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Nutella

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I wanted to draw something that you see common in Australia which may not be familar to many people back home. So I had a chocie bewteen drawing Vegemite or Nutella.
I was introduced to Vegemite when I was 16 years old, but I still remember the shock after tasting the first bite of my toast. I was expecting sweet taste assuming from the black colour (had expected something like chocolate) but it was incredibly salty! It turned out that Vegemite was a fermented yeast extract and was a savoury spread. I wished somebody had warned me earlier that I wasn’t supposed to spread it on the toast thickly such as peanuts butter. As it has a very intense taste, just a thin scraping will do on a piece of bread or crackers…which I learnt afterwards.

After finishing up my very salty piece, I felt like eating a whole block of chocolate for a change of taste in my mouth. I reached out for another jar which was written ‘Nutella’, back then I really had no idea what it was made of. I guessed it had nuts inside from the naming but nope, never would have guessed the delightness of its taste until I tried. It was a hazelnut chocolate spread!

I had Nutella this morning and suddenly the memory of my very first ‘two opposite tastes’ flashed back. So here’s a painting of my saviour Nutella!

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The Owl and the Pussy-Cat

Water colour, colour pencils, pen, collage

Water colour, colour pencils, pen, collage

The Owl and the Pussy-Cat went to sea
In a beautiful pea-green boat;
They took some honey, and plenty of money
Wrapped up in a five-pound note.

The Owl looked up to the stars above,
And sang to a small guitar,
“O lovely Pussy, O Pussy my love,
What a beautiful Pussy you are, you are!
What a beautiful Pussy you are!”

Pussy said to the Owl “You elegant fowl,
How charmingly sweet you sing!
Oh! Let us be married; too long we have tarried:
But what shall we do for a ring?”

(Extract from The Owl and The Pussy-Cat nursery rhymes)

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Aspired Chihiro Iwasaki

Illustrated by Chihiro Iwasaki

Illustrated by Chihiro Iwasaki

Chihiro Iwasaki ocean

A wise artist once wrote that a white paper is a kind of hope…….that all emptiness can be filled with great drawings, beautiful lines and imagination, interesting texts and letters of all kinds. I completely agree with his words except that I sometimes find creation an endless isolating task. When there’s a deadline, facing an empty paper can be a scary thing. I wonder if any of you feel that way….

When I feel I need an inspiration, museums and art galleries are the best places to visit. Recently I visited The Chihiro Art Museum in Tokyo. Chihiro Iwasaki is a popular Japanese artist and illustrator who specialises in water-coloured illustrations mainly on flowers and children. Her art theme is focused on children’s happiness and peace.

Her illustrations indeed touched my heart and inspired me to create art that can reach out to children (and adults) for all ages regardless of race, gender and other trivial differences we all carry in life. I’m so glad I made this spontaneous visit to this lovely museum…my mind is clearer and I’m filled with motivation.

Does any of you have a favourite museum where you visit to refresh your mind and get inspiration from? I’d love to hear your recommendations if there are any 🙂