2015 I had a New Year celebration in Seoul, South Korea. Visited Gyeongbokgung Palace, one of the largest palaces at the heart of the Korean capital city, with Mount Bugaksan as a backdrop. It is said that in the ancient times, the royal guards of the Joseon Dynasty performed the given task by guarding the Gwanghwamun Gate, the entrance of Gyeongbokgung Palace where the king ruled the country. They have the performance of ‘Royal Guard-Changing Ceremony’ almost every day with specific scheduled time. Garbed in traditional costumes of primary colours, the guards have caught the interest of the tourists, complemented by the weapons, accessories and strict ceremonial procedure providing a great opportunity of a rare traditional Korean scene in downtown Seoul.
Painting : October Saison D'Octobre (1878) by Jules Bastien-Lepage (French), oil on canvas 180.7 x 196 cm • Location : NGV, Melbourne • Time : 8 minutes • Medium : Colour pencil on sketch book
Notes : Painted at the artist's native village of Damvillers in the Meuse Valley (northeast of Paris), October represents the annual potato harvest in a bleak autumnal landscape. Inspired by the examples of Jean-François Millet and Gustave Courbet, Jules Bastien-Lepage set out to paint rural life as he knew it, not only celebrating the dignity of the peasants but also depicting their hardships. Now considered a realist, Jean Bastien-Lepage despised city painters who sentimentalised country life. Like CamilleCorot, he combined elements of plein-air Impressionism with a controlled approach to technical finish, thus rendering the subject palatable to Salon audiences. A huge popular success, he was awarded the Légion d'Honneur as result.
Travel drawing series - I’m not sure how I feel about this one, this drawing referee to my Myanmar travel photo in 2016 @travelnani. I’ve been wanting to see these Kayan long neck women since I was a teenager after reading an article about them in a magazine. The Kayan tribe are Tibeto-Burman ethnic minority of Myanmar, a lot of them fled to the Thai border area due to conflict with the military regime in the 1980s. The women wear the rings from childhood and adding more annually as they getting older. Kayan long neck women wear the rings from childhood, starting with four or five, and adding more annually as they acclimate to the increased weight. Coils weighing up to 25 pounds depress the chest and shoulders. This creates the illusion of disembodied head hovering over a shimmering pedestal of gold rings. Contrary to popular belief, the coils don’t lengthen the neck itself and thus can be removed without the neck snapping. Yet, women still wear these coils year round with few exceptions, even while sleeping.In Thailand, they were exposed to tourist attraction, similar feeling I got when our tour guide showed us these ladies. He told us that we are able to take photos with them and leave some donation money in the box around the corner. Two of them still teenagers, they look uncomfortable and hardly smiles. I had a mixed feeling about this, similar when I saw tourists taking smiley photo/ selfies in front of The Hiroshima Peace Memorial, the place for honouring the dead - “The goal of travel shouldn’t be taking pictures of exotic things to brag about back home. Travel is about forging relationships and making connections with people from different cultures. Create a symbiotic relationship with locals by reaching out to find common ground with the people you met, instead of treating them as spectacles to exploit.” (via epicureandculture) - I’m not judging, everyone has right to do what they want. But as the human being, we might want to reflect ourselves to be a better person day by day, lemme know how you feel seeing these kinds of tourist selfie photos #longneckwomen
California-born artist Barry McGee started out on the street, inspired by the graffiti scene in early ’90s San Francisco, but has later turned to paintings of undulating geometries and concentric lines that seem more cerebral than populist. This show at the Watari-Um comes exactly a decade after McGee's first exhibition at the same museum and features work created together with his wife, Clare Rojas. Also set to take part in this summer's Reborn Art Festival up in Tohoku, McGee and his tongue-in-cheek blending of art and commerce are well worth revisiting. (timeout).
Christmas is freakin' around the corner! Treat your family with some hand-made ceramic gifts - I just dropped new ceramic items into my lil' online shop www.ollanani.etsy.com - Let's spreading some handmade love!
Painting : An Interesting Story by James Tissot, 1872, Oil on Wood Panel • Location : NGV, Melbourne • Time : 20 minutes • Medium : Colour pencil on sketch book
Notes : The title of this painting describes a comedy of manners, as James Tissot portrays two fashionably dressed women ignoring a soldier (whose uniform is by contrast conservative and outmoded) who is engrossed in his own telling of a tale. This work, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1872, was one of the first paintings Tissot showed in London after he left France at the fall of the Paris Commune in 1871.
I visited my good friend in Perth, Western Australia for this long weekend Queen Birthday Victoria holiday. Follow my other Instagram @travelnani for more travel photos  Perth city view from Kings Park  Mural around Northbridge, Perth  Blue House Swan River  The Secret Garden, Careninup Lake in Gwelup, Perth  The Pinnacles National Park, Western Australia
Around Art Studio [ The creative process is not like a situation where you get struck by a single lightning bolt. You have ongoing discoveries, and there's ongoing creative revelations. Yes, it's really helpful to be marching toward a specific destination, but, along the way, you must allow yourself room for your ideas to blossom, take root, and grow - Carlton Cuse ]
I had shot over thousands photos on my recent travel to Japan. I need to spend some time sorting though and editing those bunch of pictures but I'll be sure to post them here for everyone to see. I snapped these photos with my Sony Alpha 300a in Ginza. The Ginza (銀座) is Tokyo's most famous upmarket shopping, dining and entertainment district, featuring numerous department stores, boutiques, art galleries, restaurants, night clubs and cafes. This place does not suit my lifestyle but there are lots of art galleries here.
Painting : The Temptation of Christ, Ary Scheffer, 1854 • Location : NGV, Melbourne • Time : 10 minutes • Medium : colour pencil on sketch book
Notes : The forty days of Lent is the annual retreat of the people of God in imitation of Jesus' forty days in the wilderness. Towards the end of his career, Ary Scheffer achieved great success with paintings based on Christian themes. While many of there works were life-size, Scheffer also made a number of smaller copies of his compositions.
Postcard from my hometown : A voice in the wildness. I was living here for 13 years. Still tiger! Hometown - Kotabaru, Kalimantan Selatan, Indonesia. This district has an area of 9442.46 km ² and has a population of as many as 290 142 people (result of Indonesian Population Census 2010 ) with sea fishermen as much as 15 961 inhabitants. This area is a motto "Sa-ijaan" (Banjar language) which means: Semufakat, a heart and a one word yes.
This has nothing to do with Halloween. It's no secret that I'm obsessed with skulls and skeletons since I was 15. Those objects are beautiful form of arts, fragile and the state of death and life. Could you imagine humans and animals without their skeletons? They're weak and lost, and hey, you won't able to do anything. Hmm, just a piece of meat with a face. I would love to be an anthropologist someday, traveling to Egypt and found new mummies. Who cares about the curses. I want to be able to touch the human bones from the past, learning about variety species of human (and animal) that lived million and million years ago. Let's see if I can predict my future. From artist to be an anthropologist? Why not :D High-five to the guy who created pinterest, I can spend million hours staring and pinning all this image collection. Resources Links here | Follow my pinterest
I've been busy lately; working 7 days a week (5 days as graphic designer, 2 days as cafe staff and midnight freelancer). I'm preparing to start my own small business. I joined this awesome screen printing workshop, run by Harvest Textiles, a Melbourne based textile design trio. Fun experience, lovely people and wonderful atmosphere. Check their programs here.
 Crown Casino  Masterclass Styling Workshop  View from my work desk, Queen Street  Flinders Street Station via Degraves Lane  Night Noodle Market  Art Exhibition at Goodtimestudio  Healthy Lunch at home