Sunday, 14 December 2014

Natural History Museum

I was drawing in Natural History Museum today. It was full of inspiring things to draw: corals and shells, fossils, skeletons,... 

Dino
This time I stayed in the main lobby drawing the dinosaurus and the giant moa there (I had never heard of moas before, looks like a huge emu or ostrich). The lobby has a wonderful golden yellow light but unfortunately the yellow of my drawings doesn't look that good in the scanned versions. I tried to adjust the color in Photoshop but didn't manage to make these look like the originals. Anyway, I found drawing 'bones' very satisfying for some reason.

Giant Moa

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Passion


Another painting from the same kiss series, a bit more passionate maybe? 

These are drafts for a set of larger paintings. It is useful to make these small (A4) ones but I find that the bigger paintings end up looking completely different. Paper size makes a huge difference.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Kiss

I came back from a trip to sensual Barcelona last week. The city inspired me to start a series of paintings on the theme kiss. This is one of them. 
XXX

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Conference Poster

My painting ended up in the poster for a conference (Exploring the Potential of Restorative Justice for Sexual Violence) arranged by University of Leuven in Belgium and European Forum for Restorative Justice. More information can be found from here.

(The painting is called Together / 同根生, 2011)

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Silence

I started doodling today around this week's Illustration Friday topic Silence. I had no plan in mind, just drew whatever came to my mind: the lady who told me to be quiet at work this week when I talked to my colleague in our open office, sunset by lake, underwater scene, night sky, the Chinese word 安静... Very pleasant and stress free approach to the theme, may try it again :-)



(I have been *silent* for a long time.  My excuses: hunting for a flat, moving, going for a holiday, decorating the new place.... But now I am happily settled and have a beautiful workspace so no more excuses. It is a promise.)


Sunday, 27 July 2014

Sofa

I am moving to a new flat next month and starting to feel quite sentimental about the old one. So I decided to start documenting it by drawing. Here is the first sketch: the sofa.


 I hope I have time to do more before we move...

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Life

By Edith Södergran

I, my own prisoner, say so:
life is not the springtime clad in light green velvet,
or a caress that one seldom receives,
life is not a resolve to go
or two white arms that hold one back.
Life is the narrow ring that holds us captive,
the invisible circle we never cross,
life is nearby happiness that passes us by,
and the thousand steps we cannot bring ourselves to take.
Life is to despise oneself
and to lie motionless on the bottom of a well
and to know that the sun is shining up there
and golden birds are flying through the air
and the days swift as arrows are shooting by.
Life is to wave a short farewell and go home and sleep . .
Life is to be a foreigner to oneself
and a new mask for every other person who comes.
Life is to be careless with one's own happiness
and to push away the unique moment,
life is to think oneself weak and not to dare.


Found this poem by Edith Södergran in English. (Translation by David McDuff.) I love her poetry, especially this one. Treasuring life...