Archive | May, 2017

I Think She’s Good

12 May

These are not my drawings, they are M2’s. Yes, you read that right, they are M2’s efforts, my second child. What can I say? She draws better than me!

The subject matter may be copied but that’s how one gets started to learn, fine tune and hone the skill. The strokes, the effort and the confidence in executing the style just amazes me!

  

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Ready to Pass Them On

11 May

Last year,  M2 had shown an interest in art. I have bought a few mini canvases for her and she has done an excellent job with some creations, using pen and ink on the canvas. Although she lamented they are copied pieces, I feel it’s a good start to hone her interest and develop her skills.

I think at this point, I am ready to pass her my set of Faber Castell technical pens, heirlooms of sort if you can call them that. These pens have served me well during my college years but sadly, have not since any action for the last two decades.

Maybe it’s time for them to be of use again. I bought a new bottle of Rotring ink and cleaned out the pens again for her. Looking forward to new art pieces by M2.

 

My prized possession

  

This 3″x4″ hangs in the living room proudly

 

New Cave

9 May

Pablo, our new pet crayfish is quite an interesting feisty little crustacean. He doesn’t like the pot cave in the little aquarium and doesn’t reverse into it like Luna and Tuna. Instead he digs a little pit at the side of the pot and chills out there.

It’s fine but the only problem is we can’t see him much at that hidden angle. So we decided to remove the pot and placed a recently purchased drift wood. This changes the setup in the aquarium but it looks much better.

The new cave is hardly a cave when it’s open ended but I think with the roof over the head structure, Pablo will be more visible to us wherever he digs to make his comfort pad.

  

Moms Do Not Mince Words

8 May

Just when you think life is good with all these gastronomic adventures, long weekends for painting and living a sedentary lifestyle due to a sports injury, reality kicks in.

A few days ago, Mom commented casually that my behind is looking, err… wider than usual. While she did not specifically said that I was fat, she merely said that part of the anatomy was looking wider than normal, it was enough. Ouch and cringe.

Normally when such a comment is made by hubby, wrath will incur followed by a lengthy silent treatment. But one just cannot do the same with mothers who do not mince words. Reality kicks in.

Guess I better do something about this ‘wider than usual’ situation if I cannot play golf yet to burn all those calories gained.

Memory Fail

5 May

I have been sharing my painting efforts on Facebook and some of my friends on that platform have been following the progress. Out of the blue, my American housemate from my college days mentioned that she still has a piece of my work hanging on her wall!

Initially she shared the picture on my wall and I complimented her that the picture was pretty and asked was it her effort? To my surprise, she wrote that I painted it for her in college. Oh my goodness.

Memory fail here because I don’t recall. This must be the pre-Monet days where I still used the brush because the strokes on the painting didn’t look like a palette knife effort.

And what’s even more amazing was that apparently I did another piece of a cabin subject and sold it to the owner of the cabin! Super memory fail here again.

How can I have forgotten such significant moments?

New Colors, New Paintings

4 May

For two weeks in a row, we had two three-day weekends. From the work perspective, it’s not good because the work week has been shortened to four days but from the personal perspective, it’s really nice.

The weekend before, we drove up to Taiping and had a really waist-expanding gastronomic trip. But this week, we stayed put which turned out to be a really good thing too.

I bought new colors, 10 tubes to be exact, got an easel as a birthday gift (from hubby, no golf-related stuff this year) and more canvases.

The will to paint was strong and I whipped up three pieces on Sunday, doing another two pieces of the Penang Bridge in two different sizes and started a new subject matter: Uluwatu sunset. And on Monday, we were just chilling at home, I painted another Uluwatu sunset, this time fine-tuned the blending and another experimental color blend piece.

Such bliss.

   
   

This is Pablo!

2 May

It wasn’t planned but we were at the pet shop after dinner last night and every creature at the store were oh-so-cute! M2 was ooh-ing and aah-ing at the baby rabbits, colored prawns, crabs, toads and stingrays while I was equally mesmerized by the hamsters and chinchilla.

I saw the two aquariums filled with crayfishes and debated why not again. Having pet water sure isn’t that engaging. Although I contemplated the African Patriot crabs (their expressions were hilarious and appealing), we had to be practical. Our little aquarium is not big enough to have the water and ‘land’ separation for the crab. So a crayfish it shall be.

Meet Pablo Sanchez Rodriguez, a rather intriguing name for our new red crayfish. Maybe with a macho and longer name, Pablo will have a better and longer life that our previous crayfishes.

  

Shoe Queen in the Making

1 May

Sometimes when you think the child is different or even difficult, they are actually a reflection of one’s self.

I’ve come to realize that M2 is a reflection of me. A mini me. A little shoe queen in the making, she has just as many shoes to rival my tally. That’s scary when you think that she is only 16.

Recently, she convinced us to order online a pair of shoes for her! So the mini is better than me, buying shoes online that is. But we did go to the physical store to try the shoes for size before we agreed as the savings was quite substantial with the online purchase.

The shoes arrived last Friday and she was in shoe heaven. Pretty cute pair of sneakers I must say.

So shiny!