Thursday, October 14, 2021

Memories - Annaul Report 2011

Thursday, October 07, 2021

Lisbon Alphabet - I am conducting a class next July

The Lisbon Alphabet Course will start soon with 26 letters/classes and 26 guest instructors invited by Josรฉ Louro, Mรกrio Linhares e Ketta Linhares. They will prepare a class based on a memory about Lisbon. All classes will be via Zoom but from directo observation. Registrations are open. See the full program here: https://drive.google.com/.../1JIZy4HPFQzWpd.../view

Can’t wait to see you there!

The image of this 8th year of the Lisbon Alphabet Course was made by Josรฉ Manuel Vieira Louro Full info:linhares.mr@gmail.com

Thursday, September 30, 2021

Thursday, September 23, 2021

September Sketchwalk at Chinatown


Hi Sketchers!
We'll be returning to sketch outdoors at Chinatown this month - in conjunction with the Celebration of Tradition Mid-Autumn 2021 at Chinatown. It be a special one as we'll be down in the evening to catch the Mid Autumn light up!
In light of the COVID situation, we urge everyone to remain cautious, mask on at all times and keep to groups of 5 people maximum with a minimum distance of no less than 15m between each group.
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Time: 5.00PM - 8.00PM
Google map link: https://goo.gl/maps/obdiWQjAAcNH3KEZ7
Nearest MRT: Chinatown MRT
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๐‘ฐ๐’Ž๐’‘๐’๐’“๐’•๐’‚๐’๐’• ๐‘ต๐’๐’•๐’†:
In compliance to Government Covid safety guidelines, we can’t be congregating as a big group of sketchers. As such, we can sketch in small clusters of no more than 5 persons each, and there must be a minimum distance of no less than 15m between each cluster. Do watch out for crowds forming behind you when you draw.
Remember: MASKS ON.
Please strictly comply. USkSG (and our sketch leaders) will not be held responsible for any flouting of the above guidelines. Thank you.
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๐‘ฐ๐’๐’”๐’•๐’“๐’–๐’„๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’๐’” ๐‘ญ๐’๐’“ ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐‘ซ๐’‚๐’š:
1. Arrange to meet fellow sketchers — ๐ง๐จ ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ง ๐Ÿ“ ๐ข๐ง ๐š ๐ ๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฉ — 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. And please have your face mask on at all times.
2.Make your way to the location, be aware of surroundings, and maintain required distancing; remain in your separate groups.
3. Challenge yourself to explore hidden corners that hasn't been seen/drawn yet; this will also help prevent too many of us crowding the same perching points.
4. Post your sketches, snapshots and videos online — ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ก๐š๐ฌ๐ก๐ญ๐š๐ ๐ฌ #๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ค๐ฌ๐  — 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 ๐™๐Ž๐Ž๐Œ to substitute our usual post-sketchwalk gathering; make your way home — or anywhere suitable — in time to join the session.
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๐‘บ๐’‰๐’๐’˜ ๐’ ๐‘ป๐’†๐’๐’ ๐’๐’ ๐’๐’๐’๐’Ž! ๐‘ฑ๐’๐’Š๐’ ๐’–๐’”!
Link: USkSG is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: September Sketchwalk Show n Tell
TBC
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๐‘ช๐’“๐’†๐’…๐’Š๐’•๐’”:
• Banner photo by Patrick Ng
• Event post research and collaterals: Benedict Tay 

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Photography Competition extended to 1 Oct

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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Deadline Extension

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Remembering 911

I arrived in NYC on 22 Aug. I went there every weekend, I was even at the top of World Trade Centre on Sunday, 26 Aug 2001, 2 weeks before the tragedy. Remembering 911.

Thursday, September 09, 2021

Brush Pen and Watercolours

When I was at 47th floor at Marina Bay Sands, I could see Elgin Bridge over Singapore River and Clarke Quay very clearly.

Sunday, August 29, 2021

Work in Progress at Marina Bay

Work in Progress. This time I used brush pen. Will add colours later.

