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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A Passion for Food and Art

16-22 July 2017

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Coffee and doughnuts: Sugary breakfast on the go

One look at my instagram feed and it’s obvious that I like art and food.

Most of the time, I sketch portraits – celebrity or imaginary. But in between the faces, I include photos of food that I prepare. Usually, the recipes are experimental.

Last week, I didn’t feel like drawing the usual portraits. I looked at my phone album to somehow find inspiration.

After a few scrolls, I considered drawing some of the food I have eaten.

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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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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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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.

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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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Trying My Hand at Drawings Chibis

11-17 December 2016
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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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9 Days Before Christmas

As I try to capture the sights and sounds of Christmas through art, I certainly cannot skip on one of the most important traditions in the country – the Simbang Gabi.scan12162016225614_006-001

Every dawn from the 16th of December to the morning before Christmas, families, friends, individuals flock to churches for the Simbang Gabi.

The Simbang Gabi is a 9-day novena observed by the Roman Catholics and Aglipayans in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The novena ends with the Misa de Gallo on Christmas eve to welcome the birth of the Christ.

Some Protestant churches also hold evening services during those dates to celebrate Christmas.
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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.

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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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