A lot had happened since my last post. I had been very busy doing many other essential things.
Well, there was an important step that I made. I took part in an art exhibition called “1001 Malaysian Artists and
Sculptors Exhibition” which was held at the Viva Shopping Mall, Kuala Lumpur from 25 to 29 September 2013. The whole sequence of events took place even very much earlier. I had to submit my framed painting to the organizer by 28 February 2013. I managed to submit it on 26 February 2013.
I wanted to take part in an exhibition in order to publicise my work. I had just decided to create water colour paintings again after many years of putting away my brushes, colours, palettes, paper. Because of the dateline for submission was very close, I had to come up with a painting very quickly.
Taking part in an art exhibition involves more than creating art. As I was not originally from Kuala Lumpur, I had to search out the place for submission of my painting. Luckily, the trusty Garmin GPS that I managed to buy cheaply through Groupon served me well at that time. (At the time of writing, the maps need to be updated, and I am still trying to find out how to do it myself, ever ready to experiment as I am)
Then there was the shifting house that I had to do. You know how it is with shifting house – dismantling all the furniture and packing the loose items in easily movable pieces, transporting the items, dismantling & installing internet connections, throwing away all my unwanted items – it came to be quite a lot of items I had accumulated for the past 5 years that I had been staying at the old house – newspapers, books, files, hardware, clothing, furniture, electronic gadgets, household tools, broken down electrical equipment, shoes, and so many, many items, simply overwhelming!
And then there was the Family Day that my company organized. My whole family were together with me for this trip to Langkawi, Malaysia. If you don’t know where it is… it’s an island off the northern state of Kedah. Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves for the 3-day weekend-cum-public holiday that we were there, from 30 Aug to 01 Sep 2013. It’s our Independence Day for Malaya, now called Malaysia.
And finally, there was the additional demand on my time from my regular work. As I had mentioned before somewhere, I do survey and audits for ships. A new convention just came into force effective 20 August 2013. It’s call the Maritime Labour Convention. Many companies were rushing to get their ships to comply to this new convention, otherwise they run the risk of having their ships detained by port authorities. That meant less free time for me. Many of my weekends were taken up travelling, inspecting ships, and doing reports.
Well, today, I did have some time to spare to update you on what I had been doing. I did completed many other paintings within this time and I will be uploading them for your viewing pleasure when I could snatch a bit of my time for this.
That’s all for now. Have a nice day!