Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Sketching & Plein air @ Boat Quay

I've been busy with work for the past few days and intended to rest at home last Sunday until I saw fellow urban sketcher, Paul Wang's post on facebook that he's going to sketch at Boat Quay.

So, instead of resting, I packed my bag and arrived about half an hour earlier at the meeting point and did an ink and wash sketch of the Raffles Place MRT station.  Soon after, a few more sketchers arrived and sketched along the area too.  Thereafter, we headed to the back alley of Boat Quay and I chose to do a small watercolour en plein air, amidst shouts and cheers from many fans watching the live screening of Rugby World Cup from the pubs nearby.

I also learnt something new today as I forgot to bring any pencils, so I painted with watercolours straight onto the paper for the plein air piece.  I realised that without pencil lines, I can paint with more freedom and loose!

Here're the results... both done on Arches Rough 10" x 7".


Thanks for looking! I reckon it's a Sunday afternoon well-spent (instead of napping at home), don't you think so?

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Watercolour Demo

I was invited to do a watercolour demonstration at a private function last week.  Only given 2 hours to complete the demo, I was rushing against time.  Although I managed to complete the painting, on hindsight, I should have chosen a simpler subject to paint but still pretty satisfied that it was well-received by the participants.















 

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Sketches of Kuching

I was back in my hometown Kuching recently and did a few sketches of the places I visited, Chinese temple at Carpenter Street, Bako National Park, Kampung Bunuk Bidayuh Longhouse, Damai Beach Resort, etc. just to name a few.  Hope you like them. 

















Monday, May 30, 2011

Plein Air ~ Holland Village, Singapore

I am now a regular member of the Urban Sketchers Singapore group.  We'd organised sketchwalks every last Saturday of the month.  Usually, I'd do a few sketches and/or line & wash works during these outing.  But this time, I decided to do a half-sheet plein air watercolour since I haven't done so far a while.

A few people gathered around to watch me paint from time to time, some sketchers were curious about the masking fluid I used to block out the windmill, lamp posts and lettering, so I showed them what it is and how it is done.

Yours truly painting on location outside Holland Village hawker center

Holland Village, Singapore (14" x 21")

Hope you like it. Thanks for looking!

WIP ~ Evening Light

Here are some step-by-step progress pictures of a half-sheet painting I did recently.  Hope you like it.

First, the drawing was done with 4B pencil and then added masking fluid where I wanted to protect the white of the paper. I seldom use masking fluid but for the look I'm after in this piece, I had no choice but to use it...

I wetted the paper and started painting the sky wet on wet with a little transluscent orange, gamboge, yellow ochre, and cerulean blue. Same colours on the sea, plus turquoise blue.

Then, I started to build up the colours, textures and tones of the two boats with a combo of dripping, glazing and lifting of colours...

Here, I used a smaller brush to define the details and more...

Removed the masking, added more details, darks and lift off some of the paints to achieve the sunlight effect... something new I experimented for this piece ... what do you think? 

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

2 Plein Air Works @ Keong Saik Road & Ann Siang Hill

These are plein air works I did earlier this year...

Keong Saik Road, Singapore (21" x 14")





Ann Siang Hill, Singapore (21" x 14")



Monday, March 21, 2011

The Help Japan Challenge Auction

I have joined the Help Japan Challenge Auction in Daily Paintworks site organised by Keiko Tanabe. Encouraged by the successful first auction which raised US$200 for the victims of Japanese earthquake and tsunami disaster, I have submitted this ink and watercolour sketch which I did last month in my hometown.

View From Mom's Dressing Table (7" x 10")
Auction Has Ended



You may wish to visit the Help Japan Challenge site to see artworks by other artists, all for the same objective of helping the victims affected by the earthquake and tsunami which struck Japan on March 11, 2011.

Your generosity is very much appreciated. Thank you!

Friday, March 18, 2011

Japan Earthquake Relief Auction #2 (by Ng Kwee King)

This is a painting offered by a good friend and fellow watercolourist Ng Kwee King, for simliar relief auction to help the victims of earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan on March 11.

