Time Stool Still - Part II

The Street Opera

Had always wanted to do a street opera and now was my chance here! Although the wall is limited, I can only focus on the stage with the two leading actors.

As a child, we would carry our own chairs and run to the site to watch free of charge! Those days, they held these for festivals especially during the Ghost Month where the front seats were reserved for the unseen guests in the night. But as kids, we never knew and just enjoyed the scene. I would immerse myself in the colours as seen in the makeup, costumes and also in their singing although I didn’t understand a word…

Initial sketch of the opera..

Initial sketch of the opera..

The initial stages prior to actual painting..

The initial stages prior to actual painting..

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When there are no chairs, I can also sit up here and watch. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Koh.

When there are no chairs, I can also sit up here and watch. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Koh.

If there are no adult chairs around, the child stool will suffice…

If there are no adult chairs around, the child stool will suffice…

This brings me back to the good ol’days…

This brings me back to the good ol’days…

Someone as young as this appreciates going to the opera too…

Someone as young as this appreciates going to the opera too…

Changed the sides and added the dragon motifs instead for final.

Changed the sides and added the dragon motifs instead for final.

The next wall just behind the Opera is a chinese provision shop. We want to remember such scenes as these are fast disappearing!

The next wall just behind the Opera is a chinese provision shop. We want to remember such scenes as these are fast disappearing!

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Can you tell what this is and what’s it used for? We don’t see these anymore except in very few wet markets these days.

Can you tell what this is and what’s it used for? We don’t see these anymore except in very few wet markets these days.

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The Centre Manager looking on at how I was doing the bottles which I was unaware of until his staff took this pic (lol)

The Centre Manager looking on at how I was doing the bottles which I was unaware of until his staff took this pic (lol)

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Remember these coloured biscuits?

Remember these coloured biscuits?

Details of the shop with two of our favourite drinks

Details of the shop with two of our favourite drinks

Closer look at the other details

Closer look at the other details

Got to add those tiles on this wall that is between the shop and the opera.

Got to add those tiles on this wall that is between the shop and the opera.

while waiting for the bus at the bus-stop outside the shop, I might as well take a pic. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Koh

while waiting for the bus at the bus-stop outside the shop, I might as well take a pic. Photo courtesy of Rebecca Koh

This is how my outdoor studio looks like when I am working…

This is how my outdoor studio looks like when I am working…

Empty walls calling out to be painted.

Empty walls calling out to be painted.

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To Be continued…

To Be continued…