Weeds

I drew this last week, on a rainy morning. This is the 8×8″ Earth Care Sketch Book that I bought a while ago, with 22 sheets of 160gsm white drawing paper. The paper doesn’t take ink and watercolor that well, it bleeds to the next page!

weeds
weeds

KL trip

Haven’t been posting recently, as I’ve been traveling most of the time the past 2 weeks. We went to KL on the first weekend of Oct. It was a very short trip and I only managed to draw on the plane to KL, at the S2 hotel, and on the train back.

at Changi airport
on the plane
on the plane and inside S2 hotel
S2 hotel, and on the train back

Malay Village

Joined the Urban Sketchers Singapore to sketch at Malay Village and Joo Chiat Road twice this month.

We first did some thumbnail sketches, then we were given an hour to go back to one of the thumbnail locations to paint a larger piece. I liked the idea of thumbnail sketches and the multiple sharing sessions that we had, there were more interactions among the participants for sure.

Malay Village
Malay Village - thumbnail sketches
Malay Village
Malay Village - lots of cats there

We then walked to the junction of Joo Chiat Road and Changi Road to capture the Hari Raya spirits and decorations. I sketched with the new orange STAEDTLER triplus fineliner.

Joo Chiat Road / Changi Road
Joo Chiat Road / Changi Road - Hari Raya Decorations

I also brought the Koh-I-Noor Mona Lisa watercolor wax crayons that bro got me, and did a quick sketch with it. But I don’t like how it looks after adding water, so I added ink lines again.

Joo Chiat Complex
Joo Chiat Complex

Last Sunday, we went back to the same place for the official August sketchwalk. Again, we started with some thumbnail sketches before spending longer time on a larger piece.

Malay Village
Malay Village
Malay Village
Malay Village

The market was packed with people, because it was only a few days away from Hari Raya.

Geylang Serai Market & Food Centre
Geylang Serai Market & Food Centre

Chinese Garden

Last week, I was visiting my friend at NTU. On my way back, I decided to get off at the Chinese Garden MRT and explore the area. Apparently, this is the site of the lantern festival in Sept. I ended up staying there for a few good hours sketching away~

Chinese Garden
Chinese Garden

City Hall Sketchwalk

July’s sketchwalk was around the City Hall MRT area. This time it was a whole day event, but I only managed to join the afternoon session. The first stop after having lunch at the Funan was the Central Fire Station. It is definitely one of the most challenging buildings I’ve drawn.  I got caught in the details and spent more than an hour to draw just one tower of the building…

Central Fire Station
Central Fire Station

The next stop is the American Church. It is a small church in the middle of the city, and has a very nice  garden.

American Church
American Church

The final stop is the Peranakan museum. There are so many interesting buildings to draw around the area, will definitely go back to sketch more. I did not sketch the museum this time, because it seems like another challenging building; and after drawing the central fire station I feel like tackling at something ‘easier’. I sketched this corner of Loke Yew Street, which reminds me of the Lok Yew Hall of HKU.

Lok Yew Street
Lok Yew Street

 

Marina Bay

Went sketching at Marina Bay last Friday.

This is the Marina Bay Financial Center, a very tall building. It seems that there are still some constructions going on.

Marina Bay Financial Center
Marina Bay Financial Center

There is a reason why the water is pretty clean – there are workers working hard to collect rubbish.

Marina Bay - cleaners
Marina Bay - cleaners

This is the Custom House, there are a number of bars and restaurants there. There isn’t much people in the afternoon, but I can image how lively it’ll be after dark.

Custom House
Custom House

I found a shady spot with nice views at the end of the Custom House that overlooks Marina Bay Sands. The view is so great that I keep sketching the Art Science Museum (The Lotus) and the Marina bay sands (The Ship) the whole afternoon.

Art Science Museum
Art Science Museum
Art Science Museum
Art Science Museum
Art Science Museum
Art Science Museum
Marina Bay Sands
Marina Bay Sands

Woodlands Train Checkpoint

We need to pick up a guest at the Woodlands train station two weeks ago so we went there for the first time, but it was a horrible experience. First, we waited more than 30 minutes for the bus. Then, we got caught in a traffic jam and the bus moved very slowly, it took us more than 75 minutes to get to Woodlands. The worst part is, we did not get off the bus at the right station because a lot of people got on the bus at Kranji and totally blocked our view/way. Before we knew, we were already at the Immigration Tower where we were asked to show our passports! Of course we did not have passports with us, as we had no intention of going across the border and just want to go to the train station. But there is no way out from there, and we had to ask the security guard/immigration officer for help. Finally, we had to hand in our IDs to the officers there, and wait for an armed guard/officer to escort us through the tower. We waited for around 30 minutes before an officer came. We were then took to a room where we had to wait again for our IDs to be checked. I cannot believe what we had gone through! It was well passed 7pm when we finally get to the train station, when we were supposed to be there at 5:30. We decided to take a cab back after picking up our guest, and it only took us around 25 min to be back in town.

The sketch below was done after I sent the guest back to the train station last week.

Woodlands Train Checkpoint
Woodlands Train Checkpoint

GoodWood Park High Tea Buffet

Updated: Finally sketched the Goodwood Park Hotel

We were back at the GoodWood Park! Still loved the food – you can tell from how much I ate. But we really should not go back there again so soon, all the good foods made me feel guilty!

goodwood park high tea buffet
goodwood park high tea buffet

Starting from 3pm, there is a pianist playing piano in the lobby.

GoodWood Park Pianist
GoodWood Park Pianist
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