I love doodling, sketching, and painting.
I always doodle in the meeting. I sketch a lot while traveling. I paint in between writing projects.
I’m currently working on “Sketching Ottawa” — an multi-year project capturing 100 spots in Ottawa, my city.
In October 2017, during my interview with Jackson’s Art (link: bit.ly/merlynajacksonart), I shared my ambitious project of capturing Ottawa in 100 snapshots over several years. Excitement filled me as I embarked on this artistic journey and began with several sketches that year. However, life threw some challenges my way, and unfortunately, my progress came to a halt. Between 2019 and 2022, I could only complete three additional sketches following some life-altering incidents that robbed me of my ability to sketch.
Fortunately, in May of this year, a renewed ability and passion for sketching returned to me. Inspired by this newfound artistic drive, I made a decision last week to take up the challenge once more.
Here are 30 (selected) sketches of Ottawa so far; 13 were brought to life just this year, with 10 completed within the last week alone. Just 70 more to go!
mlim, ottawa, 1 august 2023
My last solo exhibition was in 2020, where I presented a series of ‘hands’ work, in “Hands: Medium & Massage”, sponsored by the City of Ottawa. See the poster below.
You can read my artist interview here https://www.jacksonsart.com/blog/2017/10/05/merlyna-lims-art-go/