Monday, June 18, 2018

A Sketch Outside National Gallery


180518_CityHall Colour washes were added later to a sketch I did on location on the steps outside National Gallery on 18 May. On that day I did the sketch, there was no more ink and no more pages to sketch and I did not bring any colours and brushes.

I don't always go to the city area but that day, the weather was good and the view captivating. The iconic Marina Bay Sands on the left is designed by Moshe Safdie with the sky park straddling three hotel towers. In the last decade, the skyscrapers were sprouting out like mushrooms behind the classic orange tiled roof Cricket Club Singapore which was built in the 1860s. The contrasting horizontal classic building and the vertical towers together with the green Padang (the big lawn) in the front forming the beautiful skyline of Central Business District of Singapore.

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Jalan Besar


I sketched this after a heritage walk at Jalan Besar area orgainsed by Urban Redevelopment Authority for a small group of enthusiasts, historians, researchers etc. The back lanes were so interesting, full of life and character. There was an altar for the wondering souls, old soil collecting points, overgrown banyan tree covering the back of shophouse, stories about the properties, so colourful and interesting.

Saturday, June 02, 2018

JTC50 featuring my work

I am one of the three featured artists in this video that celebrating JTC50. I did a 3-metre long panoramic skyline sketch of Tuas, Jurong Industrial Estate on location. It was lots of fun doing this video before my trip to Shanghai. I met two graduates that I taught at Temasek Polytechnic as creative director and camera videographer. You can see I roll out the concertina sketchbook at 4:00. Enjoy!

last sketch in Hong Kong


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8 pages of Moleskine Japanese Album at IFC, Hong Kong on the last day after check-in at the Airport Express at Hong Kong Station. It was windy and shady in the afternoon on the open terrace at IFC. Shake Shack from New York also just opened for business one floor above the open terrace and the queue was ridiculously long.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

May Sketchwalk at SMU

Credits: Banner sketch by Anita Ryanto

SMU Green sits in the centre of the city surrounded by beautiful buildings such as Singapore Management University, Singapore Art Museum (the old St Joseph's Institute), National Museum, Cathedral of the Good Shepherd, the Archbishop's House, and further down the road, CHIJMES, etc. Lots of nice places to sketch and shelter nearby. If you remember our USk symposium in 2015, this is where we had our final sketchwalk!

Time: 9:30 AM
Location: SMU Green
If it rains we'll take shelter under SMU

Time: 12:15 PM
Location: Same as starting point

Nearest MRT: Bras Basah (Circle Line), City Hall (EWL, NSL)

Locations to sketch:
- SMU + SMU Green
- National Museum
- Singapore Art Museum (SAM)
- SAM@8Q along Queen Street
- Cathedral of the Good Shepherd and Archbishop's House

Places to eat and shop:
- Food Court and eateries along Bras Basah Road
- Plaza Singapura
- Cafes at the museums

Sketchwalk leaders: Flavian Ee

Notes: Lots of trees around SMU Green. Watch out for birds!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Informal visit by the Minister Iswaran


Minister Iswaran visited the exhibition on 9 May 2018 and had a good informal chat with the participating artists.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Result of April Sketchwalk


I did another long sketch at the April Sketchwalk at Farrer Park, here is part of it. I am leaving this evening for Hong Kong, hope I have time to sketch there.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

April Sketchwalk at Farrer Park

Copyright © Chia Kwek Fah
Used with permission

Farrer Park is where much of Singapore's Sports was developed. Fandi Ahmad played at the field. Ang Peng Siong trained at the pool. But by mid 2020, Farrer Park will be returned to the government. Its fate is unknown, but it is one of the few remaining large open spaces in land-scarce Singapore. (

Surrounding Farrer Park Field are shophouses along Race Course Road, KK Women's and Children's Hospital, Farrer Park Swimming Complex, several old churches and temples.

