Weekly Digest

Capturing Christmas

27 November – 3 December 2016

The air has become cooler. Streets and buildings are adorned with lights. Malls play the familiar cheerful melodies. Parties and get-togethers are planned. People start to put up their wish lists.

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An attempt to capture the lights in the Ayala Triangle Gardens.

Though signs of the Christmas can been seen around, I often sarcastically ask, “Pasko na pala? (Is it Christmas already?)” or “Dama mo ba ang Pasko? (Can you feel the spirit of Christmas?)”

As I walked along the city streets, I mused about going back to the practice fo trying to capture scenes with sketches. I miss urban sketching. Somehow, I don’t seem to find the time to sit still and paint.

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Miguel Faustmann as Ebenezer Scrooge in 9 Works Theatricals’ A Christmas Carol

Last week, I contemplated on getting back to sketching by capturing the sights during this holiday season. I started with my sketch of Christmas light show in the Ayala Triangle Gardens. I was stumped. How can I effectively capture the colorful moving lights on paper?

Capturing the lights adorning the city during Christmas proved to be a challenge for me since lights and shadows has always been a weakness.

With that, I pondered on what else to paint to capture Christmas in the country aside from the usual lights and manger scenes. When I attended the press preview of 9 Works Theatricals’s A Christmas Carol as a photographer for my friend, Kate (KateWasHere.com), I considered painting either a scene in the musical or the main character.

For the next few days, I will continue to find scenes and symbols that I can paint to capture the festivities here in the country.  And I hope this could reignite that warm fuzzy feeling we had when we were kids during Christmas time.

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The Christmas tree displayed at the end of the musical.
You can read Kate’s review on 9 Works Theatricals’ A Christmas Carol on Spot.ph. Just click this link
The artworks are made with Sakura Koi Pocket Field Sketch Box Watercolors, Uni-ball Signo White ,and Unipin Fine Line pens (0.05,0.1, 0.3, and 0.5) painted in a Monologue soft sketchbook
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