How to Have a More Graceful Holiday


The holidays are a time for joy and gratitude. But why does it sometimes feel hard to celebrate?

So many obligations. Over spending. Over eating. Over drinking. Over partying. And probably worst of all, family drama.

Before you even realize what’s going on, your buttons are pushed, conversation gets heated, and you end up […]

Top 7 Places to Practice Sketching


If we only look around, there are plenty of places for us to practice sketching. Let me suggest a few top choices of mine.

1. Cafés

Sketch of a get-together in the Black Mocha Café Turramurra Ink pen on paper

This is on top of the list, because there are always plenty of models […]

Through Tears of Joy, I See Myself as I am


Here’s a story about a couple expecting their first child, which Simon Sinek shared on the School of Greatness podcast:

The husband was sitting in the couch when the wife called out from the nursery, “Honey, come and see if you like this wallpaper I chose for the nursery.”

He […]

7 Ways to Live a Creative Life


©2013, by Lucy ChenClick the collage to see larger images of individual paintings.

I have painted 16 portrait paintings of my two children for the September 30/30 Challenge hosted by Leslie Saeta. Apart from creating a collection of family treasure, I have learned some very important lessons on living a creative life.

Here are […]