Saturday, December 28, 2013

Uncle Gilbert’s Portrait of Jason Arrives...

Gilbert Rona presenting Jason his portrait
Gilbert Rona, my wife’s uncle, presented Jason, our nine-year-old, with his portrait for Christmas.  It was Gilbert’s first portrait, based on a photograph that he had taken.  Although the portrait was a few years in coming (you can’t rush an artist, especially when using oil paint), it was well worth the wait.
Jason was excited seeing it and, being the proud father, I kept pointing it out to various family and friends who came to our Open House on Christmas.  Most of Gilbert's relatives didn’t even know that Gilbert had taken up painting, let alone the huge talent that he possesses.

Now Jason’s younger brother Justin is expecting his own portrait after Gilbert mentioned that he planned to do one of him, too, though that may take a couple more years...

Four years back, after a  Lovers and Strangers Revisited talk and reading at the Little Penang Street Market, Rashid, an old friend who sketches there every month, did a quick sketch of me.  Personally, I’d rather have a portrait than a selfie any day.  Any idiot can take a photo of himself and post it, but it takes real talent to sketch and paint, and also a little patience by the subject to sit and wait for the final product.

Robert Raymer
*Link to my website, to MPH online for my three of my books, including my latest, Spirit of Malaysia and for Trois autres Malaisie. 

Home for Hari Raya on YouTube!

Ohio University School of Arts, Media & Studies posted the film adaptation of my short story “Home for Hari Raya” from Lovers and Strangers Revisited on YouTube.  Apparently it was posted on 3 October 2013 which I recently found out by accident while updating my files on stories related to the filming.  Had I known (I must’ve overlooked it while in the midst of rewriting one of novels), I could’ve posted it in time for Hari Raya Haji in Malaysia (October 15th)

The film is about 24 minutes long. For some reason the film on YouTube opens at 1:55 mark.  Just scroll back to the beginning. It starts out with the call to prayer and some scenery shots of rural Malaysia.  This is in English, though in the opening scenes some Malay is being spoken. 
Last December I had blogged about Associate Professor Frederick Lewis and his team of students from Ohio University coming to Malaysia for the filming

Enjoy the film, a nice introduction to Malaysia, and share it with friends.  Here is also the link to The Story Behind the Story.
*Update, the 20th anniversary of Lovers and Strangers Revisited
**Link to my website, to MPH online for my three of my books, including my latest, Spirit of Malaysia and for Trois autres Malaisie.