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My art journey

8/9/2011
Dreams—>Reality

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30/11/2011
Purity

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29/12/2011
Defining & Redefining

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12/1/2012
Opening Up

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8/2/2012
Me & My Loves

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28/3/2012

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18/4/2012
On This Journey

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11/5/2012
Coming Together

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13/7/2012
What’s there to fear?

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28/2/2012
Deliver

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4/10/2012
Coming/Going

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8/11/2012
The very essence of Me

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30/11/2012
Gifted

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3/1/2013
Like a flower

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19/4/2013
Light. 怀皓

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12/7/2013
Teacher

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2/8/2013
Inner child’s lollipop

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30/8/2013
Grounding

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11/10/2013
Whole

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9/12/2013
Ahead. Personal Growth

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15/1/2014
Open Up

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20/2/2014
Porous

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25/4/2014
Receiving Blessings

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3/6/2014
Grounding/Floating/Rooting

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15/8/2014
Becoming

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23/8/2014
Continue

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Yen’s drawing for me

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Art, to b continued

Just as everything in life, my art teacher Yen announced that she will b stopping her practice due to someone else occupying the space she is using now.

And I have to accept that.

It came in a whirlwind.

I felt stumped n seriously , a bit lost. What m I to do now, when I need a listening ear ?

I have to be on my own now, I heard myself say, after going through art therapy with her for the past 3-4 years.

I have to be on my own.

It reflected how much I depended on her , she was someone I could depend on in times of need, in my darkest of all days, she hears my out with all her heart. Then she pointed out to me things that would otherwise not be apparent to me.

She helped my become myself, a better me, stronger, more courageous, a me-ier me. An honest me.
She brought the me in me out.

And she prepared me for today n my future.

And so, I find that letting go is not hard to do, because both of us gave our very all, when we exchanged our ideas. We were fully present to each other.

I couldn’t help but think of how I climbed up these flight of steps when I was heavily pregnant with Hao each time I saw her. I climbed those steps.

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I felt a tinge of sadness it was to b the last. But I told myself to SAVOUR each n every climb.

Then it was art time.

She brought all my works n asked if I would like to take a peek.

I sort of did that . Briefly, I saw mostly v beautiful colours . Many of those , I had forgotten. Like a pacifier I did, I remembered I did it, but the thoughts behind, were long past me.

It didn’t matter anymore. It’s an important lesson, because then I have my fullest attention to these thoughts. And so in life, give full attention to what we go through, no matter what.

But still, the tears came.

I heard myself:

“You r awesome”

Yen asked: “Do u know why u cry?”

Of course.

I looked at the pile of my works, lots of circles. Lots of bright lovely colours.

It just shoots the aches n pains right into the heart again.

What a lot of shit ! I said.

That was a lot of shit. Just as light is apparent in the dark, the pretty colours belied the darkness I went through. It was as if, the prettier, the darker.

I told her.

Life is hard, it is so hard.

I consider myself already so lucky. What about all the others who did not get the chance I did? Life is so hard n so hard for them. What about life for them?

Once and again, big n little, life really is a struggle.

I saw how the darkness turn into light, into bright colours, how much energy it must take for this translation to happen.

And it’s amazing. I still do not know how I managed that .

What a lot of energy, so much hard work n effort in there!

As usual, she heard me. And in fact, she told me about her darkest past she never told anyone else. I think we switched sides in that moment. I think it was healing for her too to confide in another.

Then I requested her to draw something for me as I did my artwork.

I drew a big pink flower which has grown from the soil. With a bright yellow centre, radiating green n blue circles outwards to pink. Which then radiates yellow out.

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I told Yen that I want to curate my life from now. To select with care and wisdom what n who comes in.

The flower that is pink on the outside has actually more depths than pink.

It has healing blue n natural green n a source bright yellow, it’s life force and driving energy.

That which allows it to transform and translate all it takes from the earth, good n bad to all that is beauty.

And the guiding principle is that everything is whole. No matter what, because conditions are present .

I still do not know how I did it, the translation each time of difficulties to bright beautiful flowers.

But I guess it must have been the bright yellow centre that is helping me with this.

And the day after, whilst waiting for the bus and looking at the the patch of green grass, I got my answer.

Nature does it too, flowers trees plants. They all are capable of this, we take all the difficulties and translate beauty out.

This is the very essence and ability of all life forms . We just needed to dig deep enough to search for that natural force within us all.

And then Yen added, and so that is why she drew this.

A baby holding a bodhi leaf in her hand. In a womb or circle, which is a flower.

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She says to me, that she doesn’t get many requests like that and she thinks that is me.

