A Late Valentine’s Day Post

With March fast approaching, I’ve been terribly busy and stressed out this February completing paintings for the upcoming 2 exhibits and handling mask orders. That said, I shall be posting my drawings for the 365 Women Project in digest form to catch up. To start off the month of love, there was no better subject to draw than one half of the tragic love-stricken couple of fair Verona, Juliet Capulet. I chose to draw her not in the typical balcony scene, but with Romeo’s dagger plunged deep into her heart after discovering he had poisoned himself, thus, following him into death. This post was originally intended for Valentine’s Day, but hey, better late than nothing at all.

Day 28: Romeo's Dagger. "O happy dagger! This is thy sheath; there rust, and let me die."

Day 29: Thumbelina. A play on red and turquoise.

Day 30: Infestation. I remember being sick and waiting in line at the hospital the day I worked on this.

Day 31: Blue Hawaii. A tropical cocktail drink personified, complete with a headdress made of anthuriums, birds of paradise, and heliconias.

This afternoon, I shall be participating at this year’s Art in the Park as an exhibitor at Art Informal‘s booth. In a nutshell, this annual event organized by the Museum Foundation of the Philippines is an affordable art fair where paintings, photos, prints, and sculptures are made available at Php30,000 and below. The event will run from 2 PM up to 12 MN at the Jaime Velasquez Park, Salcedo Village, Makati.

I invite you to drop by at Art Informal’s booth, Paper Works, at L4 (near the playground). Three of my watercolor paintings will be exhibited there and they are, of course, up for sale. Posted below is the location map for your reference.

So if not for support for the local art community, come and visit for affordable art, great food, wine, and jazz music. I do hope the overcast skies clear up. There’s much to be experienced in this much-awaited art fair!

The Last Two Days of January

January has come to an end two days ago and I can’t help but feel proud of myself for committing to this 365 Women Project. It may be too early to celebrate, but this is the longest I’ve kept going on a 365 project. I’ve tried starting a couple of times before but stopped producing works in less than 2 weeks. So as much as I am busy preparing for my two exhibits on March, I shall try to catch up and make my posts more up to date.

For day 25, I drew a re-imagining of Princess Tiger Lily from Peter Pan with facial tattoos. As for day 26, I drew a water nymph – an undine brushing her hair, engulfed in water lilies and waves. That’s 1 month down and 11 more to go!

Tiger Lily. This brave princess is my favourite Neverland resident next to Captain Hook.

Undine's Spell. It is said that these graceful water nymphs can not get a soul unless they marry a man and bear him a child.

In other news, the date of DLSU Moo Media’s 5th Young Multimedia ang Graphic Desigers’ Summit has been finalized. It’s going to be on March 10 at Yuchengco Hall at the DLSU campus. Do mark your calendars!

I am slated to be the first lecturer. To say the least, it is an honor to be part of this summit’s 5th installation and to be chosen alongside some of the brightest minds in our current local multimedia scene.

The 5th YMGDS is open to all. To pre-register, visit http://tinyurl.com/ymgds5registration. For De La Salle students, ticket selling locations are as follows:
1st week (Jan. 30 – Feb. 3) — Velasco Walk Bench 8 (near Velasco Entrance)
2nd week (Feb. 6 – Feb. 10) — SJ Walk Bench F (near Zaide)
**For outsiders, contact: 0915-897-7538.

March 10 is definitely going to be a busy day with the talk happening in the morning and my two-man show with Ponj Roco opening in the evening. I am very much looking forward to it no matter how nerve-racking that day may be.