October update

It’s been awhile since my last update. Well, a lot had happened… and we finally moved to a new city/ place in early October. For the  past few weeks, we have been busy unpacking/ settling down/ explore the neighborhood.

Art wise, I’m hoping to do more art videos in the future and have been trying to figure out how to take better videos with my phone.

I’ve just uploaded a video of me painting Tommy the Cat. A lot can be improved and hope to find a better set up soon. In the meantime, please enjoy the video and subscribe if you like it :)

May update

When I thought that April was a tough month, May is even worse… and I can’t imagine what June’d be like…

Well, at least I’ve continued to make art…

I’ve decided to be more focused when working on the ACEO projects, and tried to work with some themes. I did a series of abstract work using the Holbein Acryla Gouache and modelling paste… but I found that the colors I got all have very similar values and its hard to get a large enough contrast…not satisfied with the results.

Abstract ACEOs
Abstract ACEOs

Another series I’ve worked on is the “Girls in the Universe” series. I had fun randomly applying colors onto the paper, and then worked out the details using negative painting techniques.

Girls in the Universe
Girls in the Universe

I’ve also decided to join many other artists on instagram for the #the100dayproject from 19 April to 27 July. I’ve been painting cats using the Acryla Gouache so that I can explore the medium more… you can search this hashtag #100daysofgouachecats on instagram for my work.

A photo posted by April Y (@leafbear) on

I haven’t been able to do much in May, except for the #100daysofgouachecats project. Still, I’m about a week behind and need to catch up.

I didn’t do any ACEOs in May :( I think I need some time to rethink about my goals…Hope I have better news to share in the next update.

Pameran Poskad 2015

Thanks to the encouragements of my friends, I’ve decided to join this year’s Pameran Poskad 2015, a postcard show that features works from artists around the world. This year, a total of 502 artists are included, and more than 5000 postcards are on the show and for sales! 

I’ve created this “Girl & Cat” series for the show, featuring Tommy the Cat secretly in all of them 😝 (actually I found myself painting Tommy whenever I’m painting a cat!) It was fun trying to create a series of work based on the same theme, and the postcard size is just perfect for me as I enjoyed working small 😊 . Come check these out this weekend if you happen to be in Singapore! 

“Girl & Cat” series by April Yip

Exhibition Dates: 20th – 22nd November 2015

Venue: Gillman Barracks Blk 7 #01-13 Lock Road

Exhibition Hours: 12 noon to 7 pm


watercolor is so fun to play with… i usually started by simply dropping colors onto the paper… then the idea and form would slowly develop and evolve… and the final result is usually a nice surprise..

blue flowers
blue flowers

i was inspired by the phrase ‘artist’s wind’ in this one…

artist's wind
artist’s wind

Experiment with acrylics

Studio class exercise – using the wash technique (above) and layering technique (below).

still life
still life – acrylics on canvas
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