Friday, August 10, 2018

New Challenges: Oil Painting 2018



Teacher had been very patient and helpful. It was my first class in oil painting. With his guidance, I managed to complete a still life portrait of a brass vase flanked by a porcelain cup and saucer and a sugar pot.

It wasn't a breeze though. I was all seized up in knots at every stroke - wondering what paint to put on canvas. However, near the end, I decidedly 'let go', relaxed and enjoyed my freed self, rendering the wavy lip of the brass vase a last smack of confidence and a belief authentically mine. It felt great.

If that's not the most important lesson I have gained on my first day, what else? Nothing short of a perfect launch towards the golden sunsets to come!

So here I go! Sheet in the canvas, Sailor! Head up to the winds!

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

New Record of Hybanthus enneaspermus in Singapore

Voila! It is Violaceae - the Violet Family!

After two days of mental acrobatics, I finally identified this wild herb I found growing amongst grasses by the wayside recently.

Hybanthus enneaspermus or Spade Flower has a distribution  ranging from the African and Indian continent to South East Asia, New Guinea and Australia.

This discovery, however, records its occurrence in Singapore for the very first time.

Low spreading Herb with tap root. 

Flowers short-lived, opening at dawn and closing up by 11am.

Orientation of flowers. 

The Lesser Grass Blue butterfly inserting it's proboscis to sip nectar from the spur of the flower. 

Size of flower. Leaves and stems covers by fine glandulous short hairs.

Seeds from capsule which split into three valves. 



Saturday, March 17, 2018

Celebrating International Day of Forests 2018: Listen to the Forest Streams

Celebrating International Day of Forests at MacRitchie 

Bird's eye view of MacRitchie rain fores
Listen to her streams.