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Archive for November, 2007

Why we paint???

Posted by ngwoonlam on November 1, 2007

blessing ng woon lam singapore oil painting artist

Why we paint???

I heard from a teacher from New York. He said a painting is a magical thing. An artist paints an image. He/She left. Someone comes over and is able to connect and communicate with him/her.

But that’s not why I paint. I enjoy it a lot more than that. I was not able to figure out until one day I read a translated book about Rodin’s philosophy in art.

That’s was a casual conversation between Rodin and his 2 students. Could not translate the translated Chinese names back to the right language. Sorry about that!!!

Rodin was with his 2 students leaving Salon show for lunch. One student was teasing another telling him an artist was a completely useless person, which the other student had to agree with him though unhappily.

{I translate the content below from Chinese. Sorry for any minor inaccuracy!!!}

“Please go ahead and have the food Mr.XXX. Though you need not to be served as you are an artist. You are basically a useless fellow.”

“I forgive you for your impoliteness, as you have also taken half of the food.” then he continued “But I could not disagree with you ……….  Basically the world does not need us.”

Rodin then disagreed with his students.

This is what he said, “…… one can choose do a good job or a bad job. To do a good job, I believe is the human nature. However, when working becomes a measure thru’ financial return and personal needs, it changes. People choose to do a not-so-good job.”

“In order to change this, I wish everyone is an artist. ‘Artist’ here is a common word to describe one who loves what one’s doing. A happy carpenter artist….. a happy taxi driver artist, … with all these happy artists, we have a society with the best comfort and service ever.”

“That’s the one message a artist is passing to the society.”

After reading this, I quit my job and paint fulltime. I think since I like it, I can do it better!!!

Please feel free to post your opinions and opposite point of view. Have fun painting!!!


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Sarawak Cultural Arts & Craft Festival 2007

Posted by mchew on November 1, 2007

An International Art show entitled Sarawak Cultural Arts & Craft Festival 2007, in conjunction with the 3rd BIMP-EAGA Travel Exchange 2007 is currently held from 20th October to 4th November 2007 at the Old Court House in Kuching, Sarawak.


Participating artists are Anne Lim Geok Kuan (Singapore), Chai Fook Vui (Sarawak), Chai Shuk Lam (Sarawak), Chan Chang How (Singapore), David Chew (Sarawak), Derek A. Fitz Simons (Ireland), Georges Schneider (France), Gerald Goh (Sarawak), Hamidon Ahmed (Perak), Hj Mohd Hj Siraj (N. Sembilan), Iwona Sawicka (Poland), Jerzy Korput (Poland), Kadrie Bin Bogol (Sarawak), Khin Zaw Latt (Myanmar), Lam Siong Onn (Sarawak), Magdelene Tai (Sarawak), Marvin Chew (Singapore), Melton Ak Kais (Sarawak), Michael Poh Bee Kwang (Sarawak), Mohd Bin Hj Abu Hassan (N. Sembilan), Mohd Sanip Lasman (Johor), Mohd Shaimy Bin Hashim (Pahang), Mynt Aung (Myanmar), Narong Daun (Sarawak), Pang Teng Khoon (Singapore), Petrus Alfred (Sarawak), Ramsay Ong (Sarawak), Seah Kang Chui (Singapore), Sim Chiap Hin (Sarawak), Soe Soe Laputta (Myanmar), Sylvester Jussem (Sarawak), Thein Soe (Myanmar), William Taylor (United Kingdom)


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Invitation to Demonstration/Talk by Mr Ratindra Das AWS, NWS

Posted by mchew on November 1, 2007

Singapore Watercolour Society would like to invite you to a watercolour art demonstration/ talk session by Mr. Ratindra Das, signature member of American Watercolor Society (AWS) and National Watercolor Society (NWS), and multiple awards winner. We hope you will take this opportunity to learn and witness for yourself his unique style and get to know the artist himself. 

At the same time, Mr Ratindra Das would love to discuss and learn about arts in this part of the world, especially South East Asia and Singapore, from you. So, what better way to spend your Sunday morning than meeting the man himself and watch him paint and engage in a lively talk about watercolour arts.  To view his paintings, please visit

Venue:  Telok Kurau Art Gallery – 91 Lorong J Telok Kurau, Ground Floor, Singapore 425985

Date:    Sunday, 11 November 200

Time:    Starts at 9:00 am (approximately 3 hours)

Admission:     Free (Donations are welcome)



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