Showing posts with label art. Show all posts
Showing posts with label art. Show all posts

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Pintahan, Huntahan, Atbp.

One of my art works that I managed to sell!

It's been a year since my friends and I have created this small group that meets once a month to paint in watercolor. Our group meet just mostly consists of following some tutorials on youtube or a book, and then of course, as with all Filipino gatherings, sharing some food over merienda / gouter / snack.

Please visit my friend's instagram @baybayinart for some colorful stickers and videos on how to write in Baybayin (native Filipino script)

I've decided to make a grand gesture to celebrate these monthly art sessions that have stood the test of one year's time and created a facebook page for us. This is still in the works, but for now, I have decided (yes, it was just me who gutsily decided) to name our group page, Pintahan, Huntahan, Atbp.

Pintahan - painting
Huntahan - chatting, informal friendly talk, or even gossiping
Atbp. - etc.

My friend also sells her paintings and does commissions: @mhai_little_arts. Check out her beautiful collection of florals and landscapes.

I'm not really sure what I/we hope to attain in this group and page. We might even rename it in the future. But for now, we just want to have a rightful space on the net where we can post our works and sell them. And if you have the time, please do drop by and check it out.

I saw this somewhere on FB, and it's so true. If you know the original source, please let me know.

Thanks and have a lovely Sunday. :)

P. S.
To my loving friends who have shown their support by buying some of my paintings, however amateurish they are, I will never forget you. You are the loveliest people in the whole wide world! It gives me so much encouragement to continue my art works, and to keep on improving. Thank you so, so much! :)

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...

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.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Updates and Random Stuff

What have I been up to lately?..

Driving a lot... trying to remove my fear of the big roads and the crowded car parks.  Getting there. Meanwhile, I am a big fan of the roundabouts now... more practical and efficient than stop lights.

Trying very hard not to overshare on social media. I have removed facebook on my phone... wait, was it a good idea to share that here? If you have not yet put a tape on your computer's webcam and microphone, do it NOW.

Planning future travels. So excited!

Learning to paint in Watercolor. It's not as easy as it looks. But so far, I really love how the paint does not stink at all, or not get in the way of healthy breathing, unlike acrylics and pastel.

My very first attempt at Watercolor painting
Went on a session of Live Nude Drawing. Each pose has to be sketched for either 3 or 5 minutes. There was no lecture. It was just a drawing session. I was a bit disappointed but I now have great respect for nude models who work during winter.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Les Misérables in Singapore

While browsing for events to keep my daughter occupied during her upcoming two-week school break, I chanced upon Sistic's ad on Les Misérables. I have always been a big fan of this show because I have always been a big fan of Lea Salonga.

Les Miz in Singapore! :)

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Introduction to Painting Class

ever since i can remember, i have always been on the lookout for painting classes. as you know, i have quite a bit of experience with drawing, as i love doing portraits in charcoal or pencil. but with painting, i always get a bit apprehensive. not only because i find it quite difficult to render color on paper, but also because i'm scared to go in a class where all the other people have already had the skill and experience beforehand. yeah, i hate being judged. especially for my art work. so, do be gentle with me in the comments, now. :)

but then, last week, i felt quite lucky to stumble upon this painting school that organizes classes for people who have never ever painted in their lives. and they even offer a discount for this introductory class. what's more, it's a mere fifteen-minute walk from where i live, which is just perfect!

my class began really early in the morning. i decided to bring along my baby and her nanny with me since it was quite a pleasant early morning walk on the way to the school. we got there really early, so we even had some extra time to sit and enjoy the pleasant park where the school is located.

there amidst the greenery is my art school

such verdant and calming ambiance. who wouldn't get inspired to create some art work surrounded by all this greenery?

with a lovely little café

they even have a cozy little café inside. it was unfortunately closed on Wednesdays.

can't wait to color up all that stark whiteness

this is how my set-up looked like.  you can see my blank canvas, and farther up behind is the still life subject of a collection of things in different shapes -- a cube, an apple and a banana. they were all illuminated on the upper left corner with a yellowish light from a tiny desk lamp.

