The third in a trio of finger drawn digital portraits, “Peach Romance” plays on soft, dreamy pastels, smokey eye shadow, pouty lips in pale peach.
As the lady has an air of quiet elegance about her, the ‘outfit’ would have to reflect the gentle outlook to perfection. Of course, this called for yet another VAL Original design!
Here, one single flower from my image library that happened to be in the correct pale peach colour, has been used to achieve an amazing effect, if I may say so myself.
The gentle curves of its petals and the green stem come together in the most natural of ways to form a filigree weave pattern with a slight flounce! It all adds to the air of anticipation….of romance…?
Till the next time….cheerio.
Hot off the post on “Sleek & Sassy” (please click here to read), this digitally-created portrait “Pretty in Pink”, also a finger drawing on an ipad app page, takes on a different feel. With a head of carefree curls and a hot pink flower on one side, it begged for a pretty and eye-catching ‘outfit’ to complete the picture.
Thankfully I found in my image library, soft pink flowers that fit perfectly as a floral bustier! Definitely a VAL Original designed ‘outfit’…..(Sorry I cannot name the flower type, as it was photographed along a bustling shopping street in Shanghai many moons ago).
Mixed media? Collage? Call it what you may, I love the lively contrast of the flower photos against the digital drawing/painting. Hmmm, I might just be able to coin a new term here…. ‘floral fashion in art’?
There is a third one to share next….keep your eyes peeled out for it.
There is a story waiting to be told all around us, each and every day. For the better part of my ‘other life’, I took great delight in weaving together stories for other people, to be told about them or their organizations.
Then I took to unravelling stories in my mind, by putting paint brush to paper or canvas. That morphed into collage work, which has led to where I am today on my creative journey.
Always the one ‘behind the story or the camera’, the tables are turned these days, and now it is focusing on ‘the story teller’. Here are two particularly interesting features on VAL and her designs, that I am happy to share with one and all.
Once again, I am most appreciative of the interest by the two magazines, in my humble creations.
While on a morning walk, the sights, sounds and textures of the great outdoors are a constant source of inspiration. The fresh, cool scent of morning dew. Cheery orchestral chirps of birdsong. Lush greenery that rub shoulders with pretty flower shrubs, each vying for the sunny rays from clear blue skies above.
Along the way, thoughtfully placed wooden benches dot the route. Laid out at the foot of each bench, chequered diagonal cement squares form a welcome ‘mat’ to the weary. Providing a soft touch to the concrete ‘mat’, are little bits of greenery that manage to nestle in between the squares. The landscape people have thought of everything….
It may be a slightly uphill walk, but at the summit, gentle breezes caress the face. On the way back, the downhill slope makes it seem a shorter time to get back to the muesli, fruit and yoghurt breakfast, topped off with a cup of freshly-brewed coffee. What an invigorating way to start the day!!
Back at my desk, the essence of the invigorating morning walk is captured in a collage aptly named MORNING WALK, reflecting the energy of the colours and textures that linger on in my mind.
Printed on a square piece of 100% silk twill, with hand-rolled edges, the 90x90cm scarf has a story tell, hence is a conversation piece in itself. Besides being an art-to-wear fashion accessory, a creative personality has already framed it up on the wall as an art piece!
A limited edition VAL Original, the MORNING WALK scarf is part of the ALLURE Collection of Silk Scarves by VAL. To view the full collection, please click here.
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The year was probably 1996 or 97. The place, a noisy staff dining room in Beijing. Focusing on the conversation of a few colleagues amidst the din of a room full of people talking at the same time, Charlotte’s speedy peeling of a perfect spiral of apple skin, quickly caught my full attention.
Everyone was asking for a slice of the juicy looking, plump apple….but I asked loud and clear “please may I have the apple skin – do not tear it, just place it carefully on my tissue paper here”. Charlotte obliged, happy that someone appreciated her skilful peeling of the rosy red apple skin.
I will always remember the pretty shades of red on that particular apple skin, which I promptly pressed between layers of tissue and newspaper. After months of pressing and changing of the paper to ensure that the skin dried well, and without mould, it suddenly dawned on me one fine evening after a long day at work, that the curves of the apple skin (by now I had to tear it apart at the right places) might just look good on the painting I had done in a jiffy, as a test of the new tubes of paint I had purchased.
To make the art work more tactile, I had chosen to paint onto a piece of corrugated cardboard from my box of ‘goodies’ (they did not call me the ‘bag-lady’ for nothing, as I was known as one who collected odd pieces of everything)! To add to the texture of the piece, I used puffy paint while the ‘piece de resistance’ was the apple skin hair – I thought that completed it perfectly.
For years, it lay unframed. It was always ‘the experiment’ to me, but I never threw it away as I treasured the apple skin! Then one day, my husband suggested that I frame the painting – for in his opinion it was very unusual and worthy of a place of honour.
Thereafter, I went on to work on more collages incorporating pressed vegetable slices, but nothing quite compared to the joy of creating Ms Apple Skin.
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Postage stamps have played important roles throughout the ages. In my early teens, everyone took pride in collecting stamps and first day covers were sought after treasures. I remember my beautiful red stamp album which had to be just as well-filled with unusual stamps from abroad, as my brother’s. The most eye-catching stamps then used to come from Poland, and of course, we tried our best to find ‘pen-pals’ in those countries with beautiful postage stamps. Through the exchange of constant letter-writing with these pals whom we would never meet, my brother and I managed quite a grand collection of precious postage stamps between the both of us. How I wish I had never sold them away. Alas, being on the move always, I never managed to keep too many bulky things like well-filled stamp albums, for long.
Years later, I continued to collect stamps – but only if I found them useful for use in my painting collages – two of which ended up in my 1999 artwork entitled SHADES OF BLUE, complete with postmark and all, which creatively recorded my time in Beijing, China, for posterity.
Playing an important part in MEMORIES, my silk chiffon scarf collage of vintage memorabilia from Fujian, is a sepia-toned image of a vintage stamp bearing the word ‘Amoy’, the old name of this Fujian Province in China. To view the full CELEBRATION Collection, please click here.
Naturally, it was a thrill to find that in the recent London Fashion Week, all eyes were agog at one of the more keenly watched new breed of fashion designers – Mary Katrantzou, In her 9th runway show, Mary incorporates postage stamps and currencies from far-flung countries in her designs, which are now the talk of the fashion world. See more of her delightful outfits in the SPRING 2013 RTW shows on style.com and read fabulous reviews of her latest showing, by vogue.com here.
In another creative take on Stamps in Fashion, or perhaps more aptly, Fashion in Stamps, a postage stamp collection was unveiled earlier this year in UK to commemorate 60 years of British fashion, incorporating memorable iconic pieces by the likes of Vivienne Westwood and Zandra Rhodes, among others. Soak in this lovely fusion of stamps and fashion or vice-versa, here.
All said and done, in this age of cyber communication, let us hope the humble postage stamp never diminishes in importance and value.
There are two persons on my ‘must write list’ who prefer hand-written mail to any other form of news exchange. One is a jet-setting cousin and the other is a long-lost/found-again pen-pal. Both live in Europe and perhaps I should write them more often to start a new collection of postage stamps…