Thursday, August 26, 2021

August Sketchwalk at Labrador Park


Hi Sketchers!
We'll be returning to sketch outdoors at a large open space this month - the scenic and serene Labrador Park!
In light of the COVID situation, we urge everyone to remain cautious, mask on at all times and keep to groups of 5 people maximum with a minimum distance of no less than 15m between each group.
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Time: 9:30AM - 12.30PM
Google map link: https://goo.gl/maps/5MwRPirNghJynqqG6
Nearest MRT: Labrador Park MRT
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๐‘ป๐’‰๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ๐’” ๐’•๐’ ๐’๐’๐’•๐’†:
• Bring repellent, sunblock
• Shaded areas are on the bridge and boardwalk. If you are planning to put your bags on the ground or wooden planks, bring a plastic sheet or trash bag as the wood is very old, mossy and dirty.
• Bring your own stools or ground sheets/plastic sheets to sit on
• Watch out for flies, mosquitoes and snakes
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๐‘ฐ๐’Ž๐’‘๐’๐’“๐’•๐’‚๐’๐’• ๐‘ต๐’๐’•๐’†:
In compliance to Government Covid safety guidelines, we can’t be congregating as a big group of sketchers. As such, we can sketch in small clusters of no more than 5 persons each, and there must be a minimum distance of no less than 15m between each cluster. Remember: MASKS ON.
Please strictly comply. USkSG (and our sketch leaders) will not be held responsible for any flouting of the above guidelines.
Thank you.
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๐‘ฐ๐’๐’”๐’•๐’“๐’–๐’„๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’๐’” ๐‘ญ๐’๐’“ ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐‘ซ๐’‚๐’š:
1. Arrange to meet fellow sketchers — ๐ง๐จ ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ง ๐Ÿ“ ๐ข๐ง ๐š ๐ ๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฉ — 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. And please have your face mask on at all times.
2.Make your way to the location, be aware of surroundings, and maintain required distancing; remain in your separate groups.
3. Challenge yourself to explore hidden corners that hasn't been seen/drawn yet; this will also help prevent too many of us crowding the same perching points.
4. Post your sketches, snapshots and videos online — ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ก๐š๐ฌ๐ก๐ญ๐š๐ ๐ฌ #๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ค๐ฌ๐  — 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 ๐™๐Ž๐Ž๐Œ ๐š๐ญ ๐Ÿ‘:๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ ๐๐Œ to substitute our usual post-sketchwalk gathering; make your way home — or anywhere suitable — in time to join the session.
๐‘บ๐’‰๐’๐’˜ ๐’ ๐‘ป๐’†๐’๐’ ๐’๐’ ๐’๐’๐’๐’Ž! ๐‘ฑ๐’๐’Š๐’ ๐’–๐’”!
Link: USkSG is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: August Sketchwalk Show n Tell
Meeting ID: 442 675 6700
Passcode: 316902

๐‘ช๐’“๐’†๐’…๐’Š๐’•๐’”:
• Banner photo by the late great Master Chan Chang How
• Event post research and collaterals: Huiling Zhou


Monday, August 09, 2021

Saturday, August 07, 2021

Photography Competition

Working on this photography competition for students from China, Indonesia, Thailand and Singapore.

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Result of July Sketchwalk


I focus on part of a long painting for the July Sketchwalk in the comfort of a hotel room facing the beautiful city skyline on a Saturday morning. The theme is Home, truely!

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

July Sketchwalk

Credits:
• Banner photo by Zandro Bordeos
• Event post research by Pat Ng

Hi Sketchers!

Seeing as National Day is fast approaching, and with the NDP celebrations postponed, let's have our own little sketch party to celebrate our nation's 56th birthday in advance, and to cheer one another on amidst these gloomy times!
Details:
Time: 9:30AM - 12.30PM
Location: Anywhere in SG
We will hold the sketchwalk at our usual time (see above), except we will not all gather at one venue like we usually do, but have a decentralised sketchwalk, due to P2HA2 restrictions. So sketch anywhere you like - your neighbourhood, downtown, a park, or even at home if you prefer.
The word themes for this month's sketchwalk are:
1. Red & White
2. Patriotism
3. Home, Truly
4. The Road Ahead (NDP song)
5. SG United
6. Uniquely Singapore
As you can see, the range of things you sketch is limitless. Get creative, and be gung-ho. Pick one of the above, or all, if you feel up to it!

