Art in Wetlands

Sharing nature through art

Taman Negara, Selai, Endau Rompin 2006 July 15, 2021

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In 2006, we were treated to a 2 day tour of the Selai Forest, part of the Taman Negara, Endau Rompin area by National Parks Board, Singapore, for volunteers and staff. About thirty of us were bussed from Singapore and from Selai, transferred to 4 wheel drives to reach our destination, travelling over 2 hours of very rough terrain cutting through palm oil plantations and forest fringe roads.

Our campsite was located near a stream, part of the Selai River, captured here in my painting.

 

The Book of Tales, StoryFest 2021 June 20, 2021

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You are invited to enjoy Edith’s Lyrebird in this Book. Look for the my animated sketch, illustrated in water colour told by Jackie Kerin.

 

Nature Sketching at Singapore Botanic Gardens, April 2018 June 16, 2021

Watch this video on a life demo at ECO Lake at Singapore Botanic Gardens

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The New and the Old at Kranji Nature Trail June 3, 2021

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Eagle Point, Kranji Nature Trail
Coastal Walk, [2004] Kranji Nature Trail

Using my art to record the changes made to this part of Sungei Buloh Wetlands. The Coastal Walk was painted in 2004 before the whole trail was developed to include the New Visitor Centre.

Eagle Point [painted in 2015] is a new lookout feature along the trail, with a long boardwalk extended from the coastal walk into the Johor Straits. You can enjoy a breadth taking view from this onion shaped shelter, facing the Johor coastline. Pre Covid outdoor art sessions were often conducted at Eagle Point.

 

DECAY is beautiful May 25, 2021

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Exploring Nature to express an aspect of my Silver Age status.

My neighbourhood park has a variety of landscaped features and my favourite is the Lotus Pond.
Besides a very healthy mix of plants, insects and birds, the lotus garden feature has lots to explore and enjoy.

My familiarity with this pond has provided me with many inspiring moments just from observing them over time.

And one aspect that intrigued and inspired me is their display, not only of its bright pink blooms but the miraculous transformation from shoots to seeds, followed by its slow death naturally narrated in the fading glory of its past life, decaying so beautifully in my eyes.

Inspiration comes easy when they spoke to me, beckoning my desire to express how I felt and tried to understand. I drew parallels with my own silver age journey and my own being.

How can I make sense of what nature had to say?

As an artist my immediate reaction was to express its decaying beauty as best I can, hopeful that it will in turn stir something in your hearts to relook at life and ponder what with our rich base of wisdom and experience, likened to the nutrients and unexplored wonders of the lotus plant, can we not also be as beautiful in our time??

Hope you will find your inspiration when you visit your lotus pond.

Tham Pui San,Nature Artist

25 May 2021

DECAY is BEAUTIFUL
 

A page from My Nature Journal Dec 2012 May 23, 2021

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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.

 

A walk and a sketch at Bishan Park May 17, 2021

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Appreciating the less noticed flora in the park….the bird nest fern .

 

Childrens Season at National Museum of Singapore. November 21, 2020

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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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