My first attempt at painting, super excited!! about having colours at looong last. I always feel that colours are like having music during a party. Surprisingly, painting turns out to be so much less messy than charcoal. But trying to control the colours is just like outdoor photo-taking, you can only pray for good weather. I got the image reference from make it easy and is supposedly from Them Thangs, though I can't find it on the site. Drew it off my iPhone.
Damon Kim (wonder if that is a real cat haha...)
d e s i g n s q u i s h
Soichi Noguchi & Douglas H. Wheelock (simply love this shot!!!!)
Thx to Subtle Day for posting this amazing paint-like photo (it's actually the coast line of S.Africa) above, for I landed on make it easy, if you like what you see above then make it easy. Happy exploring!
Stumbled upon these amazing charcoal drawings by Diego de Almeida on DeviantArt. The proportions, shadings and tones are amazing! Do check out this gallery as he also has some very neat fantasy drawings and oil painting.
"I stole these photographs between '95 and '97 in the Paris metro. 'Stole' because it is against the law to take them, it's forbidden. The law states that everyone owns their own image. But our image, the worthless alias of ourselves, is everywhere without us knowing it. How and why can it be said to belong to us? But, more importantly, there's another rule, that non-agression pact we all subscribe to: the prohibition against looking at others. Apart from the odd illicit glance, you keep staring at the wall. We are very much alone in these public places and there's violence in this calm acceptance of a closed world. I am sitting in front of someone to record his image, the form of evidence, but just like him I too stare into the distance and feign absence. I try to be like him. It's all a sham, a necessary lie lasting long enough to take a picture. If to look is to be free, the same holds true for photographing: I hold my breath and let the shutter go."Jean Baudrillard, L'Autre
Taking the train is a shared experience of city dwellers and we actually spend so much time in these small contained world where, as strangers, we are so close yet so far apart. Aptly portrayed in Postmodern Singapore that I'm currently reading:
"Why do you not look at each other's Faces? Is the scenery that arresting, One housing estate giving birth To yet another copy? Or the advertisements, read and re-read, As if behind a slogan's promise lay Hidden promises? Answer me:Is that consciousness rising in you, Dissolving your fatigue like a plastic sheet Warping in heat, or is that simply Sleep, draining away from you Down to your soles, to the invisible tracks Where the dew is drying? Where electricity Is what pushes you to the borders Of your own loneliness, against The vulgar loneliness of crowds."Alfian Bin Sa'at, Morning Train, Postmodern Singapore
Joan Jonas, Letters To A Young ArtistOne must know that when deciding to become an artist - it is an irresistable attraction - that there are no guarantees of success, rewards, recognition, etc. One chooses or is drawn to a life of producing works that have no practical use in a largely indifferent world. The way is not easy or comfortable. To be an artist you must love art - and you must respect and find a haven for yourself in your work. It is important in life to find a basic pleasure - intellectual, sensual, kinetic, touch, smell, sight ... "the shape, the sense, the feel of things" (Hilda Doolittle). Life in general is a miraculous phenomenon full of contradiction for all.
(the photo on the left is cut out from today's ST Life)
|kitty's sky fr when skies are grey|
Reading those blogs that are still "in business" gives me a warm feeling, like getting to see a friend again, seeing how their lives have changed. The nice kitty photo above is from one of my favourite blog when skies are grey, it has some of the most awesome clay figurines, which I always find glossy attractive, in a good way of course. Hoping that you have a lazy cloudy enjoyable Sunday!
More of Pokke's life photos here
If you love cats and you have not seen this site then you are in for a BIG treat. Introducing Pokke (I'm guessing that's this adorable kitty's name, coz I don't read Jap) the cat!! I can imagine other cats looking with envy at Pokke's daily photos and the cool stuffs that Pokke has (even I envy!!). I especially love that kitty shaped house!! (can get in Spore?) The blog is in Jap so I tried turning on the Google translation and got things like "dishes are using Pocket" below Pokke's dishes haha...
Well enjoy the photos! The weekend is here yet again.....