Friday, December 17, 2010
F. Widayanto is a ceramic artist practicing in Jakarta, Indonesia. He has his own studio that is open to the public for ceramic experience and gourmet lunch by appointment. Here are some of his latest work featured in the exhibition and the book called Narcissus Narcissus at Galeri Nasional Indonesia in 2007.
Here is the link to the studio site to read more about Mr. Widayanto. On my next trip to Java, I will visit his studio from Jakarta on the way to Bogor.
Friday, December 3, 2010
I special ordered this perfume from Hawaii. It is inspired by the flowers Telosma cordata. I love this flower since I was a child. I would go with my Mom to the market to buy them, the seller will wrap them in banana leaf or newspaper. The flowers were then washed and we would cook the winter melon soup with small cubes of meat, shrimp, mushroom and corn and then the winter melon will be in cubes too. Then when ready to serve, we will put the Telosma flowers in the soup bowl and pour the soup on top. The flowers are crunchy and fragrant.
Now I still eat the dish like this with flowers came from Vietnam by air.
The long flight made the flowers lost the fragrant. There is no hope to cultivate the plant as our gray sky and cold weather in winter will kill the plant.
Saffron James' Ipo opens with a strong top note of lemon, more precise the smell if bruised lemongrass, so it is a combination of lemon and ginger with an air of lemon sorbet. Then it settled down with a hint of violet and sweeter smell helped by orange blossom. It is actually quite beautiful. I think it is a great summer fragrance.
The painting I have chosen to describe the scent is young man in a fantastic costume ready for dancing or battle.
Widespread from eastern India to southeast Asia, Pakalana (also known as Chinese Violet) was introduced to Hawaii by immigrants from southern China around 1823. An ancient Chinese tale contends that a troop of savage warriors once seized an enemy castle but that night the aromatic powers of this dusk-blooming flower over took them and by morning the enchanting fragrance had inspired such tranquility, they inexplicably abandoned their conquest.
Since then, like the full moon, the captivating scent of this local favorite has earned a reputation for rousing the most unexpected behaviors.
Caron's Aimez-Moi is a beautiful violet scent with light citrus opening and deep violet and rose heart with lots of spice and very warm base hugging the skin and a little bit last and last and the silage is fantastic. The scent is sensual and sexy, best put on a see thru black lace shirt or something in velvet. This is my image of it.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
I think I am going to Penhaligon's Violetta next, just a 50ml to last for a while. This violet scent is more sharp and long lasting, a soliflore with strong sillage. But the citrus opening and strong violet heart and geranium accord is balanced by the musk drydown. I am already using the handcream which is powerful. I will think of a drawing to describe the scent.
Friday, November 19, 2010
I love violet scent and after smelling a few different brands, I decided to get another one to alternate with L'Artisan Parfumeur's Verte Violette. It is Borsari's Violetta di Parma. It is beautiful and subtle, a little more spicy and just a touch of powder. Compared to Penhaligon's Violetta which is crisp and old fashioned, Borsari's is more private and gentle.
Here is one of my painting to go with the scent.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Adult themed though!
Here is the web site and go for the trailer, I love the music and the big cat "Kuma" is so cute!
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Niche Perfume and my art: I am trying to draw some correspondances of these niche perfumes that I have to my paintings
Parfumeurie Generale #19 Louanges Profones: smooth, mystical floriental with playful caresses of angel's feather
Carthusia Ligea la Sirena: powdery, intoxicating scent near the ocean
Parfumeurie Generale #05 L'eau de Circe: deceptively sweet, cunning and eloquent, ready for transformation
Tocca Florence: young and carefree
Fragonard Fleur d'oranger: classic and masculine
L'Artisan Parfumeur Fleur de Liane: cool, intriguing and labyrinthine
Serge Lutens Datura Noir: intoxicating, corrupt and decadent
Serge Lutens Borneo 1834: mysterious, dark and ancient
Penhaligon's Amaranthine: hothousy, becoming
Monday, October 4, 2010
I gave this perfume a second chance and love it. I have been collecting the soliflore (single flora scent) and although the scent of jasmine, lily of the valley, narcissus etc. is all pretty, but kind of lacks drama or story telling.
Finally I tested L'eau de Circe on my left arm and Psychotrope on my right. 5 minutes later the flora top in Psychotrope disappeared and all left on my arm was leather, and my whole arm and right body smelled like a leather couch! I was horrified!
My left side of the body smell fruity from an application of Violette in Love from Parfum de Nicholaii and L'Eau de Circe. I am not so used to the raspberry in Violette in Love. I already got a greener violet scent. So I am more happy to choose L'Eau de Circe which is smooth as silk, powdery and very sweet that is not from fruit. It smells like bitter sweet herbal thoat candy and the scent has great sillage, so everyone around me can pick up on the sweetness but the scent is very private too not in your face. I got used to the scent after a while but once subjected to a sudden change of temperature as from warm to cold, the scent come rushing around me again.
