Love Is My Religion

“I belong to no religion. My religion is Love.
Every heart is my temple.” -Rumi

Art print available on Etsy, www.etsy.com/shop/dollgift

I did two Night versions earlier, here's a Day version.

Drop me a message or visit my Etsy store to customise an illustration, www.etsy.com/shop/dollgift .

Also, we've added many new designs to our Redbubble store!

Click here to see full product range and start shopping now, www.redbubble.com/people/dollgiftbyrheea/shop 

Have a fabulous week ahead~

❤ Blessings, Charllotte

New works

''When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It's to enjoy each step along the way.'' -Wayne Dyer

Take time to relax, and enjoy a cup of tea. ~ <3

Art prints available on Etsy, www.etsy.com/shop/dollgift

Now I'm going to introduce the cutest Weenicorn to you. Meet Little Evans (L.E)!!! Isn't she the cutest?

You can follow @krisegirl on Instagram for more photos of L.E and her siblings. Let me tell you, they're all SO cute it's impossible to favour one over the other. In fact I had a hard time deciding which photo to work on.

If you'd like to win a free portrait of your pet as well, simply follow me on Instagram @dollgift. It doesn't matter if your furkid is here or in heaven, I'll pick a random photo from my follower list to work on next. Alternatively, you can also DM me photos of your beloved pet. If your submission is picked, I'll send you a high res digital copy of the portrait for FREE. You may keep the file, print it out to have it framed and hang on your wall or even print it onto merchandise. If you'd like for me to print it out and send to your home, printing and postage fee apply. If your submission is not selected, you can still customise a portrait of your pet. More information here, www.etsy.com/shop/dollgift

Enjoy your weekend!~

❤ Blessings, Charllotte

Meet Sully!

It's Free Pet Portrait post!

Last week I mentioned that I'd pick a random pet from my Instagram follower list to work with each week, but then I thought of my dear Nono in heaven and decided I want to give a chance to pet owners who'd lost their beloved pet as well. So, to all the pet owners (whether your pet is here or in heaven), feel free to send me a clear photo of your pet. If your submission is picked, I'll send you a high res digital copy of the portrait for FREE. You may keep the file, print it out to have it framed and hang on your wall or even print it onto merchandise. If you'd like me to print it out and send to your home, printing and postage fee apply.

Today, I've chosen this super tiny and adorable kitty, Sully, to work with. Sully was born with cleft nose/lip/palate. I think that's what made him more special! Anyway, the wonderful people at Utah Animal Advocacy Foundation (UAAF) took him in to give him all the love and medical care he needed, but unfortunately he passed away too soon. Even with his brief time here, Sully's beautiful story touches the lives of many, some who'd known him merely through FB, myself included. They even have a ‪#‎smilesfromsully‬ 's day on every Thursday where a random act of kindness is carry out in honour of little Sully! You definitely want to follow their page for more amazing rescue stories and cuteness overloaded photo/video updates of the animals >> For the Love of Ruby

Photo of Sully I used. Isn't he the cutest?

Photo of Sully I used. Isn't he the cutest?

Now you can start sending in photo of your beloved pet for next week's Free Pet Portrait (leave me a message on Facebook or DM me on Instagram). If your submission is not selected, you can still customise a portrait of your pet on Etsy.

Good luck! 

PS: I've added new designs to my Redbubble store, do check them out, www.redbubble.com/people/dollgiftbyrheea/shop :*

❤ Blessings, Rheea

Sweet Friend & Bella

We all have that one friend who will always be there for us in good times or bad. You know you can be your completely weird, goofy self around them (sometimes they may even be weirder or crazier than you!). I'm blessed to have a few such friends in my life (you know who you are). Thank you for loving me for who I am. I love you! <3

Art print is available on Etsy

Also today, I want to introduce you to SWEET Bella, the miniature dachshund (surprise, Rachel!! :D) Rachel is a follower of mine on Instagram for quite a while now.

