Posts by: Rica Espiritu

I still need to have this framed and sent over. This was done on an A3 using really cheerful colors. 🙂 Tito Tony is my mother’s cousin. His mother was my grandmother’s sister. We lived right across each other in Paco, Manila. I’d hang out with them during summer. One thing I learned though, humor runs in our family....

I must say, it was love at first bite. Reggie brought home some smoked ribs and turtle-pecan pie. I think it was one of those truly memorable lunches when all we could talk about was the food. Then Reggie made me taste some real, smoked bacon and I was smitten. It took months before I finally met the man himself...

Badass. That’s what Justice Secretary Leila de Lima is projecting now. Not just in TV adverts but in the cases that she’s handling right now. Everyone thought she’d be President Noynoy Aquino’s lapdog – until she started to handle high profile plunder cases involving politicians. Only time can tell if that image is enough...

These are interesting times. Election brings out the best and the worst in politicians. They always offer their best foot forward and at the mean time, risk making a fool of themselves during the campaign period by singing and dancing to the cheering [paid] crowd. I guess in hope that the crowd will remember them more...

What? Wait – where did the 69th painting go? I’ll post that within the week. Well, I should be finishing it within the week. It was a beautiful Saturday when I started this painting. The sun was out and I was already done with sketching it on paper.  All I needed was the time to paint and that’s exactly what I did when I...

Kailash is a friend of mine from the fountain pen group. This is actually a commissioned piece. I do enjoy painting. It calms me. I love it when everything comes together. I love the challenges that goes with each portrait and building up colors to make each image come alive. Somehow photos have a way of making the...

Lorraine’s my classmate in high school. She requested that I paint a portrait of her family and I was actually delighted with the challenge. What made this challenging was that this is my second largest painting [the first one was 3ft by 4ft]. I learned a few things again while doing this. The best paper to do this...

Taking an hour break from painting by doing another painting. In remembrance of Dada De la Cruzg. You will always be a part of our lives. Thank you for all the laughter and memories.

This is the last of a series. I also enjoyed doing this the most because I found it more expressive. This was the original photo. It was a small thumbnail that I had to blow up in photoshop and edit a bit to bring out the shadows and highlights. Yes, it’s old.   Given the challenge that it was blurry and the colors...

How much can a person change throughout the years?

This is a commissioned piece for a friend. Three paintings of the same person throughout the years. This is the first.

I’ve been wanting to do a painting of Sari for some time. With her father’s permission, I did a few studies and once I had some free time, I finally started it. What makes this study different is the style. I focused on the eyes, nose and lips. The rest were mostly washes. Compared to almost all the portraits...

Yes, her name is Boo. Her portrait was a challenge because as simple as it looks, it came from the photo on the right. My challenge was how to make a memorable photo look interesting as a portrait. Not all photographs are meant to be portraits. Some pictures are more beautiful in pictures. Her photo on the right...

A former boss taught me this recipe. My son loved it as much as I did, so now it’s one of those dishes that we cook at home when we want to feel good about life. Ingredients: 1/2 kilo chicken 1 1/2 cups honey 1 clove garlic, chopped 1 tbsp. chopped kinchay [Chinese celery] Roasted sesame seeds Instructions: 1. Fry your...

All of these cartoons and caricatures were featured in ManilaSpeak. Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV is the senator responsible for the relentless “persecution” of the Binays in media. He and a fellow senator exposed one corrupt deal after another. This is one of those amusing stories. Both the past Manila mayor [Alfredo...