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Familiar Faces

(19-25 March 2017)

Margot Tenenbaum
Margot Tenenbaum

In a relatively slower week, I once again struggled with the battle between the need to continue practicing my craft and this massive hole in my mind that has been sucking away thoughts and ideas and the drive to enable me to draw or write something.

I stopped bringing to work my watercolor journal. Eventually, I decided to leave at home my pencil case filled with drawing pens and waterbrushes because they are just added weight in my bag. I don’t even use them –  not as much as I would the weeks before. Continue reading “Familiar Faces”

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…And I Put on My Headphones.

15-21 January 2017

scan_0011The recent week has proven to be more difficult artistically than usual. I started it with the unispired feeling. It translated to my artistic attempts.

I tried to draw something for a film review that I planned to write. But alas, it seems that I couldn’t make it work. Too much noise is drowning out my thoughts. Somehow these noise seem to be draining me.

So I took out my almost worn out head phones from my workstation drawers, and transported myself someplace else.
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On Patience

8-14 January 2017


I sometimes would think about how life is one long wait which only leads in the one destination or end – death. Pretty grim, right? But there is truth in that. All of us, in varied possible ways, will cease to exist.

Feeling rather uninspired the past week, I reflected again on where I am in my life. I am in a stable job, able to pay our bills and put food on the table. Everything is fine.That is until I recall what I said before – my wish to be able to leave a mark. I am not sure how I am doing in that part.

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Strong Daughters

1-7 January 2017


The image of the strong-willed young lady who decided to sail away from her home in attempt to save her community was still fresh in my mind when I started to work on a new practice artwork.

I was determined to keep my pace and improve. Better yet, I also hope to reach out to a wider audience.

After completing artwork, I immediately thought of what, or who to draw next.

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The Last Few Days of the Holidays

25-31 December 2016

The holidays quickly just passed us by like the wind. After what feels like a quick visit to the province, the sun rose and set on its usual pace and the next thing we knew, 2016 is over. Prior that, I planned several tasks. But it feels like I am lagging behind. Funny, these weeks should be time for me to relax. But I worry about not accomplishing anything on this free time.

Still empty areas in Makansutra Hawkers, Megamall, PH

My sister and I sorted activities for the brief 2-week holiday. From the visit to the province to grocery shopping, we already laid out what we planned to do to maximize the break – both work and leisure activities. My sister managed to follow her schedule.  I, on the other hand, seem to have trouble keeping up with mine.

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Sneaking Sketches

18-24 December 2016

ccfI’ll keep this rather short. It has been four days since I got back from a trip to the southern part of the country.  And with that, I attempted to do some urban sketching. I planned to sketch a lot during the trip, that’s why I brought my art kit with me, however, the nature of our activities was not conducive enough to do some sketching.


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Trying My Hand at Drawings Chibis

11-17 December 2016

As I continue to create artworks that could capture Christmas, I thought drawing scenes involving happy little children, girls specifically, enjoying the holidays. The first thing I drew is this little girl who is happily holding a parol or a Christmas lantern.

Next, I tried painting  a girl singing carols. I wasn’t too pleased with that. I dislike it so much that I won’t post it here.

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More Than the Sights, More Than the Feelings

4-10 December 2016

scan12112016154655_002Christmas has always been associated with merriment and festivities. It is the time of the year, when whole cities would light up in multitudes of colors; some which would even vie for having the biggest tree. The streets are aglow with more than just street lamps. Buildings each have their own decor. Themed attractions are also put up. Everything is bright and happy.

Of course, there is also abundance of night markets hoping to capitalize on this season of “gift-giving.”

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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.

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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