Saturday, July 07, 2018

Negative Painting


Found an old work in the stack of old watercolour papers. It was to paint the negative space rather than positive objects.

Friday, July 06, 2018

Trees and more Trees


using left over paints I did a sketch on trees and more trees.

Wednesday, July 04, 2018

Direct Watercolour


On the spur of a moment, I tried a few different techniques and this one was direct watercolour without pencil or pen outline of a typical fishing village. I used this style for posters or book illustrations in the past for a few projects.

Monday, July 02, 2018

Result of Jun Sketchwalk


It was a great turn-out and Channel 8 was filming us sketching. I managed to capture the light and shadow before it disappear.

Thursday, June 28, 2018

I love Sashimi


At Sushi Express, I have more salmon sashimi than sushi and I like to sit at the counter to watch the sushi chefs.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Uncles at IKEA


Are the uncles more addicted to the smart phones or the aunties? He was there watching video. Wait! I forgot to sketch the phone on the table, HA!

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Saturday Outing at IKEA


Saturday you can spot very long line at the counter at IKEA restaurant.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Lunch at FoodFare - A Social Enterprise


This lunch place is just opposite my institution at the new HDB block 878A. NTUC Foodfare is set out to be a different kind of business - established by the Labour Movement in 1995, with the primary purpose to serve working people and their families by stabilising cooked food prices and helping them improve their quality of life. To me, the price is not much different from the other food establishment and the quality is just acceptable. There are also new initiatives such as cashless payment. The self service machine you see in my sketch is now a white elephant. Automation in this country still have a long way to go.

Tuesday, June 19, 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.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Father's Day


My son eating his long japanese noodles on Father's Day at Megumi. They will be moving out soon to a new location in Joo Chiat. They will be moving out end of the month as the developer is going to build a new building on the same location. It is part of the red hot en-bloc market started in 2017 and now everyone is talking about en-bloc including the place that I stay.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Breakfast on a Public Holiday


One of my favourite breakfast places - mee pok (noodles) at Simpang Bedok. In fact there are four stalls to choose from and the newest one has airconditioning, expensive and I only tried once. You can read about the mee pok here.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Hari Raya


Yesterday 15 Jun was Hari Raya Aidilfitri. Muslims in Singapore end their time of fasting with a joyous celebration of forgiveness, fellowship and food. Marking the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan is the festival of Eid, known in Singapore as Hari Raya Aidilfitri or Hari Raya Puasa. It was also a public holiday for us so we went to Simpang Bedok for breakfast. We saw so many families in their ethnic costumes passing by the coffeeshop after parking their cars. These two guys look really cool with big army bag and jubahs

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.

Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Three's a Crowd


Three's a Crowd is a dessert cafe located at the heartland of Tampines which includes ice cream, freshly baked cakes, coffees , tea and other dessert drinks at block 802 Avenue 4 just opposite my institution. I like to come here when I need some quiet moment or after my lunch to relax with two scoops of ice cream and a thick coffee. These two young men came, ordered, left within 15 minutes after having two drinks and sharing a cake. The young man on the right had a very unique hairstyle.

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.