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Practice 555 – #33

I like masks.  Masks that are not scary are fun to look at.  Masks often used in many folk story telling.  This is an Indonesian mask.  I have no idea if this is used in any story telling dance.  In Indonesia, people often use masks to perform dramatic Indonesian dance.  Each place in many of Indonesian provinces has its own masked dance.  They tell many various stories which are accompanied by narratives and traditional musical.

When I was growing up, I often watched these dances on many local TV programs.  Honestly speaking, I have no idea what they were talking about and what was going on.  They were so fascinating that I often did not care even if I could not understand.   Those  colorful clothing  and masks that  the performers wore were very vivid and it spiced up the whole story telling drama too.

practice 555 - #33 indonesian mask

Practice 550 – #32

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away”  That is what many say and I am sure you all have heard it.  There are always 3 clean wash and cut apples on my table daily along with our breakfast (apples are always shared not eaten alone).  But Many times the apples just left half eaten. To make matter worst they are easily turned brown and become unattractive.  I normally will finish them all (no point in throwing away perfectly good apples, right?), sometimes until my jaw hurts because of the chewing too.

So I bought this mr. blender to save my teeth and jaw and to make my family eat fruit daily.  I would blend these assorted fruit into smoothies, add milk and condense milk and ice in it to make the juices taste better, sweet and cold.  And who knows that my family loves it and now they can’t live without my fruit juices too.  haha…  So have you had your fruit today?  Go grab that apples/fruit and stay healthy!

practice 550 - #32

Practice 488 – #21

Last page of my first sketch book.  I thought I was going to draw something that have been with me during my practices.  This is my tea-pot and cup.  They have been faithfully with me all these years.  It is a comfort knowing that they are within reach whenever I need them.

practice 488 - #21

tea pot

practice 475

Practice 474 – Sketch 9

Does anybody like riding motorcycle? I mean riding on a big bike?  I have a Korean made Daelim Daystar 250 bike to show off. I know it is pale in comparison with Harley Davidson but it looks good enough to me who doesn’t know a thing about motorcycle.


Practice 473 – Sketch 8

I still owed Ramona a bowl of Singaporean ice kacang (shave ice). So Ramona, this is for you. The ice kacang with everything on it. Hope it is not too cold to have it in winter. Haha..enjoy! 😄 Please google it if you want to know the ingredients.

source : hungry go where
source : hungry go where

ice k

supreme court

Practice 466 – Sketch 2


Come new year, many people around the world start making resolution of what they are going to do in this coming year.  I thought I might as well have a resolution of myself too. Apart from practising painting, I think I should learn how to sketch.  I have never learnt how to sketch and this put me at disadvantage when I paint.  I get very frustrated when the object I paint did not come out the way it should, because I do not know how to shade it correctly.  I hope by learning this, it will help train my eyes, mind and hands of working together.

practice 466

Leticia Paintings (四歲侄女思思畫的)

My computer died down on me a few days ago. I was so upset that I have not been able to paint anything. Here came my lil rescuer – my niece Leticia. My sis sent me a couple of paintings that my little four years old niece did.


Rainbow through the eye of 4 years old.
She tried to paint that car on top and ended looking like this.

I was in awe when I saw her paintings. It is not easy to do water-color nicely. Least of all for a four-year old child whom has never painted any water-color before. Not only she could paint the shape of them correctly, she used vibrant color which I have difficulty using them on all my paintings. Now I am seriously very jealous of her.

*Note: All paintings used poster paint on photocopy papers.

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