A rough video I took for class project about mortality.


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I’ve been watching this over and over

In 2011, Tacita Dean produced a work using 35mm analog film for the Tate Modern Unilever series. I am totally captivated by the surrealistic and poetic quality of its visual elements. It was a very labour intensive process to edit the film and the result is breathtaking. It celebrates the little and mundane moments of nature, and invites us to look at them with a whole new perspective and imagination.

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London in June

I am glad I was greeted by such nice weather in June during my visit.  It was sunny everyday for a whole week.  To top it off, the sun didn’t go down until almost 11pm at night.  I stayed in the Shoreditch neighbourhood which is on the eastern edge of central London. There’s an urban and artsy vibe with graffiti everywhere, cafe on every street and many interesting shops, not to mention some surprisingly good restaurants.  It’s a great area for your stay if you don’t plan to do a lot of shopping on the West side.  My purpose to London was mainly for gallery and museum visits so I wanted to stay away from the tourist areas on the West.







Lots of graffiti, restaurants and cafe in Shoreditch.  Many people ride bikes and the locals start drinking around 5pm outside of bars and restaurants.



When I arrived at the Hoxton hotel I was overwhelmed by the artificial perfume smell.  I guess they need to mask the smell of booze from all the partying at the lobby every single night.  The place is packed even on weekdays.  I asked for a quiet room on the 5th or 6th floor with lots of sunlight and the hotel delivered especially with the double glass windows.  There’s a double bed, small table, and a single seater in the room but no proper luggage space so I had to open my luggage on the floor.  It’s comfortable for a 4 star hotel.

As for clothing, I packed some long sleeved tees, 1 pair of jeans, 1 pair of leather shorts, a chiffon blouse, a leather jacket and a baseball jacket.  It’s very hot during the day but windy at night.


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Ed Atkins at the Serpentine Gallery

Back to Hong Kong from my 1 week trip to London for museum/gallery visits.  I really enjoyed the solo exhibition of Ed Atkins at the Serpentine gallery.  The dark and intimate setting was very suitable for the overall gothic surrealistic feel of Atkins’ HD videos.  Overall a hauntingly surreal, melancholic, and dramatic effect.  Found out he’s actually a fan of Jan Svankmajer, whose Jabberwocky short film I love to death.  No wonder I find Atkins’ work amazing.




If you are interested in the Jan Svankmajer’s Jabberwocky animation, here’s the video:


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End of term 1

End of term 1

Presentation went well but I wasn’t very productive. Gotta experiment with more stuff during summer break.

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Funky greens

I am not much into landscape so the 2 regular green oil paints don’t get used much.  If I happened to need a green usually I mixed with the yellows and blues on my palette.  However, I spotted  these 2 funky greens today and brought them home.  They should be a fun addition to my oil color family.


The one on the left is cadmium green pale and the other one is green gold.


The cadmium green turns out just what I’d expect.  The green gold is even more beautiful, especially when thinly painted.  How would you mix that color?

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In the moment

In the moment

I never think about the future, it comes soon enough. – Albert Einstein

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My love for real books

I must confess I absolutely love books that’s why I still haven’t bought a kindle.  The physical presence of a book, its smell, texture, printing, paper…aspects that a digital book cannot replicate.  Today I walked into PageOne and this book, “The Duchamp dictionary” caught my eyes.  The layout is gorgeous so I bought it even before sampling a few pages.  The cover and illustrations are designed by Luke Frost & Therese Vandling.  What an awesome job they’ve done!



Lovely combination of light pink, ultramarine blue and orangey red + graphic layout.  Duchamp here I come!



The illustrations are lovely.  I looked it up and found Therese Vandling‘s website.

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Shopping for art supplies in Hong Kong

Just like many things in life, looking for art supply shops in Hong Kong could seem more confusing than it actually is at the beginning.  It becomes a fun activity once I did a bit of research and got some recommendations by resourceful friends.  Here are some places you might wanna check out if you need to stock up on art supplies, or look for places to print out materials etc.


Artland. A 4000 sq. ft. art supply shop in Wanchai with wide range of products.  The place I go for Golden acrylics.

3/F, Lockhart Centre, 301-307 Lockhart Road.  Wanchai.

T: 2511-4845

Artsman.  Very friendly and knowledgable owners.  Distributor of Maimeri products.

T: 2573-8159

Art Shop.  Sometimes I go there for W&N artist grade oil paints.  The owner is friendly and talkative.

1/F, 36-40 Johnston Road, Wanchai.

T: 2865-6510


CN square.  The largest art supply store in Hong Kong which occupies a 5 storey building in Mongkok.  You can find almost anything you want from art supplies to offices equipments.  I go there for canvas, brushes, W&S artist oil paints and Holbein watercolors.  However, if you are looking for watercolor paper they only carry Canson.  They do have watercolor pads by other brands though.

503 Nathan Road, Yau Ma Tei, Kowloon

T: 2384-2430

Hong Kong art supplies.  Located in Prince Edward this shop doesn’t have the high end painting materials.  They mostly sell student grade products.  You can also find some art & craft materials there.  A shop gears towards students and primary/ high school teachers.

G/F, 77 Bute Street, Mongkok, Kowloon

T: 2390-0228

Kwong Yick Art & Design Materials Ltd.  The staffs are older and have characters.  They could give you the impression of “don’t give a f*ck” the first time you visit, but are actually very blunt and friendly.  A place for quality watercolor papers like Aches, Saunders and Fabriano.  I usually go there for Aches watercolor paper and Fabriano drawing book.  Also, this is the only place on the Kowloon side with Turpenoid natural which I use for cleaning oil paint brushes.  

G/F, 169 Sai Yee Street, Mongkok.

T: 2393-2277


INK’CHACHA.  Alternative printing platform for illustrators, designers, photographers etc.  They have risograph duplicator using soy ink.

The orange door,
Flat C, 4/F, 
Far East Industrial Building, 
334-336 Kwun Tong Road,
Ngau Tau Kok, Kowloon.

T: 3590-9551

HK Imaging.  Professional printer.

Suite 202, Thomson Centre, 76-78 Thomson Road, Wanchai.

T: 2893-2389

Kwan’S (Poon Kee) Silk Screening Co.

Silk screen printing service and materials.

62A Yen Chow Street, Shum Shui Po.  MTR Shum Shui Po station C2 exit.

T: 2729-6633

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