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Saturday, August 29, 2015

My (Third) Coloring Project: Crazy Camper Van

"It [coloring] engages both sides of your brain in that it’s both creative and tactical."
—Psychologist Alice Domar, Ph.D., executive director of the Domar Center for Mind/Body Health

There are a few things that are close to my heart: reading, traveling and studying languages. I have forgotten about my love for coloring. When I was a wee kid in primary school, I loved participating in coloring contests. I buy magazines with my pocket money and the first thing I did was flip the mag to the contest page and started coloring. I then passed up the finished product to my mom neatly sealed in an envelope for her help to post it. I also checked carefully that my personal particulars on the contest form were error-free. Meticulousness is a habit I cultivated from young.

Just how did I reconnect childhood coloring with adult-coloring that coincidentally seems to be the craze lately? I don't have a good answer for that but I can assure you there is a time and season for everything. Coloring is a beautiful hobby. Most of the articles on adult coloring talk about coloring as a stress-relief thing. For me, I have a love affair with paper and pen for the longest time, and now pencils.

Seeing a black-and-white page transform into a colorful one with your dash of style and quirkiness is a fulfilling and very satisfying feeling. So coming back to the quote by Alice Domar, Ph.D. right at the top of this post, the creativity comes with envisioning the color selection and how it will play throughout the piece, while the tactical involves applying your decisions to the artist’s design. With that, I am now ready for my next (third) project. See all my coloring activities here!

Here are some great articles to get you started:


Friday, August 28, 2015

My Coloring Project: The Blue Peacock (COMPLETED)

To see my first coloring piece on The Whimsical Penang Heritage House, check out this post.


Saturday, August 22, 2015

Back into the Loving Embrace of Latin

I started learning Latin after I got the hang of Italian, but stopped when I was distracted by other pursuits. So, I'm like this and I get easily distracted. I'll poke around new things and if it's something I really want to dive into (such as Italian), I'll make that commitment. If not, I know I've tried and it's not really my thing.

Now, while Latin has gone off my radar for a while, that doesn't mean I've lost interest. I'm still very much into it and I'm thankful to the article that steered me back into the beautiful path of learning this (dead) language. Should you need convincing, come with me and read Why We Should All Learn to Speak Latin.


Thursday, August 13, 2015

Getting Artsy with Canva

16 August 2015: I started using Canva for book quotes too. What fun!

13 August 2015: Canva has become my playground. I saw this Drake quote and wanted to do something with it, so I practiced again with it. I've done something using the very cool Canva for my coloring progress post.

I had much fun creating this!


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

RIVER GOD, by Wilbur Smith

River God by Wilbur Smith is my first epic historical saga. I immediately took an intense liking to Taita, a very talented and intellectual eunuch slave. This novel—the first of the five in the Egypt series—is narrated by Taita. According to Wilbur Smith, the story in River God is real, based on the scrolls found at the Temple of Karnak, and this is why the river Nile is important in the story.

“It is safer by far to live unseen and unremarked, as I always attempt to do.” Although Taita is a very handsome man with many talents, he prefers to live a low-profile life. As his talents are unveiled little by little in the story—designer, artist, doctor, linguist, military strategist, future reader—just to name a few, Leonardo da Vinci immediately comes to my mind and I couldn't help but compare him with da Vinci. Taita even has a way with animals. He becomes eunuch not by choice but from a punishment by his master the Grand Vizier, Lord Intef.

River God, which is set in the ancient Egypt during the tenure of Pharaoh Mamose, begins by imparting that Taita is a trusted slave of Lord Intef. His master, who is a cunning and vicious man, is also the father of Lady Lostris. Taita hates him with a passion but loves his mistress to bits. Taita is also a long-time good friend of Tanus, the love of Lady Lostris’ life. Tanus does not know that Lord Intef is the cause of his father’s downfall, and has all this time think of the villain as a hero.

The story intensifies with the Pharaoh falling in love with Lostris, Tanus being condemned to death by Pharaoh but is given a seemingly impossible mission to accomplish to nullify the punishment, and then there is the forbidden love story. I was brought to tears many times. Prince Memnon is born to Pharaoh and Lostris, but is he truly Pharaoh’s son? Who is his true sire? Taita has come to the rescue many times when Tanus and Lostris land themselves in trouble. Even Pharaoh adores and seeks Taita’s council. There is never a dull moment in this excellent sweeping epic tale with enough blood and gore (if that is your thing).

