Doodle Painting | Rafflesia part 2

Here’s the part 2 of my Rafflesia painting! You can read part 1 here: Doodle Painting | Rafflesia part 1.

To those who are unaware, rafflesia is the biggest flower in the world!

“Rafflesia is a genus of parasitic flowering plants. It contains approximately 28 species, all found in Southeast Asia, mainly in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines.” ~ Wikipedia

The flower was named after Sir Stamford Raffles, a British stateman best known for the founding of Singapore and the British Malaya.

I chose 5 different colors for this painting – orange, ochre, cyan, cobalt blue, and purple. I have never tried this combination before but I knew it will look great because blue is the complementary color of orange, and purple looks good with orange.

As my habit, I captured the progress photos but I am quite annoyed that my phone couldn’t capture the actual colors. The real painting is so much vibrant than these photos. Like for example, you can’t really see the shading and the painting looks flat :/…oh well…

The progress photos:

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Doodle Painting | Rafflesia part 1

Here’s my latest doodle painting project that I completed today! This is just part 1 of the project and I will continue with part 2, the actual painting, tomorrow. I am currently working on a portrait commission and I hope to finish that by Friday. This doodle painting is another project on top of that portrait. A number of people have been commenting to me personally how consistent I am in pursuing my art. Many were actually surprised when I mentioned that I am doing this on so-called part-time basis because my main role at this stage of life is to taking care of my kids! Yes, I am a work-at-home-mother and I have two children age 8 and 4. So I do art on my “spare time” which I don’t actually really have. But if there is determination, there is always a way. To be honest, art is a skill I am truly proud of even though I am not that good as compared to a lot of artists on this platform. But I have no interest to compare myself to others and just enjoy what I am doing. We have a special phrase in Malay for people with that kind of attitude – SYOK SENDIRI. It basically means “full of oneself”. Heck, call me whatever, I don’t care 😉

So yeah, I named this piece “Rafflesia”. Have you ever heard of this term before? Rafflesia is the biggest flower in the world!

“Rafflesia is a genus of parasitic flowering plants. It contains approximately 28 species, all found in Southeast Asia, mainly in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines.” ~ Wikipedia

The flower was named after Sir Stamford Raffles, a British stateman best known for founding of Singapore and the British Malaya.

I have never seen this flower in real life but my sister did. She said it smelled like a corpse! Yuck! But I would take a picture with it anyway despite the foul odor LOL.

The progress photos:

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My Doodle | People Above Things

“People Above Things”

People above things. This sentence keeps on playing on my mind throughout this evening. I think it begs to be put down on paper in some form of art. Today is Sunday and Sunday is the busiest day of my week. We have a church service from mid-morning until the afternoon. After the service we proceeds for lunch and sometimes we go for a bit of shopping or just go somewhere for a bit of fun. So as you can see, lesser time to devote to art.

So today, I decided to use this short sentence in my doodle. Nothing fancy for today but this sentence means a lot to me. You see, in my previous post Time Never Waits, I wrote how we all live in a constant state of frenzy with very little time for ourselves or our family and friends. We often put thingsabove people; above our relationship with our loved ones and those that really matter. These things could be anything – gadgets, jobs, hobbies, whatever. As long as they “take us away” from people, they fall into this category of “things”. Without realizing it our self-worth is almost completely tied to these things. We put so much emphasis on these things and sometimes, without realizing it, we might decline requests for help when others were in need.

Our excuses could be like these:

“I can’t come over to your place because I have to stay back to finish my work.”
“I can’t play with you now because I need to watch this TV show.”
“I can’t help you because I have to do…”

We put our “things” above people’s needs because they inconvenienced us. Now I am not saying work is not important etc but what I am trying to say is this:

All of us have a finite time on earth. When we reach the end, we want to be surrounded by our loved ones. The last thing we want is to be surrounded by our lifeless material possessions or achievements. When we are dying all those things will become meaningless.

So, invest our limited time on earth on people, on people who are dear to us. Put people, and relationships above the things that seem to be so important to us now.

Medium used: fine liner, and markers.

The progress photos:

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Doodle Painting | Time Never Waits

“Time Never Waits”

Nope, it never waits. It just goes on and on with our without you. Time, once it’s gone, it’s gone, we can never get it back. I often remind myself to appreciate the precious time I have and not to waste it on unnecessary activities. It is so easy to get sucked into mindless, useless time suckers, and neglect the more important things. Time suckers could be anything and I believe everyone has different time suckers. For me, it’s watching TV, browsing Facebook, worrying about things I can’t control. Now, I am not saying watching TV or Facebook are bad, it’s just that I don’t think spending so much time doing those are beneficial.

Anyway, this doodle is a page from my Be Encouraged! coloring book. I published this book a couple of years ago and it’s available of Amazon if you want to buy a copy 😉

Medium used: fine liner, marker, watercolors, and watercolor markers to make it more vibrant.

The progress photos:

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Doodle Painting | Be Still

“Be still”

We live in a constant state of frenzy. We often want things to be done fast, and we expect immediate results for almost everything. We hate to wait for anything. “I want this and I want it now” is a motto a lot of people live by. They don’t necessarily say it out loud but their attitude confirms this.

