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Restarting my journey

it’s been a long time I haven’t record my art or practice here. After back to Hong Kong, I took more time for job hunting and living issue.  There has been over a year, I joined “Hyphen” showed art piece with london mates, I started teaching career, I try to cooperate with organization like greenpeace. Today I am in Paris due to a work of 2 weeks.

The Paris culture and the art atmosphere here all reminding me to restart, reframe, refresh, reshape, rethink myself. I know I have to start my art again even the live in HK in tough and full of distraction.

The green piece project giving me a reflection that I should not cooperate with organization at the moment since my works still not on a smooth way, I should not change or try to please anyone and making my art like some commercial piece…or just for a event props. I should do something I really want to or expressing idea without any limitation. (time, target, function, etc.). However, the thing I created also giving me inspiration on the next move, which is good.

For teaching life in Hong Kong, at the moment I am teaching visual merchandising. The reason why I chose to teach in tertiary education is the standard higher which I feel improving myself as well. To keep improving myself, getting design project, doing art project, sharing to the students, all are parallel developing.

here’s some watercolor paintings I did in Paris,

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I still exploring a style which using one color for bright reflection while another for the shadow. Drawing everywhere giving me challenge and motivation no matter for animal art or self thought.


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New Painting Series in Holland (1)


After the Scotland trip. I took coach and arrived Amsterdam, is a very nice city with well arranged cycling path. However, maybe due to the unfamiliar or more busy city. I have not draw much…until I went to the Van Gogh Museum, saw the invaluable collection and the exhibition with Munch comparison with Van Gogh. I got much impressed by them. Meanwhile, a friend of mine having a new restaurant in London, he wanted to decorate with my painting. I was thinking, I like Van Gogh’s painting so much, and I am now in Netherland, why not paint a series that inspired from Van Gogh’s painting? I chose several objects like Sunflowers (which is an iconic painting of Van Gogh) and Kingfisher (I don’t know this painting until I enter the museum, and kingfisher is a beautiful bird that I known when I was small). I observe and googled and keep searching for photo. And adding some story into the painting so that related to restaurant – eating. Completed the 1st series “Kingfisher hunts”, is 3 postcard-size painting. First one showing kingfisher on branches waiting for something, watching the lake. Secondly the moment it dive into the water, like a rocket, and finally the scene that it comes out with the fish hunted. Here I also some of my practice piece:

This one is so greedy that I want to put so many elements into a small pictures with my limited watercolor skill. elements included – underwater, fisheye, distortion, windmill on the ground) so the outcome and composition is not good.

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After this failure, I keep searching photo and practice, some of them as follows:

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And the other series is the sunflower, how to link it with eating? I added bee into it. and there are two pieces. the “Feast” and “Take Away”. I wanna bring audiences into the sunflowers garden, feel as a bee feel…and a perspective that they going back quickly after the mission. They are on 300g paper, 200 x 200mm each.

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a corner in my hostel that I was working.


and I am keep deciding the third series with “crab”. Will complete it before leaving holland.

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Painting Journey in Scotland

The painting trip was in September 2015, I did several paints with watercolour and ink pen. I am not familiar with this thin transparent medium and it is a good practice for me. I believe the landscape drawing is good training on my observation, illustration, as well as the color skill.

Arriving in Inverness bus station, walking around andthere are so many seagull, this pair attracted me that the darker one (I guess is female) is in a weird form.

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This one is in Helmsdale, a river with graves, I mainly use the green and yellow for natural environment, while purple for old housing and also the river.

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The next day in a cafe inside the Timespan Museum and Arts Centre, Helmsdale.


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The harbour in Helmsdale, I try not to use ink building the frame first. but found that still very difficult to shape the object. so…I still need to frame things by ink pen….XP

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The coast in Brora, golf club, was impressed by the nice environment. I spend longer time on this painting due to the good climate, and wind is not as strong as the day before.


The other one drawing from the other side of the above painting, was attracted by the broken boat growing lots of flowers, I try not to use the ink pen this time. objects are fatter but still a good composition and colour arrangement.


Brora Train station, with less train and people, I just sat on the platform and drew.P1160638 P1160598 P1160605 P1160629 P1160630 P1160641

The sunset in Inverness, have to draw quickly due to the period is so short. The colour keep changing in every second.

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the castle in between Inverness and Skye, Eilean Donan Castle; I like the method I used for the sky, same proportion of yellow and blue, and WHITE, “leaving blank” is a very important skill in watercolor, I keep trying.

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The Urquhart Castle with Lochness, spend about 2 hours for this painting…the outcome is not bad but I just don’t really feel happy about this picture…

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until the next day I sit in a cafe….I realize the painting is too much like something in textbook….without personal style, just keep drawing and looks alike……so I added some fantasy into it, the Nessie…so that the picture have some story in it. 🙂

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Arrive Edinburgh, the Scott Monument was so beautiful and I know I need to draw it. Keep searching for a good spot which can see clearly and with good lighting….finally I sat under it and drew with a special perspective. That maybe an influence after I attended the MC Escher exhibition there.

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I like this practise and still keep thinking of the picture. Next day I drew the scene including me inside.

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These are the painting that I did in Scotland, September2015, some of them posted to my family and friends, there are so many scenes and building good to draw. some of them I do not have time or I took photos, will continue the painting some time later. And is a good try even the watercolor is not my familiar medium….I do keep thinking of what if I got acrylic there…but carrying watercolor is definitely easier.

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