Sunday, September 27, 2020

Saturday, September 26, 2020

Thursday, September 24, 2020

September Sketchwalk at Tiong Bahru

Credit: Sketch by TIA 

We’re headed to beautifully rustic Tiong Bahru this Sat! 

Tiong Bahru is not a super huge estate, but it’s big enough for us to be well spread out, with many gorgeous vantage points to sketch from: 
 • Tiong Bahru Market (you can sketch it from afar or in it while you sip your Kopi)
 • Seng Poh / Eng Hoon St segment (with many eateries, and the famous Monkey God temple, etc.) 
 • Yong Siak St (the quiet corner where BooksActually had operated out of for years, till their recent move - some of you may have missed the organised sketchwalk there recently, this will be your last opportunity to capture at least the shop front) 
• Bird Watchers’ Corner across the street from Tiong Bahru Market 
• Any back porch or walkways between gorgeous timeless Art Deco architecture that sets Tiong Bahru apart.

In still keeping with government safety guidelines, we still will not be having our usual big group briefing at the start, and show n tell at the end. 

Here’s how we will continue to do it (like last month’s): 
1. Arrange to meet fellow sketchers — no more than 5 in a group — by posting the spot you plan to capture on the event wall; ask who's joining and discuss in the comments until you confirm your little quintet. 
2.Make your way to the location, be aware of surroundings, and maintain required distancing; remain in your separate groups. 
3. Challenge yourself to find and frame a viewpoint that hasn't been seen yet; this will also help prevent too many of us crowding the same perching points. 
4. Post your sketches, snapshots and videos online — with hashtags #usksgsketchwalk #usksg — so everyone can easily find the day's artistic output. 
5. Some sketch leaders will go around to catch you in action for posts on Facebook and Instagram, so look out for them! 
6. We will do a Sketch Show via ZOOM at 3:00 PM to substitute our usual post-sketchwalk gathering; make your way home — or anywhere suitable — in time to join the session. 

See you on Saturday!

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Sketching Lau Pa Sat


Photo credit : Sangmi Lee

Saturday, September 19, 2020

Process

This morning I responded to the group's announment for a sketchwalk at Lau Pa Sat and it was so relaxing because we did not have to meet due to the pandemic. I was sitting at the roadside opposite Lau Pa Sat and the sun kept shifting so I needed to move here and there to avoid sunburn. I could have added more details to the background but I was tired after 2.5 hours under the scotching sun. I was also struggling between a sketch and a painting but at the end, it was done without thinking too much.

Saturday, August 29, 2020

Thursday, August 27, 2020

August Sketchwalk at Marina Bay

 

Credit : sketch by TIA

Last month we tried out a new format for connecting remotely, to capture the sense of camaraderie of our pre-pandemic sessions. 

This month-end session, let's begin the slow crawl back to sketching together, *safely* again. We're going to Marina Bay! 

It's a huge area, surrounding Marina Reservoir, with vantage points from *and* towards areas such as: 
• Bay East Garden 
• Gardens by The Bay 
• Singapore Flyer 
• The Esplanade & The Float 
• The stretch between Merlion Park and The Promontory 
• Marina Bay Sands and Waterfront Promenade 

We'd like to challenge you to come More details may be added, but here's a quick summary for now: 

1. Arrange to meet fellow sketchers — no more than 5 in a group — by posting the spot you plan to capture on the event wall; ask who's joining and discuss in the comments until you confirm your little quintet. 

2.Make your way to the location, be aware of surroundings, and maintain required distancing; remain in your separate groups. 

3. Challenge yourself to find and frame a viewpoint that hasn't been seen yet; this will also help prevent too many of us crowding the same perching points. 

4. Post your sketches, snapshots and videos online — with hashtags #sketchwalk082020 #usksg — so everyone can easily find the day's artistic output. 

5. Some sketch leaders will go around to catch you in action for posts on Facebook and Instagram, so look out for them! 

6. We will do a Sketch Show via ZOOM at 3:00 PM to substitute our usual post-sketchwalk gathering; make your way home — or anywhere suitable — in time to join the session. 

See you on Saturday!

Sunday, August 09, 2020

Happy 55th Birthday Singapore



I spent a family weekend staycation at Marina Bay Sands 45th floor to do a Singapore skyline piece to remember a special National Day 2020. It was done over 2 mornings.Happy 55th Birthday Singapore.
Size : 750 x 280mm
Medium : Ink and Watercolours on Arches

Monday, August 03, 2020

Process 2

Sunday, August 02, 2020

Process 1

Saturday, July 25, 2020

Result of July Sketchwalk



A very different July Sketchwalk we have a “hold-up show and tell” on zoom. My sketch was done over a brunch and 2 Kopi-O gao (thick black coffee) at Simpang Bedok.

Monday, July 20, 2020

July Sketchwalk is back this Saturday!

Credit: sketch by Zaihan

It's been a long while since we've all met up and sketched together on the last Saturday of the month.

Let's reset and start again in a new format, and recapture the sense of camaraderie.

