watercolor journal\\stay creative during quarantine

Hey guys it’s been a very very long time since I posted last time and things have been changed a lot in my life and also I believe, in your life.

nice view 🙂

Right now, I am sitting at my balcony and enjoying my lunch break (without lunch). And be grateful to the weather.

It’s hard to stay productive and creative during this hard time coz I can literally tell you right now what I did in the morning and even what I will do during the night. But I am still grateful to be able to sit here and to live as I know a lot of people out there are fighting for us. When the quarantine started, I took almost 2 weeks to adjust all my life and to get used to the new normal. And I started to do my #quaran journal..to document/sketch every little thing happened during my day..and I found there are a lot of beauty and sometimes we just ignore them/ didn’t realize their existence. So I want to share with you my little things during quarantine and hope you find them cute:)

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And I started an Instagram account for my artwork


And you can also check my YouYube video 30-day quaran journal sharing

Have a nice day:)


#30 days challenge|Wake me up when September ends

Day 21| wake me up when September ends

Here comes to the last day in September. And I realized that I should finish my 30 days challenge before the year ends. Despite all the ups and downs happened to my life, painting should always be a thing that brings me the inner peace.


#so wake me up when September ends

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#30 days challenge|Pumpkin Cream

Day 20| painting with pumpkin cream cold brew

#Saturday Morning

#Chill and cozy

Started the morning with a cup of pumpkin cream cold brew /no syrup added.

#watercolor #painting #what do you want to draw today

Let color/water do the magic.


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Happy Sunday.

#30 days challenge|Your Days in Dallas

Day 19 | Breakfast, sunset, cat and trees

  • I want to share breakfast with you and know your favourite seasoning
  • I want to be there with you to find out the minor differences for everyday’s sunset
  • I want to pet the little stranger who comes to visit you everyday
  • And maybe just hanging out with you

To my best friend Xin who just moves to Dallas:)

Photos credit to Xin

Happy Weekend.

Beyond Data|❤️Can you find a Secret down here?

Click on the image to view the interaction and find the secret!
The view is a bit different using laptop and mobile.

This heart is created in Tableau. (Click on Tableau if you don’t know about this data visualization tool) by playing some Pi, SIN & COS tricks and this turns boring data into an interactive heart.

Click on image to view the source

It is a romantic(or nerdy? ) way to express love right? LOL

Initially got inspired by a Tableau Zen Master Adam E McCann and you can find his website here. He is amazing and contributes a lot to the data visualization community.

So let’s see how to make the magic happen:

Here is how data look like:

The first 2 columns [Data] and [Value] are the original data points, which is just simply 1 – 100. Hmmm, looks pretty boring.

How about this?

Converting the text table to a bar chart is much more interesting and you get a sense of how the Pi/Sin/Cos make the transformation of data.

  • t = (2PI())(([Data]+1)*0.01)
  • x = 16*SIN([t])^3
  • y = 13COS([t])-5COS(2[t])-2COS(3[t])-COS(4[t])

The above formulas are originally created by Adam and he shared on this website. You can play with them as well to create your own heart:)

So did you find it?

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Beyond data|SPACE walks

welcome back 🙂

Hey guys:)

It’s been a (reallyyyy) long time since last time I posted my waterpainting. And my #30-day challenge still stops at the 18th day. A lot of things have happened in my life and I decided to come back (finally. I’ve been learning data visualization for over one year. I found it’s pretty cool to see data in a more visual way and I would like to share my viz here.

Sooooo, let’s get started with some NASA data.

The image below is my visualization about NASA space walkers:

Click on the image to play with viz 🙂
This visualization is developed by Tableau.

So what does this tell you?

  • 2017 & 2018 is two big years for NASA as it has the most space walks. The size of bubble represents the number of space walks.
  • USA’s most space walk is #20
  • The Michael guy is the space walker who walks the longest duration

You may find more interesting things while you hover over each chart.

<Here is where the data come from>

Space Station Spacewalks

Data is collected originally from NASA and you can find their visualization here:


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#30 days challenge|trail_way to no end

Day 17 | trail_way to no end

#Walking along the trail after dinner

#The way to no end

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#30 days challenge|meteor showers

Day 16 | meteor showers

Inspired by Instagram posts.

Make a wish when seeing the meteor showers.

And this postcard has been sold!!

Special thanks to my first buyer:)

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iris-now | watercolor

#30 days challenge|pleasantly cool

Day 15 | pleasantly cool

It’s June 3rd already BUT Toronto is still not as warm as summer time. Today is windy and pleasantly cool. Can’t quite feel the warm as it looks like.

My 30-day watercolor challenge is half way done and I am still keep learning and practicing. It’s just nice to have something to do when you feel a bit lost.


Happy Monday:)