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So.. i just read this book entitled ” My name is Charles Saatchi and i am an artoholic” . This book was about some collection of interview with Mr. Saatchi, the founder of global ads agency Saatchi & Saatchi, and also.. happened to be one of the most prominent art collector.  In that book, there is one particular view regarding art which i found it quite hillarious.

He said “I believe God must be very disappointed in his handiwork. Mankind has clearly failed to evolve much in all these years; We’re still as cretinous and barbaric as we were many centuries ago, and poor God must spent all day shaking his head at our vileness and general ineptitude. Or perhaps, we might just give him a good laugh. But of course, i hope God likes our art enough to forgive us – “.

Pretty much agreed with him, art is something that worth to be addicted to (beside movies and good food). But.. unlike Mr. Saatchi that has all the money he can spent on enjoying those finest arts.., i can only either made one myself or.. visiting museums to get my thirst on arts satisfied.

And.. so, i do some paintings. A very amateur ones, but anyway… its something that i loved so much coz i can put whatever i want. Experimenting with a different concepts of arts, trying a new technique in coloring, playing with acrylic, water color or oil on canvas.  And… as a new comer in the world of artoholics, i would like to share some of my personal gallery. Please enjoy it and tolerating it..( Coz.. u now im still a very much just a starter in this world of art :p)  And.. feel free to pass me any critics 🙂

“Flavor of love” – oil on canvas (60 cm x 80 cm)

“Portrait of a lady no. 8” – water color

“Fisherman’s boats” – oil color on sketchbook

“Portrait of a lady no. 7” – pencil on sketchbook


Perhaps some of you who knew me well understand that i have passion towards paintings 🙂 I love enjoying the finest art paintings by the most famous maestro and in fact, i did lil sketches and painted in canvas using acrylic during my leisure time in hoping that someday i can be like Monet, Degas, or my most favorite – Da Vinci.

Paintings for me is a sophisticated arts that always have the unique signature from the painter, that no one can truly 100% replicate perfectly. Signature here does not mean their handwriting signature, but instead, its the way the painter creates image into the canvas. The way they move their brushes, put a details into an eye of a man’s portrait through dotted white graphic that creates perception like the eyes are moving toward the viewer, their perception / impression toward an event (sometimes daily activities such as ballet routine, going to the park, etc), the way they catch the lightning into the canvas (Vermeer – the painter of Girl with pear earrings – is super good in this thing), and their genious ground breaking ideas.

So, who are the painters i love most? And why they are super great? 🙂 l’ll explain a bit 🙂

Invictus — unconquered

Posted: November 30, 2009 in Arts, movies
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I was googling around new movies to watch on christmas holiday when i found about Invictus.  Directed by Clint Eastwood (yes, the man behind success of Mystic River, Million dollar baby, and Gran Torino), this film starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon tells a story of Mandela life after the fall of apartheid in South Africa.  During his first term as a president, he hosts Rugby world cup and seek this opportunity to unite his countrymen.  

invictus (2009)

So, where does the title “invictus” come from? its actually based on fact that Nelson Mandela has the poem “Invictus” written on a scrap of paper at his prison cell, before his presidential election. Invictus is a short poem written by William Ernest Henley, as follow:

OUT of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

The interesting thing is, William Ernest Henley itself a man that never give up despite his disability. He had tubercolusis on 12 years old, and has his foot amputated.. Yet, he still lives with full of spirit. He is still the captain of his soul..   This poem will be one of the thing that reminds me not to give up and live to the fullest.. Be the master of my fate.. be the captain of my soul…