Personal Reflections

Transitions

SCAN_0019Wow. A whole month without an update. I was hoping that I would be updating more frequently. But alas, things like this happen.

The transition period from a year of employment seemed to hit me a bit late. I left my old job mid June. However, due to a few activities, – oh, wait, I guess visits would be a more appropriate term- I didn’t really feel the adjustment immediately.

The lack of updates does not mean that I have been completely slacking the past month as I have been working on a few personal pieces. I did finish a food illustration set and worked on a few pieces that would help me recall and practice what I’ve learned from the previous workshop.

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Events and Experiences

A Rainy Afternoon for Watercolor Florals

For quite some time, I have been following Ms. Carla Chua in instragram and I have been amazed on her growth as an artist. I especially admire how effortless her flower paintings look. From time to time I see her photos of workshops that she conducts.

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I am interested in attending more workshops to enhance my skill. However, I usually have second thoughts on several factors and among them is the venue and of course, cost.

The first time I attended a watercolor workshop focused on flowers was with Joannie Candi and Mimi Camille way back in December 2015 in Lizzy Latte, Makati. While I did learn a lot from the workshop – techniques that I don’t think I will know on my own, I know that I haven’t fully grasped effectively painting watercolor flowers.

When Carla Chua announced that she will move the venue of her July 29 workshop to Plaza Cafe in Makati, I grabbed the opportunity to take enroll the class.

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Reviews

iflix Binge: Younger (+ a new series to watch)

When I first got an iflix account, I took sometime browsing for something interesting to watch, until I came across a familiar name.

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Sutton Foster plays the role of Liza Miller, a mother of a college student who is trying to pass as someone who is just fresh out of the University.

I have heard about actress Sutton Foster because of my exposure to musical theater. She originated the role of Jo March in the musical adaptation of Little Women and has has won two Tony Awards for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical.

A quick look at the synopsis piqued my curiosity even further. The show centers on Liza Miller, a 40-year old mother of one, who decided to get back into working after her soon to be ex-husband’s (the divorce papers are still in the works) gambling addiction has left them with close to nothing.

With the help of her bestfriend Maggie, they decided to make her pass as a woman in her mid-twenties in order that she can land a job, after a lot of failed attempts.

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Events and Experiences

Pasinaya 2017: Palihan at Palabas

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This is the most awaited event of the first quarter of the year for me and my sister. After seven years of attendance for me, and four for my sister, Pasinaya has become somewhat a tradition that feed the art-loving part of us.

Pasinaya is an open house festival where every possible area of the Cultural Center of the Philippines is used for film showing, live performances, exhibits, and workshops. With their partnership with the Museum Foundation of the Philippines, the festival is extended to nearby museums and art galleries. For a minimum donation amount of PHP50, you are free to watch what ever you want.

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Despite the huge crowd-an introvert’s nightmare-we still head to the Cultural Center of the Philippines the annual feast for the senses.

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Art

I Have Been to Places

I can’t believe that has only been a year since I started this blog. To celebrate the first year aniversary of this blog, allow me to look back to memories from the previous year.

2016 has been full of travel and new experiences. I have always wanted to document my travels and activities through art. Last year, I tried, in as much as I can, to make it possible.

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Church of St. Francis Xavier, Melaka, Malaysia

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Weekly Digest

…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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Weekly Digest

On Patience

8-14 January 2017

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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

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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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