Last night was MAAD night at the Red Dot Traffic Museum! Was nice to sit with the rest of the portrait artists after two (I think?) months’ absence. We also got to draw the band performing last night—The Pinholes—who weren’t bad! A retro sound, and they were informed that I thought they were “sharp dressers” while they were posing for their portraits. (Well, they were!) While I don’t have, as yet, the photos of the paintings that sold, here are a couple I painted that didn’t:
Yesterday I also set up my page at Custom Genie, which is a nifty site that lets you find people who can make stuff for you. It’s mostly Singaporean, but international talents are popping up there as well. I like how neatly it presents the services I can offer. It sure looks a lot simpler than my current “About Commissions” page! (It’s up there, see? Under “About”. Or just go to my new Custom Genie page!)
Now, back to the large fairy painting I’ve got on the drawing board.
I managed to take part in one of two EMG’s Sketch Fests in March:
Also went to the third Public Garden craft market of the year, which has been at the National Museum these past two months. Made some new friends and reconnected with some old ones! Many things on the table moved very fast, not least the handmade magnets. (I am making new ones. But we’ll have to see where and when the next market will be.) Some photos of stuff:
So the new items included some bracelets made with beads of semi-precious stones and silver, which I’ve gotten into lately. Their colours and textures are simply irresistable for me to play with, and combinations are chosen on their metaphysical healing properties as well. Booklets accompanied each piece sold, and they may have alluded to a new brand/site, The Enchanted Lotus. What’s going on?
I’ve decided to put my merchandise and illustration portfolio on separate sites! By now it’s a bit of a “duh, should have done it earlier” decision, but something that wasn’t too clear for me until lately when I discovered that I really do love making stuff and not all of it will be of interest to people who just want art/illustration, and vice versa. I also didn’t have an appropriate name for the shop until very recently, but, the connotations should still come through (I hope!): “Enchanted” because it brings to mind magic and fairies (so much a part of my paintings), and “Lotus” for that evocative flower of the east, and symbol of enlightenment. Also, it grows out of water, which is perfect for a watercolour artist!
I hemmed and hawed on how to announce this (always wanting things to be big big big! immediately) but this quiet announcement will do for now; I still have to work on the site itself, and commissions in the background!