Wednesday, July 28, 2010



Jansen was born in Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia in 1970 and his talent was already evident when he won first prize in the ‘Beautiful Malaysia’ national competition in 1988. He graduated from Kuala Lumpur College of Art in 1992 and has been a full time artist ever since. In 1994-96 Jansen undertook post graduate studies at the Art Student League of New York and benefited from a stint with the late American watercolourist, Mario Cooper. Since then he has won numerous of awards in the USA and Canada as well as in Malaysia. In 1997, 2001 and 2004 he presented his work in solo exhibitions in Malaysia.
Jansen has pushed the watercolour medium to uncharted waters with several signature techniques like the stardust highlights, the sequin effect and a mock photographic solarisation (silver gelatin grain) in ‘free-frame’ stills.
Some of his watercolours are larger than normal and he likes the challenge. “The preparations are more important than the size”, he says, “because even a small mistake can spoil it. The work has to be well thought out in terms of subject and execution with the larger watercolour paper ‘primed’ with gesso for layerings as well as to make it thicker as if done by acrylic.” He also mixes the gesso with the watercolours for effect and uses bigger brushes than normal, and likes to use more ‘dangerous’ colours and unconventional settings.

1970Born in Kuantan, Pahang, Malaysia Art Education1994-1996 Post Graduate Studies, Art Student League of New York, New York, U.S.A.1989-1991 Diploma in Fine Art, Kuala Lumpur College of Art, Malaysia Award2005 1st Place, Louisiana Watercolor Society 35th International Exhibition,Louisiana,USA 2003 1st Place, CSPWC 78th Annual International Juried Exhibition,Toronto, Canada19931st Place, Malaysia Open Watercolor Competition, Malaysia1991 1st Place, Kuala Lumpur Open Watercolor Competition, Malaysia 1989 1st Place, Chinese New Year Art Competition, Malaysia 1988 1st Place, Beautiful Malaysia Art Competition, Malaysia 1st Place, National Day Art Competition, Malaysia
Signature Membership National Watercolor Society (NWS), California, USACanadian Society of Painters in Water Colour (CSPWC), Toronto, CanadaNorth East Watercolor Society (NEWS), New York, USAWatercolor Art Society-Houston (WAS-H), Houston, USALouisiana Watercolor Society (LWS), Louisiana, USAMalaysian Watercolour Organization (MWO), MalaysiaSolo Exhibition2005 ‘Jansen Chow 4th Solo Exhibition’, City Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur2004 “Transition”, XOAS, Petaling Jaya2001 ‘Jansen Chow’, Art Salon, Kuala Lumpur1997 ‘Touching the Light’, Art Salon, Kuala LumpurCollectionNational Art Gallery, Kuala Lumpur Shah Alam GalleryKDYMM Sultan SelangorHong Leong BankHSBC, CitibankMaybank FinanceCIMBDanahartaGamuda BerhadPan Pacific HotelKLIAPernasBank of Indonesia, IndonesiaHakka Art Museum, China Corporate and individual collectors locally and abroad

The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition 2008 The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. Copyright 2008 Columbia University Press. (Hide copyright information) Copyright
butterfly any of a large group of insects found throughout most of the world; with the moths , they comprise the order Lepidoptera. There are about 12 families of butterflies. Most adult moths and butterflies feed on nectar sucked from flowers. In the process they may transfer pollen from one flower to another, and many plants depend on moths or butterflies for pollination. Like moths, butterflies have coiled, sucking mouthparts and two pairs of wings that function as a single pair; the wings are covered with scales that come off as dust when the insect is handled. Butterflies can be distinguished from moths in several ways: the antennae of butterflies are knobbed at the tips, while those of moths almost never have terminal knobs and are often feathery; the body of a butterfly is more slender and usually smoother than that of a moth; butterflies are active by day, while most moths are nocturnal; when at rest most butterflies hold the wings vertically, while most moths flatten them against the surface on which they are resting. The skippers are intermediate in characteristics, but they are usually called butterflies. Some butterflies migrate, usually traveling toward the equator in the fall and away from it in the spring. The North American monarch butterfly makes mass migrations of several thousand miles. Coloration The Lepidoptera, especially the butterflies, are known for the beautiful colors and patterns of their wings. Red, yellow, black, and white pigments are found in the scales; the blues and greens, and the metallic, iridescent hues found especially in tropical species, are caused chiefly by refraction. Some butterflies are protectively colored to match the environment. Many conspicuously colored species are distasteful to birds, which learn to avoid them, and others are protected by their resemblance to the distasteful species (see mimicry ). Among the most beautiful butterflies are the swallowtails, found all over the world, the monarchs, and the peacock and tortoiseshell butterflies. Metamorphosis Metamorphosis is complete, that is, the insect goes through four stages: egg, larva , pupa , and adult. The eggs, which hatch in 2 to 30 days, are usually laid on a plant that the larva (called a caterpillar ) uses for food. Most caterpillars eat leaves. After the last of several molts the larva is transformed into a pupa with a hard, often sculptured outer integument, within which it changes to the adult form. The butterfly pupa is called a chrysalis, or chrysalid. Most chrysalids (unlike the pupae of most moths) are not enclosed in a cocoon; however, they are usually suspended from some object by a silken thread and may have a partial covering. Except in those species that winter in the pupa stage, the adult usually emerges from the integument in two or three weeks. Members of some species winter in the egg stage, others as larvae or adults. The adults of most species, however, live only about a month. Classification Butterflies are classified in the phylum Arthropoda, class Insecta, order Lepidoptera. The true butterflies form the superfamily Papilionoidea, and the skippers form the superfamily Hesperoidae. Bibliography See A. B. Klotz, Butterflies of the World (1976); R. M. Pyle, The Audubon Society Handbook for Butterfly Watchers (1984); M. Daccordi et al., Simon & Schuster's Guide to Butterflies and Moths (1988); D. Carter, Butterflies and Moths (1992).

