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Today is the start of #Inktober. Every October, artists all over the world take on the Inktober drawing challenge. I won’t be able to do one ink painting a day…haha not even one a week, but I will contribute on the first day, and with the Inktober prompt of “Poisonous”.


Pufferfish, Porcupinefish, Blowfish, 河豚, Fugu are the different names. Most species are poisonous having tetrodotoxin in some of their internal organs. This toxin is up to 1,200 times more poisonous than cyanide. There is enough toxin in one pufferfish to kill 30 adult humans, and there is no known antidote. The fish is considered to be a delicacy in various places in the world, especially Japan, but has to be prepared by licenced, trained chefs who know which part of the fish to be rid of without contaminating the meat (especially the liver, ovaries, intestines, skin, eyes). Nevertheless people still die from the adventure of eating Fugu.

#Inktober “Poisonous”

Artist: Tai Oi Yee



Just carved a name seal

I carved a seal this past weekend, not using the usual seal script but with my own calligraphy. Actually this is the first name seal I have done…the ones I tried before were animal seals.

I will start stamping my paintings with this new seal.

Tai Oi Yee seal
Seal carving

This is the Yin style seal carving, with the characters carved in, and the stamped effect is white characters with red background. I will attempt the Yang style carving later, with the reverse effect.

Here are my carving tools:


This is how I secure the stone:




Art by Tai Oi Yee,





Be Happy!

I have done a series for the Year of the Dog. Somehow they all turn out to be so happy 

I guess that reflects how I feel…just grateful to be alive and well.

Be Happy!






Happy Birthday To You in this Year of the Dog!

Happy Birthday to You! Today is the 7th day of Chinese New Year 人日and it is considered everybody’s birthday. So birthday wishes to you all in this Year of the Dog!


Happy Year of The Dog

The Chinese calendar is a lunisolar calendar, and the start of the year is based on the cycles of the moon, and this year it falls on Friday, February 16, 2018. The Chinese zodiac assigns an animal to each year in a repeating twelve-year cycle, and this year is the Year of the Dog. People born in these years are born under the sign of the Dog: 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018

By the way, if you don’t want others to know your age, better not disclose your zodiac animal  happyyearofthedog.jpg

The Seal I carved for the New Year


I bought a seal carving stand a couple years ago but haven’t done much with it. Just carved a fish seal and decided to make one for the Year of the Rooster/Chicken


Here is the fish seal I carved in 2013:



Toronto Zoo selling my Limited Edition Prints


The Toronto Zoo is now selling my framed Limited Edition Prints at their gift shop. These special prints are custom designed with the names of the Toronto pandas Da Mao, Er Shun, Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue. Do visit the zoo if you have time
Artist: Tai Oi Yee


Click here to see my other panda paintings



Panda Decals

Just received these wonderful decals of my panda art for my tablet. The decals were custom made by iCDecal & Signs Toronto.

Artist: Tai Oi Yee                                                                                                 Website:


Pumpkin Fun

Pumpkin Fun by Tai Oi Yee

Pumpkin Fun 南瓜樂 (sumi-e by Tai Oi Yee)
Gearing up for Halloween. Just thought I’d give it a fusion twist and paint the pumpkins with Chinese ink and colour on rice paper.


Turning 2D Painting Into 3D Art

Did you know that you can turn your 2D painting into 3D art?

Others have commented that some of my sumi-e is quite stylized, so I decided to turn my ink painting into 3D art and try it in jewellery design. I have discovered an app that turns 2D into 3D, and that transforms my painting into 3D models which can then turned into pendants, rings etc.

I drew the design with Chinese ink and brush, and voilà…here is my zen pendent . It is available in different materials like 14 kt plated gold, stainless steel, acrylic etc., but I like it in raw silver best.

Zen Pendant – Fish and Lily Pad in Raw Silver by Oi Yee Tai   


I also used my grass calligraphy for the Chinese word “love”, and turned it into this polished silver pendant:

Love Calligraphy Pendant – in Polished Silver by Oi Yee Tai   


If you are interested in turning your 2d art into 3d objects like what I have done at this shop, then try this free app and have fun.

With the advance of 3D printing, the opportunities are limitless.


Western and Chinese Art: Masters and Classics

I am now taking an interesting online course offered by in collaboration with Tsinghua University:

Western and Chinese Art: Masters and Classics

EdX offers MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) from the world’s best universities and organizations. Online courses from MITx, HarvardX, BerkeleyX, Tsinghua and many other universities can be taken here. Many of them are free.

Western and Chinese Art: Masters and Classics:
From da Vinci to Zhang Xu, Wu Daozi and Warhol, explore immortal works of Western and Chinese art and gain an appreciation of culture, history and civilization.

What you’ll learn in this course:

  • Major works of Chinese and Western art, the artists, and aesthetic theories
  • How art can be used to analyze current events, traditions, culture, and society
  • How to compare China and the West and tradition and modernity through art

If you are interested in Chinese and Western art, it is still not too late to enrol in this online course. It’s free and you can learn on your own schedule, why not?