Drawing can help improve creative skills and thinking. It helps to develop concentration and attention, which is useful for everyone. One can have a sense of accomplishment and be proud of their art. In life, this is a very useful thing. Other benefits of drawing are happiness, rest and relaxation. Today I share these sketches with you, it helps me to communicate without using words and it has the power to remind me of my stay in Sg Siput, Malaysia in 2000.

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I have been sorting and organizing my artwork collection since beginning of 2021 until today and 77 days have passed. I have posted the artwork collection at website www.pabha.com. I also decluttered and arranged other things. Yesterday, I found a book that I bought in the 70s. The book is about the history of seal carving. I discovered a few prints of seals I made in the 70s were kept in the book. I have totally forgotten about these seals. I am happy to see them and they bring back some memories. That time I was 18, I determined to make one hundred seal carvings before I would stop doing seal carving. Here, I share with you the photo of the book and the photo of the prints of the seals that I have kept in the book.

If you would like to view more of Prabhakara Jimmy Quek's art, go to Artwork Collection at www.pabha.com it is a good digital documentation of artwork created and kept by the artist himself. Artwork collection from 1973 to the present. The website is for those who want to learn more about Prabhakara Jimmy Quek’s artworks and for art lovers and people who are interested in buying or collecting the artist’s works. It is not suitable for busy and casual visitors because it contains a large number of images and It may take some time to view them. The website does not include artworks sold and collected by others, museums, government departments, companies and private art lovers.

Everyone has their own issues to deal with every day, and it is no surprise that people are reporting heightened levels of stress globally. According to a survey by health service company Cigna, Singaporeans are among the most stressed at work globally

For the working adults, Forbes has articles on tips to reduce your stress at work. However, stress can be encountered by all ages everywhere beyond work. It is important for all of us to learn a few tricks on stress management, hence we have compiled a list of ways to help you destress.

1. Deep breathing

When you are relaxed, take a moment to observe how you breathe. Deep breathing is a simple yet powerful technique to relax your mind and body. Some people like listening to therapeutic music while practicing breathing, but all you need is just a quiet place and a few minutes of concentration. 

Some of the basic tips on deep breathing are:

  • Lie down flat on a ground or sit up straight, but make sure you are comfortable with the position.
  • Place one hand on your stomach.
  • Inhale and take a deep breath through your nose. The hand on your stomach should rise and move out.
  • Exhale and breathe out through your mouth. The hand on your stomach should fall and move in.
  • Observing your hand movements will help you to concentrate on your breathing.
  • Repeat this several times and take your time with each breath.

Notice how you feel at the end of this breathing exercise. You can check out other types of breathing exercises as well.

2. Spend time in nature

There is nothing more relaxing than getting up close and personal with greenery and mother nature. According to a study published in The Journal of Positive Psychology, being involved with nature can bring about many individual and social benefits. 

Stressed or not, we should take a moment now and then to appreciate the nature we are surrounded by as taking time to enjoy these little moments can lift our spirits up as well.

Despite the small land mass, Singapore is a haven with rich biodiversity. From MacRitchie Reservoir Park with the magnificent TreeTop Walk to the lush and verdant Southern Ridges, there are plenty of parks and gardens for you to take walking or cycling trails in.

3. Mindfulness Meditation

More often than not, we worry too much about things in the past or things that might happen in the future. Mindful meditation helps you to focus on what is happening right now and be fully engaged in the present moment.

Practicing meditation helps you to calm your jumbled thoughts that are in your mind and causing stress. Meditation can give you a sense of peacefulness that can benefit your overall health. That is why there is an increase in public interest in mindful meditation.

You don’t need any tools to practice meditation; similar to deep breathing, you just need a quiet place and a moment of concentration. When you start on this meditation journey, you may want to try meditating for only 10 minutes or less, and then gradually increase the timing.

Most importantly, don’t be hard on yourself if your mind wanders. If you find yourself being distracted during meditation, try to focus on what you are actually thinking about – for instance, if you are thinking about “I wonder if I will be able to finish my work tonight”, acknowledge the thought, and then let it go. Try to bring your focus back to your breathing. 

If you need some guidance with meditation, Buddhist nun Gen Kelsang Nyema did a wonderful Ted talk about how happiness is all in your mind, and you may join her meditation process during the talk.

4. Get Creative

Your artistic side can help you to better manage stress as well. As mentioned in our “5 Reasons Why You Should Draw and Paint” post, art therapy is a widely used method in mental health treatment that can lower anxiety and stress. 

Studies have shown that cortisol, a hormone, is a marker of stress. In a report published in the Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, Kaimal and a group of researchers discovered that after 45 minutes of art-making, there is a significant reduction in the cortisol levels of the participants.

