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

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

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.

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


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


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


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


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


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.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Desk again

Day 9 CIRCUIT•sketch•BREAK
Part of my messy desk to be cleared after this sketch to make way for online lessons starting next Monday. I don't think I have ever sketched my palette before so this sketch will record the colours I used. I also like the orange cloth brush holder, a gift from Isabel Fiadeiro from Nouakchott, Mauritania when we were both instructors for the first and second USK symposium in Portland (2010) and Lisbon (2011) respectively.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Figurative sketch

Day 8 CIRCUIT•sketch•BREAK
A figurative sketch looking at the mirror outside you know where. Will need to touch up later for facial details when I have time.
#stayhome #circuitsketchbreak #uskstayhome

Monday, April 13, 2020

My desk

Day 7 CIRCUIT•sketch•BREAK
I cleared my desk just after an office meeting on TEAMS. I found this cute dolly decoration in one of my tool boxes and remember I bought two of them. I did a sketch in 2010 of the other one that no where to be found. That sketch is here

Sunday, April 12, 2020


Day 6 CIRCUIT•sketch•BREAK
One of the tall kitchen cabinets at home for dried food such as peanuts, dried fungus, ikan bilis etc. I only sketched the lower half. I have no idea what's in there and found so many empty red capped and glass bottles. Plus what is the bottle of Piper Heidsieck, a bottle of Chinese Gaoliang liquor and box of Brand's essence of chicken doing there?

Saturday, April 11, 2020


Day 5 CIRCUIT•sketch•BREAK
My youngest son is making lunch today, very rare since he normally wakes up at 4pm. My husband is carrying our grandson when the helper is doing her work. The kitchen is cat proof that we have a metal gate at the kitchen door.

Friday, April 10, 2020

View from my bedroom window

Day 4 CIRCUIT•sketch•BREAK
View from my bedroom window, quiet and peaceful poolside on this public holiday, I could see families having meals at home since I am on the higher floor.

Thursday, April 09, 2020

My Home

Day 3 CIRCUIT•sketch•BREAK
my home - my favourite spot at home but I seldom sit here coz it is occupied by the baby, the cat and other family members. So the living room is full of stuff such as TV station, cat tower, baby walker, baby toys and 3D printer on the right. The grand piano, books are on the left. My stuff are all above the shelves mainly my ceramic pots and my lego, paintings collection all high up there in the attic! So where is my space? it is my bedroom!

Wednesday, April 08, 2020

Stay Home

I sketch my desk on day 2 of Circuit Breaker period. I have on my desk the battery operated massager for my shoulder, QV cream for itch, sewing a button on my mask for identification, back to back virtual meetings on laptop, I need to move away from my desk.

Tuesday, April 07, 2020

My Grandson

This is the first time that I sketch my 8-month old grandson on day one of our partial lock down called "Circuit Breaker" which starts on 7 April and ends on 4 May.

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

Staycation at Sentosa

So overwhelmed with e-learning preparation at home so I locked myself last weekend in a hotel room in Sentosa just to sketch and relax. Here is the result from #1055 of Hotel Michael.

Didn't realise there are so many empty cable cars at Sentosa from the left and right of Crockfords Tower in the middle of the sketch. On the right is the ferry terminal at Harbour Front Centre. The Sky Tower on the left was permanently closed in 2018. Very quiet from left to right at this difficult time.

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

From the Hotel Room

This time I stayed on #3528 two weekends' ago to do a sketch of Marina Bay. Next time I will ask for a higher floor above 50 storey.

Monday, March 30, 2020

Work in Progress

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Work in Progress

Work in progress. I had two weekend staycations at MBS and Sentosa. I locked myself in the hotel rooms and sketched. I will upload the final pieces when I get hold of a scanner.

Saturday, March 07, 2020

Sketching at Tiong Bahru

Last Saturday sketching with Urban Sketchers Singapore.

I missed the official sketchwalks this year and great to be back with the Urban Sketchers Singapore this morning at my favourite place to sketch. I planned to sketch block 58 from the wet market side but the beautiful bushy yellow-flowered tree now covered the entire corner of block 58 where Whisk used to be! I was sketching opposite the wet market and the cars, vans and even one big delivery truck blocked my view from 5 to 15 mins as in this car on the left and to almost an hour as in the car on the right!. It was really challenging and so much have changed in Tiong Bahru Estate. Both old corner shops were gone but the charming buildings still there! Now it is Prive on the left and Little House of Dreams on the right! Oh yes, SGH in the distance.