Starting this week, I'll be picking a random (pet) follower on my Instagram to customise a portrait weekly. If your pet is picked by me, you can contact me and I'll be glad to send you a high res digital copy of the drawing so you can print it out if you like. Best part is, it'll be FREE of charge for you. ;D

Photo of Bella I took reference from

Photo of Bella I took reference from

Join in the fun by following me on Instagram @dollgiftbyrheea now, your pet might be the next lucky one to be chosen! Alternatively you can customise a similar portrait as this one of your pet at US$68. Dimension of this drawing is 14''x11'' (I can do other dimension as well). If you prefer the portrait to be printed out and send to your house, cost for printing and postage apply. Feel free to drop me a message to inquire!

Don't forget to follow me on Instagram! You can also follow Bella here @rachel_am_i

❤ Blessings, Rheea

Past Works - Melancholy Collection

Here are some paintings/ drawings I did between 2009 and 2010 for my Melancholy collection. It was one of my favourite collections; dedicated to a close friend I lost to a car accident 12 years ago. Although I try to create only happy drawings now, sometimes I do missed painting melancholy art as it allows me a space to express and release any sadness.

Trapped (ink)

Trapped (ink)

A Letter For You (ink)

A Letter For You (ink)

To Where You Are (watercolour)

To Where You Are (watercolour)

Waiting Forever (ink)

Waiting Forever (ink)

My Wishes For You (watercolour)

My Wishes For You (watercolour)

Awaken Love (watercolour)

Awaken Love (watercolour)

Waiting For A Call From&nbsp;Heaven (watercolour)

Waiting For A Call From Heaven (watercolour)

Awaken Love (ink)

Awaken Love (ink)

A Little Too Late (ink)

A Little Too Late (ink)

I had my first real art lesson when I was about 9. My parents signed me up for weekly art classes at some community centre because they couldn't afford piano lessons (something I'd also love) back then. So that was where I learned to draw/ paint with different mediums - mainly pencils, crayons and watercolour. I stopped at acrylic painting when I was about 13 and got busy with school life. Anyway long story short, years later, I caved in to peer pressure's 'art degree will get you nowhere', 'you can't make a decent living making art' perception and chose fashion design over fine arts course. The big irony? That's exactly what I'm doing now - making a living with my art.

Admittedly I still can't draw human figures in the correct proportions; I can't draw fingers and toes, my perspective and shadowing is terrible. Ha! But that doesn't stop me from drawing. And yes, I still dream to become a picture book illustrator someday.

'The biggest adventure you can take is to live the life of your dreams'. -Oprah Winfrey

PS: Prints of these paintings/ drawings are available on Etsy, www.etsy.com/shop/dollgift.

Merchandise such as totebags, phone case, pillows etc, are also available on Redbubble, www.redbubble.com/people/dollgiftbyrheea/shop (I'm in the midst of getting the entire collection on Redbubble, do check back soon!

❤ Blessings, Rheea

For A Good Cause (Saving Turtles)

Did you know a female sea turtle lays between 50 - 130 eggs (depending on the species) and as many as 7 clutches of eggs each nesting season? Did you also know that the sand temperature will determine the sex of the turtle - cooler sand produces more males, warmer sands produce more females? 

Sadly, only an estimated one in 1,000 to 10,000 will survive to adulthood... natural obstacles and threats caused by humans are driving them to extinction. Therefore it's really important that we make sure the sea turtles don't die out before it's too late!

As mentioned in my earlier posts, the Singapore Scout Association (SSA) partners with World Wide Fund for Nature Malaysia (WWF-Malaysia) annually to raise awareness on the importance of Wildlife Conservation; Project Orion: Rovering with Turtles being the sixth project in the series of annual project this year. You can follow them on FB or Instagram to find out more about this project (details below). If you'd like to make a donation to this meaningful project, you may contact them directly or purchase one of these items I'd created for the fundraising effort:

To buy an Art print, 
http://etsy.me/1QLX4E9
http://etsy.me/1KSZmMB 

To buy other products (notebook, tote bag, phone case, pouch etc).
www.redbubble.com/people/dollgiftbyrheea/shop (any Turtle-themed products under 'For a good cause' category)

100% of the proceeds will go to the funding of Project Orion VI.

Visit my Redbubble store to see more designs and products!

Here's where you can follow Project Orion for updates:

FB page - https://www.facebook.com/ProjectOrionRWT
Instagram - @project_orion
Blog - http://2015.project-orion.org

Please help us to spread the words! Thank you in advance for your love and support~

Have a fabulous weekend!