L'Eau de Circe is the magic potion from the Greek Goddess that turned Odysseus men into pigs.
Saturday, September 25, 2010
Sunday, September 12, 2010
This is the result from my fragrance profiling at Penhaligon's. I am glad that Nazrin at the Perfume Shoppe in Vancouver also chose this one for me. The scent is beautiful and suits me well.
Thank you for taking the time to answer the questions in our online Fragrance Profiling Service. Your answers were interesting and illuminating. I would like to recommend the scents pictured below and explain why I have chosen these particular fragrances for you. I trust you will enjoy my choices and choose a Penhaligons’ fragrance that is perfect for you.
Two fragrances for you Victor, one a wonderful tropical scent thick with banana, spiced oils and milk, the other a swirling dark coffee tinted wonder.
My first choice may be a risk. You said you have moved away from the sweeter side of things but i want to tempt you back with something not sweet exactly, but sticky and tropical with libidinous notes rising and falling as it engulfs the skin. Amaranthine was launched last year to critical acclaim and client love/hate. It is a challenging fragrance. I LOVE it, love the way is dirties up the skin, love its confrontation, from its plantation banana leaf and cardamom oil top to its fleshy ylang heart and the soothing milky drydown. Every moment of this journey is wonderful. This scent is decadent but intensely private too, everything seems to contradict and harmonise at the same time. I love its seemingly prim and proper surface and the dark sensual forces swirling beneath. It sends out a coded warning.....beware, beneath my tailored exterior, savage waters run. So clever and vibrant, shimmering with stifled emotions and unspoken desire. Amaranthine is not for everyone, it is cutting-edge fragrance at its best, but if you fall for its charms, it will sweep you away.
My other choice is very different. A soft, swirling coffee-tinted scent called Endymion. It is semi-oriental fragrance built around a gorgeous latte style heart with fragrant nutmeg, sage, mandarin and a spicy undertow. It feels velvety and very sensual on the skin, all the elements smoothing into moonlit strolls in soft lit gardens, everything glowing in the moonlight. It is sweet, but gently so, as the skin warms up, mysterious resins rise up with hints of creamy musks and cardamom, all wrapped in the softest of leather. Endymion just works, smells fantastic and will add something a little different to your scent wardrobe.
I hope you enjoy exploring these fragrances further and find something that fits you. Have fun and do let me know how you get on.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Thank you so much for my friend Sawako who brought back so many goodies from France. The Laduree cookbook on sweets is beautiful and I will follow the receipes to make wonderful macarons and cakes. The french candies are all very sophisticated, especially the Forestines, I had tasted them when I was very small. This brought back very sweet memories of childhood's goodtime.
I think we had great time exploring the niche perfumes. Thank you again.
Saturday, September 4, 2010
This beautiful vine is finally flowering after I cultivated it for almost 7 years. Aristolochia tentaculata is nice and I have the first flower today, and a lot more to come.
I am sketching it along with Aristolochia gibertii which I have never painted.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Thursday, August 5, 2010
I am very busy lately working. But I am looking into researching more about Batik and painting more of the interesting batik patterns from different regions in Indonesia.
This picture is painted about 15 years ago after reading a line from Kojiki.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
This delicate Japanese candy is made by me using a wooden mold crafted by a master in Asakusa. I bought the mold 8 years ago I think and I used Wasanbon sugar with a bit of Kudzu and colour. The result is alright but not perfect and too fragile. I need to improve on the technique. The only way I am afraid will be to take a class in Kyoto at one of the famous Wagashi Houses.
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Indian special dish:
1. Tindora which is coccinea grandis, washed, and sliced thinly.
2. Deep Fry tindora for less than 5 minutes in hot oil.
3. Stir fry some spices (tumeric, pepper and salt) with candlenuts and peanut crushed, then add some green celery or celantro chopped finely, when fragrant, then add tindora and turn off heat.
4. add some mint or herb on top to garnish.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
I bought this fragrance for myself today. The scent is quite strong and linea but I like it. It is very powdery, just like all the fragrance that I most enjoy. Lots of white flowers and a bit of light citrus and bitter orange. Ligea la Sirena is about the victim of siren. Here is the animation of how the perfume is made on this little Island of Capri in Italy.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
Beautiful name of the legend of Sirens
Beautiful name of the water of Circe, her magical potions that turn men into pigs
Intoxicating Brugmansia after sundown
Dried chocolate as the base after several hours of sharp Indian Ink smell
Wonderful Louanges Profanes (Love with the Angel)