Art in Wetlands

Sharing nature through art

Revisiting old Sungei Buloh sites March 31, 2020

Its more than 3 months since I last visited Sungei Buloh. That was in Nov  when we held a story telling workshop with volunteers and staff, with  Jackie Kerin our  friend from Melbourne. And on Christmas Day  Munn, Janice, Isaiah accompanied me as I conducted a paint along session, during which  Isaiah told the story of the Godwit at the Main Hide.

Many outdoor activities were cancelled due to the Corvid 19 presence. And we are now trying to keep it at bay by various social distancing measures introduced by our Govt to reduce its spread. Staying home as much as possible. Keeping myself busy with painting, reviving many of my old skills. Here is one using water mixable oil paints, applied like water colour artwork.

Miss the outdoors at Buloh, esp painting sessions. This painting done at home, with ref to an old sketch, done  on site when June was with me in Sep 2002, revisiting a scene  from Platform 2, looking towards Johor Bahru.

Hope to be able to visit Buloh as soon as the situation get better.

 

18 anniversary as a Nparks Volunteer February 23, 2020

22Feb2020…..exactly 18years ago a family of otters at Hide 2A appeared right in front of my painting easel at Sungei Buloh. That happy sighting prompted my signing up as a volunteer at Sungei Buloh Nature Park then. Glad I am still contributing towards our environment and conservation. #puisansart, #www.sketchingmysingapore
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Year of the Rat 2020 January 20, 2020

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Chinatown sketch 20 Jan 2020. To user in the new Lunar New Yaer, my sketch at Smith Street.

 

 

Sungei Billabong, 17 YEARS AGO October 28, 2019

Posted here is a scene, viewing outwards from Sungei Buloh at the mouth of Sungei Billabong in 2002.

A dying Sonneratia Alba standing defiantly against time and tide on a shallow sand bank. Veterans of  this wetland  reserve may recall its last stand there from platform #1. Its long gone now, water currents and  consequent erosion took its toll. It exists now as a nostalgic memory and this painting.

On Deepavali Day 28, 2019 Oct I conducted my monthly outdoor sketching session there. Picked out two “attractive” scenes to demo to my students. No arresting visual element to use as the subject. The river mouth had lost a defining landmark not so long ago. So I make do with a nearby mangrove tree and a distant coastal scene from neighbouring Johor

 

 

 

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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Paint along with PuiSan August 22, 2018

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This Sunday 28 August we will meet at the ApiApi Lab at 830am, have a briefing there  and weather permitting go outside to explore the coastal forest, all the way to Eagle Point to do or nature sketching. Bring along  any art materials  you have and have fun learning to translate the wetlands in your own special way.

See you at the New Visitor Centre at  Sungei Buloh Wetlands on 28 Aug Sunday at 0830am.

Posted here is a graphite sketch of my favourite croc at the reserve. I call him Alex.