IMPORTANT: In light of the COVID situation, we urge everyone to remain cautious, mask on at all times and keep to max 2 people, if you really need to sketch with someone.
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*Show & Tell will be on Zoom at 2.00PM (note it's an hour earlier than usual). Link to the Zoom room:
Topic: USkSG July Sketchwalk Show n Tell
Time: Jul 31, 2021 02:00 PM Singapore
Meeting ID: 987 8260 9105
Passcode: 150175
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Post your sketches, snapshots and videos online — ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ก๐š๐ฌ๐ก๐ญ๐š๐ ๐ฌ #๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ค๐ฌ๐  #sketchwalkSG56 — so everyone can easily find the day's artistic output.

๐‘บ๐’Œ๐’†๐’•๐’„๐’‰๐’๐’†๐’‚๐’…๐’†๐’“๐’”:
USkSG Sketchwalk Team

Monday, July 19, 2021

Sketch or Painting?

Finally completed the sketch at Tower 3 Marina Bay Sands #3606. We paid extra for the city view and it was worth it. This was one of the latest sketches as you can tell from the missing "twin towers" aka Liang Court, Novetel Hotel next to Clarke Quay or behind the Victoria Theather in the middle of this sketch.

Saturday, July 10, 2021

Personalized EZ Link Card

Saturday, June 26, 2021

Zoom after SketchLive

Friday, June 25, 2021

SketchLive - official sketchwalk this Saturday


You can sketch anything / anywhere in your home (the whole point is to stay indoors), but in case you need ideas, this month's theme is:
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๐Ÿ‘‰ Special / Precious stuff at home
It can be your favourite tools, chou chou, belongings, objects, plants, space etc! ๐Ÿชด ๐Ÿ„ ๐Ÿผ
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In light of current realities (Phase 2 High-Alert), and to play our part in working with our government to beat this pandemic, there will be no outdoor USkSG Sketchwalk for at least the month of June (we will watch the situation for June and beyond).
Instead let’s do an “Urban SketchLive” challenge this Saturday. That is, 'Sketch where you Live'. But it’s a double meaning, because it will also be a live sketching session as we do it together real time, just like during our normal Sketchwalks.
The Event Zoom Room will be opened for the duration of our usual Sketchwalks (9:30AM - 1:00PM), and we will sketch in one another’s virtual presence together; so have your devices (phone / laptop, etc.) with you as you sketch, so we can chat as we do it.
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๐Ÿ‘‰ NOTE: The Zoom Link will be shared on actual day to those who have indicated "Going", so please click the Going button if you intend to join us.
At 12noon, we will gather back in front of the screen and have our virtual Show n Tell, where you will share about your sketch(es)... why you did what you did, and what they mean to you, etc.
We don’t get to hang out with and hear from one another very much during our outdoor sketchwalks; hopefully this will give us a on-the-spot glimpse into one another’s lives / living quarters.
We should be able to end by 1:00PM latest.


Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Work in Progress

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

A new piece

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Classic Lo Scrittoio Journal



Just realised I did not mention this classic Lo Scrittoio Journal cum Sketchbook I bought from a charming shop in Florence in 2001. It was my very first organised journal or travel sketchbook when I was in Italy and USA from 2001 to 2003. The paper is not suitable for sketching or watercolour work but it had served me well, thank you for your company and fond memories. 

Need to to a post on the sketchbooks of various formats that I used, also another post on the loose papers: 

1. Lo Scrittoio 
2. Midori Journals
3. Daler Rowdney 
4. Muji Sketchbook 
5. Laloran Sketchbook 
6. Sennelier Sketchbook 
7. Seawhite Concertina Sketchbook 
8. Moleskine Sketchbook 
9. Moleskine Japanese Album pocket and large

Friday, June 11, 2021

Old Sketches from Tuscany

Click on blue FB icon on the right to see the sketches.

