Doodle Painting | Orang Ulu Girl part 2

Finally, this doodle painting is completed. It took me almost a week to complete it. I was working on a commission portrait and had to put this aside. I fell sick several days ago and couldn’t really work on anything and this piece was further delayed. I wrote about this doodle here: Doodle Painting | Orang Ulu Girl.

The Orang Ulu tribal groups are diverse, they typically live in longhouses elaborately decorated with murals and woodcarvings.They are also well known for their intricate beadwork detailed tattoos, rattan weaving, and other tribal crafts. The Orang Ulu tribes can also be identified by their unique music Рdistinctive sounds from their sapes, a plucked boat-shaped lute, formerly with two strings, nowadays usually with four strings. They also practice Kanjet, a form of traditional dance. ~ Wikipedia

I guess I could never stick to monochrome colors or at most 3 colors. Almost all of my paintings are colorful! LOL rainbow colors make me happy. This painting is no exception, something bright, cheerful happy!

Here are the progress photos:

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Finally I Updated My Portfolio!

I finally updated my portfolio after a couple of years of setting up my website! For the past 15 months, I was busy blogging at Steemit.com and this website was basically abandoned. I was too busy building my presence over there that I thought it was too much work to maintain a couple of sites at the same time. However, I keep this site because I knew I will be actively using it eventually. And since I discovered Steempress plugin , there is no need for me to use Steemit editor because whatever I posted here will be posted on Steemit simultaneously.

No art post from me today because I was going through my artworks to select the best ones to feature on my portfolio. I have been pursuing art seriously close to 5 years now and I have a small collection of artwork that I keep in files. I said “small” because what I created were nothing compared to those who have been in this field for many, many years. Throughout these years I always reverted to 3 art styles – doodle, stencil, and portrait. I guess I could never choose to pursue solely one style. I love the three of them equally but I can never know. I may prefer one style over the others as time goes by. There is a very good article talking about this: Does it pay to specialize as an artist?

You can view my portfolio here. I have another page to update which is the¬†In the Press page. I have a couple of press clippings¬†that I want to upload but that will have to wait ūüôā

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Doodle Painting | Orang Ulu Girl

“Orang Ulu” girl doodle? What is Orang Ulu? Orang Ulu literally means “people of the interior” in Malay. Orang Ulu is a term that is used to identify a group of 27 small tribal groups in the northeastern part of Sarawak (Malaysia Borneo).

The Orang Ulu tribal groups are diverse, they typically live in longhouses elaborately decorated with murals and woodcarvings.They are also well known for their intricate beadwork detailed tattoos, rattan weaving, and other tribal crafts. The Orang Ulu tribes can also be identified by their unique music Рdistinctive sounds from their sapes, a plucked boat-shaped lute, formerly with two strings, nowadays usually with four strings. They also practice Kanjet, a form of traditional dance. ~ Wikipedia

Orang Ulu women are well-known for their beauty. You can see pictures of them here. I am inspired to make a doodle painting as a tribute to their beauty. This doodle is not complete yet. I was busy upgrading my website and installing Steempress plugin.¬†I heard about this plugin several months ago but I wanted to “clean up” my website before I could use it. See, I have not updated my¬†site for more than a year and some of the information stated there had changed. I stopped updating my site when I discovered Steemit because I find it was too bothersome to post at 2 different sites.¬†Now I am so thrilled to know there is an app that I could use to post on my site and also post on Steemit at the same time! Finally, I can use my site as my “HQ” with all the links to my art shop¬†all in one place ūüôā

I hope to finish this painting tomorrow but it all depends on my kids if they are well. Both of them are down with mild cold and my concern is for my son because he has asthma. I hope it doesn’t cause wheezing ūüôĀ

Here are a couple of progress photos:

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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 ūüėČ

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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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 ūüėČ

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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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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