Friday, September 30, 2011

101 Things in 1001 Days: Update for September

 Image by Cema at

Failed miserably to get started on #7 Get up at 7am every day, and #8 Go to bed by 12 every day.
Didn't do #37 Sew Seat Cushions either.

I really need to add one more item to the 101 things in 1001 days  list: #102 Stop playing Facebook games!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Zen Thought 4: Live in each Season as it passes

Pike Place Market, Seattle, WA
Oct 2011

Live in each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit and resign yourself to the influences of each

~ Henry David Thoreau

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Sweet & Sour Fish

Drawing 6: Sweet & Sour Fish, Colour Pencil.
Sep 2011
This is another Tessie recipe. It's a short-cut Sweet & Sour Fish using ketchup, which is as good as the real thing.

I was on a roll last weekend and illustrated 3 recipes: Lotus Root Soup, Tessie's Curry Chicken and this Sweet & Sour Fish. 

Tessie's Curry Chicken

Drawing 5: Tessie's Curry Chicken, Colour Pencil.
Sep 2011
This recipe is from my sister-in-law. Tessie worked for her family for over 20 years before returning to the Philippines. All her kids were brought up by Tessie.

Tessie has become so much a part of the family, we still miss her. Luckily for us, she left behind some favorite recipes and we have these to remind us of her.

I should have drawn the main item ie the Curry in the Bowl, bigger. Serves me right for not planning the layout in advance. The lemon grass doesn't quite look like lemon grass, so more practise needed there.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Lotus Root Soup

Drawing 4: Lotus Root Soup, Colour Pencil. 
Sep 2011

Starting an Illustrated Cookbook. 

I enjoyed doing this whimsical illustration.

We (the Siblings) recently hired a maid to help the parents, as Mother has Parkinsons. She's one of the "lucky" ones as she's relatively mobile, but with shaky hands and a tendency to fall. So far they've been managing with Father helping with daily personal care and meals ie preparing breakfast and drinks, but going out to get takeaways for lunch and dinner. And there's also the worry of leaving Mother on her own, with her tendency to fall.

Drawing 3 - Apples and Strawberries II

Apples & Strawberries on a small Dish, Colour Pencil.
Sep 2011
Last week's drawing and my first attempt at colour pencils.

Apples and Strawberries I was terrible so I trashed it. I drew Apples and Strawberries II with a pen outline, which made it easier for me to colour in. Unfortunately, I'm not too good with pen outlines either, so ended up with a bit of a mess on the edges of the dish. I wanted to do an Apples and Strawberries III, but last week's drawing time had run out; so good, bad or ugly, this gets posted. 

Friday, September 16, 2011

Drawing 2: Shower in my Bathroom

Shower in my Bathroom, Sept 2011

Just an outline drawing this week
The white background looks blue in the photo.....better get going on #31. Buy a new camera and learn to use it!

The shower sits against a panel of mosaic tiles of different shades of browns and bronzes. I thought this may be fun to paint later. Discovered I can't draw long straight lines freehand!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Zen Thought 3: What goes around comes around

Wall decoration, Banjaran Springs spa, Ipoh, Malaysia
July 2011

All that we are is the result of our thoughts
If a man speaks or acts with an evil thought,
Pain follows him, as the wheel follows the foot of the ox that draws the carriage
If a man speaks or act with a pure thought, 
Happiness follows him, like a shadow that never leaves him
~ Gautama Buddha

How people treat you is their karma
How you react is yours
~ Wayne Dyer 

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Day 101 Update

Kea Farm, Cameron Highlands, Malaysia
June 2011

Day 101, and 11 things done!
Time to reward myself with some flowers.

Started in August
#10 Yoga classes 
#25 Draw one thing every week 
#26 Read for at least 30 mins every day