PenguinGirl Musings: What Do I Really Want?

  2018 hasn’t started out the way I’d hoped.    We’re almost a quarter into the year, and I still feel like I’m in 2017, waiting for the year to end and for a new chapter to begin. Perhaps I’m just waiting for a new chapter in my life to begin – a new prospect, or a new career, a new relationship, a new exciting project, moving to a new place.. something… Anything.    Instead … Continue reading

Stories Behind the Art: FerretBoy and Our Never Ending Love Story

“Some people are meant to fall in love with each other. But not meant to be together.” – quote from the movie “500 Days of Summer” It was the fall of 2008, a few weeks into my first semester as a Songwriting major at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. I was 25, a second-time undergraduate, and I felt so out of place not only because I was one of the few Asians in a city … Continue reading

Stories Behind the Art: My Soulmate PianoBoy (or so I thought…)

One Friday evening in June 2015, I walked into an arts cafe in Singapore, which was showing some of my paintings as I was their featured artist that month. Friday evenings at this cafe was Open Mic Jam Nights, where anybody could show up, pick up one of the instruments on stage (or bring your own), and make music with other musicians. I showed up with my friend Sean, with whom I had prepared 2 … Continue reading

Story Behind the Art: A Tribute to Frida Kahlo

While Singapore is on the other side of the world from Mexico, Dia de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) still makes its appearance here thanks to voluntary organizers in collaboration with the local Mexican community. In last year’s festivities (2016), I had participated in the art open call and created a watercolor and ink piece featuring PenguinGirl as La Catrina, jamming with her mariachi penguins and the singing cactus, and serenading the little purple … Continue reading

Story Behind the Art: “Love Stories” – A Prologue

“We do not see things as they are. We see things as we are.” – Anaïs Nin For most of my life, I’ve sought after my one true love, yearning for a Mr. Right to complete me and give meaning to my life. I had an idea of how this partner should be, and when I thought I had met them, I’d fall in “love” easily. But these relationships, while intense as times, typically didn’t … Continue reading

PenguinGirl Video: Making Art in a Series

Recently I’ve been working continuously on a series of watercolor paintings called “Love Stories”. It was a challenge to devote myself to one series of works, and despite the distractions and constantly wanting to do something else, I managed to push through and began to see this series evolve into something I didn’t expect.

Story Behind the Art: The Penguins Dream & Desire

Earlier this year, I started on a series of paintings featuring the penguins Dream and Desire. The process started almost 2 years ago, when a friend commented that it was time to move away from the happy penguins in the sky, and challenge myself to work on something “darker”. She had said: “You have a darker side too. Why are you so afraid to express that?” I shared this with another friend – a writer … Continue reading