❤ Blessings, Rheea

Rovering With Turtles

Cute news!

I've always love animals and is constantly on the lookout for ways to help any animal support groups/ organisations. This time round, I’m getting myself involved in not just a meaningful but SUPER CUTE collaboration with the Singapore Scout Association (SSA) on their latest project - Project Orion VI. 'Rovering with Turtles' is the sixth project in the series of annual project collaborations between the SSA and World Wide Fund for Nature Malaysia (WWF-Malaysia). 

This project aims to create awareness on the importance of Wildlife Conservation among the participants and Scouting community in Singapore, providing opportunities to Youths to increase their self and global awareness, etc.

Now the cute part.... One of their tasks is to create a safe place for the sea turtles to lay eggs. And when the babies are ready to see the world, to guide them safely into the sea! Protecting baby turtles, how cute! 

So, in support of their fundraising effort, I’ll be creating some turtle-themed illustrations and sell them to raise fund. Here’s the very first piece I did, titled 'Vacation'. You can support the project by purchasing this art print or make a donation to my Paypal account: info@mydollgift.com. Bank transfer option is also available if you have a bank account in Singapore (PM me if you prefer this option).

Here's the link to purchase this art print - http://etsy.me/1QLX4E9

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100% of the proceeds will go to the funding of Project Orion VI. 
Once you’ve made your purchase or donation, please drop me a message. Name of donors/ amount donated will be mentioned so do let me know if you prefer to remain anonymous. 

**As only Scout members are allowed to donate direct to the project account, I'm collecting the funds on behalf of a friend who is a member of the SSA.**

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Photos source:&nbsp;www.facebook.com/ProjectOrionRWT

Photos source: www.facebook.com/ProjectOrionRWT

For full details and updates, please visit:

FB page - https://www.facebook.com/ProjectOrionRWT

Blog - http://2015.project-orion.org

Instagram - https://instagram.com/project_orion

Thank you in advance for your love and support~

❤ Blessings, Rheea

Superhero Adventure (part 4)

It wasn't hard to spot this Superhero from far. The only thing I had to worry about was getting stepped on. Thankfully that didn't happen. He was rushing off to catch the Spiderman II movie when I found him and so he invited me to join him. Of course I said yes! This sweet gentle giant carried me to sit on his shoulder during the show so I could have the best view (we even shared a gigantic box of popcorn!) Needless to say, it was the BEST movie date I ever had. But..... I really hope I'll get to see Thor soon. :p

You can follow my Superhero Adventure on FB, www.facebook.com/DollgiftByRheea Instagram, http://instagram.com/dollgiftbyrheea 
or subscribe to my blog RSS! 

Sorry for neglecting my Etsy store for a while. I've updated more works AND you can now enjoy SPECIAL DISCOUNT when you get more art prints. Yeah!~ 

Visit my shop for alot more other designs! www.etsy.com/shop/dollgift

Happy shopping!~

❤ Blessings, Rheea

Wedding Invites & Quote Of The Week

Lovely wedding invitation cards customised for a German couple! <3

‘We are all one-winged angels. Our task here on earth is to find another one-winged angel who will share his wing with us, to hold us. And together we can fly back to the most high.’

We can print as little as 10 cards. No minimum quantity is required. To customise yours, please get in touchMore details can be found here >> http://www.mydollgift.com/customised/#/custom-invitation-cards/

And here's the quote of the week:

That's right. When life knocks you down, you have two choices; you either get up or you roll over and look at the stars. :)

Art print available on Etsy, https://www.etsy.com/shop/dollgift

Have a wonderful week ahead~

❤ Blessings, Rheea

Love And Blessings

For everyone celebrating Valentine's Day this weekend (although I think everyday should feel like one). Extend the love to your family, friends, co-workers, neighbours, your pets and even the strangers on the street! 

*You can personalise this card/ art print here,&nbsp;  https://www.etsy.com/shop/dollgift


*You can personalise this card/ art print here, https://www.etsy.com/shop/dollgift

Stay blissful~ 

❤ Blessings, Rheea

DOGs 5th Illustration and Updates

FINALLY, here comes our 5th DOGs illustration! I'm really sorry for the delay. It took me quite some time to come out with the desired 'look' for this piece. I hope you like it! 

