Monday, August 27, 2007

two girls products

This composition was influenced by the Kwong Sang Hong Two Girls logo, a Hong Kong commercial icon.

My favorite product is their Florida Water, made with Bergamot, Clove and Lavender. It's a refreshing unisex scent, great for sprinkling onto cool summer towels. The website even claims it can "help dispel effects of alcoholic hangover."

The original models for the painting may have been men, according to their website, and these transsexual calendar girls were painted with the "scraping brush" technique.

Artists would first coat the paper with carbon, to give it softness and depth; I do something similar when I give mine a thinned-out wash of color before painting.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

HK Mural Society Update

You can see the finished mural here.

The Society is actively looking for new projects, artists, and assistants. Please see the website for more information.

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Aha! The procession last week was apparently for the Hungry Ghost Festival.

On the island you can catch a whiff of burning offerings in the evenings. It smells a lot like the Catholic churches I'd go to when growing up: lots of smoking incense, paper, and mystery.

Photo from Penang, Malaysia, during the Hungry Ghost festival 2004.

Friday, August 17, 2007

made to measure

made to measure, originally uploaded by e.briel.

Too many women let worries about dress size control their lives. I drew this after thinly-veiled criticism of my recent eating habits from a friend.

It reminded me of another friend - even more neurotic about what she put into her mouth and how she burned it off - who competed with everyone around her. She was constantly comparing her fitness and every physical attribute with other women.

When I've let their words get to me, I realize that the criticism they dole out is nothing compared to what they impose on themselves. It's sad that they turn the simple sensual pleasures of eating into a guilt-filled battle for control over themselves and others.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Street Scenes

One can forget how weird and wonderful a place Lamma can be.

As I worked in the studio this afternoon, I heard horns from the street below.

Then drums ~

Then bells.

Why were they were trudging in the rain from the Tin Hau temple towards the beach(?) That's for them to know and me to find out.

PS: Just read "How to be Creative". Written three years ago, but timeless.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Mom's visit to Macau

Macanese dinner with Mom on Taipa island, Macau

New Zealand butter not-melting on Roy's birthday at a Portuguese restaurant in Macau

Both show how tired I was after a long day of painting pillars. By 10pm, I'd be falling asleep at the table.

Monday, August 13, 2007

venetian base

venetian base, originally uploaded by e.briel.

In progress: one of the columns we marbled in recent weeks.

Photos of finished columns will be posted once they've removed scaffolding and directors have taken photos. In the meantime, I'm back in HK and working on getting more work. Ah, the freelance life....

Friday, August 10, 2007

"Venetian construction" photos by my mom.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Venetian photos

Someday soon these will be shops for the fast-won filthy lucre from gambling.

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Venetian Ceiling

The ceiling above our columns.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Live Paint Hat

Live Paint Hat, originally uploaded by e.briel.

your typical "mirror autoportrait" shot - with hard hat.

The guys working outside had a great solution to the summer heat: cut off the brims of straw hats and tape them onto the plastic hat required onsite, for shade and skull protection at the same time.


Elizabeth, originally uploaded by pilyabilya.

Marbling the red base of a column. You can see the bamboo scaffolding we worked on every day, 50+ feet above the escalators below.

photo by Joanne

Joanne's last day

DSCN0131, originally uploaded by pilyabilya.

She's 6 months along!

This is Joanne, the painter and tattooist who introduced me to Live Paint. Check out some of her work at Bluetongue Designs, here.

Monday, August 06, 2007


JD, originally uploaded by pilyabilya.

photo by Joanne

Sledge and the singing Ginner

Sledge and the singing Ginner, originally uploaded by pilyabilya.

Two men with livers of steel: they'd have 8-10 pints every night, then be up for breakfast at 7 the next morning.

Photo by Joanne.

Sasi and Rai

Sasi and Rai, originally uploaded by pilyabilya.

Great guys to work with - both from Nepal, they've been in HK for many years.

Photo by Joanne.

Boss 1 and 2: Eric and Hazel of Live Paint

Boss 1 and 2, originally uploaded by pilyabilya.

photo by Joanne