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I was reading entries done by the CSU students on blogster with Rumi in their minds. I decided to look up the poem on “Love is Reckless ”  and ended up writing...

She is his sunshine. When she walks into the room, his eyes light up and this is mirrored in her eyes when they fall upon him across the room. After years of...

Good old friends are like old shirts – you keep coming back because of the comfort they bring into your life. It doesn’t matter how bad you look or how rotten...

During our retreats in high school,we were made to answer questions. According to my parents, it is but normal to have questions since we were at a point when...

I’ve never met her in person. Often times we’d leave comments on a common friend’s post until our posts would regularly appear on each other’s feeds. What I do know is that she’s a photographer and a very good one at that. She was wondering what to give her mom for her birthday, when one of my paintings appeared on her...

Yes, he’s Blogster.com’s resident World Lit. Professor teaching at Chico State University (CSU). In an effort to teach his students more about world culture he also introduces them to blogging with a reasonably mixed community coming from different parts of the globe. It opens his students’ minds to lives, opinions and...

Yes, painting is a practise in patience. I don’t know how a painting will turn out until the very last touch-up. Which is why the results often surprise me. I bought 100 sheets of 390 gsm paper for practise. Watercolor paper is expensive so I scouted around for alternatives. This is Acquarello paper from Prestige Paper...

This is a second painting of Bastian taken from one photo. The challenge this painting gave was that half of the face was dark and in shadows. Yes, I still need practise but I think this is better than the first one [below]. This was the first one painted last December. One of the things I learned was to keep on...

Yes, this is a fan art.   A watercolor portrait of Benedict Cumberbatch – a very late Christmas gift for an old friend. This has always been a problem for me – that is painting a face wherein half would be in shadows. I realized that even if ‘half’ of the face is in shadows – one should still show the features. Yes, I...

Rappler was able to take a beautiful picture of Pope Francis during that rainy Sunday before his last mass at Luneta. I wanted to see if I could capture the happiness of the photo. It was an image I wanted to remember.   I also tried something different with this painting. Instead of premixing colors on the palette,...

How do you paint a white cat? Until I actually get to learn how to do it (aside from merely painting the fur 50 shades of gray 😀 ), I will try to find creative ways of depicting them in pet portraits. For this I decided to just concentrate on the features and the dark area of the photo. This is the original...

Yes! Finally I’ve created 50 portraits. I hope to finish all 100 portraits by February so I can move on to other subjects – like urban and landscape painting or water.

After almost 3 weeks of doing online work, am finally happy to be able to hold the brush and paint again. I need more practise in doing children. I find children difficult to paint because they have less curves, corners and wrinkles – features that give people their own ‘character’.

I know one of these days I will need to learn how to do landscapes. In fact I might need to do it as I finish my 100 portraits.

“Please paint this for me.” Marianne said with that smile. How can I say no to the woman who I looked up to as a mother for more than 20 years? She sent me a thumbnail of this child bathing in a bucketful of water, her face lit up with joy. I searched for a higher resolution of the photo online and found out that it...

It feels like forever. I feel like I haven’t painted for decades. Clients have been piling on the work [since it is Christmas season] and now that I have the time, first thing I did was sleep. After 12 hours of sleep I’ve started to sketch and paint again. Here’s one.

My classmate’s precocious daughter. My first painting after almost 3 weeks of juggling deadlines. This was rendered from a photo taken by the talented Jane Pinney-Olsen.

I’ve always believed everyone has a story to tell. All one has to do is pay attention and listen. Christine’s story is the stuff bestsellers are made of. Gut wrenching darkness, wry humor and with a strong heroine to match. Yes, she is an inspiration.

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...