Did Lord Tanus succeed in returning to the Egyptian kingdom as a warrior? Who are the terrifying Hyksos that come to invade Egypt? I loved River God. I can’t wait to get my hands on all the other Taita (or as Prince Memnon affectionately calls him “Tata”) books.

And before I go, one more reason to love Taita: “I had an intimate friendship with a dozen cats, for no one can ever claim to own a cat.” Many thanks to Simon P. who introduced the series to me!


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

My Coloring Progress

11 August 2015: It's a wrap! Next...

10 August 2015: I did a little bit of the upper floor windows. I aimed to stop coloring at 11 PM but overshot a bit. It's looking good to finish on target!

9 August 2015: I managed to do a little bit of coloring on Sunday night. The night had gone by so quickly that when I looked at my watch, it was already past 1 AM.

Sunday, 9 August 2015

8 August 2015: Last weekend, I was at The Little Art House where spent the afternoon there hanging out and playing with color pencils. I made some progress today and hope to finish the piece by the end of August. Coloring is a relaxing activity for me when I'm not studying for my MBA.

Saturday, 8 August 2015


Sunday, August 09, 2015

A Visit to the Museum in Lecce, Italy

Andiamo a Lecce! Come with me to Lecce! Here's an album of a museum visit during my trip in Puglia, Italy last year.

About Lecce: Lecce is a historic city of 93,300 inhabitants (2013) in southern Italy, the capital of the province of Lecce, the second province in the region by population, as well as one of the most important cities of Apulia. It is the main city of the Salentine Peninsula, a sub-peninsula at the heel of the Italian Peninsula and is over 2,000 years old. Because of the rich Baroque architectural monuments found in the city, Lecce is commonly nicknamed "The Florence of the South". Read more in Wikipedia (Source).


Saturday, August 01, 2015

An Afternoon of Coloring at The Little Art House (LAH), Lorong Macalister, Penang

I came to know about The Little Art House (check out their Facebook page here) from a friend (let's call him Simon P.) who sent me information about the launch of the Penang Colouring Book in conjunction with the 2015 George Town Festival in, well, Penang...

I love coloring. Although the last time I did any coloring was when I was a kid, I still love this activity very much. I recently bought a coloring book at Borders called Colour with Mum. It's a great quality, drawing-board sort of book that costs me about RM52.

Coming back to LAH, it's tucked in a quiet street of Lorong Macalister in Penang. I didn't have any problem finding it. Google Maps always work wonders for me...

I've arrived!

It's a really cool place.
I bought three copies of the coloring books (updated on 7 August 2015: bought one more as a gift for a dear friend).

The whole book is in black and white. You can buy the Penang Coloring Book at The Little Art House, 90a Lorong Macalister, George Town, Penang, Malaysia (email: RM20 per copy.

I was the only person there when I arrived in the early afternoon and then a few more trickled in, but they didn't stay. I decided to stay for the afternoon, and guess what I did? COLORING, of course! It's also awesome to meet TWO Lucy's in one afternoon: Lusy who runs LAH and Lucie who is a backpacker. You'll meet them in a bit...

I settled down; ready to work (or play).

And then Lucie, a backpacker, joined in the fun too! (That's me on the right with the striped top.)

An hour later: The "product" of our play! Follow my progress here.
(Completed on 11 August 2015)

While we were busy at work, Lusy drew us! How cool is that? *GRIN*

Hello, my name is Lusy. And I just drew these girls making art!

Here are the activities lined up by the We Are Artists at The Little Art House for the George Town Festival. I'm currently working on the postcard drawing for the Alice & Lusy Exhibit. Must send that in soon...

Updated on 13 August 2015: Many thanks to The Little Art House for sharing my post on their Facebook! I really appreciated it.

Thank you Alice for this great write up about your afternoon in the Little Art House... it was so lovely to meet you and...
Posted by We Are Artists on Wednesday, August 12, 2015


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