Sunday, November 27, 2011

Album covers

Sara must have enjoyed the bonding session with me in Penang; as she is still in the office everyday - seated next to me, humoring her old man by typing out my documents, scanning magazines and making coffee. Recently, she took up my suggestion to do one sketch every day in one of my old journals - the result of which startled and impressed me. With the encouraging comments from her peers and myself, she is continuing this habit of 'doing a sketch a day' - coincidentally I was listening to some per-recorded CDs from years ago which I painted some 'album covers'. So, here's a father and daughter exhibition...
book cover "roseanna' by Maj Sjowall & Per Wahloo
sarah brightman by sara

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Work, Run and Family

Sara and I went to Penang for the Bridge Half Marathon; I decided to work in a bit of work and met with a client about a house and gave a talk at the local Architecture school (USM). I also brought my parents along since my Mom has not been since I was in Secondary school. 
At 3 a.m. Sunday, I ran my third half marathon (3:39) - didn't make my target of 2:27. It was a busy few days but I managed to steal away for some sketching on the last afternoon when Sara went shopping with Pris, and Eng Hooi played tour guide for my parents.
Campbell Street Market

Friday, November 18, 2011

You can have the afternoon off!

Song Kheng Hai Hawker Centre

A Fire Look-out tower used to mark one end of Jalan Padungan; now a garish Chinese arch mars the  spot
Today is my birthday and I am traveling to Penang with Sara and a bunch of friends to participate in the Penang Bridge Half-Marathon. After we landed in Penang at 11:30 a.m. - birthday messages started coming in from one or two office friends. To which I replied by telling them that for wishing me 'happy birthday' they can have the afternoon off! And what do you know...more birthday messages came in and I continued telling each of them to have the afternoon off; I guess I ll find out if they did take the afternoon off when I return on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, I recently gave myself the afternoon off and sketched in Padungan; enjoyed the guilty pleasure of a stolen afternoon and re-discovery of the 0.4 Artline pen.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Time on my hands

Our flight was cancelled. I was not bothered, happy even. Happy to be held captive with a good book "The Laughing Policeman" (Maj Sjowall & Per Wahloo) and my sketchbook. 4 hours till the next plane home, and the only victim was dinner with friends at home.
I tried my hand (again) at drawing people. I need to practice more, I am more at home with buildings and spaces.