Thursday, March 30, 2017

Amoy Street Mural on a rainy day

During the March Holiday, we visited the mural at Amoy Street. They are located on the back walls of Thian Hock Keng temple. This awesome heritage mural is done by Yip Yew Chong, an accountant,who loves painting. I have been following him ever since he painted the Everton Road murals. This set (below) I believe is the best to date murals that he had done. His paintings are always well painted and this is not exceptional in this one.

Too bad, it was a rainy day. The photos who not just photobombed by cars but by rain as well. We could have returned on the Car Free Sunday to take better photo but unfortunately, we could not make it on that day. 

Nevertheless, I will revisit it again! 

The artist pays tribute to his father-in-law using this painting

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Friday, March 24, 2017

5 not to be missed installations of i Light Marina Bay

If you have not headed down to i Light Marina Bay, this weekend is your last chance to do so!
ASIA'S LEADING SUSTAINABLE LIGHT ART FESTIVAL
3-26th March 2017
 
Marina Bay Waterfront: Free Admission*
Main event 7:30PM to 11:00PM (extended to 12:00mn on Fri & Sat nights)
*Charges apply for some attractions.

i Light Marina Bay,  the fifth edition of Asia’s leading sustainable light art festival , returns this March to set the Bay aglow with 20 sustainable light art installations at the Marina Bay waterfront. 


If you like photography, this year installations are very instagram-worthy. Some of which are interactive. These are the 5 not to be missed installations.

 THE BODY OF THE SEADanny Rose | France

Location: Merlion Park
Don't you love the Merlion? I love the play of lights giving it a change of dress. The light installation gives the Merlion a coral dress, a surreal skin of fish, shells and other marine creatures allowing it to return to the sea. Very pretty if you ask me.

MOONFLOWER
Lee Yun Qin | Singapore

Location: The Promontory 
A simple but lovely display of wire-meshed flowers invites passers-by to take a walk through the garden in the dark. Talking about sustainability, each flower is powered by its own solar powered LED. Best of all, it can be adopted in support of the Garden City Fund, a charity that runs sustainable projects in Singapore! I am not sure whether they are fully adopted. You may want to check with the Information Counter.

OCEAN PAVILIONLuke Jerram | United Kingdom

Location: The Promontory
Inspired by the microscopic organisms found in the rivers and seas around Singapore, the Ocean Pavilion allows visitors to walk in too! Made from 25,000 upcycled Evian plastic bottles with the help of students from 11 schools around Singapore, the artwork promotes reuse and upcycling efforts. The blue lights made it look real cool!

THE URCHINJin Choi and Thomas Adam Shine | USA

Location: Lower Boardwalk

Inspired by the sea urchin, this delicate installation allows passers-by to get into it for photo-taking. It has textured and permeable surface interacting with light while the intricate lace-like pattern is constructed through mathematical repetition. At night, the lighted up Urchins make their occupants glow, but during the day, the Urchins interact with natural light projecting shadow patterns over the boardwalk and offer shade under the sun.

 THE COLORFUL GARDEN OF LIGHTTILT | France

Location: Clifford Square
The peonies (not in picture) and the delicate multicoloured butterflies slowly changes colours and brings an unusual and surprising relationship between nature and the city. I like especially the butterflies which moves in the wind.


I am sure these installations will brighten your night. In additional, there is performances, a bazaar, fun fair and an Art Zoo.  It is not easy to walk at a shot to see these installations. Hence, it is better to look at the festive map  to plan your trip.

NoteIn support of Earth Hour, installations will be switched off from 8.30pm to 9.30pm on 25 March 2017. Other attractions such as Art-Zoo Inflatable Park @ The Float, GastroBeats @ Bayfront Event Space, & Recharge with Pacific Light @ The Promontory will remain open during Earth Hour, so do continue to check them out!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Oil Painting

Towards the end of last year, I attended a oil painting class in the library. The instructor, David Chan is great! We were to draw a fruit basket that day. I have learnt some techniques and how to wash off oil paint from a paint brush.  

I also realized that oil painting can be painting over and over again like acrylic. Compare below 2 pictures. I could not achieve brown initially and I painted a totally off colour for the basket. It is only much later, I painted a close to the original colour not the exact colour of the subject. 

Comparing oil with acrylic, oil takes a much longer time to dry. While carrying home the artwork, some paint actually came off.

Completed piece: total time taken : approximately 2 mornings

At the end of 3 hr class, compare to above, addition 1 morning to complete the work.
I had some oil paint left after completing the fruit basket. Hence, I decided to use them all up. I managed to borrow a book on oil painting. The below book , "Oil Painting Step by Step " by Noel Gregory, James Horton, Roy Lang and Michael Sanders gave good tips on painting. In the book, the authors would also advise what colours to use to create the paintings in the book.  As I had mainly left blue paint, I thought I might paint just a picture of the sea. I managed to find a picture in the book to copy but did not copy the colour scheme. I have only 2 blues, 1 red and white. I had ran out of yellow! I followed the tips on how to create waves, especially those on the horizon. Below is the result.


Oil on cardboard, within 1 hour.  Jan 2017
I admit I am surprised with the outcome. I am not sure whether I would be able to reproduce such a work with acrylic (still my preferred painting medium) next time.
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