Hide &amp; Seek

Hide & Seek

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Art Print available on Etsy,&nbsp; https://www.etsy.com/shop/dollgift

Art Print available on Etsy, https://www.etsy.com/shop/dollgift

Thank you to all my new funders and your sharing on social media about this campaign! I can't tell you just how much I appreciate the constant encouragement and support I'm getting right from the start of this campaign - people I know and people I've not even met before. Thank you for putting your trust in my works and for your love for the dogs.

I'd spent my Sunday at a local dog shelter Save Our Street Dogs (SOSD)'s flag day event. Seeing soooo many adorable dogs make me wish I can bring them all home! Unfortunately I'm not able to do that. But what I CAN do is help in small little ways such as promoting the welfare of animals through my drawings and donating a portion of my earnings to aid them in running the shelter. I hope I'll be able to do more as time goes by. 

We're down to 12 days before the end of our campaign. Have you already made your contribution? You can donate as little as a dollar or more to receive one of our Perks. Half of the sale proceeds from this campaign will go to a local dog shelter. Every dollar counts!

Find out how you can get one of our adorable DOGs illustrations while supporting a good cause here, https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/dogs-postcard

Please continue to help us spread the message too! Thank you~

❤ Blessings, Rheea

Dogs Onboard & Basic Illustration Class - Lesson 8

It's sci fi time again! In lesson 8, we'd to create a stylized/realistic character for the media/gaming industry.

Besides looking a little stiff, I think she looks pretty cool (and hot?). What do you think? :p

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Moving on to a totally different style... 

Tiny little things are spotted on a boat carrying huge lollipops! Direction of where they're heading is still unclear.

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I've always feel a strong connection with dogs and I really hope to do more for our fur buddies, be it raising awareness for adoption or understanding the importance of giving them a 'forever' home. I'll be creating a series of illustrations with dogs (lots and lots of them!) and having the illustrations printed on tote bags, postcards, calendar or t-shirts. Half of the sale proceeds from this project will be donated to a local dog shelter. 

At this moment, I do not have alot of fund to start with so I'll have to look to collaboration or platforms like Kickstarter and Threadless for help. If you've any other suggestion, I'd love to hear them.

Thank you in advance for your support and your love for our fur buddies!

Meanwhile, art print for this piece is available on Etsy

Have a lovely week!

❤ Blessings, Rheea

Updates and Some Desserts

Happy Monday again! 

I know I'm supposed to be posting updates on my 3rd illustration lesson today... BUT I've actually DELETED the files from my thumb drive over the weekend thinking that I'd transferred them to my computer. OMG! Please pray that I'll still be able to retrieve the files on our shared desktop in school this Saturday. -____-'''

Okay, enough nightmare for today. Here's a latest piece I did. Anyone would like some desserts? ^^ 

I'm giving myself a pat on the shoulder for completing this entire piece with a tablet. All thanks for the practice during my illustration class! Heh.

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If you've LIKED our Facebook page, do remember to hit on the 'Get Notification' button to ensure all our updates appear on your newsfeed. If you haven't, you may do so here, www.facebook.com/DollgiftByRheea

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Also, I've added more designs to my Redbubble store. Do check it out! :) www.redbubble.com/people/dollgiftbyrheea

Have a great new week ahead~

❤ Blessings, Rheea


Origami Series

Happy Monday! Hope your weekend was fun.

As promised, here are the two pieces of works I did for my Origami series. Art print is available on Etsy. Do check out my Etsy store for all other lovely art pieces and merchandise, www.etsy.com/shop/dollgift! :)

Sunrise

Sunrise

Come Away With Me

Come Away With Me

Do you like this series?

I'm working on the third piece now. You can follow my Facebook page or Instagram for first-hand update on my works! Don't say I didn't tell you ;)

Have a great new week ahead!

❤ Blessings, Rheea

Lighthouse

As promised, part III of my Sea Houses Collection is here! 

Lighthouse

Lighthouse

I had also created two patterns for this series.

Oh by the way, if you are looking for tutorials to learn how to create patterns such as these, you wouldn't want to miss the one by Andy Mathis, HERE. I did quite abit of research and this is still my best recommended tutorial. Don't worry, Andy explained everything in a very clear and easy to understand way. Seriously, I never thought creating patterns can be so easy and fun until now!

