I have not kept up my blog since coming to Singapore, mainly because art has not been a high priority as I have settled into my home here. However, last night I was talking to a new friend who does not know me as an artist. I had told her about hanging out with the Singapore Urban Sketchers – a very welcoming community of people who go out into the streets of Singapore’s eclectic neighborhoods to record what they see. That is my art right now. I offer this little sketch so my friends and art fans know what I’m doing.
I told a woman I met in an art store yesterday that sketching is so important to all of us as artists! It hones our skills of observation and keeps the hand and eye coordinated! One interesting intersection of my art and science interest emerged on a field trip to Mt Merapi, Indonesia last year. The new Singapore geography curriculum includes field work – with sketching as a technique for capturing observations in the field. So…. Paul Wang and Tia Boon of my Singapore Sketchers community agreed to do a workshop for geography teachers with a morning of drawing skills and an afternoon of sketching – guess what – Rocks! – in the field. The ‘C’ in my name is for collaboration and connections…loved having artists and geographers working together to bring new skills to a group of educators!
Check out the Singapore Urban Sketchers .