Thursday, 19 April 2012

Painting Mandeville Paralympic Piece

 Yesterday was a crazy day for painting. I did four paintings and one of them was the Mandeville Paralympic piece. The theme of the painting was RED so no matter what, the pieces had a hint of red, but it was mostly pink. I started out with a red-pink swirl of paint. This represents the red in the Olympic logo. To me this symbolizes the finish line. I start with the finish line because that's what I imagine first. I imagine reaching the finish. The rest, the other colours, are the journey to get there. Then I waited a while.

The red paint was drying so if I went over the red with other colours, a hint of red or pink would still be visible. Then, once the paint dried, my brother and I decided the concept would be vibrant flash colours and black arches in the corner of the painting. This was because we wanted it to feel like the Olympic rings. First I painted with yellow. And getting me to hit the target, without ruining it, seems virtually impossible. It took me over fifteen minutes just to hit the corner with the yellow. You can see this in the picture.

Then I used the lavender. The lavender seems like a good contrast. To me, the lavender symbolizes peace. I feel like the lavender shows peace of mind. A Paralympian is confident about what they are about to do. Then we moved to blue. We used a vibrant blue to symbolize youth in the games. It also can tie back to the Mandeville music because of the various genres and instruments merged together.

Then I finally used the black. The black was the hard core dedication and the strength that is required of the Paralympians, any athlete, and any person who faces a challenge.

I love this piece. It fits with my feelings at the moment.

Monday, 16 April 2012


May 10, 2012, is when I am having my very first art exhibition at The Red Dot Gallery (not to be confused with the Red Dot Museum) here in Singapore. I am selling all of my art to donate funds to the Make A Wish Foundation. I want to make wishes come true for other kids to pay it forward for my luck of having my wish come true.

I am very very very nervous. I'm nervous because during the exhibition I am going to paint. So, it is not only seeing my art, it is also seeing the process. And, everyone who has seen me paint says that it is much more inspiring to see my process than to see just the pieces.  I am nervous about how people are going to react. I'm excited about having the exhibition in such a beautiful big space. It is like ... huge! (My teacher doesn't enjoy that I used the word "like" so much.) The space is bigger than three auditoriums! I'm nervous about what is going to happen on the night. It makes me smile to think about everyone dressed up, me too, and being all "awwwwwwwwww, that's amazing." It will be so much fun. 

Everyone is invited. 

It also makes me smile to think about creating something new in front of people. I think the music is going to be like totally, like pop or rock-n-roll (there's that "like" again, says my teacher).  I will choose this music because I do well listening to pop, smiling and giggling like a little girl. 

My gallery showing is being publicized everywhere. I have a Facebook account, a twitter account, and website. I've been interviewed by Expat Living and ANZA magazine. I really said a lot of the same for both articles. Sometimes, because the show is being publicized so much, I get nervous and scared. I want to say the right things so everything will go okay on the 10th of May. I really want to raise money for Make A Wish to pay it forward for other kids in Singapore who want a wish made true. 

If you have a Facebook account, please please please please, "like" "like" "like" the Paintability page and keep up what is happening before the exhibition. 

See you on May 10. 

Friday, 13 April 2012

Driving Inspiration Mandeville (Music Response)

This musical piece was inspired by the Paralympic games and their values. Inspired by what would be going through a Paralympian's head, and how they might be feeling, the music expresses fear, determination, and perseverance.  I was asked to respond to this piece of music and blog about how it makes me feel and what it means to me. I will paint to this music next week. 

The composers who did this have merged lots of genres and instruments together. This reflects the different perspectives from the different people coming together from all around the world to compete in these wonderful games. At first I think it is bold. The way the strings and piano complement each other and create sort-of a image of preparation. It transitions into a classic rock sound with the guitar. And then when we hear the guitars, I feel like I'm ready. Next I hear a tick/tock, running or wheeling. It's saying fight for it. It's a heartbeat of a fighter who is ready to compete for a gold. 

The kids who did this are awesome. 

Now I feel this next piece of the music is like early morning again, trying to figure out the game plan. It's  motivating and convincing the Paralympians to try their best and forget the weight on their shoulders. Now I hear the finish line. I can see it, but can they make it? There is weight on their shoulders - disappointment if they don't finish, greatness if they do. Now I hear the calm, a light flute. They've already won.

Please listen to the video. For more information on the composers and the school, click the link below. 

Information about the Mandeville Legacy (The birthplace of the Paralympics)

Official site of the Paralympic Committee
Official Site of the 2012 London Paralympic Games