before sitting, the teacher first told us how to use the materials. we were made to choose between oil and acrylic. i chose oil because i thought it's easier to manage than acrylic since she told us that acrylic dries up quickly. this is how i looked like after the session. right before cleaning up everything. so happeeee!!!

the mix of colors on my palette has taken the form of a mandelbrot set.
and this is how my palette looked like. can you imagine how a lot more difficult it would have been had we used more colors? we only used white and green, actually, because we were just working on the different shades, tonality and gradation of colors.

you would think that having just two colors to work on would simplify everything. it was not the case at all. i kept getting lost all the time, trying to find where one shape ends and where one shape begins. it's a lot lot different from mere black and white sketching and drawing, which is definitely more straightforward than painting.

our teacher, explaining and giving some pointers on how we can improve our paintings

here, you have the results. can you guess which one is mine? :) 

the semi-finished paintings of the whole class

mine is actually second from the left in the above pic. i thought i screwed up the entire painting at first because i started my painting using a mix of white and green colors. it's because i thought i should begin from lighter to darker. it turns out to be just the opposite... but i managed to make the corrections.

i really think my banana was the best and most realistic-looking than the rest of the class. and it was in the most challenging position from where i was sitting. unfortunately, i didn't have enough time to work more on my apple and cube. i don't know why i got so fixated on the banana... probably because i tend to work on the most challenging to the least... which is not always a good idea.

please be gentle on me with the criticisms... it's my first time. ;)

and here it is again up-close. i really liked painting. i totally enjoyed it. makes you forget about everything else and makes you feel like a kid again. i'm just a bit turned off with the mess and the smell of the turpentine. and it also stings a bit on the skin. but well, don't we all have to do some sacrifice and suffering, all in the name of art and beauty?

and of course, i had to do a pic with my chef d'oeuvre. :)

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

New York, New York ( Part III )

Our last day in New York was spent in museums. There are too many museums in New York. We wanted to visit them all, but we decided to be reasonable and settled for The American Museum of Natural History because hubby wanted to see the dinosaurs. And The Guggenheim for me, because I want to visit all the Guggenheim museums in the world, except maybe the one in Abu Dhabi (which is still under construction) because there's nothing else of interest for me to see there aside from the museum.

Hubby wanted to see the dinosaurs. so, together with all the kids, we headed off and queued in the surprisingly long line of visitors. There were buses of kids on field trips and parents with lots of kids in tow. It was a nightmare.

You can say what you want to say but i don't really believe in dinosaurs. i think they're an invention of an overactive imagination. That, and I am always a NON-believer of anything that will make the annoyingly faithful believer get annoyed... including my husband. :) I have quite a long list of things I don't believe in and it gets longer every year.

qu'est-ce-que c'est que ca? :D

It was quite fun being surrounded by these ancient bones. But as I was not so interested in them, I didn't bother to check if they were REAL bones or just plaster casts.

What I loved best about the museum was the science stuff. We went inside a spherical auditorium suspended in the middle of one of the museum's wings to watch and listen to Liam Neeson narrate the Big Bang Theory... yeah, I don't believe in the big bang theory either. LOL. But Liam Neeson's voice is so nakakakilig. lalang...

To go The Guggenheim, we had to cross Central Park. It looked so gloomy in there as our last day in New York was a bit snowy and rainy. Before heading straight off to The Guggenheim, we decided to grab some lunch at a fastfood called The Shake Shack, which apparently has the best milkshake in all of NY. I'm not so fond of creamy shakes. I prefer them fruity, not milky.

Victoria's Secret at Upper East Side

Right across was a Victoria's Secret boutique. We went in and we were glad to find that they have some items on sale. So I did some more shopping.

The Guggenheim Museum

Inside the Guggenheim was an exhibit of Japanese art called Gutai. The building was not as impressive as the Guggenheim in Bilbao, but I found the temporary exhibit and the permanent collection a lot better.

