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Chinese Islamic Calligraphy

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Every year, during Ramadan (the Islamic period of fasting), there will be a huge bazaar (Pasar Ramadan) set up around the Geylang Serai area, around Paya Lebar MRT station. I’m told that this year is the largest bazaar ever. In the huge tent just in front of the SingPost building (there are several huge tents all over the area), I …

Name Seal

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If you’ve been reading my blog in the past weeks, you would know that I’ve been trying very hard to carve my own name seal using wood and stone. Unfortunately, these projects have all been very painful failures. The stone one was promising until I chipped off a large piece of it in the middle – just when it was …

Merry Christmas Everybody!

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Merry Christmas! Here’s a painting I did today. Have yourself a merry little Christmas, Let your heart be light From now on, our troubles will be out of sight Have yourself a merry little Christmas, Make the Yule-tide gay, From now on, our troubles will be miles away. Here we are as in olden days, Happy golden days of yore. …

Star Wars Chinese Brush Painting

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I saw a t-shirt design by Sebastien Ducourtieux on Threadless t-shirts (link here). The design is that of a storm trooper, but done in a Chinese/Japanese brush painting style. I’d thought I’d give it a try. Looks simple enough to paint using a calligraphy brush. So here it is: (Credit: Original design by Sebastien Ducourtieux http://www.threadless.com/profile/1418460)

Bamboo on a Full Moon

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The holidays is a great time to practice art. Recently, I borrowed 3 books on calligraphy painting from the library. Got the idea to paint this a picture in one of the books. It’s far from an exact replica. The original picture is far more complicated (and the moon is perfectly round compared to this =P ). Thus far, the …

Bamboo (竹)

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Here’s another attempt at painting with a Chinese calligraphy brush. I had to buy a brand new brush dedicated for painting because the previous attempt almost destroyed my writing brush. It’s amazing what books you can find at the Architecture section of the University’s library. I was able to paint this thanks to a very useful book. The book is …

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Exciting Discovery!

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How nice! I just had an exciting discovery today while browsing through the new Popular bookshop at the new Clementi shopping mall. So… What is it? It’s this! It’s a Chinese calligraphy brush with a built-in refillable ink reservoir! It’s kinda like those refillable ink cartridges that you can find in fountain pens, and it even works the same way …

Pencilbrush!

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I’ve got a brand new toy! It’s a pencilbrush! What this baby does is that it allows you to line up several pencil leads (like in the photo above), so that it looks like a brush. I bought it for $32 at Bras Basah. It’s amazing! The best $32 that I’ve spent! It totally changes the experience and the way …

Calligraphy Lessons!

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I just attended my first Chinese calligraphy lesson yesterday! Several months back, I thought that I could learn Chinese calligraphy on my own through the internet and some books. But I was wrong. It’s very difficult to make good progress without the aid of a teacher. As it turns out, this teacher is quite a famous calligrapher who has been …

A Study of Chinese Landscape Art – Snow in the Early Spring at Guanshan (關山春雪圖) by Kuo Hsi (郭熙)

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by Jonathan Sim This article was written in preparation for an upcoming class presentation on the study of Chinese Landscape Art. I hope that you may find this to be an enriching reading. It would be useful to click on this photo to bring up a new window of it, so that you can view this image while reading the …