Monday, December 9, 2013


Combo pic for fb cover, 10 Dec'13
 In 2013 I have experimented with digital art and  have coined the term 'Photo Rendart' to describe photos that are digitally rendered to become an art piece.  Time and inspiration and a good photograph are essential to render photos by digital manipulation and express it in a more artistic way.  I hope in 2014 I'll have more opportunity to practice on this art especially on those subjects that are close to my interests and hobby - art, travel, nature, plant and wildlife, scenery, people and portraits.  Here's some examples.....
Stork-billed kingfisher

Bako fishing village

Egret in muddy pond

Boat cruise at Kuching waterfront

Dalbergia olivieri in the rain
 With more software programs and apps I hoping to create more sophisticated rendart pieces in 2014.

Plumeria obtusa

Plumeria acuminata

Serikin streets 1

Serikin streets 2

Kuching reservoir park

Pustaka Sarawak grounds

Batik Years in retrospective

Two women washing, April'85

Paddling upriver, April'85
Three doves, circa '86

 In my mature years, I  did considerable work in batik.  During the years 1985-1986 I did many batik paintings with culture, native girls and music as the subject matter.  All of these batik pieces were done in Bintulu.  These were done during my free time during normal days and weekends.  It was  a means to earn additional income since batik pieces were greatly demanded due to its Malaysian or local identity and ther were no other artist doing batik in Bintulu at that time.  Later in 2002 my creative urges in batik were channeled into nature study especially plant life. These creative urges were associated with my contracting business since 1992 especially those works involved in the landscaping of Bintulu.  I did little work on buildings or architectural subjects.   Two paintings in particular are of interest.  One is done in 1990 showing the Plaza hotel.  This painting was sold to the hotel and given as a gift to the Chief Minister of Sarawak when doing the official opening of the hotel. Another painting was based on a picture from a Venezuelan friend of her hacienda.  Doing batik was a  money making hobby for me because almost all the batiks I produced were sold.

Kelabit girl with flute,uly'86

Kelabit lass, circa '86

Ethnic by design, circa '86

Kelabit dancer and boys on sapeh, circa'86

Feeding hornbill, circa '86

Kelabit girls, circa'86

White water lilies, may'02

Bintulu Plaza Hotel, July'1990

Lily pond, October'02

Nature study, June'02

Plant study, May'02

Traveller's palm,September'02

Venezuelan hacienda - a study, June'02

Friday, August 23, 2013

Once upon a painting

Spray of Flowers
Watercolour on paper, 71cm x 95 cm, 18 April 1976.
Artist collection

My mother
 The early 70's was one of those  peak points in my life.  Having just graduated from Universiti Sains Malaysia in Pulau Pinang, I came back home to Bintulu as a young man full of ideals and energy to perform what was expected of a graduate.  But not too soon because I had to undergo an additional  year of professional study for a teaching diploma from the University of Malaya. I started to teach at a local and only secondary school in Bintulu in 1975 called the Bintulu Government Secondary School.  In between the heavy workload of a teacher and whatever free time I had at hand, I did a watercolour painting of a spray of flowers.  These flowers were actually made by my mother from colourful  plastic straws strapped on a long wire.  She would combine the various colourful straws and placed them in a glass vase. The combined weight of the  straws long wires made them bend gracefully like real flowers.  Her artistry attracted me to do the painting in imperial size paper (see above).
By next year the painting would be 38 years old and I am glad I have kept the painting in my collection for posterity.
My mother, in watercolour, done much later (6.5.2011)
It will remind me of my mother as gifted lady  not only in sewing our clothes, decorating the house, cooking meals, but also in her shower of love and kindness in upbringing her 13 children.
I consider the mid 70's as my mature years as an artist.  To see more water colour and mixed media painting during this period, please go to my blog here...>>>