I'd love to make holes and run through walls of thin papers too, and call it art

I love these plastic tubes filled with colored liquid in the middle that hung criss-crossing at the center of the building.

these tubes with colorful liquid give a festive feel all over the museum

I'm not a big fan of contemporary art, but I found the Gutai collection quite tolerable (translation: not too annoying). And there were also some permanent exhibits of Picasso, Van Gogh, and some famous french artists' impressionistic paintings, which I love.

I love the feel of this museum a lot

It was not so tiring to walk around the Guggenheim despite being five storeys high. It's not really that huge and it's quite fun to walk down/up in a spiral as opposed to climbing up/down stair cases. Unlike the other museums like the Met or MoMa, we wouldn't have had enough time to see all the exhibits in half a day.

I had fun with this card-dispensing box. my husband got a lame card which says, Thank you for being a friend, and i got the cool one with the doodles.

our Gutai cards from the random dispenser

There was a wall by the entrance where you're free to doodle. fun!

ay, ang bata...

it was also surprising to find some exhibit from Asia, and even one from the Philippines. there was a painting from Norberto Roldan of Roxas City. unfortunately, taking pictures was not allowed in this portion of the building.

After the Guggenheim, we went to Union Square area to buy some books at Strand Book Store. I read about this book store on the internet. It's quite famous for selling special edition books. I got Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, one of my childhood books, to read to my baby. It was a special 50th Anniversary Edition. And also a book of short stories by Haruki Murakami. I'm reading this in preparation for the heavy volumes of 1Q84.

Strand Book Store, the building is being renovated, unfortunately

Then we had some coffee at a café called, Pret-à-manger (again in french?) right across. I had a really nice spot by the window where I can enjoy my coffee and snack while people watching.

My Strand books loot -- Where the Wild Things Are for my baby, and a Collection of short stories by Murakami

On the way back to the hotel, we passed by these:

the flat iron building

some building with french architecture, with the Empire State in the background

And that about concludes my NYC trip. thanks for reading, shiny happy people! keep glowing! :)

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

A Weekend in Bilbao

Bilbao is the capital of Biscaya in northernmost Spain, which is in the Basque Country. The Basque Country is a region consisting of areas in the north of Spain and the Southwest of France.

I have already been to some of the cities in the Basque region a couple of years ago the first time I visited France and Spain. I have visited San Sebastian, Spain for shopping, and St Jean de Luz, France to see the beach. I didn't have such a nice time back then because I was disappointed with the paella that we had for lunch, and the super-crowded beach that looked as if there was no beach at all, just bodies of people, in various stages of nudity, lying next to the ocean. Sorry to all the pervs, but I was too grumpy then to take a picture.

The famous puppy by American artist, Jeff Koons

The magnificent building of the Guggenheim Museum
Anyway, we went to Bilbao because we specifically wanted to see the famous Guggenheim Museum.  It is quite an impressive building that greets you upon entering the heart of the city via the Salve Bridge.
The Salve Bridge view from the Guggenheim

Inside the museum was a temporary exhibit by David Hockney.  His paintings were so vivid and colorful.  The bucolic sceneries in his pantings looked as if they were trying desperately to jump out of the frame. My husband says they looked as if they were painted by somebody who was high on drugs.

The museum features exhibits from David Hockney
Inside the Guggenheim
Tulips by Jeff Koons

We also went to Museo de Bellas Artes (Fine Arts Museum), which features an exhibit of Francisco de Goya's prints, depicting the horrors and atrocities of war, to which I would say that I still prefer to see the Japanese woodblock prints anytime. The collection inside was huge, though, compared to the Guggenheim. Unfortunately, photography is not allowed inside.

Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao featuring prints by Goya

I was very impressed with the architecture. Most buildings are painted in the typical Basque colors of red green and blue. It's all so colorful. And cheerful.

Lovely Basque buildings
One of the lovely buildings at a roundabout close to our hotel

On the way to the Guggenheim, there was a park with lots of huge trees and fountains and interesting columns and pergolas of red bricks. In one corner there was a small piece of plaque commemorating the death of people who were victimized by terrorism. Apparently, these terrorists are a group of people who are fighting for the Basque country to be independent.

