sent over whatsapp

An old schoolmate of mine wanted to print out his wedding portrait for his wedding reception. However, the picture the couple wanted printed was taken with a mobile phone and was way too tiny to print on such a large canvas. The colors and shadows were completely off too. Hence, he asked if I could paint it out. 

I managed to use a few of their professionally taken pictures, and tons of painting and adjusting to put the portrait together.

And they got it printed in time for their wedding 😀 Managed to get a pic with it too while it was still wrapped in plastic hehe.

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!
The Field Bar is a new sports bar in town. They wanted five football legends on their wall above the bar table. The first of the five is Eric Cantona.
Used grid lines to get the proportions and spacing right as the other 4 portraits will be done weeks apart.
Decided to shade the portrait with sketchy lines to give it a more masculine, rough and tough look.
After a combined 12 hours the mural was completed with a pencil, eraser, ruler, paintbrushes and black wall paint.
Me and my finished piece. I honestly had no idea how to complete it in the start, but I just knew I was going to finish it. The experiences from all these exciting projects make me more confident yet humbled each time. Each experience is different and unique. Each make me grow in different ways. Each helps me discover something new about me and about Art itself. I am a grateful little girl. Come at me challenges!
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!
A quick A5 sketch of Ian Somerhalder
The only reason why I drew this heartthrob was because a male friend of mine who happened to sit beside me when I was Googling for something ‘handsome’ to sketch was going, “Damon Salvatore, so handsome, see, how he smiles with his eyes…”
Funny thing is after I posted the sketch up on Instagram and Facebook, most of the comments and likes were from male friends. It’s interesting to me, because, this is the first time I heard so many male friends praise this one male celebrity. 
Time to catch up on Vampire Diaries. Hehe.