Thursday, May 27, 2021

Urban SketchLive this Saturday

In light of current realities (Phase 2 High-Alert), and to play our part in working with our government to beat this pandemic, there will be no outdoor USkSG Sketchwalk for at least the month of May (we will watch the situation regarding June and beyond).
Instead let’s do an “Urban SketchLive” challenge this Saturday. That is, 'Sketch where you Live'. But it’s a double meaning, because it will also be a live sketching session as we do it together real time, just like during our normal Sketchwalks.
The Event Zoom Room will be open for the duration of our usual Sketchwalks (9:30AM - 1:00PM), and we will sketch in one another’s virtual presence together; so have your devices (phone / laptop, etc.) with you as you sketch, so we can chat as we do it. [In fact we will open the zoom room by 9:00AM for those who wish to hang out over virtual breakfast together before Sketchlive commences.]
NOTE: The Zoom Link will be shared on actual day to those who have indicated "Going", so please click the Going button if you intend to join us.
You can sketch anything / anywhere in your home (the whole point is to stay indoors), but in case you need ideas, here are some things you can sketch:
1. Your favorite corner / area of your home, that you are excited to show others. Perhaps a place where you spend the most time at when you’re home.
2. The view outside your living room (or any other) window.
3. Something you feel is unique to your home.
- It can be a special tool, a piece of antique furniture, an interesting pet, an instrument, etc. that shows us a part of you we never knew.
At 12noon, we will gather back in front of the screen and have our virtual Show n Tell, where you will share about your sketch(es)... why you did what you did, and what they mean to you, etc.
We don’t get to hang out with and hear from one another very much during our outdoor sketchwalks; hopefully this will give us a on-the-spot glimpse into one another’s lives / living quarters. We should be able to end by 1:00PM latest.
There will be a lucky draw for those who stay till the end. (Details of this to follow or announced on actual day.) 

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Happy Vesak Day

Thursday, May 13, 2021

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri to all our Muslim friends.

Today is a public holiday and it is a very nice break from our event Global Studies Virtual Trips since Monday on Indonesia and Tuesday on China. Tomorrow Friday destination will be Thailand.

Once again, Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri to all our Muslim friends.

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Global Studies Virtual Trips this week



We have Global Studies Virtual Trips this week for over 1,800 students in total or over 75 groups. Monday we went to Indonesia and Tuesday to China with 600 students each day. Tomorrow, I will be bringing a group of 25 students to Thailand!

Friday, April 23, 2021

April Sketchwalk at Sembawang Park



Hi Sketchers!

This month we will be sketching in Sembawang Park. Blending nature with history, this calm and serene park gives visitors a glimpse of Singapore’s naval heritage.
In light of the COVID situation, we urge everyone to remain cautious, mask on at all times and keep to groups of 5 people maximum with a minimum distance of no less than 15m between each group.

