So just how many dates have you devised with your creative muses this year? My top resolutions for 2018 involves clear dating destiny with my creative muses- my loyal romantics who woos me to make sure that I create something daily. So here's what I've figured out we could all do more of this year:
1. Make those dates with your creative muses. Find that someone, "some plant", somewhere that makes you feel 'that was really quite something and I want to do that again". and begin to observe what you're creating in your life. Creation= New inspirations, new thoughts, new action plans, new doings, new outcomes.
2. Set an intention and show up. If it works out better than you had intended, chances it could get better with practice. (Optimism is a good look for 2018)
3. Live whatever brings out the magic within. Suddenly aware, this line sounds all too much like a T-shirt slogan for me, but hey, so much for wearing your heart on your sleeves. Here's another one: Follow your heart and make it all happen.
They say the first day of the year set how the rest of your year will be. Someone told me this on the first day of the new year and I really wanted to believe this because I started the first day of my new year with a beautiful beach sunrise (barefooted, waves lapping at feet) and ending the day with a fleeting rainbow + full moon + whales- spotting all within five minutes to pacific ocean-view sunset (sitting by rocking chair next to a fire pit with a hot sweet chai). Being with nature like that is gold for me. So to up the ante, I turned to my best friends and tell them "I love you" and how I really appreciate their friendship and companionship. General good mood and aloha vibes prevailed, as you could imagined, all the way with me, back to Singapore. Something I did made all that happened– I made a decision on the first day of the new year and set my alarm clock to show up for the sunrise and sunset, and trust the magic to unfold itself.
I like this way of working. Show up, listen, watch, be mindful, be lovely, be lively, be sincere, be spontaneous and create something good together.
I came back to see the fruition of big exciting design projects that WITHIN has created with our clients launching at the start of January! I really hope you'll check them all out!
20-22 Jan, Light to Night Festival 2018: Catch two of Within's botanical graphics (illustrated by me and designed by our amazing multi-talented graphic designer/arts manager, Eleanor) project-mapped onto the Singapore's Supreme Court's and Victoria Concert Hall facades, titled "Tropical Takeover: Restore' and "Tropical Takeover: Beauty". I did my MAFA on installation art, involving projection of videos of text mobiles onto an almost 3m of fabric installation, so I'm excited to come back full circle, and have my botanical illustrations project-mapped onto these icons of Singapore.
Mid-Jan 2018, Changi Airport Group: In this 20m art installation of botanical illustrations specially commissioned by CAG. I wanted to feature a landscape of tropical plants found in the airport terminals. (I met the horticulture team and toured all the gardens, you might have saw snippets of my creative process in my IG stories in August 2017! I'll write a behind-the-scenes story of the creative process). Spot this installation and zoomed in on the eight 1m x 1m framed artworks in Terminal 2 in March..
3 FEB 2018: Botanical Art & Photography Workshop by Lucinda Law in collaboration with Leica: I owned my first leica ten years ago and I can't wait to share my plant hunting and photography tips with you where we'll get to use the newly-launched Leica CL. We'll then translate the photographs to paintings. first workshop at my favourite 'classroom'- Terrace at Pollen restaurant. I can't wait for you to experience beautiful ambience there. See link below to book a seat.
FULLY-BOOKED. Jan/Feb 4-Week Course: Botanical & Flora Art In Watercolour & Mixed Media Weekend Workshop. The first course I'm conducting for the year is full, so the dates and booking link for the second course is now live.
*New 24 March, 31, 7 and 14 April 2018 - Saturdays. So see link below and start booking. 12 seats only.
25 Jan 2018 Live-illustrations for Bentley GT in collaboration with UOB bank: My first live illustrations event for 2018 starts with Bentley! It's my second time working with Bentley, I illustrated the Bentley Bentayga for its launch in May 2016. I love cars and can't wait to be illustrating this ultra-glamourous Continental GT at this upcoming VIP event. It's the first time they're unveiling this car in Singapore!
RISIS Feb Lunar New Year cards: Within created a set of three lunar new year card designs featuring my illustrations for orchids specialist, Risis. In July 2016, I painted six large-format painting from the 40th anniversary of Risis, so we know most of their orchids inside out. A great pleasure to be working with their orchids again!
2 Feb Business Times feature: My illustrations on native plants of Singapore and Malaysia will be featured on BT for their colouring page. Look out for it as we'll be creating a special appendix of full-coloured botanical illustrations in watercolour to accompany this illustration done in pen and ink. .