All proceeds at the end of the auction will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross Society (via Google's crisis response site)


 Farm House (22" x 30") by Ng Kwee King
Auction Has Ended

If you'd like to own this painting, please e-mail me at marvin@marvinchew.com with the subject "Japan Donation 2", and your bid price. Auction will end on midnight 12:00am (Singapore time) Sunday, 27th March 2011. The first bidder with the highest bid price will win this auction and be notified by e-mail. Please note that I can only accept paypal for international bidders.

You may also like to consider similar auctions by other artists.  Click here to find out more.

Thank you in advance for your consideration and generosity.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Japan Earthquake Relief Auction

Like millions of viewers worldwide, I watched with horror last Friday, the destruction caused by an earthquake, measuring 8.9 on the Richter scale and the resulting tsunami, which wreaked havoc across Japan's coastal areas. Death toll are now in the thousands and many are injured and missing.

Following the efforts by my friends Keiko Tanabe and Tom Schaller, I would like to offer this painting to anyone who'd like to help those affected by this disaster. All proceeds at the end of the auction will be donated to the Japanese Red Cross Society (via Google's crisis response site).

Sunrise at Yaki Point, Grand Canyon (14" x 21")
This auction has ended. Final bid price: US$200

If you'd like to own this painting, please e-mail me at marvin@marvinchew.com with the subject "Japan Donation", and your bid price. Auction will end on midnight 12:00am (Singapore time) Sunday, 20th March 2011. The first bidder with the highest bid price will win this auction and be notified by e-mail. Please note that I can only accept paypal for international bidders.

You may also like to consider similar auctions by other artists.  Click here to find out more.

Thank you in advance for your consideration and generosity.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

What Happened in 2010?

Well, with the popularity of facebook, I have kinda abandoned this blog for more than a year!! gasp!

If there's still any readers out there who read this blog, here goes a brief update....
  • Just after the new year 2010, I got a little crazy over film photography and bought a second-hand Pentax ME super SLR to play with. But I blamed it on my busy work life, the trouble of sending film for processing and its cost in the long run for not keeping up with this hobby. The roll of B&W film is still in the camera!
Pentax ME Super film SLR camera

  • I started joining Singapore's Pentax photography group's monthly outings and were very encouraged by the friendly and helpful photographers who are always ready to offer their helps and pointers. Here are two photos taken during such outings.
Good Morning, Wessex Estate!


Got'cha!

  • What about art? and watercolour? 'fraid not, I'm still very actively involved in art. In fact, one of the most exciting things I did in 2010 was to meet a bunch of talented artists who called themselves Urban Sketchers. They meet on the last Saturday of every month at a pre-determined place and sketch whatever they see on location. Very much like the plein air sessions I do but on a smaller and quicker scale, which is perfect for busy people like me! These are some of my sketches after getting bitten by the sketching bug!



  • And my happiest and proudest moment in 2010 is ..... getting my painting juried into the 90th National Watercolour Society 2010 in San Pedro, California (near the harbour of Los Angeles). I received grants amounting to a couple of thousands Singapore dollars which paid for my return air tickets to LA and 2-day accommodation to attend the luncheon and opening ceremony of the exhibition. To rub shoulders with the gurus and established names in the who's who of the watercolour world, this was indeed a dream come true for me. Although I didn't get accepted as a signature member this time, it was still one helluva experience!
Yours truly with my painting "Village Life @ Tanjung Pinang II"


Taking picture with John Salminen and his demo work

  • After attending the exhibition, I took the opportunity to tour Hollywood, Los Angeles, the Getty Center, then rode an overnight train to Grand Canyon and then took a coach to Las Vegas.... FUN!

Befriended Will Smith in Hollywood ;-)


Taken from top of Kodak Theatre, Hollywood


Did a value study of Renoir's "La Promenade" at the Getty Center



Took some sunset and sunrise photos of the Grand Canyon


Contemplating the vastness of the universe...



Winning some money.... and LOSING more later on :P


Overall, I have had a fun and memorable 2010.... it's now March 2011 and I haven't been painting much, sadly. I still sketched from time to time and did a couple of watercolours... let's hope I'll get my act together and paint more often from now on!