“You have great strength although you always cry. Every time you are pushed to the edge you bounce back and help yourself thru. You are v big hearted, you have a beautiful mind. Many times, I feel you are an inspiration to me. I hear you and I really do. Sometimes I think you are like a mirror to me. I think it’s not by chance that you have this life, the gift to write, and have 2 beautiful children. I think there must be a reason behind this all. “

And that marks the end of a few years of art therapy.

But she says, I think we will meet.
I say, yes if conditions are present.

It makes me feel that good, this flexible malleability that doesn’t hinge on desire. It brings to mind again this importance of being fully present once again for another. So when it is time to let go, you only have feelings of fullness and blessings for the other at heart.

Walking out of the room, I felt noticeably lighter. It was as if I m born again, armed with a lighter body ready to take off on my own.

As if I have left my past too.

I told yen I do not remember most of the works, I guess in the art pieces that I did, I must have taken full responsibility for all those strong emotions. That was why. I allowed them to be with me, I was with them n after that, they freed me.

It has been a remarkable journey of growth and self discovery.

 

 

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19 months

22/8/2014

小宝贝很快已经是大宝贝,19个月大了。happy 19 months dearie!

皓皓想大便会说ngg ngg,然后轮到daddy服务他

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皓皓最近很粘ipad,mommy想改过来,吃饭时尽量不给他。平时也不给。
于是我们玩这个朋友送的拼图。他懂猪、牛、马、鸭子、花、蝴蝶…ah tin阿姨还教他1-10

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他最近喜欢遥控车,懂得车子和遥控器必须一块,懂得按按钮
然后惊讶于车子会跑动

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然后他会pretend play
自己做在冲凉的桶说pong pong并假装淋浴

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姐姐练习琴时他总是很捣蛋,不是乱按琴键就是关掉电源!但沁芝还是微笑以对。

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daddy已经开始让皓皓玩balancing bike了

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沁芝画画,皓皓也要画画,并且会说:画画

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皓皓病了,半夜醒来,说tud pi(鼻塞),好利害,而且都适用福建话!mommy尽量不让皓皓吃西药,尽量都是让小瓜的身体慢慢恢复和产生抵抗力。

这天,带皓皓芝芝去放风筝。我的宝贝,他已经能在草地上飞奔了。

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星期五,皓皓知道婆婆来带他!

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准备带皓皓去楼下接放学回来的沁芝,他居然说:报纸。

意思是要拿报纸给公公。因为这是每天早上我们做的事情,我很惊讶,原来小瓜都看在眼里。
他全看在眼里。
皓皓去奶妈家一个多星期,终于回来了。我好开心!小伙子现在会炒菜了!顽皮得很。会说要drink,ai lim(要喝)。他居然还会说,mahjong。夜里睡着醒来,身体哪里痒他会说:痒。我给他抓。有时帮他换宝贝,他还会扮我看他弟弟时尖叫的模样。昨天还会说“按摩”!晚上睡觉前,习惯给皓皓唱儿歌,他已经会点歌:说baa baa,意思是唱歌baa baa black sheep!
皓皓看着他脚上的blessing robe,会说:一样,意思是和我手上的一样。

炒菜是皓皓新学上手的,通常皓皓还会说:ba (肉)、cai(菜)、面,要炒菜给谁吃啊?他总是说:爸爸

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皓皓也懂得枇杷膏,放一点在他的水里。他说,枇杷膏水。他喝奶时会说“喷”,要我跟他玩,挤出乳汁。喝完了说,那边!
昨晚腰酸得很,我说痛,他便能领会,sayang我!
去巴刹,他看到鸡蛋,会说“蛋”。

有时想想,他究竟有什么不懂的?
最喜欢看他和沁芝抱在一块!我放任他随便玩,结果玩出这些花样!

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午间睡下。趁机欣赏他!

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皓皓理发,现在已经不哭了:)本来想用这个mat挡住头发,以免身体被头发弄痒,不料,他居然撕掉。

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理发之后抱皓皓看镜子里的自己,他很满意,问他:美不美?他点头也很满意的样子!

真的好可爱!

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傍晚,带皓皓芝芝去吃晚餐,他能吃意大利面和比萨,很能吃哦!IMG_3105.JPG

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之后到river valley park散步,皓皓看到狗停在草坡,问他狗在做什么?他说bang sai!
He is in the know!

他喜欢玩车,喜欢组装东西。像这个遥控器,明明装好还有再扔在地上,因为想再一次组装

 

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我的宝贝,mommy工作上心情上最难熬的时候,是因为看着你和姐姐的眼睛、因为你和姐姐给我的拥抱,才使我挺过去的。
就是这样的眼神笑容。
那有多珍贵?
一定要好好保护!

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宝贝

may u b well n happy!