Thursday, August 30, 2007
This week we're moving across the valley - only a few hundred meters away. Still, it involves lots of packing, paying-up and sorting things out, so I'll resume blogging next week, with some photos of our new place taken with my new (secondhand) Canon lens. Thanks Miranda!
Photo from DCRP Review.
Monday, August 27, 2007
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.
Friday, August 24, 2007
Living in warm wet Asian climes, you get used to geckoes as friendly roommates. We usually have one or two flitting across our walls at nighttime.
My mom recently came to visit and would jump each time they'd scuttle out of our storage closet. Next year she needs to stay longer on Lamma, to get used to them!
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
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
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
As I worked in the studio this afternoon, I heard horns from the street below.
Then drums ~
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
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Last Friday we had our first typhoon of the year. Shortly after winds turned from blustery to full-blown & terrifying, we heard a helicopter nearby. It turns out they were rescuing passengers from the barge that had landed on Power Station beach, a few hundred meters from our house.
Noah and Teran on the last ferry to Lamma - photo by Steve
Ferry service from HK to Lamma was suspended for most of the afternoon. Roy was stuck in Central all day, but made the most of it. He enjoyed a fantastic view of fast-changing weather from IFC near the ferry pier.
Every hour or two I'd check the Observatory website and call to see what life was like on his side of the water.
"The homepage still says T8!" I'd say. "When are you booking a hotel room in Causeway Bay?"
"Not a chance," he'd say. "I'll be up all night if I have to." He spent much of the evening on the IFC viewing platform, where a street-sleeper even offered him a [flattened] cardboard box for a bed. Roy accepted it with a smile. Thankfully, he didn't have to use it, as ferry service resumed at 10:30pm.