Introducing Kinfolk

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I was just browsing Kinokuniya few weeks back when I chanced upon this relatively new magazine; Kinfolk that hails from the States. i like the slogan of the magazine – A Guide For Small Gatherings. But what really caught my attention at the start was the images featured in the magazine. There’s something therapeutic about syncing two things; ice cream my true love and flowers into one picturesque treat. It’s an eye feast for me. But that’s not all. The writings on the mag is so intimate and full-of-heart. It seems as though they are writing to old friends, and I sure feel like an old friend reading the letters from the good people at Kinfolk. Kinfolk is a quarterly mag that caters to the young artists and food enthusiasts. Each (144 paged) magazine is packed with ‘lyrical essays, recipes, interviews, personal stories and practical tips with a keen attention to design and details’ and more. Some articles make you wanna get up and do something, some reminds you of things past, some make you crave for a particular food(and teaches you how to make it), it’s magic. And our folks at Kinfolk make it their mission to fill in the gap at newsstands, so you can be assured that every issue is quality and bang for your buck.

Learn something new, do something different. Their writings is like poetry to me, I love every image and articles they have to feature. It’s actually quite hard to entice me with magazines because I have a very and I mean very, exclusive taste bud, only a select few have captured my attention thus far. Yet, I devoured Kinfolk in less than a week..! The price is pretty steep at SGD $30.98 (Kinokuniya), a total one up from the already expensive magazines I follow but hey, you got to pay for good content right? And what makes it even better is the contents are ‘evergreen’ (means you will still enjoy it five years later) and makes for good conversation and activities starter. Congrats Kinfolk, you got yourself a new follower. Oh I will quit talking and let the images do the talking. By the way, their next issue will be released June 4!

Other magazines I follow: Frankie (Australia)(SGD $15.90) // Oh Comely (UK)(SGD $17.90)

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The folks at Kinfolk separated the magazine into three parts in whole; Entertaining For One, Entertaining For Two, Entertaining For Few. Each part is unique on its own and yet combined together makes this a totally apt magazine. Enhance the experience by attempting the activities with a partner or few.

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Love the bird’s eye view of farmlands! So much symmetry. Thank you Kinfolk!

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Learn how to make yourself a good cuppa, folks.

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Interview with like-minded individuals, all extremely talented. It’s good to know one is not alone on this sojourning.

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Ice cream is both a time of day and a dessert.
Like tea, it is both a snack between meals and something to finish off dinner.

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Floral scoops! Two loves put together! I’m in love.

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Really oddball articles but I love it!

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Beautiful photography, enough said.

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Being neighborly. I was inspired and got to work after reading this!

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As the saying goes, “Man don’t need a lot of revelation, man just need a lot of reminders. I’m inspired and reminded to do something different.

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The Fourth Men

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Sometimes, it’s difficult to hold on to our values when it differs so much from the world’s. But who could blame? After all, we are only but temporary residents in this world. I was reading the Book of Jeremiah last Thursday when I felt a sudden impression to flip to the Book of Daniel. I was once again inspired by the courage of Daniel to stand firm on his beliefs in Jehovah God and that God would not fail him. And just like what Pastor Phil said, how he turned things around for the Jews when he held on to his faith in God. I was also deeply moved by the story of the Fourth Men (Jesus Christ) when Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego was cast into the burning fiery furnace for refusing to bow down and worship other gods. (Daniel 3:8-30)

The fire was so strong that the king’s best soldiers were killed by the fire while going near it. It must had been so excruciatingly hot. When everything seemed bleak, the Fourth Men appeared and was with them in the heat of it all. In fact, the Fourth Men was possibly already there as they were drawing near to the furnace, for none of their clothes nor their hair was harmed by the fiery flames. The Fourth Men was Jesus. I thought about this and am reminded how in our situations and crisis, when there seems to be no way, God will make a way. And He has already done so even before the trial has taken place. I am reminded of the goodness of my Lord Jesus Christ, whose mercy and goodness will never fail [me].

Perhaps you are like Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, casted into a burning fiery furnace-of-a-trial and everything seems hopeless. You need a Fourth Men. Fret not, God is right there with you in the heat, and His hands are not short that He cannot save [you]. Jesus is your Fourth Men when everything seems hopeless.

Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. 
– Lamentations 3:22

And as encouraged by Derrick, a fellow ministry member, I decided to come out with an entry on the idea and inspiration behind the painting.

 

First, I applied the principle layer on the canvas. Painting a color over the canvas more than I intended is fine as I can simply use the next color to overlap it. It will be more disastrous to not cover enough area and having to damage-control later on.

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Next, using a paint brush I pulled the yellow up into the flesh tint in a swing-up motion to emulate the movement of the flames. I added a few drops of yellow with those small paint brushes to make it more realistic. The flames should not be uniformed as a real flame is never uniformed, right?

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In the next motion, I threw a dash of mixed burnt sienna and white paint as the base layer for the bottom part of the canvas. Adding contrast, I added the burnt sienna onto the canvas to give the fire some ‘depth’.

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Following that, I thought about what was going on in Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego’s mind during the trial. From there, I moved on to think about what were they thinking? Were they full of faith? Were they scared? Were they dancing? Could they see the Fourth Men?

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The painting was completed, I pictured the Fourth Men Jesus to be in a robe of white just like the angel in my previous Abram painting. I imagined their locks of hair to be shining white (from God’s glory). One was lifting his hands in worship. One was moving towards the Fourth Men. One opened his arms to embrace Him. Yet I wasn’t satisfied by the color of the three men’s robes. I then played around with the leftover paint, mixing the colors here and there, and putting them on their robes.

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Now you can be a painter too. (Note that I have no prior experience and proper training in painting) If you have a revelation, why not paint it out? Immortalize it, help yourself to remember it. A picture speaks a thousand words.

P.S. I hope this painting and/or the inspiration behind it has encouraged you. 🙂