PenguinLand (home)

Hello, and welcome to my official website!

 

I’m so excited to meet you and I can’t wait to show you around!

 

For starters, if you don’t have much time to browse through everything, you can just use this home page as a guide for everything you need to know about my work.

 

So let’s dive right in!
Latest News (August 24, 2016):

August continues to be a pretty happening time in PenguinLand, with 3 Youth-ful happenings!

Why “Youth-ful”?

Because all these opportunities have to do with 3 youth-related projects, groups or organizations in Singapore!

(Yes, at age 33 I’m still a YOUTH in Singapore!! *jumping up and down excitedly*)

So come join me in my second-to-last year that I get to participate in these youth-ful opportunities (cut-off age is 35.. only 1 more chance next year to qualify… :P), and check out some of these exciting happenings!

 

“PenguinGirl” @ Group Exhibition: “Seven Deadly SINs” (opens 26 August)

Guess who’s making an appearance in the largest and most happening group exhibition this year?!

(Hint: Yes, of course it’s me the artist, but not exactly “PenguinGirl”..)

Seven Deadly SINs (Strength In Numbers) is a result of Band of Doodlers first mentorship programme. 70 up-and-coming talent in the illustration scene have reinterpreted the 7 sins under the guidance of 7 BOD mentors. The theme tells the story of how individual trespasses can get in the way of achieving our goals and aspirations.

Opening reception:
Fri 26 Aug 7 pm
Capitol Theatre

11 Stamford Rd, Capitol Piazza, 178884
B2 near the ATMs

The exhibition will run for one month and is co-sponsored by NYC Singapore, The Capitol Building and Adventurers Singapore Pte Ltd.

Want to find out which Sin I’ve been assigned??

Come by this Friday to find out!

More details here, and a sneak peeks of my group’s collaborative work, the gallery, and part of my own watercolor piece:

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PenguinGirl Art Shoppe @ Noise Artist Market (27-28 August)

As part of the Noise Singapore Arts Festival this year, 12 artists have been selected to participate in the Noise Artist Market this coming weekend!

I’ll be selling my art postcards as well as small original artworks. Come stop by and say hello! 🙂

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Noise Artist Market
27 – 28 August 2016, 4.30pm – 9pm
Esplanade Concourse

Take a walk through the Noise Artist Market showcasing 12 local artists and an array of original art, crafts, accessories and more. Treat yourself to a unique, hand-crafted creation and support a local artist at the same time!

For more info about the Noise Singapore 2016 Festival, visit here.

 

PenguinGirl’s “Mer-Friend” on EZ-Link cards island-wide!

A few months ago I was one of 12 Noise Singapore artists selected by EZ-Link to submit an image for this year’s Special Edition National Day card designs.

That’s when I created “Mer-Friend”, an image that encapsulates Singapore’s past, present and future.

20160722-ez-link-2-dataAnd guess who was one of the 3 artists whose design was selected to be printed?!

(*excitedly jumping up and down again*)

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Read more about the designs here.

And because of “Mer-Friend”, my EZ-Link card design commissioned via Noise Singapore, I got interviewed by Youth SG!

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Check out the article here.

 

For the most up-to-date news, follow me on Instagram @penguingirl_art

 

Latest Original Paintings for Sale:

(Click on the images to enlarge them, or visit “art for sale” to see the entire collection of unique paintings and artworks for sale.)

 

Short 3-minute video of me telling my story:

Watch this to learn about my artist dream come true and to check out some pictures from my first solo exhibition .

 

My Story in a Nutshell:

When I was about 8-9 years old, I loved to draw and to paint, but when I told my Mom I wanted to be an artist, she said artists don’t make any money, and so for almost 20 years I forgot all about my artist dream. Long story short, I completed my first BA in Psychology, worked as a freelance TV/film actress, worked behind the scenes on TV/film sets, sold costume jewelry in a department store, and went to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue a second BA in Songwriter and Music Business. During my final semester as a songwriting major, I enrolled in an “Intro to Drawing” class, and the artist dream I always had within me was reawakened after almost 20 years. However, I was afraid of pursuing art as my Number 1 passion, because I had not been painting or drawing during this time, except for random doodles on school notes and the occasional Christmas and birthday cards for close friends.

I returned to Singapore in June 2012 completely lost about my direction in life, but in December 2012, after a life-coaching program called “The Courage to Create”, I found the courage to pursue my passion for art. Within 2 months and with the support of a life coach, I organized my very first solo art exhibition, which was held for one week in February 2013 at a local art gallery café. I created 30 original paintings, all acrylic on canvas with some mixed media and illustrated collage, and 17 of them were sold within the first week of the show. This process revealed for me what my life and my art is really about – love, happiness, freedom, pursuing your passion, and making your dream come true.

