A Rose By Any Other Name
The title of this drawing is from “Romeo and Juliet”.
'What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.”
Roses are ancient symbols of love and beauty. The ancient Greeks and Romans identified the rose with the goddess of love, Aphrodite (Greek name) and Venus (Roman name). Medieval Christians identified the five petals of the rose with the five wounds of Christ. Roses also later came to be associated with the Virgin Mary. In our modern era, it has also become commonplace for roses to be given on Valentine's Day, as part of courtship or for an anniversary,
Quotes by Gautama Buddha
“There is no fire like passion, there is no shark like hatred, there is no snare like folly, there is no torrent like greed.”
“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”
Dragon and Phoenix
Two of the most powerful of the four celestial animals are the dragon and phoenix. The dragon and phoenix are the perfect couple in Feng Shui. Dragon is "yang" while Phoenix is "yin". They complement each other in creating yin-yang balance to harvest successful matrimonial bliss. This celestial couple is the symbol of everlasting love and they being together is the ultimate symbol of marital happiness. It symbolizes that the man and woman will stay together through thick and thin, and that love and passion will be everlasting. They ensure that a newlywed couple will be blessed with luck, outstanding achievement in life and great fortune and prosperity with many filial offsprings.
A pair of Mandarin Ducks symbolizes happiness in love and is suggestive of romance, devotion, affection, conjugal fidelity, togetherness and enduring love. Mandarin ducks live in couples and deeply mourn the loss of their mates, which is why the bird has long been regarded as the most traditional and potent symbol of love and married bliss.
Mother & Child
“Through the blur, I wondered if I was alone or if other parents felt the same way I did - that everything involving our children was painful in some way. The emotions, whether they were joy, sorrow, love or pride, were so deep and sharp that in the end they left you raw, exposed and yes, in pain. The human heart was not designed to beat outside the human body and yet, each child represented just that - a parent's heart bared, beating forever outside its chest.”
― Debra Ginsberg
My City, My Home
One of Singapore's many icons, the city skyline is that looks beautiful in the day and breathtakingly gorgeous at night. I'd like to think of the different patterns in the buildings as a representation of the different cultures, races, and religions in Singapore. The variety is what makes this country uniquely Singapore.
(Bonus: Can you spot the Merlion somewhere within the drawing?)
Pandas were thought to be a physical manifestation of the Yin-Yang as its black and white markings on their pelt. The Chinese believed that the panda’s placid nature is a demonstration of how Yin and Yang, when perfectly balanced, contribute to peace and harmony.
Due to the panda's gentle nature and mainly herbivorous diet, the Chinese also regard it as a symbol of peace and friendship. As such, it's no wonder why the giant pandas have become diplomatic gifts from China to countless countries around the world.
It takes many years of practice to get good at something. A dancer puts in years of getting good, and then it might take months to perfect a single performance. All that to perform just a few minutes on stage... However, it's not fame that drives those dancers. They do it for their passion.
The bird is generally thought to be a symbol of freedom. They can walk on the earth and swim in the sea as humans do but they also have the ability to soar into the sky. Birds are free to roam to earth and the sky. Many cultures believe that they are a symbol of eternal life; the link between heaven and earth.
Peonies are known as the flower of riches and honor. With their lush, full, rounded bloom, peonies embody romance and prosperity and are regarded as an omen of good fortune and a happy marriage.
The swan bears messages of love and relationships. They pair for years, and sometimes unions are sustained for a lifetime.
In this drawing, we see a pair of swans gliding gracefully across a pond. Their long, slender necks forming an almost heart-shape. It is not surprising that the message that I wanted to portray was that of love.
Walk With Me
It's a warm summer evening. An elderly couple take a walk down a path in the countryside. They reminiscent about the many good years that they've spent together, the happy memories they've created with each other.
In a symbolic sense, it's a couple walking the path of life together. The end of the path cannot be seen. Yet, onwards they walk. The title of the painting can also be seen as a question. “Will you walk with me?” we ask our partner. And we can only hope that they will choose to keep walking with us, through all the challenges and happiness we encounter in life.