The bottom line is that you should not worry too much about the final product. Just focus on the present moment, get in touch with the artistic side in you, and enjoy making art.

If you would like to have a relaxing session by creating art in a studio, sign up for Drawing and Painting Lessons at Pabha. Pabha offers a variety of classes for anyone interested in art and they are taught by professional artist Pabhrakara Jimmy Quek.

Remember, as William S. Burroughs once said, “Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.” It is important to manage stress effectively and we hope that this article has helped you to learn how to relax.

A man is only as good as his tools. If you've picked up a new weekend hobby in an attempt to be artsy, it's time to head out and stock up your arsenal of art materials. There are plenty of places with good art supplies around the island. Wait no more, here is a list of 7 places worth visiting to get your art supplies. 

Not sure of what hobby to take up next? Here’s 5 reasons why you should draw.

1. Straits Art Co- Affordable professional art supplies

Image credit: Straits Art Co Pte. Ltd Facebook

Straits Art Co Pte. Ltd is a 70-year-old specialty store which imports a range of products by Australian and American brands. It supplies fine art materials, graph materials, art and crafts at very competitive prices that you would not find so easily at other places! They have professional quality products for people of all levels.

2. Art Friend – Beginners to experts

You don’t have to be an artist to have heard of Art Friend. Whether it’s for a school project or making a birthday card for your friend, chances are you have been here at least once in your life.

Image credit: Urban Sketchers Singapore

Established in 1981, Art Friend is located in three different locations within Singapore - Bras Basah Complex, Plaza Singapura, and Clementi Central.

You’ll be able to find everything you need for your art project here – from paint and canvasses to specialised supplies like resin and sewing items, alongside with paper products and even woodworking items. 

3. Overjoyed - Art, stationery, lifestyle

Overjoyed is your art and stationery lifestyle store. Overjoyed has recently moved to the new location at the Cathay. The spacious store offers a range of art materials such as calligraphy pens, acrylic paints, brushes, and they also offer workshops for art enthusiasts!

Image credit: Overjoyed Facebook

Their shelves are filled with acrylic, oil, calligraphy and watercolour materials. For tertiary students, you can even get a 15% off just by flashing your matric card!

4. Spotlight - A comprehensive store for beginners

From basic paper craft and paint supplies, you’ll be able to find all the tools you’ll possibly need at Spotlight. Don’t worry if you are just a beginner, you can click on their buying guide to get a more comprehensive understanding of their products. For th more hands on people, they carry a large range of materials and fabrics for your DIY project as well.

Image credit:  https://www.thebestsingapore.com/best-place/spotlight-2/

5. Krafers Paradise - Huge collection of spray paints and painting supplies

Image credit: Krafers paradise facebook

Krafers’ Paradise functions as a retail store, art studio and gallery all in one. They have such a  wide array of colours and spray paints that you are sure to be spoilt for choice! They also carry the drawing supplies like brush pens, charcoal, calligraphy pens, and watercolour paper that you can't go wrong with.

Bonus portion: Go budget!

6.  Ikea

Image credit: www.IKEA.com

Everyone’s favourite place to go for furniture and meatballs is no stranger to art as well. Its range of craft products includes oil pastels, ink stampers with various designs, watercolour paint boxes, blackboards and nice, thick pencils.

7. Daiso

Image credit: www.daisosingapore.com.sg

The $2 heaven, Daiso is Japan’s number one supplier of homewares, stationery, art materials and more. The store usually puts out seasonal products, but also offers artsy decorations for special occasions.

In fact, if you sign up for our Drawing and Painting Lessons at Pabha, you can use the art supplies that are available at the studio on your first session, saving you the hassle of purchasing materials from elsewhere.

Anyone interested to learn painting or drawing at any level is welcomed to join the art classes at Pabha. If you just started on this journey, you may join the “Acrylic Painting for Beginner” class, while those who are more experienced may join the “Painting for Improver” or “Painting with Artist” classes. Classes at Pabha are taught by professional local artist Pabhrakara Jimmy Quek with over 30 years of experience.

We hope that this article has inspired you to pick up a pencil or an art brush and get started on your artistic journey! If you would like to learn how to draw or paint better, sign up here.

Painting by Prabhakara Jimmy Quek

We have all been painters at some point in our lives. Whether you are an amateur or a painting genius like this 6-year-old, there is so much to appreciate about art. If it has been a long time since you’ve picked up a paint brush, here is a list of reasons why you should draw and paint again.

1. Painting is a way to unleash your creativity.

There is a concept suggesting that people who are “left-brained” are more logical while people who are “right-brained” are more creative. However, scientists held that this is just a myth

While the brain’s left and right hemispheres handle distinct functions, they both play important roles in logical and creative thinking.

