I’m doing a portrait of someone’s cat. Been making some studies. This is one of them. I used the Scanner Pro app for iPad to scan my sketch. Not bad! Now I think it’s time to paint. 🙂
My design will be available on their site for whole month of July. Why not get a shirt or a mug or a tote and help kitty cats (big and small) all over the world? 🙂
Some days are tough. You get up, you do your own thing, then something mundane happens, like receiving a phone call or a text message, and then you realize that the last straw was closer than you thought it was.
And then you have your meltdown and you get on with it. Sure, you get roughed up by life, but you have to go on. So what if carefully disguised friends are pilfering your ideas? Learn to shut your trap and create some more! So what if someone tries to hoodwink you? Learn to say no and peddle your wares to other possible clients. Having a tantrum or prolonging your cry-fest will not do you any good. These very same vultures and leeches are having a ball and reaping benefits from your ideas and hard work while you are going through a box of Kleenex in the dark. The best revenge would be to just live your life. No ifs, no buts, just live your life the best way you know. They don’t matter in the end.
So what’s it going to be?
Late last year, Moleskine came out with a limited edition notebook for The Hobbit. I had to have it, of course, so I asked my sister (who lives in the States) to get it for me. She was scheduled to visit Manila in February, so I had to wait a bit before I could get it. Of course The Hobbit notebook was released here in Manila in December… I could have gotten another one, but NO!, I wanted to wait.
My sister came as scheduled and I finally had my precioussssss. Unfortunately, I was still halfway through my other Moleskine journal so I couldn’t open it yet. You see, I was in the process of kicking my journal hoarding addiction. I had a penchant for buying one, opening it, only using a page or two, then when I see another one, I’d buy it, open, draw a bit, and then I’d see another cute one and the cycle would go on and on. At one time I had about 10 notebooks that were divested of their plastic covers, but were mainly left unused. It was quite confusing after a while because I would jump from one to the other. There was no continuity in my thoughts or my illustrations. So about two years ago, I had to promise myself to just stick to one. I had to put the other journals to good use, though, so I used them for my lesson plans and for work. I also started writing and drawing once a day.
Which brings me to my current journal. I finished my last one on May 31st. I could finally use my beloved Hobbit Moleskine! It was so pretty: it smells good, the etched cover, the map inside…
… But the paper is THIN! Thin!!! I did not expect that. I wrote on one page and the ink seeped through to the other side! ARGH. What a let down.
I still have to use it, though, so I found a creative solution to my problem: I cut up some pages from an old phonebook and stuck them on alternate pages. I’ll end up wrecking this notebook because it’s going to get really fat, but, hey!, it’s better than seeing your handwriting or drawing from the other side of the page. Annoying.
I’m still extremely disappointed, though, Moleskine. Extremely disappointed.
I love the artworks made by my kids! I am extremely proud of my students. I can’t believe summer is almost over… 😦 We set up their exhibit today and finished painting the murals. Tomorrow we are going to present their works to their parents. So exciting! Here are some of the works that will be exhibited at the gallery:
This was made by 7 year old Amanda. The class was only supposed to be for kids from 9-12 years old, but her father insisted that she joined. Good thing we gave in and let her in because she kept up with the older kids and really did a good job! 🙂
This was made by Audrey. Our activity was to make an alternative portrait of someone with an object that represents his or her (or in this case, its!) personality by using one continuous line. She chose to make a portrait of a fish with a flower. How creative!
These sculptural pieces were made by Mikaela. She didn’t know what to sculpt, so she made little things that she could rearrange and stack to make different sculptures. Wonderful!
This collage was made by Kristian. It’s his commentary on the effects of pop culture/media on kids (and adults) today. He made light of it, but it’s a clear idea of what is going on right now. He’s quite shy and insecure—he didn’t realize he made a good work of art!
This is an unfinished work by Jolly. I really appreciate this one because he’s a boy with a lot of energy, who cannot sit still for five minutes, and yet was able to produce this intricate drawing. I think it’s beautiful even if it’s not painted!
Kian made this sculpture. He wanted to make a fish, then a bird and ended up with a flying fish! 🙂 Here’s another boy with a bundle of energy who was able to create and finish his work. It’s an adorable piece! He put the fun back in creating! 🙂
Travis also made an animal sculpture. He made a solid and reliable looking dog. It’s very much like him—he made sure his group mates did their part so they could finish their projects. He’s also intelligent and creative.
Nieves loves to draw animals and mythical creatures. She brought one of them to life by making this dog sculpture. You can tell that she already has a style of her own—her sculpture looks exactly like her drawings! Adorable!
JR, the most serious of the bunch, created this piece by using colored india inks. This was inspired by one of Fernando Zóbel’s works from his Saeta series. We listened to one Saeta song and he made this. He has great skills and has a good command of art materials for such a young boy. The Force is strong with this one. ;o)
And last, but not the least, is Renzo. This is his interpretation of the Saeta we listened to. He likes to work under the radar—but his works will catch your attention. You can see that there is thought behind what he does.
And there you have it: my first batch of students from the Ateneo Art Gallery Summer Art Workshop. My students really did a fantastic job! I’m going to miss them. I hope this workshop gave them a jolt of energy that they need for the incoming school year. Keep on creating, kids! 🙂