Posted on March 21, 2015 by rica

Live Painting Sessions at the Ayala Museum

This was the first time I ever joined a live-model painting session. It was a learning experience for me. I’ve always wanted to join one, I never had the money nor time. Agos Kulay organizes this every 2 weeks at the Ayala Museum. It is a fantastic way to stretch your skills and imagination.


I learned that:

  1. Whatever organization you enter there will always be people who are more interested in the things you have rather than on the technique you used. I just find it interesting. I learned a lot stuff about paper too though. :)
  2. Somehow your group identifies you. It is who they are. Since I do not technically belong to any group, I am a nobody. Ah the freedom of being a nobody!
  3. Since this is the first time I joined this, I realized I need to bring certain things* in order to create a better painting. This is not an urban sketching moment. It is a paint-a-decent-portrait moment.
  4. I love washes. I love the challenge a wash painting brings. I really do. I love the adrenalin rush while painting something you know you just have an hour to do, and do well!
  5. I also loved the works that were done in chalk pastel.

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This I will need to bring.

  1. More brushes – for wash, for details, a waterbrush and a blending brush.
  2. A rag
  3. A waterbucket and a ready palette.
  4. My trusty waterspray.
  5. A fan to dry the paint — I was so impatient, I did a 2-minute sketch while waiting. Then again, I guess that was a good thing.
  6. A small stool to put my stuff on.
  7. A white board thingie.

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Photo Credit: Billie Beltran

Posted on March 18, 2015 by rica

Politics, Without Politics How Will Our Lives Be?

Perhaps we’d be talking about the latest showbiz gossip. Sometimes politicians are their own reality show – specially when they commit mistakes and don’t own up to it. Here are two illustrations I’ve done on the latest issues in the news today.


The Mayor of Makati, who happens to be the Vice President’s son, refuses to accede to the suspension order given by the Office of the Ombudsman. Mayor Junjun Binay was able to get a TRO right after the Vice Mayor was sworn in. What does this mean? This article by Atty. Rod Vera answers that question.


But the best news came earlier when the Senate declared that the President was ‘ultimately responsible’ for the Mamasapano massacre. Yes, it is a massacre not an encounter.

Posted on March 5, 2015 by rica

2-minute Sketches with the Pilot Parallel Pen

I love my Pilot Parallel Pen – it can be quite expressive with its lines. As you can see here – the lines range from .5mm to 6mm. In fact it looked like I used a brush in doing these 2-minute sketches.
This was done at the Navotas Fishing Port. It was one of those small fishing boats.

These two were the Urban Sketchers [Philippines] artists I was with. I took photos. They painted the scene.

I did a short tribute to Leonard Nimoy when he died – a 2-minute sketch of Spock Prime and a memorable quote from his role in Star Trek.
This was based on a pic a blogger took of a deer on her backyard while it was snowing. I just shows – I still have a long way to go when it comes to doing landscape paintings in watercolor.

Posted on February 21, 2015 by rica

Watercolor Portrait 57 of 100: Memories in a Box

Children grow up so fast. I know – when they’re whiny and all, you can’t wait for them to grow up so you can talk sense into them. But when you step back and watch them, engrossed in their own world of wonder, you gasp and wish you could tell time to slow down. You want to hold them and listen to their laughter forever.



That’s why my classmate gave me this. She was able to take a pic of her children through a phone came. However it was too small and pixelated to be printed and framed. So she gave me the pic and told me to ‘work my magic’.

This was actually one of the difficult paintings I’ve done. It was on an A4 and the thumbnail image was like 2 inches wide.

Posted on February 20, 2015 by rica

Watercolor Portrait 56 of 100: Hedwig’s Mom

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 feed. So that’s how she got the idea of getting me to paint her mom’s portrait.



I was touched when she said, “You captured her better than I could.”

Honestly, I never thought that painting portraits could feel so… fulfilling. I love what I do and what I’ve done.  I can’t wait to do more. Every time I look back, I see how much of my technique has changed. It’s like something I’d want to do everyday for as long as I live.

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