 

To view my artworks in my home studio, get in touch with me at 96474970 or email penguingirlart@gmail.com 🙂

 

The Essential Artworks of My Art Career (So Far…):

Every artist has their famous or pivotal paintings, and if I had to pick a few, these would be the ones.

"Moonface" (2011), color pencil and pen on paperMoonface (2011), color pencil and ink on paper, 8 x 8 in.
Original illustration not for sale.

After I rediscovered my passion for art, this was one of the very first illustrations I created. It was inspired by my favorite childhood book series “The Faraway Tree” by Enid Blyton. The children in the book climbed this tree and into the different magical lands in the clouds with their friends Moonface and other fairy folk. Finding back my love for drawing allowed me to also reconnect with the stories I grew up with, and my fascination with magic and adventure.

What’s your favorite story? How would you like to relive it?

 

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A Dreamer’s New Home (2012), acrylic / mixed media on canvas, 12 x 12 in.

Original painting sold during first solo show for S$300.

 This was the first painting that emerged during the 2 months I was preparing for my first solo show. The penguin, as we all know, are birds that can’t fly, but somehow I loved the idea of putting it in the clouds, living a new life that it once believed to be impossible. Now that the penguin has made its way to the clouds, it needed a new home, and it has built 2 sandcastles. The penguin in this painting is a little sad because it’s the only one who has made it to this brand new world, and waiting for its friends to get there can be rather lonely and disappointing at times.

When was the last time you created something totally new for yourself? What was the journey like?

 

flight-dreamers-flying-penguins-clouds-MaryAnn-LooFlight of the Dreamers (2013), acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 16 x 12 in.

Original painting sold during first solo show for S$360.

 When I created this I didn’t expect to get a overwhelming amount of LIKEs on Facebook. Somehow this painting resonated with everyone, and I had 3 people wanting to buy it even before my art show itself. Eventually I created my first triptych with this painting, and it was sold to the client who bought all 3 panels. I also used this painting as my publicity poster for my first show, and it’s still the image on the back of my name card even until today. I think it pretty much sums up what my art is about –daring to take a leap and fly into the endless possibilities of the sky. It’s also about freedom, and setting out toward the unknown and into the arms of adventure.

If you had the courage to take the leap into the unknown and towards your dreams, what would your life really be like?

 

breakthrough-penguin-splash-sea-heart-balloon-MaryAnn-LooBreakthrough!!! (2013), acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 10 x 20 in.

Original painting sold during first solo show for S$360.

This one just came to me without me even really thinking about it. In fact, the penguin with the balloon had been drawn for another painting, but I didn’t use it, and when I was working on this one, I just felt that it would fit there. And it was a match made in penguin heaven!

What are some of your breakthroughs in life? What is it currently in your life that you would like to breakthrough?

 

new sky (2013)New Sky (2013), acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 18 x 24 in.

Original painting for sale: S$ 750.

I started on this 4 months after my first show, because I was inspired by a photo I found online of a beautiful sunrise. I was compelled to paint it, and I hadn’t wanted to put any penguins in this one, but for some reason when I tried it out, and the 3 penguins just brought the whole painting to life. This is what I imagine my land in the clouds to truly be like, every single day. A land where all dreams come true, and every sunrise brings more possibilities and greater things.

What does your new sky look like?

 

dream tree (2014)Dream Tree (2014), acrylic and mixed media on canvas, 23.4 x 33.1 in.

Original painting for sale: S$ 1,200.

Having fulfilled my dream of having a solo exhibition, I decided it was time to test myself as a leader in supporting other aspiring artists to create their own exhibition. The group show was called “Bricks and Clouds”, and it was held for 2 weeks in April-May 2014. As most of the other artists were working professionals, the whole idea of this project is to explore the dynamics between the practical and the aspirational aspects of life. I like living with my head in the clouds, but I also know that it’s a dangerous thing, because one will be susceptible to changes in the weather, and sandcastles in the air can easily fall apart. Hence the Dream Tree became my structure that bridges the ground and the clouds, where the dreamers (what I call my penguins) can continue to pursue what they love, and still have their foundation in the ground where they originated. It represents what I believe to be the ideal life.

What does your ideal life look like? What are the structures you’re currently creating in order to sustain your passion and your dreams?

 

Where would you like to go from here??

So there you have it – pretty much all of this sums up what my art is about in one home page.

To see more of my artworks, check out my online gallery here.

To learn more about me, my story and my art, click here.

If you’re looking for something unique and original to decorate your living space or as a gift for a loved one, check out what’s for sale here.

I’m also available for commissioned pieces, and you can check out what I’ve worked on before here.

To see images from my art shows and other events, click here.

To stay up to date on my latest artworks, events, and on-goings, follow me on Instagram, or LIKE my Facebook Artist Page.

 

Thank you for your time, and I hope you have fun checking out the rest of this site! 🙂

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