Time: 9:30 AM
Location: Farrer Park Field next to Farrer Park Swimming Complex
If it rains we'll take shelter at the swimming complex

Time: 12:15 PM
Location: Same as starting point

Nearest MRT: Little India (DTL/NEL)

Locations to sketch:
- Farrer Park Field. With some luck there may be people playing soccer or cricket!
- Farrer Park Swimming Complex (from the outside. It's a private facility)
- KK Women's and Children's Hospital
- Shophouses and churches along Race Course Road
- Shree Lakshminarayan Temple along Chander Road
- Parish of Christ Church along Dorset Road
- Mama shop at Rotan Lane

Places to eat and shop:
- Restaurants along Race Course Road
- Pek Kio Market

Sketchwalk leaders: Patrick Ng

Notes: Bring your umbrella and hat, and sunblock if you need. Not a lot of shade/shelter at the field, and trees sometimes have birds

Credits: Banner sketch by Chia Kwek Fah

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Asia-Link Sketchwalk in Taichung

If you not already known, the tickets for Asia-Link Sketchwalk are on sale. This year it will be held in Taichung from 4-7 Oct, 2018. Asia-Link Sketchwalk or ALSW started in 2016 in Bangkok and continued in 2017 in Kuching. I am planning to go, how about you?

Get a Workshop Pass today!

Details are on Facebook and Website.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Official Opening

Monday, 16 April was the official opening for the exhibition "We Draw Amaravati Together" at Art Gallery@GCV, Temasek Polytechnic where I work as the Artist-in-Residence. The Guest-of-Honour was Mr Khoo Teng Chye, Executive Director for Centre for Liveable Cities. The last day of exhibition will be 20 Jun. All are welcome.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Chief Minister Visit

Nara Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, visited the exhibition "We Draw Amaravati Together" at Art Gallery@GCV, Temasek Polytechnic. He was here only for a day since 6am and before his returned flight at night, he asked to visit the exhibition. What an honour!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018



The Centre for TransCultural Studies of Temasek Polytechnic presents the exhibition "We Draw Amaravati Together" by Urban Sketchers Singapore. The exhibition opens on 16 April, Monday at 6:30 pm; we are honoured to have Mr Khoo Teng Chye, executive director of Centre for Liveable Cities grace the occasion.

This project is presented by the Amaravati Partnership Office of the Ministry of Trade & Industry and Temasek Polytechnic, with Urban Sketchers Singapore. Banner sketch of the Mandadum village in Andhra Pradesh, India by Benedict Tay.

Please join us on 16 April, 6:30pm. ALL ARE WELCOME!

Monday, April 09, 2018

Sketches on Shanghai


I was away to Shanghai for a work trip from 12 to 25 March and completed a sketchbook. Enjoy!

Sunday, April 08, 2018

It's a Wrap!

It’s a wrap after this final filming session for a skyline sketch.
Background music - “heavy rain” by nature.

Monday, March 26, 2018

3 metres long skyline sketch


Here is a peep into my latest work. I was away to Shanghai with 27 students who are on a short internship at Charles and Keith in Shanghai. While they were working hard in the office, I was working hard in my hotel room completing a very long sketch of 3 metres long by splashing the sky with my favourite blue and purple sky. I will release more details when I obtain the full green light from the client.

Sunday, March 11, 2018

East Coast Road


A sketch while waiting for our table at the crowded lunch place to celebrating my young son's birthday.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Gift to India


On 26 Feb, 2018, my painting of Uddandarayunipalem, one of the 29 villages in Andhra Pradesh was presented to Nara Chandrababu Naidu, Chief Minister of AP by S. Iswaran, Minister for Trade and Industry, Singapore. Thanks to Temasek Polytechnic, my institution and MTI for the opportunity and my fellow sketchers who were with me on this fun, unforgettable and memorable sketching trip to India.

The original work is here.


Sunday, February 25, 2018

Feb Sketchwalk at Pang Sua Pond


February sketchwalk 2018 at a totally new location right in the heartland. Its Pang Sua Pond at Bukit Panjang all the way to the west of Singapore. I like it that the pond or wetland is next to the swimming complex and the community centre connected by an overhead bridge to the multi storey carpark, Bukit Panjang Plaza where I can find NTUC finest, food and shops.

"This is in fact the second-largest man-made floating wetland in Singapore," said PUB's chief sustainability officer Tan Nguan Sen. "The floating wetland has a few benefits. The plants will absorb the nutrients from the water and helps improve the water quality in the pond. And the floating wetland is a very good outdoor classroom for students and residents to learn about how you can use plants to treat the water."

The pond was built in the 1990s and serves as a stormwater collection pond. It takes in rainwater runoff from the surrounding areas, which is then pumped to the Upper Seletar Reservoir for storage and treatment.