First Art Purchase

In my somewhat long adhoc journey exploring the art world, never have I purchased any piece of original art… that is until today.

I was in TST to see an art exhibition in which one of my old oil painting friends was showing a few of her watercolor paintings. I stumbled across two very different Chinese calligraphy demonstrations before and after the exhibition. The first one occurred inside the Cultural Center foyer in which a (likely well-known) Chinese art teacher was inking in cursive script (行/草書). He was surrounded by so many spectators that I could only catch a glimpse of his demo from afar. I didn’t see him finish the demo but I could hear overwhelmingly loud clapping hands while I was admiring the nearby exhibition of him and his students.

I went to see my friend’s exhibition afterwards.

After leaving the exhibition and on my way to family dinner, I stumbled upon a street artist who is also demonstrating Chinese calligraphy. There were relatively few spectators this time and I had no problem finding a good spot to watch the demo in front. On a handwritten note, the artist described himself as a calligraphy enthusiast without hands and that we can donate whatever amount if we appreciate his artwork. But wait, calligraphy without hands?! I realized finally that the artist was missing all his fingers as I intently watched him demonstrating. He wrote with great concentration with both hands holding on to the brush. He first inked the letter 佛 (Buddha), it was apparently a commissioned piece, one of the spectators put some money in the can, appreciatively took the artwork and left. I was still marveling at the whole situation as the artist took a new piece of paper and started inking again. He inked the letter 愛 (love). It wasn’t a commissioned artwork this time, he simply put it aside and was readying to start a new piece. It took me only a couple of minutes before I decided to ask the artist for the finished artwork, he shyly said yes and thanked me with a hardly distinguishable voice.

And that was the story of my first ever purchased piece of original art!

Sketch… Sunday Service

Sketch… Sunday Service

Year of The Pig

Got really bored binge watching “How I Met Your Mother” at home for the first 2 days of CNY holidays, I decided to go back to the studio to finish cleaning it up (while continuing the binge watching).

Finished cleaning up my desktop and the art area to ready myself for a new year of work, which I spent some time planning and writing them down as my New Year’s Resolutions.

This new year is kinda significant (in my mind at least) as I’m turning 40 and entering my 10th year of returning to HK.

Oh Lord, I’m not sure if my plan is good in Your eyes, but I trust that whatever turns out to be will be best for me according to Your plan. So Lord, I guess I’ll simply ask that I could see You more clearly and follow you more closely this year. Help me stay away from sinning and let Your light shine through me.

Sketch… Sunday Service

Sketch… Sunday Service

Sketch… Sunday Service

Sketch… Sunday Service

Sketch… Sunday Service

2018 Review

My resting heart rate continued to drop from 67 bpm to my normal 60 bpm in the past week, so I ended 2018 and starting 2019 with a healthy body.

Before planning for the new year, here are some highlights of 2018 off the top of my head:

  • completed my first full marathon
  • completed my two year term as fellowship committee
  • finished learning the thousand words in Chinese calligraphy using 楷書, now learning 行書
  • vacationed in Canada for more than a month with my parents and sister
  • tackled Inktober for the first time and created a 26-panel comic story
  • completed a set of 120+ endangered species portraiture in brush-and-ink
  • published a website to showcase and archive the endangered species portraitures and other ink art
  • read 25+ books, including the bible which I just finished reading today
  • went on a few dates with the girl-I-like, but kinda lost touch with her since my long vacation in Canada in July

Looking back, 2018 had been a rather fruitful year, I cannot help but thank God for His abundant grace.

Oh Lord, thank you for your never lacking grace over the year despite my many sins.  Please be patient with me and continue to help me rid of my sinful self this year so that Your light can shine through me unhindered.