More details will follow in the next few days on USKSG FB Page and Group, but here's a quick summary for now:

1. Go out — or stay in — and sketch your neighbourhood.
2. Meet with fellow sketchers — make sure it's a group of 5 or less — and bring them to your favourite spot or a hidden gem you know of.
3. Post your sketches and pics in the Facebook group — we may create an event album — for a collage or montage to be shared after the event.
4. We may do a Facebook/Instagram Live session to engage everyone at points during the 3 hours.

This format is new to the core team, and for all sketchers as well. Let's give it a go and see how it works out.

Catch you on Saturday!

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Tonight 9pm hear me speak at Instagram Live @fbaul


http://5md.belasartes.ulisboa.pt/2020/07/04/tia-boon-sim/
I am not active at all at Instagram, but I will be speaking under the programme "5-minute video" by @fbaul or Faculdade de Belas-Artes da Universidade de Lisboa (Faculty of the Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon), please tune in and support!

Friday, July 10, 2020

5-min Video


Noticing......
Because of this 5-min video by @fbaul or Faculdade de Belas-Artes da Universidade de Lisboa (Faculty of the Fine Arts of the University of Lisbon), I am more active on Instagram this week, please support if you like it! Click here to see other 5-min videos. https://www.instagram.com/p/CCaSL3lpVKv/

Monday, July 06, 2020

Video - USk Talks

Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Watch me talk this Sunday

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Drawn Map of Boston


A page in my Midori book 2 dated 17 Oct 2000 in Boston. I was attending a talk by Benjamin Zandar on his book "The Art of Possibility" at Havard University. He was the conductor for Boston Philharmonic Orchestra but very interesting talk not about music but about life, philosophies and possibilities. I remember walking out thinking of "empowerment" and a new concept of "everyone's a conductor in the orchestra."

Thursday, June 25, 2020

A page in my old Journal


I clean the dust off my old Midori journals, here is a page in the middle, doodling and reading, reading a lot but can't recall what I read, all digested well I guess. John Dewey, Maxine Greene, B.F. Skinner and "Emphasis Art" by Robert Clements and Frank Wachowiak. No smart phone then, always good to keep a journal at all times.

2002 in New York.

Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Midori Journals



I was using Midori notebooks from 2001 to 2009 for a good twenty years for my travels.
2001 to 2002 - Lucca and other cities in Italy
2002 to 2004 - New York, Ausable Chasm, lake Placid, lookout Mountain and other cities in America
2003 to 2009 - Hong Kong, Shanghai and other cities in China
2003 - Thailand
2006 - Taipei
2008 - Chicago
2009 - Penang
2009 - Korea
2010 - Zhangjiajie, China

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Monday, May 04, 2020

Collage


Mission completed. The Circuit Breaker is also extended to 1 June but I don't think I have the energy to continue sketching as new semester gets into the third week plus I am teaching online everyday except on Monday. All the teaching professionals are the ones that are extremely busy teaching online not to mention the steep learning cure to putting curriculum online when the Circuit Breaker is announced.

Last day of Circuit Breaker

Day 28 CIRCUIT•sketch•BREAK

YES! Last day of first round of Circuit Breaker and USKSG sketch challenge so I decided to finish the last three pages in the concertina sketchbook. I am very happy the wall lights are still working in our living room especially the Pio Pio Light on the right. The living room is now the baby playroom full of laughter and joy during this period. My first sketch on the first day is on my grandson and this last sketch is also on his home playground.

Sunday, May 03, 2020

What you see when you are awake



Day 27 CIRCUIT•sketch•BREAK

Following the prompt to sketch what you see when you are awake in the morning. My bag and the fan are just next to the TV I sketched on day 26 in the bedroom. My bag has not been out except for groceries shopping for less than 5 times. The colourful beaded tussles attached to my bag was a reminder of my trip to the Red Indian reservation craft shop in the early 90s.

Saturday, May 02, 2020

TV in my Bedroom



Day 26 CIRCUIT•sketch•BREAK

Following the prompt to sketch the TV in my bedroom and things around it. The carved wooden tapestry hanger was there behind the TV for ages, no one in the house claims the item.

Friday, May 01, 2020

Guppies



Day 25 CIRCUIT•sketch•BREAK

Sketching the props inside the fish tank is easy but sketching the moving fishes is a different story. It was fun though to sprinkle a little salt to create the textures.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Pop-up Books



Day 24 CIRCUIT•sketch•BREAK

I am a sucker for pop-up books and one of my favourites is a book entitled "Welcome to the Neighbourwood" by Shawn Sheehy. This is the third copy I bought, one for a friend's grandson, one for my granddaughters and one for myself. I also collected a few pop-up books by Robert Sabuda although they appear to be more commercialised like the one here on the left corner of the sketch.

This is a page on Hummingbird.

"Hummingbird - A master of craftsbirdship.
Hummingbird begins her nest by forming a cup out of plant pieces. Then she uses her beak to weave in a sticky silk fibre that holds the nest together. To hide the nest from enemies, she covers it with lichens. A soft lining of fluff from dandelions or bulrushes makes the nest cosy and warm.

The sticky silk fibre that Hummingbird uses is provided by her eight-legged neighbour."

