Friday, March 13, 2015

Art challenge #1

The outcome for our first art challenge. Which one is your favourite?


In between juggling my time with work and assignments, there was this art challenge that I decided to do with some of my colleagues. The deadline was today and I only started my painting two nights ago and completed it last night while catching up with episodes of The Voice. (#TeamPharrell & #TeamXtina all the way) Yeap, as always I am 'the last minute woman' lol but I do have a legit excuse and it was because I was rushing like mad trying to finish one of my assignments to submit, which I finally did on last Saturday. Wasn't satisfied with the outcome because I really felt like I've not enough time executing the designs out *sigh* Gotta blog about this on another post. Oh well, what's done is done and there's no turning back anymore.

This art challenge is like an 'art therapy' to me cos after being swamped with work, classes and doing my own assignments, it is a nice feeling to be able to take a little break and not be worried about things. Honestly, I was so afraid that I would fall into the 'depression dungeon' again because I could felt it was creeping in slowly. Even told my cousins about it and they said it's not a good sign. But that moment when I managed to catch up with my cousins, I already felt so happy and told myself that there is just no point of bringing all these negative vibes around. I'm just thankful that I am able to keep myself calm throughout the weeks when I was rushing with my assignments. 

So this little art therapy is a good one for me. They say do what you love and love what you do. Painting is definitely one of my loves although I always wish I have more time to do it. I am also glad that my colleagues and I are able to finish our artworks within the deadline and judging from our skills, we all got it haha. Just to let you know, painting those raspberries are not so easy for me but I guess it looks alright after I added the white colour highlights. Looking forward to the next art challenge but in the meantime, I gotta finish up another group assignment for submission next week.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Cookeh Monstah

Me want cookeh!

 Managed to paint this Cookie Monster character as an art trade for the Oscar the Grouch painting that was done by colleague. This Cookie Monster painting is also a birthday gift for my colleague as I gave him a Daler Rowney watercolour postcards and he asked me to paint him this using the postcard. Anyway, my colleagues and I (the 6 of us) are having an art challenge and where each of us will draw/paint a piece of artwork and probably trade it with each other. This came out of randomness but it already sounds exciting! I mean we've never done this before so I guess it will be a good practice to brush up our skills as well. The theme that we've set is 'Dessert' so we can choose any type of dessert for this art challenge. I'm thinking of painting macaroons or strawberry shortcake but I'm probably gonna stick with macaroons. Apart from my assignments, I've to do this challenge. Oh boy, what have I got myself into...will post the outcome soon and I'm flying off today...NOOOO!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

CNY 2015

Lion dance under the blue sky in Penampang.
Happy Chinese New Year, Gong Xi Fa Cai! 新年快乐!Celebrating CNY in KK has always been a quiet one for me unless I am in my mum's hometown Tawau, then it'll be more merrier haha. Anyway, I've been back here for a week and I'll be flying back to KL tomorrow and then work will resume on Thursday. I know I should've extend my stay here until the weekend but I have to finish my assignments ASAP so I couldn't really stay back when I'll ended up being lazy and having a snail mode internet connection here. Been trying to finish up my assignments here for the past few days...well, I tried but I still have TONS to do. Not even sure if I can submit it on time or not, but let's hope for the I always say lol.

There wasn't much to do during the first two days of CNY. I attended the first CNY mass ever held in St. Michael Church on Thursday morning. For a church that is basically dominated by Kadazandusun people, I am glad to know that there are 'changes' that has been implemented since the church ever since the new Rector priest transferred here. Not to say the previous one is bad but you know...sometimes change is good. There was also a lion dance performance right after mass and I always LOVED watching lion dance so I was a happy woman upon seeing them lions :) I know the lion dance here wasn't as awesome as the ones that in Tawau but the important point to this whole thing is how Kadazandusun people are open to embrace the Chinese culture here. #noracist 

My angpow collection this year is not so bad too since a bunch of relatives from Tawau decided to spend CNY in KK and came over to visit my mum on 初一 (CNY Day 1) so extra ang pows this year! Although I kinda feel a little awkward to still be receiving it when I am 30 years old already but it would be rude not to accept it right? Apart from that, met up with my cousins and girlfriends are a must when I am back. Oh, went to watch Kingsman with my cousins too on Thursday night. Very entertaining movie! Think James Bond with more swag hahaha. I also managed to meet up with my designer friends, the ones that I've worked with before the big move to KL. Had to conduct an interview with them for one of my assignments and thankfully everything went well. At least, one part of the assignment is done. I will have to spend my day in the public library today where I can continue my work. I just wanna get all these done and over with, so as my classes with my students...just 2 more months to go. Oh well, hope y'all did have a great CNY so far.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Love Day 2015

Happy Love Day! I can't believe the time has once again pass by so damn fast that I really felt like I've no time to settle down yet. So many things to do, and so little time for myself which explains my disappearance in the blogsphere. I've been putting too much time with my classes and when it comes to my own assignments, I find it so so hard to make time for it. I've realised that doing this all by myself is not easy. My colleague who was doing her MA told me that she always have a sister to back her up, even willing to stay up late with her to finish up her assignment and she has her husband to prove read her paper. I have none of that and that is why I have been struggling since the day I started my semester. BUT, I know I can go through with it, even if time is limited, even if my ideas get rejected several times or even if I ended up not getting a result with flying colours. Just got to stop worrying and pray that everything's gonna be alright.

Sorry, I just had to let this part out of my mind hehe. IT'S SO HARD! But I'll have to suck it up so don't worry, I will get through this! Anyway, I spent the entire Valentine's Day in KL with my GBF (Gay Best Friend lol). Wanted to look for books for my project and luckily I did managed to find two good books that's related to this on-going project that I am working on. Though, the cost of the books have burned a huge hole in my pocket but I know it is gonna be useful to me so I guess it's okay to invest a lil bit on education. We also managed to visit an exhibition called Maestro: World's Modern and Contemporary Art Masters in Galeri Petronas. Some of the works featured were by the famous artists like Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, Henri Matisse and Jackson Pollock. I think I got a little over excited to see original works from these artists having to learn and read about them in History of Art subject in college. 'Twas a good time though walking can be a pain especially when we're so used to walking in a fast pace haha. But we had a good time and had a good meal as well so at least this year's Valentine's Day wasn't so bad after all.

Reached home, took a shower and had a quick Skype chat with my classmate and also my group member for our group project. When you are doing distance learning study, you'll need all the technology to connect with another person from another globe so thank God for Skype. First time meeting my classmate Ian and he's a pretty good guy and seems nice too :) Gotta work on so many things now since we have like  3 assignments to submit by next month! I don't know why but I kinda find it cool to be working with people from a different timzone haha.

I was just out from shower hence the bare face lol.
On the other note, I am flying back to KK again next week for Chinese New Year break. Well, not exactly a break for me as I am definitely bringing my assignments to do there but then being able to go back home is always a nice feeling :) I am trying to divide all the time that I got to finish up all the tasks that is in my hands now. Anyway, sorry if I am not able to post stuff here as much as I used to but you'll see me from time to time and I am always active on Instagram so follow me @viviendumpangol. I should stop here now. Tomorrow is another hustle. Till the next post!

Monday, February 02, 2015

Baa year

First painting of the year and I painted a hipster goat in conjunction with the year of the goat. Doesn't really have a Chinese New Year feel on it but oh well...I don't really want to make it so 'cina' looking tho haha. Anyway, I have disappeared from the blogsphere again. Life happens and I gotta deal with it first. Let's see if I have some spare time to update more tomorrow since it is a public holiday.