Hats in portraits of women reflect all of these functions and etiquettes. A hat is a flag, a shield, a bit of armor, and the badge of femininity. A hat is the difference between wearing clothes and wearing a costume; it’s the difference between being dressed and being dressed up; it’s the difference between looking adequate and looking your best. You may own a bag, a bottle of scent, or a pair of shoes bearing the label of a famous fashion house, but you are perhaps less likely to own a hat - which we should have at least one. Hats have always been a complementary part of a woman's attire. It's a very beautiful expression of one's self.
Being inspired of that, I am happy with how things have pan out for my painting journey of this series since last year. I am so glad that I have created a mini art studio for myself for whenever possible to break away from a busy day job. It is just so therapectic to see all of my paintings and it is really an indesribable accomplishment feeling. This entire painting series is truly my labour of passion. I started this series since April 2020 and I finally completed all of them recently. I wrote a short commentary on the Part I series in July 2020 and today's post showcases all of them together.
Christian Dior himself wrote in his Little Dictionary of Fashion: "A hat is essential to any outfit. It completes it. In a way, a hat is the best way to express your personality." Through this series, I got to know the different types of hats. I have been looking through fashion magazines and websites to get ideas about the different shapes women can look with hats. There are hundreds of hats styles, so I always take a bit of time to explore before painting each and every piece. Each painting features a lady with hat and the wide brim gives the wearer an edge, a confidence boost, a simple reassurance.
Here's how you can display my portrait painting elegantly and gorgeously in your house. Each painting's size is 16" (40cm) x 18" (50cm) on canvas.
Most of us had studied History as a subject in our secondary schooldays and learnt about the Japanese occupation of Malaya and Singapore during World War II (WW11) but little did I realised how much emotions that this visit to the revamped Changi Chapel and Museum had evoked.
The Chapel and Museum have been here since 2001. The Museum honors Allied prisoners-of-war (POWs) held in Changi Prison camp during the Japanese Occupation in WWII. Their stories are told with an impressive collection of personal artifacts and news coverage. In 2018, the museum was closed for a complete revamp. It was reopened recently on 19 May 2021 with an expanded collection of artefacts, a more immersive experience to tell the heartwrenching personal stories of the POWs held at Changi Prison during WWII. The stories suddenly became a reminder of how much sufferings there was during the war.
Remember the atrocities of Japanese occupation and the treatment of the prisoners. Least we forget what occurred here. With objects that hold such riveting tales to tell, there was no dull moment in my journey through the Museum.
Construction Site-Turned Southeast Asia's First Official Graffiti Hall of Fame at Singapore's Kampong Gelam
People who are familiar with urban art would have heard of the Hall of Fame, which refers to a space legally dedicated to street art. In the graffiti world, a Hall of Fame is a vibrant hub where artists new and renowned can hone their craft. Some of the major cities in the world – including New York and Sydney – have said spaces where artists can work their magic; and now, Southeast Asia’s first official graffiti Hall of Fame can call Singapore home.
Southeast Asia’s first official graffiti Hall of Fame was recently launched in Singapore by precinct association One Kampong Gelam and the Singapore Tourism Board on 28 April 2021 on an unprecedented scale. The Hall of Fame is set to be one of the most prominent street art experiences in the region. There are altogether 17 Singapore-based artists unleashed their works on tall metal canvases along Bali Lane and Ophir Road. The enclave has long been famed for its colourful street art splashed across its back alleys. In 2019, it also welcomed Singapore's first outdoor gallery, Gelam Gallery (click here to read my post on Gelam Gallery).
But the interesting part about Singapore’s Hall of Fame is that a construction site has become an unexpected canvas for art. Originally erected as noise barriers for ongoing construction works, the tall metal canvases have become the stage for the best muralists from Singapore. Each mural comes with a handy QR code, allowing you to check out artwork descriptions and artist info through the Hall of Fame microsite.