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 must be applied)
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 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 want 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 hot sweet chai). Being with nature like that is gold. 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, you could imagined, all the way with me, back to Singapore. Something I did made this happen– I made a decision that day and set my alarm clock to show up for the sunrise and sunset.
I like this way of working. Show up, listen, watch, be mindful, be lovely, be lively, 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 in 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 and projection mapping of text-scapes, so I'm excited to come back a full circle, and have my botanical illustrations project-mapped onto these icons of Singapore.
Mid-Jan 2018, Changi Airport Group: 20m installation wall art 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 it in my IG stories in August 2017! I'll write a behind-the-scenes story of the creative process). Spot this wall and zoomed in on the eight 1m x 1m framed artworks in Terminal 2.
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. 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 17 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 collaborations 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 car at this upcoming VIP event.
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 to accompany this illustrations.
"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!
See the projects in images and in-depth descriptions here: Jan/Feb press release 2018
MORE exciting news and projects to be announced soon.
I look forward to meeting you and to wish you a happy prolific creative year ahead. See you soon.
May you light up within,