happy school days

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What reminds you of new school years?

So this is a tad bit late at four weeks in as a student again. I painted this earlier in the month for my Collecting Childhood project to coincide with the new school year but lost track of things with the the art residency at Kadoorie happening and adjusting to student life. It’s been interestingly full.

In elementary school, I used to get a new Crayola watercolour set at the start of the school year. This time round, blue highlighter and Post-it flags. I do miss those watercolour days and the thrill and excitement it held.

 

 

hello 2016

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carmel . chiang mai . vancouver
kenting . ymerbukta . taipei
singapore . san francisco . oslo

Apart from Chiang Mai where I lived for the month of October in 2014, these are a few of the places I was lucky enough to spend time in this past year—being in nature, catching up with old friends, encountering new ones.

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2015 concluded in Hong Kong with #naturepile 127

 

It was strangely a year of equal high highs and low lows. Came across these words recently in The Grand Paradox. Continuing to work on the latter.

Last Import - 1—Wystma/Kierkegaard

This year holds more additions of north american gems to the naturepile collection. East coast (and unexpectedly west again) I’m coming for ya! Midwest, fingers crossed, but I do need to finish up my school photo series. Squeezing in some koala spotting time as well as other projects in the works.

It’ll be an interesting one.

Where will 2016 lead you?

Stop from time to time to reflect, make a naturepile or two, and send some love. Have a creative and adventureful year.

xo

dogs i know

These are finally heading out in the post. I don’t know many dogs which made for a quick series. Much prefer other people’s furry companions.

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IMG_4983Hooray to the arrival of ten year Canadian passports…and art on the pages! My favourite is 30-31showing Nellie McClung of the famous five, and Terry Fox–read their stories in the page dropdowns. I got mine back in February but we went to the High Commission of Canada yesterday so my sister could collect hers.

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I poked around One George Street as I couldn’t be bothered to sign in, go through security, etc. to head up. A not so windy day in Singapore but finally figured out the other flag is for New Zealand as their High Commission is in the next tower…Commonwealth neighbours.

IMG_4944Here’s a map of all Commonwealth countries, many more than I knew of. I also did some reading up on embassies and high commissions and learned the latter is what we find in Commonwealth countries.

IMG_4986These beauties were near the flagpoles and captured during my wait. I find the plants here are sculptural, vibrant, and pretty much everywhere. Beautiful and rather magical.

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later in the morning as we explored Fort Canning Park

what would you like from the US?

A  visit from you and everything here.

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It’s strange the things you miss living abroad…from a place like home but not really home yet feels so much like home. A summer without North America has left me somewhat off-kilter.

What would be on your list?

Am awaiting the imminent arrival of goods…and friend.

it is finished

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Frequently heard in Ghana these past few weeks, usually when things were not available…or whenever. But it is indeed finished, travelogue–art for the sketchbook project 2013. Sure felt like being back in uni staying up late and working on art till the early hours of the morn. The pages, or go see it when it’s road-tripping.

AZ and SF

The ever changing landscape in Arizona is stunning as is the vastness and colours of the sky.  Have you ever seen it rain from afar as grey clouds sail across the blue? Breathtakingly beautiful.


San Francisco is beautiful in a different sense.  It’s a city in the sky, appearing and disappearing as it pleases. Mesmerized by my first sighting of hummingbirds, that strange feeling of running into fog, the perfect symmetry of dahlias.

I forgot to photograph the postcards I painted in SF before mailing them off…next time.