The Picture of Dorian Gray / Pendidikan Seni


I’m rather proud of this artwork I did. It involved paint, duct tape, brushes, sponges and a lot of prayers to hold it together. It’s an abstract art based on the title of the post so I’ll call this The Picture of Huai Bin.

paint mouth

I’m not known for my artistic skills (understatement of the year). Whenever we had to do Pendidikan Seni (Art) in high school, I would inevitably draw this:


I’m not kidding. I blogged about it back in 2003 in under the absurdly grandiose title Behold, I draw again. πŸ˜‰


One fine Saturday, Nippon Paint invited a bunch of us to the Nippon Paint Workshop at HomeDec ’09, KLCC. I was the first one to arrive so after checking in, I did some recon around the place and found a lot of interesting things such as regal looking porcelain thrones that is more for art’s sake than for actual crapping.


When I wandered back to the Nippon Paint workshop, I saw easels being set up around the area. It seems like we’ll be painting today!


The tables were filled with all sorts of painting paraphernalia – some of which I don’t have names for. Art just isn’t my forte. >.<


I thought someone was just going to shove a paintbrush into my hands and tell me to paint. It’ll be like Pendidikan Seni all over again. It took 15 years of therapy and thousands of dollars in medication to get over that stressful period of my life and I still have PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)!


Repressed memories began to resurface and I felt my heart pound and blood rush to my head. Panic attack! Before I tore the hair out of my head and ran screaming out the door, Gladys came in and made us feel welcome with some food and a presentation.


The workshop by Nippon Paint was held to teach us about colors. I don’t just mean red, green and blue but also about how colors affect moods and how to create the ambiance you want. There are warm and cold colors and color combinations that can be manipulated for the purpose you want.


We also learned about how to make our own designs with a variety of materials. I was amazed by how a little self-painted art can really accentuate a wall, room, or space. I saw this pattern that was done to highlight a wall and cover a beam. It was inspiring! It really got me interested in being creative and adding a motif to my future living room wall.

I gleaned a lot of information from the presentation but my particular interest is in this color:



Passion, fire, energy, courage
Defiance, aggression

You should never paint a meeting room red or office disputes might just explode to a whole new level, with disastrous consequences. It is a contentious color for the bedroom – it ignites passion, but also arguments.


However, I’m partial to red (notice my banner and my phoenix tattoo) due to the symbology associated with it. Studies have actually shown that it has a physical effect – increasing the respiration rate, raising blood pressure and making your heart beat faster.
I’ll tell you why I want red later.

nippon paint teach

Okay, with the presentation over and the basics ingrained (well, at least not totally lost) we were led by the friendly Nippon Paint staff to our easels and started working on our canvas!


I cut sponges into eye shapes with scissors

duct tape

I used duct tape artistically to define zones

paint face

I used multiple sizes of paint brushes to color my canvas


I mixed colors and washed paint brushes with water


Hell, I even squeezed paint straight from the tube onto the easel

duct tape out

I almost felt like Van Gogh (except my left ear lobe is still intact and I haven’t succumbed to mental illness…yet) doing all that.


I loved the session so much I lugged my piece of art back home to Kelana Jaya on the LRT at the expense of my back. I seriously felt the need to paint and make beautiful things (which is very subjective, ya know :p) for the first time in my life! I already have a project in mind…I’m going to paint my work table! =D

my painting

That’s why I wanted the color red, I’m going to blog from that table and all the positive attributes are the things I want happening when I’m typing out a post. I’ll face my Pendidikan Seni fears and do a little design on the table while I’m at it too!


Hmm…now what creepy sketch should I do? πŸ˜‰

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25 thoughts on “The Picture of Dorian Gray / Pendidikan Seni”

  1. I never knew people actually use paints to DRAW on their wall until this! I’m very interested to see what you finally do for the 2nd part. πŸ˜€

  2. hahaha… i used to draw like this too during my schooling time except that those grass thingy is replaced by a pavement from the house. sucks. i even conteng my dad’s documents with it. :p

  3. hm..actually do you know that the childish/cute picture u drawed(3rd picture) actually illustrate a liitle bit of e.g. houses represent career and tree represent someone u rely on..
    btw,are u gonna paint for ur table?

  4. kampungboycitygal: No worries! We get off at the same station anyway, and you were carrying the gift bags so thanks for that! πŸ™‚
    Cheers: Haha! I didn’t coz I didn’t care if I passed or failed. Went to NZ to study when I was 15. πŸ™‚
    KY: I’m just doing a desk. πŸ™
    Cheesie: Haha! Really? My mind wasn’t even in that direction. πŸ™‚
    lilbunny: Heh! Ya, it’s the classic “My House” drawing right? πŸ™‚
    xiiinyiii: Eh, then what does it say about me? T_T
    Ya, already painted my table, going to improve on it. πŸ™‚

  5. HB, cool painting and didn’t know you’re into Oscar Wilde’s writings too. It still the most famous novel of all time.

  6. J2Kfm: Haha! I have no artistic bone in my body. πŸ™‚
    Heh! Some of them were quite…taken aback by my painting. πŸ˜‰
    Dylan: Yeah, someone told me that too! πŸ™‚
    It does look a bit like him eh?
    e: Haha! Yeah that was an intentional pose. πŸ™‚
    Vickie: Yup, I read the book, but TV, I didn’t – only saw the “new and improved version” on League of Extraordinary Gentleman. πŸ™‚
    Michael (Mike): Yeah, I read a lot as a kid, anything and everthing…even tried to slog to Atlas Shrugged. T_T

  7. Perhaps this is how you see yourself. Just a blop, a mess with no definate form. The white in the eyes represent that you want to be different but yet normal but you cant be and that’s why you do the things you do.
    The ‘teeth’ effect at the bottom is your isolation from society. You just do not know how to connect with society which often sees you as weired and that’s how you want them to see you too cos it’s safer that way.

  8. hitomi: Haha! I liked doing it – very abstract! πŸ™‚
    Dee Seow: Whoa! That is a super detailed analysis. πŸ™‚
    However, the truth is much more boring. T_T
    I have always liked drawing this teeth coz it looks symetrical – ever since I was a kid. I used white for the eyes coz I have already used blue. Brown is coz there was no flesh colored paint. πŸ™‚
    Kinda mundane now that I explained eh? Haha!
    …but nice one though, thanks for taking the time! πŸ™‚

  9. POH HUAI BIN! Fuck you! You’re such a bastard! You know what have you done!! You go to hell!! You definitely will have a very very miserable ending, you’ll die in full suffering very soon and go to hell!! Please stay away from him!! Those who are closed to him will also have bad ending!! I hate you POH HUAI BIN!!!!!! @#%@#@%^……

  10. Hate: Hello again! I honestly don’t know who you are but thanks for commenting. I do have one question though. Quote:
    Those who are closed to him will also have bad ending!!
    Oh, so that means those who are OPEN to me would have a good ending? πŸ˜‰
    Anyway, please stop spamming my friends blogs. Chill la, what’s wrong with you? πŸ™‚

  11. Rei: Haha! Ya a lot of people thinks it looks like Domokun too. πŸ™‚
    ah nel: It’s supposed to be me. πŸ™‚
    I do stuff and the painting gets old and haggard instead of me Dorian Grey style.

  12. I was not born with a bone for art too. And when I was in Primary 3, i asked my mum(she’s good at it) to do my Pendidikan Seni homework and next thing I know, my teacher chose me to enter a contest!!!! Lol. that was funny, i still remember up till today πŸ˜›


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