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Pet Portraits

I have to learn how to promote my art and my services, so here it goes… ๐Ÿ™‚

Remember the study I made a couple of days ago? This is Sylvester. This is his watercolor portrait. ๐Ÿ™‚ If you are interested in having one made (cat, dog, horse, bunny, etc), please send me an email at magicpoppet@me.com or send me a message via this website and let’s talk. ๐Ÿ™‚


Sylvester’s portrait in watercolor

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Now that I am drawing and painting again, I am slowly tuning in to the present and focusing more. It seems easier for me, too, to resist the gravitational pull of the television and have cut down (a bit) on my social media time. I’m still exhausted and fatigued, but I never really expected art to be the magic cure for that! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m working around it, though, listening more to what my body needs at the moment.

Right now my eyes are telling me to rest. Now that I’m back on the art saddle, I’ve been abusing my eyes a bit. I look at my cats and I see them in colors. I look closely at Wednesday and she’s not just a black cat: she’s rust, gray, and streaks of white. I try to drink in all the details at once, and with my chronically fatigued eyes, it can be overwhelming at times. Maybe writing an entry in my blog was not what my eyes were clamoring for, but it’s soothing in a way. I am only staring at a white screen (with shades of yellow and blue here and there) and focusing on a non-moving and bland object seems to help. Besides, I can’t let another day pass by without logging in another entry! ๐Ÿ™‚ I made a promise to myself, remember?

I will probably call it a night soon. There was a time in my life when I thought I was going to lose my eyesight, so I am extremely grateful that I can do this now, BUT I have to be careful, though, and should not overdo things. ๐Ÿ™‚

So, good night, world! I’ll see you again tomorrow. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Getting my groove back

I’ve been struggling to get my muse back for months now. No amount of pleading, heckling, and bribing could lure her back into my life. I feel spent and empty. Today I decided to take on a different approach: instead of hitting myself on the head, I followed the instructions I normally give to my students when they first start learning how to paint. I cleaned my room, set up my space, and tried my best to get into a creative mood.


I did watercolor exercises the whole day to try to loosen up my brain. I used watercolor artist Lorraine Watry’s videos as a guide.


Then I filled my Moleskine watercolor journal with images of my cat. I’ll share more when I feel more confident about them ;o)


I still have a long way to go, but I think I’m on the road to getting my groove back. ๐Ÿ™‚

Okay, break time is over! ๐Ÿ™‚

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My Ateneo Art Gallery Art Students

I love the artworks made by my kids! I am extremely proud of my students. I can’t believe summer is almost over… ๐Ÿ˜ฆ 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! ๐Ÿ™‚


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! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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! ๐Ÿ™‚


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 Zรณbel’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! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Creating again

While the other Filipinos were at the polls, I was busy painting again. Yes, it’s not a good excuse to skip on my civic duty as a citizen (I have no excuse–I forgot to register), but at least I made the most of my day. I been floating again and needed this to get my groove back.

I scanned and printed Chelsea College of Arts and Design’s catalog from 6 or 7 years ago, drew a grid on Gavin Turk’s photo, drew a distorted one on my canvas, which resulted in a not-so-exact copy of Turk’s portrait, then I started painting. I haven’t done this in a while, to create something just because I felt like it. I am usually trying to create something for a project or for my classes. It feels different when you do something for no reason at all; it’s very liberating! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m still not done with it and I have no idea where this is going. It’s exactly where I want to be, though–with a paint brush in hand without a plan. Just JUMP!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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It’s been forever since my last entry. Forgive me, my dear blog. ๐Ÿ™‚

The top two artworks were painted by Fernando Zรณbel, a Spanish-Filipino modernist painter. They were inspired by “Saetas”, a series of religious songs sung a capella during Holy Week in Spain. Zรณbel used a syringe to paint the precise lines in his artworks. My students listened to a couple of Saetas (they hated it! Too scary!) and produced the bottom two paintings. They used ink droppers and india ink to paint their works on poster paper.

Zรณbel’s paintings “Saeta no. 36” and “Saeta no. 42” are part of the permanent collection of the Ateneo Art Gallery, Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, Philippines.

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Happy Easter!

I have been playing around with my new set of colored india inks and haven’t really come up with anything but this:


I don’t know what it’s supposed to be or what it’s going to be, but I like the fact that I’ve been experimenting and making a lot of mess. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s scary and liberating at the same time. No cats, seeeeee!! ๐Ÿ˜€

Neil Gaiman said that if you want to be a writer then you should just keep writing. Well for us visual artists I guess it’s the same–just keep on creating! Doesn’t matter if it’s pretty or not. Just create!

Happy Easter, world!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Pleasant surprise

I had to go out today for a meeting and to attend our dance practice for our High School reunion. Migraine is at bay, for now. Dull headache is still there, but I feel more alert and a bit more like myself. ๐Ÿ™‚

I passed through Greenbelt 5 and dropped by Barba (at the Filipino Designers floor) and was pleasantly surprised to see that my Glamorpuss collection is still on display. Love it! ๐Ÿ™‚ Please check it out if you are in Manila.




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