Posted on October 23, 2014 by rica

Watercolor Portrait 43 of 100: Tito Onie

I guess tragedies are a perfect motivator. My father-in-law died last Monday. We were looking for a pic of him to be placed beside his ashes. I realized that we never really took a high resolution pic of him. Rather, I was never able to take a good pic of him while he lived [something I plan to change from hereon].

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Then it struck me this morning. I painted for people. I might as well paint for my family. So here it is.

As for me, I think I just found a reason to keep taking pics of the people around me. I would want to take pics of them while they are alive, enjoying [or complaining about] life as it turns. That way we can all look back and have common memories to share.

Posted on October 8, 2014 by rica

Watercolor 42 of 100: Rusty

A blogger messaged me, asking me to do a portrait. A portrait of a boy, who died last August. Her son’s best friend.

He was 17-years-old and was swimming in the river with his friends. He slipped under the water and never resurfaced. My friend showed me a couple of tribute videos and one happened to be the 911 call. It was his father, one of the 911 operators, who received the call that his son was missing. His son’s body was found, almost a week later.

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I know I made a wish 3 months ago, to be a really good portrait artist. The kind that people would seek out to have portraits done. Well, I must say I didn’t expect it to happen this fast. :)

Posted on October 7, 2014 by rica

Watercolor Portrait 41 of 100: His Holiness, Pope Francis

Yes he inspires me. I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels this way. I’ve been wanting to paint him for quite some time. I’ve collected pics of him. Then I found a pic of him waving to the crowd. He had that smile – I knew I had to do it. So I took my pencil and watercolor..and painted the Pope during the celebration of Eid al Adha here in the Philippines. Yes, they declared Monday a holiday. :)

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“It is true that going out on to the street implies the risk of accidents happening, as they would to any ordinary man or woman. But if the church stays wrapped up in itself, it will age. And if I had to choose between a wounded church that goes out on to the streets and a sick, withdrawn church, I would definitely choose the first one.”
– Pope Francis

Just to see how many “layers” of color goes on in my watercolor paintings, I will show two closeup pics:

This was the ‘teaser’ I posted yesterday after 5 layers of color.
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This is a close up of the final painting. I’ve lost count as to how many times I layered the colors just to get that ‘right’ tone.
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Posted on October 7, 2014 by rica

Watercolor Portrait 40 of 100: Chef Vicky

I was fortunate to have eaten at her place early this year. Her house is on a hill and from her backyard, this is what you could see:
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In fact the view is so beautiful that she decided to put an old bench. This way her friends and guests could enjoy a cup of hot coffee [or tea] while viewing the hills of Baguio – that is one of the few uninhabited areas of baguio.
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She told us not to post pics of her house [what it looked from the outside] because she would often receive visitors thinking that it was a restaurant. News of her cooking and her place can be found online. I can’t blame the writers – her food is truly good.

At the end of the 8-course meal, she was able to sit down with us and I was clicking away, trying to get a good picture with the intention of painting it later on.

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Yes, she was tired but she did have a soft smile that lingered as we praised her cooking.

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