Date: 24 April 2021
Time: 9:30AM - 12.30PM
Location: Various locations around Sembawang Park (Photos are in the discussion tab)
Nearest MRT: Sembawang MRT
Buses: 882 (from Sembawang Bus Interchange behind Sun Plaza)
๐‘ท๐’๐’”๐’”๐’Š๐’ƒ๐’๐’† ๐‘ณ๐’๐’„๐’‚๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’๐’” ๐’•๐’ ๐‘บ๐’Œ๐’†๐’•๐’„๐’‰:
• ๐’๐ก๐ข๐ฉ๐ฒ๐š๐ซ๐ - extreme edge side after the Beaulieu House
• ๐’๐ž๐ฆ๐›๐š๐ฐ๐š๐ง๐  ๐‰๐ž๐ญ๐ญ๐ฒ - Sembawang Jetty was built back in the 1940s by the British and abandoned during the Japanese occupation.
• ๐’๐ž๐ฆ๐›๐š๐ฐ๐š๐ง๐  ๐ƒ๐จ๐  ๐‘๐ฎ๐ง
• ๐Œ๐š๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž-๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ ๐›๐š๐ญ๐ญ๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ๐ก๐ข๐ฉ ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐š๐ฒ๐ ๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐
• ๐๐ž๐š๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ข๐ž๐ฎ ๐‡๐จ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž - built back in the 1910s and is now a seaside restaurant
• ๐Ž๐ฅ๐ ๐€๐๐ฆ๐ข๐ซ๐š๐ฅ๐ญ๐ฒ ๐‡๐จ๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ž - used to house key British military commanders
• ๐Œ๐š๐ฌ๐ฃ๐ข๐ ๐๐ž๐ญ๐ž๐ฆ๐ฉ๐š๐ญ๐š๐ง ๐Œ๐ž๐ฅ๐š๐ฒ๐ฎ ๐’๐ž๐ฆ๐›๐š๐ฐ๐š๐ง๐  - Kampung-style mosque
๐‘ท๐’๐’‚๐’„๐’†๐’” ๐’•๐’ ๐‘ฌ๐’‚๐’•:
• Woody family cafe - Peranakan food
• The Patio SG - Kopitiam
• Mr Uncle - Thai, Indian food
• Nur Fah Muslim Corner
๐‘บ๐’Œ๐’†๐’•๐’„๐’‰๐’๐’†๐’‚๐’…๐’†๐’“๐’”: Tony Chua
๐‘ฐ๐’Ž๐’‘๐’๐’“๐’•๐’‚๐’๐’• ๐‘ต๐’๐’•๐’†:
In compliance to Government Covid safety guidelines, we can’t be congregating as a big group of sketchers. As such, we can sketch in small clusters of no more than 5 persons each, and there must be a minimum distance of no less than 15m between each cluster. Remember: MASKS ON.
Please strictly comply. USkSG (and our sketch leaders) will not be held responsible for any flouting of the above guidelines.
Thank you.
๐‘ฐ๐’๐’”๐’•๐’“๐’–๐’„๐’•๐’Š๐’๐’๐’” ๐‘ญ๐’๐’“ ๐‘ป๐’‰๐’† ๐‘ซ๐’‚๐’š:
1. Arrange to meet fellow sketchers — ๐ง๐จ ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐š๐ง ๐Ÿ“ ๐ข๐ง ๐š ๐ ๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฉ — 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. And please have your face mask on at all times.
2.Make your way to the location, be aware of surroundings, and maintain required distancing; remain in your separate groups.
3. Challenge yourself to explore hidden corners that hasn't been seen/drawn yet; this will also help prevent too many of us crowding the same perching points.
4. Post your sketches, snapshots and videos online — ๐ฐ๐ข๐ญ๐ก ๐ก๐š๐ฌ๐ก๐ญ๐š๐ ๐ฌ #๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ค๐ฌ๐  — 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 ๐™๐Ž๐Ž๐Œ ๐š๐ญ ๐Ÿ‘:๐ŸŽ๐ŸŽ ๐๐Œ to substitute our usual post-sketchwalk gathering; make your way home — or anywhere suitable — in time to join the session.
Credits:
• Banner photo by Tony
• Event post research by Jie Yi & Huiling
๐‘บ๐’‰๐’๐’˜ ๐’ ๐‘ป๐’†๐’๐’ ๐’๐’ ๐’๐’๐’๐’Ž! ๐‘ฑ๐’๐’Š๐’ ๐’–๐’”!

Friday, April 02, 2021

Same view, different feel

 

2 sittings - started on 2 Oct 2020, completed on 27 Mar 2021.

Thursday, April 01, 2021

It's Vacation!

I was on leaves last weekend since it was Poly's vacation and I went to continue my sketch at Marina Bay Sands. This is work in progress from Oct 2020 when you could see the two towers at Liang Court. Today there are still there but much shorter.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Back to Office





So after work from home for so long, I went back to the office today to finish the work on big banner and decals for the campus. Drama happened in the background - first, the 'green' boom lift operator stranded for an hour waiting for his senior to rescue him, then the boom lift got stuck at the 'tunnel road' connecting east and west campus like the Suez canal, plus it was raining today. So glad it's finally done!