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October 2016

Sketch of the day no 983 in my moleskine art journal: blue skip in Penang

983 Blue Skip
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. A blue skip in Penang.

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

Sketch of the day in my moleskine art journal is of a blue skip in Penang. And yes I have a new moleskine sketchbook, finally!! 🙂


Finding life’s passion. A talk by Dr Jane Goodall in Malaysia.

Jane Goodall
Finding Life’s Passion. Jane Goodall in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Finding life’s passion. An inspiring talk by my hero Dr Jane Goodall this morning in Kuala Lumpur.

Dr Jane Goodall has been my inspiration since I was young. When I was 20 years old, I went to Tanzania to volunteer as a research assistant because of her. I thought if she could do it, so can I!. I did but I didn’t last too long on the field. It takes determination and will power.

Dr Jane Goodall believes that we can make a positive change to our world regardless of who we are. She is known for her research on Chimpanzees in Tanzania.

In July 1960, at the age of 26, Jane Goodall traveled from England to what is now Tanzania and bravely entered the little-known world of wild chimpanzees. She was equipped with nothing more than a notebook and a pair of binoculars. But with her unyielding patience and characteristic optimism, she won the trust of these initially shy creatures, and she managed to open a window into their sometimes strange and often familiar-seeming lives. The public was fascinated and remains so to this day.

Today, Jane’s work revolves around inspiring action on behalf of endangered species, particularly chimpanzees, and encouraging people to do their part to make the world a better place for people, animals, and the environment we all share.

I am in awe of her dedication and passion. What an incredible woman.

This talk was organised by Roots and shoots Malaysia.

If you are curious and want to know more:

  1. Jane Goodall Institute.

Our Mission The Jane Goodall Institute promotes understanding and protection of great apes and their habitat and builds on the legacy of Dr. Jane Goodall, our founder, to inspire individual action by young people of all ages to help animals, other people and to protect the world we all share.

2. Roots and Shoots

Jane Goodall’s Roots & Shoots is the Jane Goodall Institute’s (JGI) global youth-led community action program, comprised of thousands of young people inspired by Dr. Jane Goodall to make the world a better place.

The program builds on the legacy and vision of Dr. Jane Goodall to place the power and resources for creating practical solutions to big challenges in the hands of the young people. 

Wishing you love and light for Diwali.

Wishing you love and light for Diwali. Diwali Greetings.

Wishing you love and light for Diwali

Diwali or Deepavali is the Hindu festival of lights celebrated every year in autumn in the northern hemisphere (spring in southern hemisphere).

One of the major festivals of Hinduism, it spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair.[8][9][10] Its celebration includes millions of lights shining on housetops, outside doors and windows, around temples and other buildings in the communities and countries where it is observed.[11] The festival preparations and rituals typically extend over a five-day period, but the main festival night of Diwali coincides with the darkest, new moon night of the Hindu Lunisolar month Kartika in Bikram Sambat calendar. In the Gregorian calendar, Diwali night falls between mid-October and mid-November. ~ Wikipedia

Flower of the day.  Purple cardoon or artichoke thistle

Purple cardoon or artichoke thistle

Flower of the day. Purple cardoon or artichoke thistle. Gold on Black canvas. Size A5.

The cardoon (Cynara cardunculus), also called the artichoke thistle, cardone, cardoni, carduni, or cardi, is a thistle-like plant in the sunflower family. It is a naturally occurring species that includes the globe artichoke, and has many cultivated forms. It is native to the western and central Mediterranean region, where it was domesticated in ancient times.~Wikipedia

Flower of the day. Sunflower.

Sunfower. Helianthus

Flower of the day. Sunflower. Gold paint on canvas. Size A5.

Helianthus or sunflowers (from the Greek: ήλιος, Hēlios, “sun” and ανθός, anthos, “flower”) L. /ˌhliˈænθəs/is a genus of plants comprising about 70 species in the family Asteraceae. The common name, “sunflower”, typically refers to the popular annual species Helianthus annuus, the common sunflower, whose round flower heads in combination with the ligules look like the sun.This and other species, notably Jerusalem artichoke (H. tuberosus), are cultivated in temperate regions as food crops and ornamental plants.The largest sunflower field is located in Tuscany, Italy.

The domesticated sunflower, H. annuus, is the most familiar species. Perennial sunflower species are not as popular for gardens due to their tendency to spread rapidly and become invasive. Whorled sunflowers, H. verticillatus, were listed as an endangered species in 2014 when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a final rule protecting it under the Endangered Species Act. The primary threats are industrial forestry and pine plantations in Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee. They grow to 1.8 m (6 ft) and are primarily found in woodlands, adjacent to creeks and moist, prairie-like areas ~Wikipedia

Flower of the day. Birds of paradise. Strelitzia reginae

Birds of paradise
Flower of the day. Birds of paradise. Strelitzia reginae

Flower of the day. Birds of paradise. Gold on Black canvas.

Strelitzia reginae is a monocotyledonous flowering plant indigenous to South Africa (the Cape Provinces and KwaZulu-Natal). Common names include strelitzia, crane flower or bird of paradise, though these names are also collectively applied to other species in the genus Strelitzia. Its scientific name commemorates the British queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz. The species is native to South Africa but naturalized in Mexico, Belize, Bangladesh, Madeira Islands and Juan Fernández Islands off the coast of Chile. ~ Wikipedia

Flower of the day. Calla Lily. Zantedeschia aethiopica.

Calla Lily
Calla Lily. Zantedeschia aethiopica.

Flower of the day. Calla Lily. Zantedeschia aethiopica. Acrylic on canvas.

I’m starting to paint a botanical series of gold flowers on black background. This is the first one in the series. It’s just a small canvas. A5 size. I would love to do a larger one maybe later. The art store I go to in Penang is out of the canvas size that I want. Hence these little ones.

Zantedeschia aethiopica (known as calla lily and arum lily) is a species in the family Araceae, native to southern Africa in Lesotho, South Africa, and Swaziland ~Wikipiedia

Kanagawa inspired surf art.

The Great Wave. Kanagawa inspired surf art.

The Great Wave. Kanagawa inspired surf art. Acrylic on canvas.

I’ve started painting again. I ran out of moleskine sketchbook and waiting for it to arrive by post. I’ve wanted to for a long time to paint on my brother’s surf board do here’s a trial run on canvas.

What do you think?


Sheba the French bulldog tote.

14567573_1232852543402170_659744575261972355_o.jpgSheba the French bulldog tote.

I met Sheba in East London a couple of years ago outside a vintage shop and decided to do a sketch of her and now she’s on my products. I don’t often promote my products but I do sell stuff online if anyone is interested. How else would an artist survive?

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