Friday, August 10, 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
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.|