Thursday, April 24, 2014


This coming official sketchwalk, we will be having it at Books Kinokuniya's main store at Ngee Ann City Takashimaya Shopping Centre on 26th April, 10AM -1PM (please take note of the timing).This is a rare opportunity to draw the interior of one of our favourite bookstores before they move out of their present premises to a smaller one end of this year. Thanks to the management of Books Kinokuniya for giving us access to the store this Saturday. Yay! Aircon!

MEETING POINT: Once the store opens at 10AM, we will meet in the middle of the store (called "crossroads".) There, we will hand out tags that all sketchers have to wear so that we can be identified by customers and and the staff. We will have a quick briefing and then spread throughout the store to draw. Do come a little earlier so that we won't have to wait for everyone and cause a jam in the store.

END POINT: At 1PM sharp we will meet outdoors at the walkway between Takashimaya and Wisma Atria. There, we will have our "show and tell" and then be dismissed to have our lunch.

1. As this is a store and not a public space, please be extra mindful not to obstruct any walkways or any customers who are browsing books. Bookstore customers can be very particular about such things, so let's avoid any complaints. Let's allow the store to operate smoothly while we are there.

2. You are allowed to bring your small stools to sit on so long as it does not get in the way of customers. I don't recommend big easels or big pieces of paper spread out on the floor to paint.

3. Bring art materials that will allow you to draw without mess. As books are made of paper, we want to avoid any ink or paint splatters on them.

4. You will be given a tag to wear. Please wear it prominently. It is more for the customers to see that you are on official business and not just a random street sketcher.

5. Do not clump together in a group when in the store. It's a big store, so spread out so that we do not block any walking spaces in the store. Main rule is to keep the customers at the store happy:) With that, it should be an enjoyable sketchwalk for all.

If you can't make it for this one, we will be organising another on in early August to coincide with Kinokuniya's anniversary.

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

Green Corridor at Commonwealth

A very different sketching trip to the green corridor on a Saturday evening. The green corridor is the name given to the stretch of greens made possible by the old railway track once owned by Malaysia and had since been returned to Singapore with an exchange of a big plot of land near Middle Road / Bugis area. I did two pieces, more soft than hard landscape. Size : 200 x 200mm

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

March Sketchwalk : The Green Corridor

This coming saturday, we will be walking through The Green Corridor. Alight at Commonwealth MRT Station and walk to the nearby Sheng Siong supermarket at 4PM SHARP. We will meet outside Sheng Siong, where the ATM cash machines are. Do not be late because we won't have time to wait and you might get lost. Visit the restroom before it begins. At 4:10PM we will walk to the entrance of the Green Corridor then turn left, following the direction in the map.

It might have rained in the morning, so it might be a little muddy. Bring track shoes and portable stools/something to sit on (or you will need to stand. No where to sit). Also bring mosquito repellant if mosquitoes are attracted to you.

Pace yourselves as this is a bit of a walk. But you will need to walk to fully enjoy this stretch of greenery. The scene changes as you walk so don't get stuck in one place for too long. By 5:30pm you should have passed the mid-point (a big highway bridge with an indian temple below it). There is only one straight path to take so you won't get lost. There are many exits if you want to venture out a little to explore and draw. But keep moving along the green corridor.

By 7PM SHARP meet at the end point (Jln Kilang Barat). Look out for the small dirt path exit. Be on time as it will get dark. The photo of the end point is below. We will have "show and tell" near the end point. From there, we can walk toward the main road. A few places to eat around there - Ikea, ABC brickworks food centre, De Burg hamburger place, as well as Bukit Merah Central (blk 120) food centre.

Do remember that this is a special sketchwalk timing so we can avoid the hot sun.
This saturday, sketchwalk is btw 4-7PM.

If you get lost, please call Andrew at 91070735. (But only if absolutely necessary, as I will be busy drawing too. Thank you for understanding.)

BACK UP PLAN: If somehow, it thunderstorms that afternoon, we will stay around Tanglin Halt area (around Commonwealth MRT Stn) from start to finish. It's a nice place to draw with lots of shelter. Bring an umbrella just in case.

There are no fees nor attendance taken. And all drawing skill levels are welcome. This sketchwalk (like all sketchwalks) are open to everyone. Anyone can join. All you have to do is show up on time.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

at Yueh Hai Ching Temple again

This is the 2nd sketch at the newly renovated Yeuh Hai Ching Temple at Philip Street. The main feature of this temple is the very elaborate roof scape which cannot be found in other temples in Singapore. The best time to capture the light is between 10am to 11am, a very short window before the hot sun covers the entire temple forecourt. This piece has a new owner, Dr Yeo Kang Shua, the restoration expert for the temple which took him about five years from the drawing board to final completion. This piece also appeared on Sunday TV programme, MediaCorp Channel 8 at 10:30pm on 16 March 2014.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Yueh Hai Ching Temple

This was sketched in the afternoon and it was a big mistake. The weather was so hot and the only shade was provided by the small roof at the entrance. Size : 250 x 250mm

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Result of Feb Sketchwalk at the museum.

Here is one 250x250mm sketch outside the National Museum of Singapore on a very hot Saturday afternoon with Urban Sketchers Singapore. The three 'big huts' on the right is an artwork entitled 'The Wormhole' by Eko Prawoto, an Indonesia artist living in Jogjakarta. These bamboo structures resemble a range of volcanoes or mountains is viewed as an axis which mediates between the earth and the heavens. They are commissioned by the museum for Singapore Biennale 2013.

Saturday, March 01, 2014

old cobbler

I did not post this sketch done last year. Meet Mr Lim, a senior cobbler at People Park's Centre.

Friday, February 28, 2014

rickshaw noodles

An old sketch done last December - a food stall at Maxwell Road market selling rickshaw or trishaw noodles.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Hong Kong trip

Saturday, February 01, 2014

sketch for the TV

Another fun sketching day at Tiong Bahru with Channel New Asia filming the sketchers for a programme called 'red dot'.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

at Jin Wee again


Thursday, January 23, 2014

Penny University

Penny University, artisanl coffehouse, as it said on their name card is located at East Coast Road. It was a Wednesday late morning and my daughter bought me brunch at this cool place.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Sketchwalk January

Hi all, the upcoming sketchwalk will be at Bedok Reservoir. We will meet 9.30am at the Glocal Connect Village Gallery, Temasek Polytecnic (where the present Urbansketchers Singapore exhibition is at now), then we will walk to Bedok Reservoir through the School of Design. There is a MacDonalds, Subway and Toast Box within the Temasek Poly campus so if you like, you can either choose to "relax one corner" with a cup of coffee or walk to the nearby Bedok Reservoir park to sketch.

At 12.30pm, please walk back and meet at the McDonald for "show and tell." 

Directions to the start point can be found HERE.

Might be sunny so bring a hat. But there will be lots of shade so I'm told. See you there!

Poster painting by Phyllis Chong.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

rag and bone man at the back lane

Mr Teo told me he has been on rag and bone business at this back lane for the past forty years!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

dinner sketch

This place is getting more and more crowded. Family dinner at Jin Wee and my son is in my sketch, again.

Saturday, January 18, 2014