Art in Wetlands

Sharing nature through art

Water Color Wetlands by Tham Pui San November 18, 2013

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View of main pond on the right from the Main Bird Hide.
This painting is a memorable one. A group of eight otters appeared below the deck, and a water snake was their object of fun and teasing right before my eyes.

The next paintalong session will be conducted at Platform 2 on 24 Nov 2013 from 0830 to 1130am.

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Nature Art On Trash Bins July 31, 2009

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Volunteers Work of Art

Volunteers Work of Art

Trash Bin Art: The next time you visit Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve be sure to enjoy the beautiful artwork done by our conservation volunteers and the Buloh Dabblers. A special activity for the Volunteer Appreciation Day on the 18 OCt, 2008, was the trash bin painting contest. Volunteers were given 2 hour to paint these bins, on all 5 sides if they had the time. And most met the challenge headon and managed to complete. The finished panels were simply beautiful and brightens up the images of the otherwise taken for granted bins. Thanks to all who participated.
Tham Pui San, 20 Oct 2008

 

A Charcoal Sketch to record my walk September 23, 2008

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Sungei Buloh vs Johor Bahru skyline

Sungei Buloh vs Johor Bahru skyline

One of my favourite walks I take at Buloh is at this mangrove boardwalk. I could see Malaysia across the straits. The contrasting  shapes of mangrove trees silhouetted against  the city skyline of Johor Bahru caught my  attention, making it a telling image of nature vs man, complementing perhaps in terms of aesthetics or silently declaring our co-existence is in imminent disruption. Neither aspect was the reason for my sketch. I scanned the horizon, everything there look tranquil and still. No human presence, no traffic noise and no trash washed ashore this morning. The silence is only broken by occasional bird calls.  Its another perfect morning to start my new day. 

Tham Pui San

23Sep 08

 

Coming soon: oil series for Sg Buloh June 2, 2008

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pen sketch showing the 4 egrets at reststorm clouds over BulohWatch out  for my next exhibition at Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve in Dec 08.

 Here are two thumbnail references for plein air painting at the Main Hide on 2 June, 08.

 Tham Pui San, updated 2 June 08.

 

Nature Sketching at Botanic Gardens May 16, 2019

Our regular bimonthly session will be  conducted this Sat, 18 May 2019, at the Ethnobotany Centre.

Please meet at the Bukit Timah Gate Visitor Service Counter  at 9am. See you there.

 

A Retirement Dream Come True May 6, 2019

My wife June wrote:

His retirement wish came true. A year after his solo art exhibition was held, the much awaited coffee table book on his paintings became a reality. One of his retirement wishes was to share his love of Nature with the community.
Harnessing his passion in Art to express nature appreciation was his life long dream. To realize that, the art exhibition, ‘Beyond Gingers…My Encounters with Nature’ was held from April to July 2018 with the support of Nparks and sponsors.
Pui San and I are blessed to be able to be meaningfully engaged with the community in our retirement years.

 

Paint Along with Pui San 28 Apr 2019 April 22, 2019

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View of Hide 1 C from the Main Hide.

We meet at 9am at the Wetlands Centre.Please bring along any art material you  wish to use. See you this Sunday.

Notice the next condo development in Johore in the background.

, and the silhouettes of egrets in the foreground.

Buloh  still has a place for waders.

 

Encounters with nature 2002 March 27, 2019

The year was 2002, when I first signed up as a volunteer guide at Sungei Buloh Wetland reserve. 17 years  and counting. We have a bigger reserve now and it is still growing in size and community participation. Thanks to National Parks, volunteers and nature lovers, we all have a common interest to conserve, appreciate and enjoy our  nature environment.

These two postcards were part of my contribution to raise funds in 2002. Glad I still have a set of these to share.

 

17 years of volunteering at Sungei Buloh Wetlands 2002 to 2019 February 24, 2019

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17th Anniversary as a volunteer at Sungei Buloh Wetlands February 22, 2019

This morning I celebrated my 17th Anniversary as a Volunteer of the wetland reserve at Shelter 1 of the Mangrove Board.

Arrived there very early in the morning to enjoy the quiet and  peaceful ambience there.

Sketched 3 scenes in different media all from one single spot but with different perspective. This was to try out some new techniques, quite unlike what I used to do with oil 17 years ago. Glad that in the 2 hours I accomplished my anniversary mission.

A graphite sketch, a loose water colour painting and a quick pen sketch to record this special visit to my favourite reserve.

Met Choon Beng, who will be joining AVA soon. Chatted with Shufen on some activities for the Friends Group, and was introduced to Dr Doug Watkins, who was helping Buloh in a special project.

Shufen mentioned sighting a single otter at the main bridge which I would dearly wish to see as well but I was at the wrong place at that time. It would have been  a special moment just to sight an otter, let alone a lonely one, to recapture that special moment 17 years ago on the same day at Hide 2A. That was the special reason I became a volunteer.

Wonder if I will be able to relive sighting otters again right at my painting spot  in the years to come.

 

Paint along with Pui San 30 DEC 2018 December 25, 2018

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Dear friends, 2018 was a busy year for my volunteering at National Parks. However the events held regularly at Sungei Buloh Wetlands and Botanic Gardens kept me much in touch with  Nature physically and in my capacity as Chairperson for Friends of Sungei Buloh.

My passion in painting Nature has not diminished in any way. My biggest ever art exhibition called Beyond Gingers was held in SBG from 14 April to 7 July 2018, with almost 14,000 visitors.  And a Limited Edition coffee table book on this exhibition would  soon be published and made available at Nparks. All proceeds would go to the Garden City Fund.

To round up this year Art in Nature activities, I will be conducting the last outdoor art session for this year on 30 Dec 2018, at Sungei Buloh Wetlands.

We meet and sketch at the Main Hide at the Wetlands Visitor Centre (the old Neo Tiew Entrance) from 9 to 11am on SUNDAY 30 DEC 2018.

You are most welcome to join us for this year end  appreciation of Nature through your creative expression of our beautiful wetlands. You may bring any art materials you have.

Posted here is a sketch ( with a brush pen) from Boardwalk Shelter #3.

Cheers and a Happy 2019 to you, and hope to see you at Sungei Buloh.