Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Natural Beauty

"You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,

Love like you'll never be hurt,

Sing like there's nobody listening,

And live like it's heaven on earth." — William W. Purkey

A commissioned artwork by a mother for her two ballerina daughters. It feels wonderful and such a relief to complete a long overdue artwork. I'm learning the lesson of procrastination and how it's a bad habit, better to make baby steps to finish something than have the nagging feeling that you've things undone.

It's a good challenge to paint Malaysian Indian children; I thought I would have problems with getting the skin tone right but it turns out gorgeous. It's a good challenge because I think the discriminatory thought that only fair skin are beautiful and desirable that is so inherent within the collective consciousness can be overturned. Dark skin is beautiful too.

I enjoyed making the tree textured and had lots of fun making the colourful background from scrapbook papers. Even though my artwork has grown more "adult" but it's still fun to come back to naive and child-like painting, my trademark girls with Big eyes to get in touch with my own childlikeness.

And let me digress ...

Natural beauties found in my garden.

Anonymous plant. Bright yellow and orange flowers blossoming and what a contrast it makes with its dark olive green leaves.

Pitcher plant. Dangerous beauty. Do you know they seduce insects with a kind of scent, lure them in and trapped them in their belly and then digest them? Sounds totally deadly isn't it?

Droplets of shimmering water after I water this carnivorous thing.

Am learning to see the world with a new pair of eyes; curious and different perspective than before. The world seems to go by in a hurry these days, and it's really an artform to be able to engage in stillness amidst the chaos. I'm feeling the joy of simplicity nowadays, simple lifestyle and simple choices. Perhaps in the simplest things lie the most profound truth.

I'm such a hopeless philosopher sometimes! ok, Back to work ...


  1. oooh, I like! Heheh yours are big-eyes girls, and mine is big-hair girls. hahahah.

  2. Dear sweet sweet Eva-I haven't been over here in so so long but first of all...I love your new (to me!!) header!! you have been busy creating a storm and I love where your art is taking you! I also love your comment about dark skin...yes, it seems to be so prevalent in our consciousness that only light skin is beautiful. I agree with you though..we are all baeutiful...as the Universe made us.
    wow-loved reading your Mondo Beyondo list. Did you actually take her class.I was thinking i should...I have heard such wonderful things about it! Would love to see your Bali inspired home, all the lusciosu deserts you create and your spa/healing center:) I think it takes so much bravery to put our dreams out there...without dreams though...we become small and shrivel up. Love and hugs dear soul. xxx


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