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I started this painting on 14 February, it was the first day of the Chinese New Year in Singapore. We have many tangerines (Mandarin Oranges) at home, so I painted this painting.


Tangerine (Mandarin Orange) 2010. Acrylic on canvas. 6 x 6 inches. By Prabhakara Jimmy Quek.

On that day, it was also a Valentine’s day, we had roses at home.


This Sunday, children of Sunday Dhamma School at Sri Lankaramaya Buddhist Temple practising Chinese New Year Song. Here Sri Lankan children can sing Chinese songs and Chinese children can sing Sri Lankan songs. They were invited to perform for Lunar New Year Celebrations at Kolam Ayer Community Club that evening.

 

I started to paint roses and other smaller painting last year to show my students how one could approach the subject. I painted a few roses paintings, that had been acquired by one of my student who had private lesson with me. Here is a rose painting that I painted this year.


Rose. 2010. Acrylic on canvas. 6 x 6 inches. By Jimmy Quek.
Coll: Private collection.

I am delighted to note that my blog is this week’s member of the week at My Opera. I came to notice about it when I saw people wanted to add me as friends and then I came to notice that my Blog and a painting image is mentioned at the Opera News. Thank you all for loving my posts.

I am thankful to My Opera, I am able to share my art to YOU and the world.

Thank you all once again.

I started this painting yesterday.I worked on it today and I am happy to signed it off as completed. Here is the painting.


Pink Flowers and Trees. 2010. Acrylic on canvas. 6 x 6 inches. By Prabhakara Jimmy Quek.
I have also rescheduled the painting lessons schedule. There will be painting lessons/sessions on Sunday starts on 7 March. If you are interested to learn drawing or painting from local artist in Singapore, please visit http://pabha.com/ArtClass/ for more information and registration form.

I was looking for paintings to display on my walls and I found this painting that I have forgotten it for sometime.
Hope you like it. Many sky lanterns in the sky at night. I took a long time to paint this painting.


Sky Lanterns. 2009. Acrylic on canvas. 38 x 38 inches.
By Prabhakara Jimmy Quek

I am happy to have painted 3 more paintings of leaves of Bodhi Tree.


1. Bodhi Leaves. 2010. Acrylic on canvas. 8 x 6 inches.
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2. Bodhi Leaves. 2010. Acrylic on canvas. 8 x 6 inches.
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3. Bodhi Leaves. 2010. Acrylic on canvas. 8 x 6 inches.
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Today, I continued to share a few of my sketches that I did at the very earlier years of my art learning journey. I found that people around me had became my objects of sketching practices at that time. These sketches were just parts of my learning process and records of artistic journey at the very beginning days. Hope you enjoy them.


Quick sketch, my mother. 1973. Pencil on paper. By Jimmy Quek.


Quick sketch, my father. 1973. Pencil on paper. By Jimmy Quek.


Quick sketch, my brother. 1973. Pencil on paper. By Jimmy Quek.


Quick sketch, my brother. 1973. Pencil on paper. By Jimmy Quek.


Quick sketch, a lady. 1973. Pencil on paper. By Jimmy Quek


Quick sketch, practising lines. 1973. Pencil on paper. By Jimmy Quek.


Quick sketches, 2 cats. Pencil on paper. By Jimmy Quek.


Quick sketches, cat. Pencil on paper. By Jimmy Quek.

Below is another quick sketch of Mr Tay I mentioned in my post yesterday. Now I remembered that he was a nice man and he enjoyed posting for us at the art club.


Quick sketch, Mr Tay. 1973. Pencil on paper. By Jimmy Quek

I found some quick sketches in a folder. These quick sketches were done by me 37 years ago. At that time I was interested in art and I started learning art. I am pleased to show you 3 of them here.

On one of the sketch, I had written Chinese words saying that I sketched Mr Tay at an art club at Yio Chu Kang on 26 June 1973 and I had signed my name and chopped a Chinese Seal on the corner of the paper. At that time I was 17 years old.

The second one, I sketched an elderly woman, she was likely a neighbour of my classmate who lived at Yio Chu Kang. I remembered this elderly woman was happy to be our model for sketching and those neighbors were excited to see us doing art together there. The third sketch was a younger man, I am sorry that I could not remember who he was, he might be my classmate’s friend or a neighbor.

From these sketches, you could see people’s clothing and their hair styles in the 70’s. The old man’s shirt had two pockets.

Basic sketching & Drawing Lessons available in Singapore from artist Prabhakara Jimmy Quek. In small group or one-on-one is available. Information and registration form at: http://pabha.com/ArtClass

From time to time, I try new ways of art making and new ways of approaching ideas and thoughts. The first one below is inspired by playing Tic Tac Toe during childhood time. I painted it in 1999. The idea of the second painting comes when I drawn directional maps for friends and then decided to make a artwork of that. The third one was that I experimented with texture on paper and to work out an old and faded effects with a pictorial element on it.

I have not published these works before, with the Internet and Opera Blog, I am able to show and share my works to the world. Thanks all!


Marks 1999. Acrylic on canvas. 71 x 51 cm. By Prabhakara Jimmy Quek.


Map. Mixed medium on paper. By Prabhakara Jimmy Quek.


Protector. Acrylic on paper. By Prabhakara Jimmy Quek.

I came to know about Snakes and Ladders board game when I was in primary school. One can easily buy this game set from a bookshop or toyshop. I enjoyed playing this game when I was a child. but latter, when I grown older, I felt that this game lacks challenging and needs no playing skill, but still I liked the design of the game board, because it was colourful and it had pictures of snakes and ladders printed on the game board. Still it was nice and fun to play with younger children.

I painted these paintings with the idea of Snakes and Ladders game board in mind. I created my own game board in the painting. I enjoyed the concept of Snakes and Ladders of moving upward and falling downward. I felt it symbolizes good and bad situations or favorable and unfavorable conditions in life.

Recently, I came to know that Snakes and Ladders was originated in India as a game based on morality and that it has some degrees of similarity with what I have in mind when I painted the paintings.


Snakes and Ladders (Endless Game) 1999. Acrylic on canvas. 61 x 46 cm. By Prabhakara Jimmy Quek.

 

 

 

 

 

I started working on this painting yesterday afternoon, I continued working on it today and I have completed it a while ago. I have made changes to the composition a few times in the process of doing it and I am happy with it now. The scale of the painting look big but it is only a painting on a small size canvas panel. Inspiration from Mt Kinabulu which is also called Gunung Kinabalu, it is a famous mountain in Southeast Asia. It is located in the east Malaysian state of Sabah.


Mt Kinabalu and Clouds 2010. Acrylic on canvas panel. 8 x 6 inches. By Prabhakara Jimmy Quek.

I found out I have framed few paintings that are related to cat. These are quick sketches of my cat.

Cats. Framed. Colour pencil on paper. By Prabhakara Jimmy Quek.

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