Watch this video on a life demo at ECO Lake at Singapore Botanic Gardens
A page from My Nature Journal Dec 2012 May 23, 2021
Recording my observations and encounters on my visits to Sungei Buloh Wetlands.
These entries serve as a resource for my art projects as a volunteer artist at this wetlands and notes
to use for my nature guiding.
Outdoor sketching at my neighbourhood park March 6, 2021
Enjoying my morning walk on a Saturday morning, lugging a small bag with a sketchbook and sketching pens just in case something crops up that makes me want to record it. This pathway looks different with a resting couple taking a break from their walk, and so did I.. Hope to sight some other lifeforms but no luck this morning, so the couple was my next best inclusion.
Year of the Rat 2020 January 20, 2020
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
Paint Along with Pui San July 25, 2019
Paint Along with Pui San at Sungei Buloh.
Dear FB friends you are welcome to join me this coming Sunday 28 July at the old Wetland Centre at 9am to enjoy nature using art. Bring your own art materials and be guided on sketching nature in this reserve. Posted below is a sketch of the plentiful telescopium snails, a part of our rich biodiversity here.
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.
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.
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
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.