Capturing Christmas

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.

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.

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 (, 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.

The Christmas tree displayed at the end of the musical.
You can read Kate’s review on 9 Works Theatricals’ A Christmas Carol on 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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