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.
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.
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.