My first homemade nursery decoration.
Opps, it has been a very lazy month.
I have just moved to Dorset. It has been a month already! time flies! I haven’t been painting much lately (shame) but it is almost time to start preparing for my little one. I am now 36 weeks pregnant and my back aches all the time. : (
I really like this area. More photos coming up soon!
July in Amsterdam
Oil Pastels & Watercolour on A3 paper
Carl and I went to Amsterdam for a short summer trip this year. We drove from London to Amsterdam through France and Belgium. It was a very pleasant journey. I have taken many brilliant photos. The sun was gorgeous and it was nice to get out of London for a bit.
I did this drawing in reference to a photo I took. I seem to enjoy the strong cartoon colour that oil pastels do on the watercolour paper. The colours do stand out among the watercolour/gouache. I really like that uneven texture too. One down side is the stroke of oil pastels is hard to control and it is only manageable for me to draw on bigger scale.
I don’t think I have got to a point that I am entirely certain or comfortable and say ‘oh this is me’ when it comes to drawing. I am still searching for my own style and experimenting various subjects to reflect myself.
I am still attempting to do some more children illustration for my unborn child’s nursery.
I drew this with Van Gogh’s famous Starry Night in mind. The hairstyle is a lot like my husband’s when he was 8. He said he had a set of similar pyjamas too.
4th Sept, 2013
Gouache on A4 paper
This is my lazy housewife diary. And my first attempt in food/recipe illustration, how you like it?
I like to eat, but when it comes to cooking I sometimes get rather stressful (and washing up too). Luckily, no one expects me to serve 4 dishes and a soup every night when living in England.
This is a very easy dish that I make once in a while. Prawns, tomatoes and pasta just work, lemon and chilli gives quite a summery favour too. What’s even better is it is really quick and easy. Dinner in 15 minutes, what not to like?
Linguini with Prawns & Rockets (serves 2)
- 1 clove of garlic (finely chopped)
- 1 dried red chilli (crumbled)
- 1/2 lemon (zested and granted)
- 1 handfuls of cherry tomatoes (halved)
- sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 200g dried linguine (follow the instruction on the packet)
- olive oil
- 500g raw fresh prawns, peeled, deveined, tails left intact
- 2 heaped tablespoons tomato purée
- a handful of rockets
- When your pasta has 5 minutes to go, put a big drop of olive oil in the frying pan in medium heat;
- put the chopped garlic and crumbled chilli in the pan;
- put tomatoes and king prawns into the pan as soon as the garlic turns golden, stir for a couple minutes;
- scoop out a small cupful of pasta water, stir it into the prawns with tomato puree;
- stir and simmer for a couple minutes;
- drain the pasta;
- tip the pasta into the sauce, squeeze some lemon juice; put half of the rockets in the sauce, stir;
- if the pasta is too thick, loosen the sauce with some more pasta water;
- divide the pasta on 2 plates, sprinkle with lemon zest and the rest of the rockets
- Serve with some crusty bread, yum : )
Bear in Paris,
Watercolour on A4 paper
It has been raining cats and dogs today. I like staying indoor when it rains. Luckily the weather has been quite pleasant in England this summer. When I was a child I was always hiding in my imaginary world whenever I am left alone.
Do you have an imaginary friend? xx
Paris in January, 2010
World of Donuts
Watercolour on A4 paper
I used to be a fairly gullible child. When I saw names like ‘World of Donuts’, I need to convince myself there is no such thing as a world that is made out of donuts.
Recently I am drawing a series of pictures about children and animals visiting different places. This is part of my ‘preparing to be a parent’ thing.
The amazing lion coat is inspired by an etsy seller, Little Goodall from the States.
Childs Ferocious Felt Lion Coat by littlegoodall in Texas, United States
HELLO. WELCOME TO MY NEW OFFICIAL BLOG.
What’s better reason/excuse to restart a blog?
Having a new computer (very sexy).
Dropping out from uni (scary).
Settling in a foreign country (scary too).
Attempting to promote my artwork (admit it, this is scary).
Expecting a baby (this is really scary).
I really want to break off from my old self.
I haven’t been real busy. I did not mean to stop writing. But I just feel very uncertain and insecure about myself. I am very poor in self-discipline. I am very shy to speak up for myself.
The youtube video above seems to speak my mind for me. Everyone seems to know how to talk, how to write, how to present themselves naturally and confidently. I have been spending too much time to be envy everyone’s success. I have been sitting on my bottom to wait for inspiration and opportunities to come. I tried to co-blog with an online friend but that did not work out well. After years I seem to understand there is no real handbook for artists or bloggers to find their voice. It is really about patience.
But now I have far more than enough reasons to give myself a kick. I am going to become a parent. And I want to be a more determined and organised person. I am not trying to be like any other people. I am going to write my own journal in my own way for myself.
And I hope this blog will grow splendidly with me and my little baby.