Artist, Designer, Creator

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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!
This weekend, I went back to Löv and scribbled on their huge chalk board wall. The design is a batik style drawing of three flowers and their leaves. Love how the warm brown bench and table compliment the simple black and white.

There was a bench. Had to do it. :p

Peeping in from the old rusted gates.

The Instagram Effect

One thing always leads to another. Since the first Marilyn Monroe Mural I did in Gelina’s house, I knew it was the start of something exciting, an addition to my adventure in exploring all sorts of arts.

Last weekend, I did  my second mural, also my first outdoor mural, for Löv Gallery. Löv, which means ‘leaf’ in German, is a new little gallery located beside Batik Boutique Hotel in Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia. It looks the complete opposite of new though. The management of the gallery decided to do minimal renovations to the space as it is only lent to them while it waited for a buyer. Even so, it has it’s old-building charm to it. The old blue tiled floor and cracked walls makes it quite an interesting space to exhibit art works of the locals. Check it out while you’re in Kuching!

I’ve never did any arts outdoors. The only attempt was that one time I thought I’d sketch by the beach. Ended up taking pictures and soaking up the sun instead. Anyway, I willingly took this project voluntarily as an experience, and boy was it an experience.  
Here are some challenges I faced:
1. Design. The initial design was just outlines of leaves. When it was painted on the wall, I felt that it was way too plain and boring. Disappointed, I went for lunch and pondered about it. Then I walked pass this bar, Five Foot Way just around the corner, and was inspired by the drawings on the walls done by the bar’s owner himself, Marcus. I immediately knew what I had to do. I patiently filled up the little leaves around to find that it took a hell lotta patience and imagination to fill up all the patches on the entire wall. But I was in it, and it had to be finished, so on and on I went, not knowing how it’ll turn out, but believing that it’s gonna surprise me, positively, somehow.
2. Insects. Ants were crawling everywhere! There were flies too! Despite my disgust for crawling stuff (except babies), I tried my best to focus on the finished piece, and shook my legs whenever I felt the slightest touch. 
3. Heat. Need not explain more!
After the weekend, my whole body was sore from climbing up and down and balancing on the ladder for hours.
However, looking at the end product, it was all worth it. It isn’t a crazy awesome design in my opinion,  but it’s something I put my heart and mind into, and it did surprise me, positively. It was actually a  really great experience. Quite fun even. After all  it’s these sort of hard but rewarding experiences that make the best memories! Now I can say, “outdoor mural? Been there, done that!” hehe. 
Gotta thank all my friends, family, Löv Gallery and Batik Boutique family for the belief, love, and support. I’m blessed 🙂
Definitely more to come!