Creativity explains why some people are more likely able to provide new solutions to old problems than others. This is why it is a highly sought-after skill of the future.

No matter left-brain or right-brain, it is a no brainer that painting helps to develop our creativity.

2. Art therapy helps you to destress.

Art-making can lower anxiety and stress. Studies have shown that cortisol is a hormone which is one of the most widely studied markers of stress. In a report published in Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, Kaimal and a group of researchers found that there is a significant reduction in the cortisol levels of the participants after 45 minutes of art-making.

Art therapy is a widely used method in mental health treatment. Art therapy has been around since the 1940s and has been used to treat a wide range of psychological distress and mental disorders.

One of the techniques used in art therapy includes coloring mandalas. In another report published in Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, an experimental study showed that coloring a mandala reduces the anxiety of participants to a significant degree.

3. Drawing and painting can make you happier.

Have you heard of the flow before? It’s the cognitive state you get in when you are completely immersed in an activity. When you are in the state of flow, you would be oblivious to the outside world and only focusing on what is going on right here and now.

Discovered and coined by Hungarian-American psychologist, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, the process of flow involves intense concentration, creative engagement and the loss of awareness of the self.

Some people called the flow “the pillar peak of performance”. The best part about being in a flow state is that it helps to increase your happiness, too! Research has shown that happier people find themselves in the flow more often and for longer periods of time.

The process of drawing and painting can help you to achieve the flow state. In fact, Csikszentmihalyi discovered the flow in the 1960s by studying the creative process and how artists would persist at their task relentlessly when they are in the course of flow.

4. Art making can help to strengthen your memory.

Creative engagement does more than just make you happy – it can also help to strengthen your memory and is thus an effective treatment for patients with dementia.

In fact, in order to combat memory loss, Dr. Arnold Bresky created a program called the “Brain Tune Up” where he uses art as a therapy for dementia and Alzheimer patients. He believes that drawing and painting help to reduce memory loss and he claims to have achieved a 70% success rate in improving his patients’ memories.

Studies have also shown that creativity and art can stimulate dementia patients positively, sharpening the capacity of the patients’ senses and their propensity to act themselves.

5. Painting is an easy and fun activity!

Finally, art making is an activity in which you can just be calm, work with your brain and have fun at the same time. The best part is that it doesn’t cost you much to get started with this hobby!

In fact, if you sign up for our Drawing and Painting Lessons at Pabha, you can use the art supplies that are available at the studio on your first session, saving you the hassle of purchasing materials from elsewhere.

Anyone interested to learn painting or drawing at any level is welcomed to join the art classes at Pabha. If you just started on this journey, you may join the “Acrylic Painting for Beginner” class, while those who are more experienced may join the “Painting for Improver” or “Painting with Artist” classes. Classes at Pabha are taught by professional local artist Pabhrakara Jimmy Quek with over 30 years of experience.

We hope that this article has inspired you to pick up a pencil or an art brush and get started on your artistic journey! If you would like to learn how to draw or paint better, sign up here.


I am preparing for a small painting art exhibition to be held online from November 20 to December 19, 2020. I like to show 36 small paintings for this exhibition. I hope these paintings can be ideal gifts for the year-end holidays, and the price of each painting does not exceed one hundred dollars. If you want to preview and purchase any paintings before the official exhibition starts on November 20th, please let me know.

Original painting of ACEO size

I have created some ACEO size paintings recently and I have posted some of them at www.pabha.com/ACEO they are available for your collection. You can buy it online and make payment by credit card or PayPal payment. I shall send it to your address locally or abroad with free postage.

I like to invite you to visit the Post Circuit Breaker Period Art Exhibition - "New Relationship". An Online Virtual Exhibition by me from 26 June to 6 August at www.pabha.com/PostCircuitBreakerPeriodArtExhibition

I present the works digitally and to create new experiences for all to access the digital presentation of the art exhibition during the COVID-19 Post Circuit Breaker Period.

This exhibition marks the beginning of establishing a new relationship and connection with people digitally in my artistic practice. Do feel free to give your comment/ feedback/ message/ enquiry and share this post to more people. I thank you for your visit and support.

For more other information visit www.pabha.com

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, art sessions at the studio will be suspended until 30 April. But art-making continues and it never ends. Our "Ongoing art sessions go online" now! You stay at home. You paint at home and communicate with the artist (Prabhakara Jimmy Quek) online. It is our new way of running art activities. During the period of the scheduled session, participants communicate with Jimmy online via Zoom or Facebook Messenger video chat whichever is available. More information at www.pabha.com/onlineartclass.htm

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