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Colours of life?

Craving and jealousy
Are colours of life
Some attest.

Not when it catches you
In its tentacles
Tight as tight can be.

Enslavement it will be
Permanence it maybe
Unhappiness a surety.

What colours of life?
More a darkness
A bottomless hole.

Awareness a need
Diminishing darkness
Eliminating a goal.

Thwarting negativity
Nurturing compassion
Happiness unfolds!

A reaction to an article on Matthieu Ricard.

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Ushering the Year of the Rooster 2017

The Chinese New Year festivity has finally gotten into me! A wonderful joyous feeling.

It started with the gifts of tangerines, the pots of chrysanthemums, the sumptuous goodies titillating the taste buds, and the rooster paintings, with its colourful plumage!

Not one but three roosters in three different styles to usher in a glorious year, and to aptly conclude the #20sketches20days challenge for January 2017.

Yeah, I have exceeded the quota but bountiful is good! It is part of my Peranakan culture :p

A bountiful year of good tidings to all.

Ciao for now!

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Top left: Done in a quick & spontaneous style ; Top right: A fusion of Chinese ink painting & Western watercolour styles ; Bottom right: A bountiful rooster in a typical Western watercolour style
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Lovely chrysanthemums from the nursery
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Tangerines for wealth in watercolour
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Sumptuous homemade Chinese New Year goodies – mock duck, pineapples tarts, & sweet rice wine pudding

Life musings

Culture

Diversity

Life

Hotsprings

Health

Art

20 Sketches 20 Days – January

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Rooster in a spontaneous style
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Bountiful rooster
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Fusion of Eastern & Western painting styles
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One with nature, Batu Raden, Central Java
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Inspired by Victorian spiral staircases
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My Welsh corgi
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Face to face with a samurai
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My everblooming bougainvillea
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From vice to void
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My very first Vespa!
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Last autumn leaves
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Japanese traditional hearth (Irori) + Hotpot (Nabe)
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Paired life drawing
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Otemon Gate, Hamamatsu Castle
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Waterjetting in Doryoko Gorge
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Torii Gate, Hamamatsu Castle
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Seigantoji Pagoda + Nachii Falls
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Kawayu Onsen
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Saya-no-yudokoro
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Kirari Ryujin Onsen
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Basic art materials

Embracing diversity

Diversity is like the colours of a rainbow
The shapes and sizes of the world
The pronouns, the labels in the languages used.

There is the time when we are born
Natural it is in embracing nature
With diversity as the key
Not bigotry, not xenophobia
Just simply at one with nature.

Against diversity was a nonentity
Definitely not used for or against
Simply grateful for life’s blessings
For the food on the table
For the safety of our family.

Against diversity was a nonentity
Definitely not bandied around
As if, it is all that matters
Insignificant it was in a simple world
Where we live and let live.

Who are we to go against diversity?
When it is nature’s way of biodiversity.
Evolving through time, with snapshots of what and who we are.
Snapshots that are ever-changing.

A pallette of colours
The shades and hues
A gamut of sizes
The measures of life.

Pull them apart, put in silos
Like stealing the thunder

From mother nature.