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Lagi Cerita Onta daa..

“Saya mahu naik unta ini, bukan anak unta, wahai nabi Allah,”

Ada suatu ketika seorang perempuan ingin menaiki untanya. Oleh kerana unta itu besar ia agak menyukarkannya. Dengan segala usaha, dia cuba juga untuk naik ke atas badan untanya. Namun dia masih tidak dapat naik. Satu rombongan tentera telah melalui tempat perempuan itu. Perempuan itu pun menahan salah seekor kuda tentera itu. Kuda itu adalah kepunyaan Nabi Muhammad. Perempuan itu dengan gembiranya sambil berkata;

“Wahai nabi Allah! Bantulah saya naik ke atas badan unta ini,” kata perempuan itu kepada Nabi Muhammad.

Rombongan tentera yang mahu pergi berperang itu pun berhenti setelah diarahkan oleh Nabi Muhammad.

“Aku akan naikkan engkau di atas anak unta,” kata Nabi.

“Saya mahu naik unta ini, bukan anak unta, wahai nabi Allah,” kata perempuan itu.

“Tidak! aku akan naikkan engkau di atas anak unta juga,” jawab nabi dengan tegas.

“Anak unta itu sangat kecil. Ia tidak akan mampu menanggung beban seluruh badan saya ini,” kata perempuan itu sambil merayu.

“Aku kata, aku akan naikkan engkau di atas anak unta,” jawab nabi lagi.

Perempuan itu hampir menangis apabila mendengar Nabi Muhammad mengulagi kata-kata bahawa dia akan dinaikkan ke atas seekor anak unta.

Sahabat-sahabat Nabi Muhammad yang berada bersama-sama ketika itu tersenyum melihatkan peristiwa itu. Melihatkan mereka tersenyum, perempuan itu kebingungan. Ia mula hendak marah kepada mereka. Seorang sahabat telah berkata:

“Tidakkah setiap unta itu asalnya dari seekor anak unta.”

Perempuan itu kebingungan. Setelah beliau mengamat-amati kata-kata sahabat itu, barulah beliau faham. Anak unta yang dimaksudkan oleh Nabi Muhammad itu adalah untanya yang sebenar. Unta juga berasal dari anak unta. Barulah ia tahu Nabi cuba hendak bergurau dengannya. Setelah faham maksud kata-kata Nabi Muhammad, perempuan itu tersenyum.

Nabi Muhammad turun dari kudanya dan membantu perempuan itu menaikki untanya. Perempuan itu pun naik ke atas untanya dengan mudahnya. Setelah mengucapkan terimakasih, perempuan itu pun berlalu pergi. Sambil memandang sahabat-sahabt yang lain, perempuan yang tidak jadi marah itu tersenyum sendirian.

Nabi Muhammad dan sahabat-sahabatnya juga tersenyum memerhatikan perempuan itu.


Camel Itu Jamel...

"Seekor onta kecil bertanya kepada induknya, "Ibu kenapa sih telapak kakiku

besar dan hanya terdiri dari tiga jari?"

Si induk menjawab, "Kita kan onta, kaki seperti itu bagus untuk melewati gurun

agar kaki tidak tenggelam dalam pasir."

"Lalu kenapa bulu mataku panjang?" tanya anak onta lagi.

"Jika kita berjalan di gurun, pasir² kan selalu berterbangan. Bulu mata

yang panjang akan melindungi matamu dari kemasukan pasir," jawab induknya.

"Di punggungku ada punuk. Itu untuk apa?" tanya anak onta.

"Itu untuk menyimpan air. Jadi kalau kita berjalan melintasi gurun yang

susah air, kita bisa bertahan walaupun tidak minum berhari-hari²," jawab


Setelah sekian lama terdiam, si anak onta berkata, "Jadi kita punya telapak

kaki lebar, bulu mata panjang dan punuk di punggung adalah untuk hidup di gurun?"

"Benar sayang," jawab induknya.

"Lalu kenapa kita ada di ZOO?""


Sunday, March 7, 2010

surah furqan

وَمَن تَابَ وَعَمِلَ صَـٰلِحً۬ا فَإِنَّهُ ۥ يَتُوبُ إِلَى ٱللَّهِ مَتَابً۬ا ()٧١)

And whosoever repents and does righteous good deeds, then verily, he repents towards Allâh with true repentance. (71)