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Garden of Love

The Chinese Phoenix or fenghuang’s body is a composite of many birds and it symbolizes the celestial bodies: the head is the sky, the eyes are the sun, the back is the moon, the wings are the wind, the feet are the earth, and the tail is the planets The fenghuang is said to have originated in the sun. Its body contains the five fundamental colors: black, white, red, yellow, and green

Garden of Love 💚💙❤️
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Gouache on paper
Size A4
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Treasures of a Straits Chinese : The secret to longevity

The secret to longevity. Chrysanthemum. G hotel Gurney art gallery.

#25 The secret to longevity. The chrysanthemum is the Chinese symbol of Autumn and longevity

I will be having my first solo art exhibition, Treasures of a Straits Chinese G hotel art gallery in Penang from the 1 February – 30 April 2018

Come support me and own your first piece of BulanLifestyle art

T4 Start booking your flights and your hotel. It’s also Thaipusam the day before, the most sensational festival in the world happening in Penang

Sketch of the day no 1156 in my moleskine art journal: yellow crested cockatoo. 

Yellow crested cockatoo drawing

Have a beautiful week xoxo. 

Sketch of the day no 1156 in my moleskine art journal is of a beautiful yellow crested cockatoo sitting amongst some flowers. 

Sketch of the day no 1128 in my moleskine art journal: Phoenix and Peony.❤️🌹❤️

Phoenix and peony Nyonya design
Happy Friday! 

May you be blessed with love, good fortune and happiness. 

Sketch of the day in my moleskine art journal is of the classic combo the Phoenix and Peony ❤️🌹❤️

Sketch of the day no 1120 in my moleskine art journal: Peony flowers.

Peranakan peonies

Sketch of the day in my moleskine art journal are Peranakan or Nyonya Peony flowers. 

The journey has begun: Working on my first solo exhibition. 

BulanLifestyle work in Progress

I’ve been a bit busier recently as I’ve started working on my first solo art exhibition. The reality of it is still sinking in as I didn’t plan for it but when the time feels right and the door opens, I felt confident enough to venture into the unknown. 

The exhibition is still a long time away. It’s next February 2018 but i need to pull myself together and have a full body of work by year end. That’s just 4 months away!  So I have been trying to get into work mode which is easier said then done. 

What does an artist do all day? 

I’m not sure what other artists do all day but I think a lot. I think and read more than I create. I’ve spoken to a few of my artist friends about this and they are similar. 

The thought process takes up most of the time and the actual execution of the artwork is the easiest part. I let ideas perculate in my head. It rolls and bounces around when I’m awake,  when I’m asleep, when I’m talking to people. It takes on a life of its own.  Finally when it’s ready, it emerges like a newborn. Crazy as I am, I consider all my artworks my babies. It comes from within me, it is me. 

My daily sketches have helped in the creative process. By sketching daily and doing the homework subconsciously has helped me formulate ideas and concepts faster. By retrospectively analysing my sketches, I have uncovered the reason for them. What started as a challenge, became my therapy, to learning about myself and a sense of nostalgic interest in my heritage. In essence a philosophical question of finding who am I. 

My ideas may change by year end. Let’s see what comes out of this. 

And now back to work! Or thinking… 

Sketch of the day no 1113 in my moleskine art journal: Peony and bird. 

A symbol of a Happy and properous union. Peony and bird motif on Peranakan carved furniture

Sketch of the day in my moleskine art journal is of the Peony and bird. A symbol of a Happy and properous union. This is a common pairing in Peranakan furniture as furniture was commissioned from Chinese artisans for weddings. 

Sketch of the day no 1112 in  my moleskine art journal: Golden phoenix.

Golden phoenix. A symbol of peace and prosperity

Sketch of the day in  my moleskine art journal is of the Golden phoenix a mythical creature. A symbol of peace and prosperity. 

Sketch of the day no 1111 in my moleskine art journal: Dragon fish. 螭吻

Dragon fish

Who am I? 

Sketch of the day no 1111 in my moleskine art journal is a gilded wood carving of a Dragon fish 螭吻

The Dragon fish (螭吻 chiwen) in Chinese is literally translated as Hornless dragon lips. 

The mythological creature is one of the Chinese dragon’s nine sons and is believed to ward of evil and swallow fire. 

Another legend is about the carp that jumped over the dragon’s gate. It is believed that once in a while, a carp through perseverance and determination manages to swim up river and successfully jumps over the dragon’s gate, turning the carp into a dragon. 


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