Last stop at Plaza Nueva, a rather ironic name for such a place with old-world neoclassical architecture,
located at the Old Quarter

We were quite surprised to find some good food too. Now we all know that Spain is famous for the Tapas. In Basque language (Euskara), which is one of the oldest languages in the world, it is called, pintxo. I didn't have such high hopes at first because I was previously disappointed with the food in Barcelona and San Sebastian. But this time, I was just so glad to be not disappointed at all.

Picture-perfect and mouth-wateringly delicious pintxos for lunch

I just love this Spanish white wine

Les jambons et les saucisses... can you imagine the smell inside this shop?

We were not just interested in the architecture and the museums, we were also interested in shopping!

Souvenirs at the Old Quarter
This area reminds me so much of St Jean de Luz

A lovely soaps and perfume shop at the Old Quarter
I had a marvelous time in Bilbao. The people are nice, it's not very touristy, the food is glorious, especially the seafood, which they call mariscos. And above all, the service in the restaurants and in the shops are excellent -- with that, you'll know you're not in France anymore.  :)

Monday, November 14, 2011

A Day With Señor Dali

(Un Jour Avec Dali)

Since Friday was a National Holiday here in France (for commemorating the end of the 1st World War), my husband and I, together with a couple of my classmates at AF, decided to have a day getting to know Salvador Dali.  It's very convenient to visit his rest house in Portlligat, Cadaques and his Theater-Museum in Figueres (both in Spain), since the places are easily accessible by car from Toulouse.

Puisque vendredi dernier était une Fête nationale (pour commémorer la fin de la prémiere guerre), mon mari et moi, et deux de mes camarades de classe à l'Alliance française, ont decidé de partir à l'Espagne pour visiter le musée et la maison de Salvador Dali.  C'est très pratique car ces endroits ne sont pas trop loin de Toulouse en voiture.

I have fallen in-love with Salvador Dali, the first time I have seen a replica of his famous statue at Boat Quay in Singapore, Homage To Newton. 

Je me suis tombée amoureuse de Dali dès que j'ai vu pour la premiere fois une replica de sa sculpture trés connue, qui se trouve à Boat Quay à Singapour.  elle s'appelle, «Homage to newton»

Chez Dali à Portlligat, Espagne
Since we have arrived quite late at Portlligat, we decided not to visit his house anymore.  So we just looked around the area of his house, since it was quite an interesting area.  The house is facing the sea, with a lot of fishing boats.  And all around, there are these hills with thousands of old olive trees. It was really amazing for me because I have never seen such landscapes in my life.

Puisque on est arrivé trop tard à Portlligat, on a décidé de ne visitera plus chez Dali.  Donc, on a juste décidé de se promener autor de la maison, qui était vraiment sympa.  La maison se trouve au bord de la mer, avec plein de bateaux carrément en face.  Autour de la maison, il y avait des collines avec des millieres d'arbres d'olives. C'etait vraiment magnifique pour moi, parce que je n'ai jamais vu des paysage comme ca.

We arrived in Figuerès to visit his famous museum, where he is also buried.  So far, it is one of the most interesting museums I have ever seen.

On est arrivée au musée à Figuerès, où il était aussi enterrés.  Il était l'un des musées les plus intéressants que j'ai déjà vu.

Beside his museum, there is also a theater, and a museum of jewelries created by Dali himself.  I will never forget this diamond-studded heart with a smaller heart within it, glittering with red stones, and which was pulsating.  It was very pretty.

the tell-tale heart... the bloody-looking center was actually beating!

A côté de musée, il y a le théatre aussi, et le musée de bijoux créée par Dali lui-même.  Je n'oublierai jamais un bijoux qui ressemble à un coeur, entourée des diamantes. Dedans, il y a encore un autre tout petit coeur avec les pierres rouges. Ca m'a etonné un peu, parce qu'il palpitait.  C'était très joli.

Of course, the replica of the jewelries, were too expensive for me to even think of buying.  And I guess, my pictures are more than enough souvenirs for me.

Bien sûr, les replicas des bijoux ont été trop cher pour moi pour achêter.  Et je pense que je ne les ai pas besoin. Mes photos sont assez de souvenirs pour moi.