Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Modern Chinese Calligraphy

This is a journey of understanding Chinese culture and philosophy through Dao De Jing. The most sacred ancient text written in the 500 BC whose author the scholars has not been accurately identified. This text, though written more than 2500 years ago. Is still studied, translated, and interpreted by many who have a keen interest in Chinese philosophy. 




A modern interpretation of Chinese Calligraphy waiting to be explored by the reader of the most secret text of ancient Chinese civilization, the Dao De Jing. It is the most translated text, and it is still relevant till today. Printed on cream paper, consisting of eighty-one chapters, each written on a single sheet for easy coloring. 

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Colouring for Seniors - Little India

This is a series of fountain pen drawings on Little India, drawn after a careful study of the place over a few months. It was more than a year ago that I decided to teach my son how to draw with a pen, fountain pen to be precise. It was after his 'O Level' and he had a few months before the result is release. 
He loves to draw since young. He would draw all over the table and chairs, his table and chairs. We do not allow him to draw on the wall and other places. However, every now and then we still would catch him doing just that. Usually, we insisted that he cleaned them up. His cleaning was bad. We could still marks and residual ink or pencil lead on the wall. Our domestic help did a better job. 
He was never good at getting good marks for his studies. When he said he was going to score, it was always some marks around 65%. We were not particularly worried about his result that we would force him to study every minute. However, we would still have to figure a way to allow him to continue his education. We would like him to finish his university degree for sure. The Junior College way is quite unlikely for him. I had faith that he would do well in university, but he has to find a way to get be qualified for university first. It is important for us that he does it at the local university. We prefer it over going oversea for many reasons. One major reason is that our Singaporean culture is very different from that of America or Australia. 
All drawing and painting start with the line. I insist on the pen for a few reasons. Pen is unforgiving. Once you draw the wrong line, you cannot remove it without a trace. Yes, no eraser is to be used. You got the wrong line. You flow with it. There is no turning back or tear the paper up. One has to treasure the paper, every piece of paper has to yield to its usefulness. Conserve the paper. Treat it as a sacred being, perhaps, with a life to be fulfilled. Feel sorry if you did not do your best to fulfill its destiny, to be used up, not to be wasted. Every piece of paper cost money too. One can buy expensive paper, pen and ink, but not waste them away. Treat every pen, ink, paper and thought as carefully as possible.
The fountain pen is different from the felt tip pen. 

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