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June 2015

Sketch of the day no 650 in my moleskine art journal: common mime butterfly Malaysia

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commom mime butterfly malaysia. Papillo clytia

Today’s sketch of the day in my moleskine art journal continues from my insect and nature series. It is a detailed drawing of a common mime butterfly, Papillo clytia which is found in Malaysia.
Hope you like this and have a productive week! Xoxo

Sketch of the day no 649 in my moleskine art journal: Giant rhino beetle

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Rhino beetle illustration

Today’s sketch of the day in my moleskine art journal is of a Giant rhino beetle. This beetle is one of my favourite beetles because of how it looks. As a child growing up in Penang, I used to see a lot of them in the garden. I havent seen one for a long time.
Happy sunday to everyone xoxo

Sketch of the day 648 in my moleskine art journal: Tiger moth. Amata Trigonophora.

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tiger moth drawing

Today’s sketch of the in my moleskine art journal is a pen drawing of a tiger moth. Amata Trigonophora.
The moth is actually black and orange. I should have coloured it in but I ran out of time after drawing in all the details. I saw this little fella on my balcony in KL, Malaysia and it was following me around the place. I thought it was a wasp or bee. It was quite threatening and I never knew it was only a moth. Normally wasps and bees follow me not moths! According to wikipedia, this fella comes out in the daytime.
Happy weekend and don’t be fooled by what you see!

Sketch of the day no 647 in my moleskine art journal: Black pepper. The humble spice.

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black pepper drawing

Continuing my series of spices from the spice trade..Today’s sketch of the day in my moleskine art journal is of Black pepper. The humble spice and seasoning.

Sketch of the day no 646 in my moleskine art journal: Clove. The spice that was once worth more than Gold.

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Sketch of the day in my moleskine art journal is the Clove. The spice that was worth more than gold.
Cloves originated from Moluccas, the spice islands in Indonesia. In the 16th century, the Dutch, Portugese and the Spanish fought over control of the islands to secure a monopoly over the highly lucrative clove and nutmeg trade. The British arrived in the early 18th century focused more on Malaya.
Cloves are the aromatic flower buds that are dried and used as a spice to flavour meats, sauces and drinks. The clove can be smoked as well and is popular in Indonesia. It is called Kretek,
Cloves have medicinal properties and used in ayuverdic and Chinese medicine to aid digestion.

Sketch of the day no 645 in my moleskine art journal: Nutmeg. The spice that changed the world

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nutmeg seed and fruit botanical drawing

Sketch of the day in my moleskine art journal is the forgotten spice the Nutmeg. It was one of the spices that changed the world and sparked the age of exploration. Empires fought over lands to secure the production of nutmeg and the island of Penang, located along the straits of Malacca was secured by the East India Company, backed by the British Empire to have a safe port to repair ships and get fresh supplies of water. It eventually became such an important trading port that Penang was a British residency.
Nutmeg is the seed of the tree. Mace is the red covering of the seed and the fruit can be eaten as well. Nutmeg seed and mace is used as flavouring, has medicinal properties. The fruit is dried and sugared or pickled.

Sketch of the day no 644 in my moleskine art journal: Pinang Palm. Areca Catechu. Island Living xoxo

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Pinang Palm. Areca catechu botanical illustration

Today’s sketch of the day in my moleskine art journal is the tree that gave Penang island it’s name. The Pinang Palm or Areca nut palm. Areca Catechu.
The seed is commonly known as betel nut seed because it is shaved, wrapped in betel leaf and used for chewing.

The Penang state flag features the Pinang Palm. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flag_of_Penang

Island Living. I love my Penang xoxo

Sketch of the day no 643 in my moleskine art journal: House crow, Penang, Malaysia

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Drawing of House Crow. Corvus splendens

Today’s sketch of the day in my moleskine art journal is of a common bird in Penang and around Malaysia which is the House crow. Crows are really intelligent birds, resourceful and they have a good memory but they attack the other birds and can be real pests.
When my brother and I were young, he threw a rock at a crow but it wasn’t killed so it went to tell all its friends about us. For about a week, everytime we left our house, a few of them would swoop down from the trees to attack us. It was traumatising. Think the birds from Alfred Hitchcock!

Nothing ever goes away until it has taught us what we need to know. ~ Pema Chodron

Sketch of the no 642 in my moleskine artjournal: Foxglove wildflower.

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Happy Sunday and happy father’s day!
Today’s sketch of the day in my moleskine art journal is of a stem of Foxglove wildflower with the quote
Life isn’t as serious as the mind makes it out to be ~ Eckhart Tolle

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