Pattern 1

Pattern 1

Pattern 2

Pattern 2

Finally, I did a product mock-up with the complete collection. 

Product mock-up

Product mock-up

These lovely art prints are now available on Etsy, HERE.

Lighthouse

Lighthouse

Freedom

Freedom

Swimming With Fishes

Swimming With Fishes

That's all I have for you today.

Take care and have a beautiful day! :)

❤ Xoxo, Rheea

freedom

I have lost count on the number of times I have to 'explain' to people why I refuse to find a full time job over the years. My answer is simple. I hate being controlled by any corporate employment system. And I love my freedom too much. Of course this comes with a price; inconsistent paychecks, being judged by people as 'lazy' and 'unrealistic' etc.

It doesn't help growing up with critical parents. Although they have pretty much given up on me finding a job, my mom still enjoys throwing in negative remarks when the mood strikes her. Just the other day when I was working on this drawing below, she glanced over and commented, 'Why are you drawing these houses? There's nothing special about them.'. Sigh. And I remember vividly the day when I made my very first sale on Etsy a few years back. I was eager to share the news with her. However what seemed to be a casual joke immediately felt like a thousand knives stabbing right into the middle my heart, 'Oh? Which silly customers would want to spend their money on your drawings?'. :(

Honestly, I don't blame my mom for behaving this way because deep down I know she is a very loving and caring lady. Perhaps she was brought up by parents who showed their love in the same manner. Undoubtedly her remarks still affect me a little sometimes, but I have learn to take them with a pinch of salt.

On the other hand, I am very thankful to have a bunch of really encouraging friends and fans. Yes, if you are reading this right now. Thank you!

Well, I have chosen this less travelled path and I have never been happier. :)

Coincidentally, I have named this piece 'Freedom'. The two pieces can be put together to form a larger drawing.

If you like this, stay tuned for part III of my Sea Houses Collection!

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'Don't give up too soon. Not even when well-meaning parents, relatives, friends and colleagues tell you to get 'a real job.' Your dreams are your real job.' - Joyce Spizer

Have a beautiful day~

❤ Xoxo, Rheea

Swimming With Fish

HelloOoooo~

Apology for neglecting my blog for a while; I've been really tied up with my freelance and paperwork.

Anyway, here's the latest piece of work I'd completed and posted on my Facebook Page some time ago. So remember to 'like' my page for any first-hand updates in future - www.facebook.com/DollgiftByRheea! :D

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Swimming WIth Fishes

Swimming WIth Fishes

The weather has turned so warm these days that Nono decided to take a dip in the sea with the fishes! Well, I really like the colour of this one. It must be one of the most colourful works I'd done so far. What do you think? :)

As I won't be listing it on Etsy till I complete the full series, do let me know if you're keen to purchase this as art print.

Meanwhile, stay tuned for the next piece which is coming up REAL soon! 

❤ Xoxo, Rheea

Wonderland

Happy Sunday!

As promised, here is the complete collection of my Sunflower theme (scroll one post down if you missed my previous introduction).

Wonderland~

Wonderland~

Pattern I

Pattern I

Pattern II

Pattern II

Product Mock-up

Product Mock-up

I hope you like them! :)

If you would like to purchase my Wonderland art print, you may do so on Etsy, www.etsy.com/shop/dollgift

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For licensing enquiry, please contact my agent, Hannah (from The Bright Agency), hannah@brightartlicensing.com

Have a beautiful next week ahead!~

❤ Xoxo, Rheea

Don't forget to play

Hello! I have created these two drawings for my portfolio and they are from my Sunflower Series (more pieces for this series coming up soon!). Well, I hope you like them. :)

I will work on creating 'collections' of art instead of individual pieces from now on, as I learned that this is preferrable for licensing.

Don't Forget To Play

Don't Forget To Play

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Field Of Gold

Field Of Gold

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If you would like to purchase any of these art prints, you may do so at my Etsy store, www.etsy.com/shop/dollgift

For licensing enquiry, please contact my agent, Hannah (from The Bright Agency), hannah@brightartlicensing.com

Have a beautiful weekend~

❤ Xoxo, Rheea