Monday, July 29, 2019

Keukenhof

Went to Keukenhof with a friend mid-April during the Tulip Season. I also tried to do some painting plein air, but the madding crowd rendered the act impossible. Anyway, more of the story on the travel blog.





 Aren't these flowers gorgeous?! Thanks for dropping by and hope you all have a good week ahead!


Saturday, May 18, 2019

A Year in Watercolor Painting

I can't believe it's already been a year since I've ventured into watercolor painting. With the help of supportive group of friends and my family for inspiration, I am really quite happy with the improvements I've made over the course of a year...

My very first attempt at portrait painting in watercolor, which I made a couple of days ago.
Aside from organizing a monthly art session with my passionate group of friends, I've also decided to set aside a few hours a day to dedicate quality time to practice. And it really paid off, I think.

Gloomy clouds that I think, actually could use maybe some blues or purples to express more gloom
Over the course of the year, I have experimented with different kinds of paper, different brushes and different colors and brands. It was not very easy, and quite expensive. I will always be thankful to that very first painting book that I bought from a local author here in France (Marie Boudon) for giving that most useful tip of which brush to use for loose florals. It's my favorite brush of all time.

Some purple tulips loose florals
And I can't say enough how important the paper is. I now use the brand Arches because it holds a lot of water. But I guess, it really depends on what you want to paint. I find that after using Arches, I have become more flexible in using other types of paper. I can adapt the strength of the color and the amount of water to the type of paper I am using. I guess it also comes down to experience and practice. Speaking of which...

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Cape Verde

My first trip to Africa that did not really feel like Africa at all...





More on escapecapades.com...

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Biko Birthday Cake

I've decided to make good use of the gorgeous rice from Cagayan Valley in the Philippines that was gifted by a friend, and decided to make some Biko. I found a simple recipe here. I just adjusted the sugar to my taste. And found that the rice needed more coconut milk than was mentioned in the recipe.

Gorgeous grains of Malagkit Rice from Cagayan Valley, soaked overnight in water.

Monday, December 24, 2018

The Loneliness of Palindromes

One of the most beautiful things I have ever come across on the internet...


Merry Christmas and Happy New You... if there is such a thing!

P. S.
I find the creator of the youtube video a bit mad, or genius, or both.
Does anybody know if she's a real person or AI ?

Saturday, December 22, 2018

December Watercolor Painting Updates

This week, I've been having an unexpectedly long weekend due to my sudden indisposition. And I finally found some time to brush up on my watercolor painting skills, while trying to rest. I thought I would make some paintings to give to family for Christmas. Painting is a kind of therapy and relaxation for me, so I thought, why not...

Some simple paintings of my version of Poinsettia wreaths to send to relatives
The calligraphy certainly needs improvement. This is just my natural handwriting. I haven't exactly been studying how to do this with a brush, or how to properly do calligraphy.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Corsica

Up on the travel blog...

Poolside view at our resort in Rondinara Bay, Corsica
Winter must be cold for those with no warm memories --  that famous quote from that famous Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr movie. Glad I got plenty of them from last summer. And all the previous ones. Enough to keep me warm for a lifetime, most especially on bleak autumn days like the ones we're having this week.

Keep warm, folks!