Falling In Love With Oil Painting

Iris in Vase: Oil Painting on Canvas

Oil painting has always intimidated me. I guess, somehow, I started thinking that only “Proper Artists” can paint in oils. I tried to overcome that crazy notion about 12 years ago when I took my first oil painting class at one of the top art schools in Singapore, when I was living there. It was only […]

Van Gogh Painting With My Girl


I dream of painting and then I paint my dream. – Vincent Van Gogh There’s no doubt about it: Out of all the master artists, I love Vincent Van Gogh the best.  His work has always resonated with me even long before I understood art theory and history. I’ve read books and watched documentaries all […]

Italy Instant Film Photography

Italy on Instax

I’ve been back from my Italy trip for almost 3 months now. I’ve been meaning to blog about it, but the whole project overwhelms me. So, I keep procrastinating. Well, it seems like procrastinating. In reality, I guess, I have been working on my Italy posts. I’ve put finishing touches in my travel sketchbook. I’ve been […]

Inspired Words No. 1: First Marks

Doodle Quotes No. 1

Over the last week, I’ve picked up my pen to start practicing doodling again. I’ve been sketching every day and painting regularly nowadays – but haven’t done much doodling. Since most of my sketching is done from life (only occasionally from photos) and my paintings are based on photos or from life – I don’t […]

Drawing Faces and Portraits

Santiago Cabrera's Aramis from the Musketeers

Faces and portraits are hard to do. At least, I find them so. But, sketching/drawing/painting faces is something that I have always been fascinated with, even though I have no aspirations to become a portrait artist. That’s why some time last year, I took on the 101 Faces project. The drawings and paintings I did […]

Life, Inspired


After 15 years of blogging (fourteen here, at ShaiCoggins.com), you’d think I’d have it all figured out by now. Truth is: I can never keep this blog the same way as when I first started. Or, when I decided to change it the first time. Or the second. And so forth. How can I? I’m […]