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I told my mother that I have painted a painting that has a door handle on it. She came over to my place just to see it. She looked at it and she started talking and showing funny face to the painting. I was surprised to see that. I thought it was because there is a design of lion head on the door handle. She told me she purposely come to see that.

My mother told me she had a door handle like that on her house’s door in China when she was a child. It was already there when she was born. She played with the door handle at home and liked to talk to it when coming home or leaving home. That door handle greeted her at her door day in day out. She said hello and bye bye to the door handle when she was a child. The door handle had a feature of an animal face that had eyes, nose and month, so she talked to it and touched it and play with it when she was a little girl. She said she had not seen her door handle since she was 12 years old as she left her home for Hong Kong. My mother told me all that in front of my painting this afternoon.

Painting has a power to make people recall their memory and share experiences.

You know what, my mother said bye bye to the Lion Head (the door handle on my painting) like saying to an old friend before she left my place.

Clouds in the sky. A more realistic and expressive approach.

Sky. 2010.
Acrylic on canavas panel.
12 x 9 inches.
By Jimmy Quek Prabhakara.

Clouds and Sea. 2010.
Acrylic on canvas.
12 x 12 inches.
By Jimmy Quek Prabhakara.

I have taken out two paintings from my storeroom yesterday. In the photo, the left painting is Walking Meditation 1, 1999 and another painting is Strong Wind and Changing Clouds 2000. One for showing to an art lover and another for showing to participant learning painting from me. Both paintings are acrylic on canvas of 92 x 92 cm.

Drawing is the foundation of all art. If you know how to see and draw what you see, you would be able to paint it with some basic painting skills and techniques. These skills and techniques could be learned and acquired by practice. The more details that you can draw in your drawing, the easier for you to paint them. Below photos of the working process and the final painting for your reference.





Small group painting lessons and One-on-one private painting lessons are available with me in Singapore. Visit website here.

People like to know whether a painting is an oil painting or an acrylic painting. Some people prefer oil painting and some prefer acrylic painting. From my personal point of view, I am more concern about whether the painter has used the medium effectively or not, be it in oil or in acrylic or other medium, and to what degree the artist has responded creatively to the subject.

Here this painting that I completed yesterday. Share it with you.


Landscape. 2010. Acrylic on canvas. 24 x 24 x 1.5 inches. By Prabhakara Jimmy Quek

One of a kind items and mass production items are not the same in their way of production.

One of a kind items are expensive to produce and usually of higher value and price.

Often artist produce custom ordered or commissioned items that is of one of a kind nature.

Showing here two one of a kind, exquisite and unique pendants.

More pendants click here.

Drawing is the foundation of all art. Sketching or drawing could be learned and practised. I think if one knows how to sketch or draw the things one sees, then one would be able to paint it if one wishes to do so, with some knowledge and skill of painting. It could be oil painting or acrylic painting.

The more details one could observe and draw,the more details of things will be shown in the painting. Of course one needs to learn some painting skills and techniques so to do the job well.

One needs to know how to mix the paints and apply the colours properly on the painting surface, be it canvas or canvas panel… hahahaa, there is a lot to do…

Here is the painting I have just completed. I started doing this painting yesterday while waiting for my student to come for her painting session.


Paint tubes. 2010. Acrylic on canvas panel. 8 x 6 inches. By Prabhakara Jimmy Quek.

Painting lessons available from the artist in Singapore.

I have painted the following paintings that are about new leaves of a tree. This tree is called Bodhi Tree that is planted at Sri Lankaramaya Buddhist Temple in Singapore. The paintings are painted in acrylic on 8 x 6 inche canvas panel.







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