Thursday, February 22, 2018


There are many trees and rice fields by the sides of my brisk walking track. The trees are mostly melanding or some people call them petai cina, but there are also putri malu (literally shy princess), scientifically known as Mimosa pudica. Common Mimosa pudica I had met before would be only as tall as my ankle from ground, but these ones can grow up to my height. Now that is a human size princess!

Kamu Sungguh Tidak Terdeteksi!

By the time I paint this, Beby JKT48 just uploaded her cute self photograph and I couldn't help myself. Beby rarely put her picture online, except her JKT48-related. Her cuteness is irresistible here.

Di Bawah Sinar Bulan Purnama

Talent-searching show is not my kind of show, except akademi Fantasi Indosiar 1, 2, 3 that aired more than a decade ago. So when there was The Voice Kids Indonesia season 2, I was not paying that much attention.

The TV was on when it showed a re-run of the show. A girl in a white dress named Rafa started to sing a beautiful song which I knew later was a soundtrack of movie Pengabdi Setan. She sang Di Wajahmu Kulihat Bulan passionately until the song ended. Then the host asked her to sing another song in their short interview session.

The second song she sang was a kroncong song; an old genre of Indonesian music that is rarely heard in this era. Then the original singer, Sundari Soekotjo, appeared and they sang together. Rafa's stage appearance inspired me to make this painting.

It made me curious about kroncong song since I heard that Rafa is a big fan of Sundari Soekotjo. It turned out that her songs generally speaking of panoramic view, and it is kind of giving me an image of a peaceful living after a country achieved its freedom.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

In Memory of Helena

I love My Chemical Romance. The first time I saw them was on an afternoon, on TV. I was in my teenage, in my eighth or ninth year of school. That time, it was Helena that I watched. I might lost the first seconds of the video but I still caught the part "Long ago...." And my love for them started.

It's a bit difficult to meet other fan of them till I found one at university. He encouraged me once or twice to make an artwork of MCR, but I had never done it. Nobody knows how doubtful I am whenever I have to draw them. Not even him.

Now that I have some confidence to do it, the result gives me mixed feeling. I'm stuck between "Finally I did it!" and "Finally... did I do it right?" I think I used too much power when striking the pen...


The reason of why I painted this was because of a dream that occurred two nights in a row. The dream was showing somebody unexpected (well, brain just did it), and we were talking in a clean, modern building (like office) with brown interior. We talked about something heavy but I'm sure it's not important.

We rarely meet in real life, let alone communicate frequently. It would be an odd surprise for us if anyone just come straight to us and say, "I saw you in my dream again last night," right?