There is a specific term that refers to this behavior, it’s called INSTANT GRATIFICATION.

Instant gratification is the desire to experience pleasure or fulfillment without delay or deferment. Basically, it’s when you want it; and you want it now.

I don’t deny it because I too have this attitude. My husband often commented on how impatient I am with anyone and everyone around me and I get agitated easily by tardiness.

It’s bad because it makes me unable to see the beauty of any given situation that I am in. I always look too far ahead of me, to the desirable results I crave, and makes me forget to appreciate the beauty of now.

That is why when we are in the state of rush, it is important to take a moment to stop and be still. Take a moment to just breath. This simple exercise is good for our mental health and also our blood pressure.

Medium used: fine liner, marker, watercolors, watercolor pencils, and watercolor markers to make it more vibrant.

The progress photos:

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Doodle Painting | Don’t Stop

“Don’t stop even when you feel defeated.”

Another doodle painting from me. This doodle is originally from my Be Encouraged! Motivational Adult Coloring Book. I made this coloring book for myself and the short quotes I included in the book are very meaningful for me. And I knew that if they mean something to me, it will encourage others as well.

Our lives are full of obstacles and they are literally endless. Sometimes I often feel so discouraged that all I wanted to do is to crawl somewhere and disappear forever. It sounds suicidal but it’s true. It’s hard to be positive when you exhausted all your resources – energy, time, money. Personally, 2017 was a bad year for me and this year is not much different though things are more stable. The things that strengthened me the most is my faith in God. When prayers failed me, I cling to my faith and the promises of God, that He will provide for a way out. And despite my negative thinking and discouragement, God did answer my prayers and provide for my needs. The key to it is to keep going, one step at a time, one day at a time, trust in God and to count my blessings.

Medium used: fine liner, marker, watercolors, and watercolor markers to make it more vibrant.

The progress photos:

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Doodle Painting | Where We Grow

 

“We grow where things are hard.”

Yesterday I wrote about my digital doodle in Dada, which was also inspired by this quote. I started to work on this doodle painting right after I made that post. This was a fun painting to make and the idea to make this painting came from a Pinterest pin I came across recently. However, I included the quote to make it more special.

What grows when we go through hard challenges? I could think of one thing: character.

Our character could become positive or negative whenever we endure difficulties in life. The negative character would include bitterness and self-pity. The positive character would include patience, perseverance, and humility.

Which one are you?

I started this painting by sketching the outline and once the structure was in place, I used a marker to draw the outline and a fineliner to draw the doodles. Once completed, I painted it using watercolors.

The progress photos:

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Pencil Portrait | Wonderful Life

 

wonderful life

And the portrait is completed! I talked briefly about this portrait a couple of days ago in this post, A New Book to Read & A New Drawing. I am inspired to sketch this portrait after listening to Katie Melua’s cover song of Wonderful Life by Black (Colin Vearncombe).

“Here I go out to sea again
The sunshine fills my hair
And dreams hang in the air
Gulls in the sky and in my blue eyes
You know it feels unfair
There’s magic everywhere
Look at me standing
Here on my own again
Up straight in the sunshine…” ~ Wonderful Life ~ Black (Colin Vearncombe)

I love Katie’s voice. It’s very soothing and calming. I discovered her songs on Youtube. She did a beautiful cover of The Cure’s Just Like Heaven.

And here’s a video of Katie singing Wonderful Life.

When I listen to this song, it reminds me to take a break from my busy life and just be in the moment, to breathe and be still. Our life is full of activities and plans and it is very easy to get so busy and we barely able to catch our breath. From morning until late at night we are often so preoccupied with stuff. Sometimes it’s good to just stop and relax. To appreciate the little things in life like smell the roses/flowers.

” No need to run and hide
It’s a wonderful, wonderful life
No need to laugh and cry
It’s a wonderful, wonderful life.”

Life will become more meaningful and wonderful if we make effort to appreciate our family and friends more or to enjoy the wonders nature has to offer.

The progress photos:

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Watercolor Art | If You Want to Fly

If you want to fly, give up everything that weighs you down.

What are your dreams, that something that you always want to pursue but can’t? What weighs you down? What holds you back?

I get it if you said commitments – family, debts, job. I have those too. They are common and valid excuses. We have responsibilities and we have to fulfill them. We need to work to support our family and stuff like that. But I think they shouldn’t be our excuses to not trying to pursue our dreams. Some people give excuses because they are fearful or they don’t want to do the hard work of achieving their dreams. Dreaming is a lot easier and safer than facing the uncertainties of going after our dreams. At least give it a try. Want to travel but can’t afford it? Well, you don’t have to travel far. A local travel destination is good too. An oversea trip is always nice but if you can’t afford it just work out something within your financial capability. Want to lose weight? Begin with stop stuffing yourself with unhealthy food and choose a healthier alternative and exercise. Be realistic about it though.

The key is if you want to fly or achieve your dream, you have to sacrifice something. Let go of the things that hold you back. Now I don’t condone irresponsible choices like neglecting their responsibilities or things like that. Be realistic and choose your options and actions carefully.

A watercolor and ink painting. Here are the progress photos:

 

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