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.
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.
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.
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.
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