"Art of Nature" Creative Retreats 2018 & 2019. So many of you have been writing in to ask me about the upcoming dates and venues of my upcoming creative retreats and I'm really touched, thank you and I've been working on it so very hard. We almost have the dates ready, so hang in there. In the meantime, please drop us an email with the title, "Let's date!". So we'll include you in our news updates and frankly, we actually welcome the pressure for us to speed up our announcement!
WITHIN's Lunar new year red packets coming to you: by mid-Feb: I can't wait to send you our red packets soon! All our guests who signed up for our courses and creative retreats, and all our clients receives these limited editions red packets for us every year! Last year, we gave out 500 of these red packets featuring my pineapple illustrations, this year, we hope to give out even more. They're not available for sale. In order to get them, let us create beautiful things together!
MORE exciting news and projects to be announced soon.
I sincerely look forward to meet you and to wish you a happy prolific creative year ahead. See you soon.
May you light up within,
New in 2018
Botanical Art In Watercolour &
Mixed Media With Lucinda Law
17 and 31 March, 7 and 14 April 2018.
*NEW 17 March- 14 April 2018: 4-Week Course: Botanical & Flora Art In Watercolour & Mixed Media Weekend Workshops With Lucinda Law
This is my second botanical art course of 2018 following the fully-booked course in Jan/Feb. So I hope you can join us for the second season.
You'll be learning how to create botanical art in pen and watercolour in a series of four weekend workshops. Drawing recent experiences from my professional development course in botanical illustration at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, UK, I want to share the intimate creative process of the botanical world with you and show you how to create botanical art in three distinctive styles: pencil shading, ink using stipple method and watercolour.
Each week, you'll be guided on how to improve your art techniques from a botanical artist's perspective, using live botanical subjects as the basis of your practice. This course is ideal or beginners or watercolour hobbyists who wish to learn about the world of botanical art and how to foster a holistic art practice with plants and nature.
This special course takes place at Within studio on 4 consecutive Saturday mornings on 17 and 31 March, 7 and 14 April 2018. I will take you on easy-to-follow demonstrations and guided one-one-one tutorials to create detailed botanical artworks.
Dates: 17 and 31 March, 7 and 14 April 2018 - Saturdays
Time: 10.30am to 1.00pm | Venue: Within Studio
Price: S$550, includes:
- Four workshops
- Botanical materials are provided.
- A basic art materials set is provided and you may be asked to bring additional materials as we progress.
- Complimentary Artist PITT Pen and Pencil from Faber-Castell
- Certificate of Participation
*Missed workshops are non-refundable unless they are cancelled/postponed by the instructor.
Bookings: 12 seats tend to sell out swiftly, contact email@example.com for more info.
* NEW 3 FEB 2018: Botanical Art & Photography Workshop by Lucinda Law in collaboration with Leica
You know how I love documenting botanical inspirations and bringing them into my artworks. Photography is such a vital part of my creative process, so for the first time, I’ll be sharing with you all my tips and tricks to capture beautiful and inspiring plant subjects in an upcoming workshop. I’ll also share with you my favourite optimal light conditions, ways of seeing and observing a plant/landscape, techniques of compositions, colour matching, filters, and more, which are most ideal for botanical art.
So to kickstart my first workshop for the year, I’ll be conducting a Botanical Art & Photography Workshop in collaboration with Leica at my favourite “classroom” - once again at the gorgeous Terrace of Pollen Restaurant.
This exclusive three-hour botanical art and photography workshop will be centred around the vibrant festive blooms of the spring season and the Chinese New Year floral show at Gardens By The Bay. From 2.30pm to 3.30pm, I will take you on a guided tour of the Floral Show at the Flower Dome to seek inspirations, you will explore and try out the latest cameras from Leica to capture the botanical subjects that catches your eyes,
You’ll be using the latest Leica CL (which was my constant companion in Hawaii) to learn how capture botanical inspirations in the Flower Dome of Gardens by the Bay, and bring those inspirations back to our workshop table at the beautiful terrace of Pollen to illustrate and paint.
Date: 3 Feb, Sat. 2018.
Workshop fees $168, includes:
- Use of all materials
- A choice of tea/coffee and dessert after the workshop
- Free entry to the Flower Dome at Gardens By The Bay
So come, let's go and find some inspirations together, paint and sit around to have tea, coffee and desserts afterwards! Let's chat firstname.lastname@example.org
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