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Stuck with this view

Day 23 CIRCUIT•sketch•BREAK

View out of my bedroom window from the desk, not my favourite view in the house but I am stuck with this view since working from home.

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Family Room



Day 22 CIRCUIT•sketch•BREAK

Sketching the photo wall of the family room. The wall hung architectural model behind the African lady sculpture belongs to my son and it should be discarded. The guitar and pipa in their cases standing quietly with the lady. There is another music stand but where is the electric guitar now?

Monday, April 27, 2020

My desk again

Day 21 CIRCUIT•sketch•BREAK

Following the prompt today to sketch the desk with my laptop showing the online tutorial for a 9am class tomorrow on EOC - Expressions of Culture. Attendance list is ready, bring it on!

Sunday, April 26, 2020

I cook lunch today

Day 20 CIRCUIT•sketch•BREAK

Today is Sunday and our helper is off resting in her room so I cooked lunch. A one-pot rice with long beans, pork, dried shrimps. It is more like porridge but still tasty and get a thumb's-up from my son here.

Saturday, April 25, 2020

Korean Food

Day 19 CIRCUIT•sketch•BREAK

Supporting Joo Bar, my daughter ordered Korean food and the famed orignal Makgeolli, their own rice wine. Following prompt from USKSG, I sketched the Joo Bossom, their steamed pork belly. The best on the table was still the grilled pork belly not in this sketch, also army stew and kimchi. Yummy!

Friday, April 24, 2020

Balcony View

Day 18 CIRCUIT•sketch•BREAK

Started this balcony view yesterday and completed it today. The construction site in front of our estate has totally stopped during this Circuit Breaker period and the showflat "INFINI" opposite the road has no visitors. The blocks you see here are Lagoon View with blue facade on the left and Laguna Park on the right. They are facing the sea. I used to stay at 24th floor at Laguna Park facing the sea. My old house is at the extreme right in this sketch partially hidden by my neighbour's balcony. I practically only move one street away from my old place, also from high rise to low rise, from sea view to pool view.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Sketching Magnets


Day 17 CIRCUIT•sketch•BREAK
My magnets and gifts on the wall following USKSG's prompt to sketch still life or found objects for day 17.

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Bathroom

Day 16 CIRCUIT•sketch•BREAK
Follow USkSG's earlier prompt sitting on the bathroom throne and sketch the vanity top. Sketching the reflection in the mirror is quite a challenge.

This is also the first sketch for this challenge in a new sketchbook.
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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Bedroom



Day 15 CIRCUIT•sketch•BREAK
So I started this and completed this corner of my bedroom. The classic lamp was the precious wedding gift by my classmates from School of Architecture. The SG book of A to Z is for my 9-month old grandson. A is for aunties and C is for chilli crab. Uniquely Singapore.

A - Aunties
B - Botanic Garden
C - Chilli Crab
D - Durian
E - East Coast
F - Fullerton
G - Gecko
H - Hawker Stall
I - Ice Kacang
J - Jurong Bird Park
K - Kopi
L - Lanterns
M - Merlion
N - National Day
O - Orchard Road
P - Peranakan
Q - Quays
R - Religions
S - Shophouses
T - Trishaw
U - Umbrellas
V - Void Deck
W - Wet Market
X - Xiao Long Bao
Y - Yellow Flame Tree
Z - Zoo

Monday, April 20, 2020

Framed View


Day 14 CIRCUIT•sketch•BREAK
Follow USkSG's prompt today to frame the view from the living room on a very hot afternoon. I had to be quick before the naughty cat sneaked out from the living room to the balcony when the cat proof grilled gate was pushed away for me to sketch this view. Oh dear, the balcony is in a mess!

This is also the last page in the sketchbook

Sunday, April 19, 2020

My Aquarium

Day 13 CIRCUIT•sketch•BREAK
Sketching fishes is challenging but fun. This aquarium was moved from my office to my home when Circuit Breaker was announced. I bought the fish tank to support students' fund and it stayed with me for more than 20 years from room to room at my workplace. The fishes come and go but this batch of guppies had been there for 2 to 3 years without me buying any new ones. Yes, they reproduced, the plants also grew and the tank has reached an equilibrium level that I only need to clean the pump once a while.

Saturday, April 18, 2020

Shoes

Day 12 CIRCUIT•sketch•BREAK
I followed the prompt by USKSG today to sketch shoes. There are 6 adults and a baby in my house but looking at the shoes we have on the 3 shoe racks and those in the cupboards, it appears there are hundred people staying in this house. There is even a pair of children shoes; in red in this sketch; that belongs to my granddaughter from Hong Kong. She must have forgotten to bring them home. The heels and platform shoes are my daughter's. It is the best time now to sort them out and declutter!

Friday, April 17, 2020

Introducing Beemo




Day 11 CIRCUIT•sketch•BREAK
Very hard to sketch the cat and I try. Beemo has the entire living room to herself but she likes to jump up on top of the grand piano to have a higher and better view of human, I think.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

New Chair




Day 10 CIRCUIT•sketch•BREAK
The new chair has arrived! The semester will start next week but my neck and shoulder hurt during this work from home period. I decided to invest on a good ergonomic chair. After all, we were given some money from the government so spend.