I am a perfectionist trying to embrace imperfection. Blind contouring is the perfect exercise for me. It forces me to let go of perfection. My blind contouring drawing always end up looking wonky. In this case, she was drawn by looking at an amazing sculpture “Chloe” by Jalime Plensa.
I believe different people bring out different qualities in you. Some bring out the angel, some bring out the beast. When someone is unkind to me, my defensive mechanism shoots up immediately and I fight back.., often being unkind too. I hate it when it happens. I don’t want to stoop to their level. I don’t want to be like them. This quote reminds me to be kind. And more importantly, not to be their reflection.
Watercolor painting. This time with an Asian girl in mind. Going to my roots😉
Learned a new technique today call blind contouring. This is when you look at an object, draw it without looking at your paper or lift up your pen. It was an interesting experience. In the beginnings, it was stressful not being able to check and correct what I drew. But soon I just let go and have fun.
The picture did not look like the girl I was looking at. All her features were wonky. Interestingly, after I added paint to the picture, painting and adding colors that I like with no clear objective in mind…, she began to appear.. in an abstract manner.
And I like the end result. A good reminder to relax and let go, go with the flow…
When I was little, my parents had to leave Singapore for Netherlands to look for work. I was left in the care of my grandma and aunts. Because of that, I’ve always felt a certain closeness with them. And I’ve always felt loved. That said, there were many times when I resented having so many people be “in my business”.. now I realize it’s because they love me.
In a certain sense, my grandma and aunts are like my mothers. And it just occurred to me that this is very similar to how the elephants take care of their young. The calves are cared for by the aunts, sisters and mother.
So on this Mother’s Day, I would like to thank my grandma and aunts (some of whom have passed away) for their love. Happy Mother’s Day 💕💕💕
This was painted with watercolor and white specks created with gesso.
I love painting female faces. And they often have the same facial expression. Determination? Strength? But also with a touch of softness. I wonder why..Maybe it reflects what I admire the most? Being soft and strong at the same time. It is not something I am good at. But I certainly aspire to it and admire women who are that. To all the strong women out there. Cheers to you!
After my last blue journal page, it’s time for some happy colors. These colors make me smile. And I love this quote by Marilyn Monroe. “I believe that everything happens for a reason….” I have to admit, I love this page very very much❤️❤️❤️
While I did not make a video of this process, I thought I could share some pics of the process. Hope you will give it a try!
Started with a page with acrylic paint, collage of scrap paper and image transfer. Also included a business card I picked up from a fair. Loved the stripes. I love to pick up cards, brochures etc and incorporate them in my journal. Reminds me of the place or store I visited.
I don’t usually paint when I am upset. Not sure why. Maybe because I only want to see pretty things in my art? This page was an exception. It started with a lot of dark blues and greys. Reflecting my mood and state of mind. As the day went on, my mood got lighter and better. So did the colors on this page. I added more white and light colors to the page. And as my spirits lifted, I began to doodle on the page and voila, the final page appeared. Much lighter and happier than when I first started. Art is therapy indeed..
Acrylic paint with collage and markers for doodling. Also added some texture using molding paste and stencil. Finally added some journaling to remember this page by.
This time, I decided to experiment with combining 2 of my favorite things. Face and butterfly. My first butterfly. I am happy with how it turned out.
Remember to look within. Everything you need is already inside you…
I am fascinated with elephants. This is my second painting of them. The more I learn about them, the more I admire and love them. They have the largest brain of any land animals, which make them highly intelligent but also emotional. The bond they have with their tight knit group of family members is admirable. It’s how I feel about mine. With Mother’s Day coming up, I can’t help but feel all sorts of emotions towards my young ones, towards being a mother.
To my little ones, I promise you this… I will always be here for you. Like an elephant….