Saturday, March 14, 2009


Kamatis 2009
4x5 inches

Oil on primed paper

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Work in Progress

My tiny "studio" under the stairs.
This is where i get in the zone.
It's a small space where a TV used to be.
The TV died.
We took it out to get repaired.
Then it never got to come back.
Maybe it wasn't important enough.
So i converted its area to my studio.

This is a work in progress of a still life study.
I'm trying to learn textures by using a cupcake.
It has a nice organic roughness.
Soft at the same time.

Yes, I'm guilty of using cheap oil paints.
A lot of books and online articles strongly advice against it.
Honestly, I don't know why.
Maybe because I haven't tried using expensive quality paints.
I have not experienced how it feels.
For me, this cheap stuff works fine.
Marie's and Nouvell oil paints.
I've been using these brands since forever.
All the other brands are too expensive for my budget.

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Friday, March 6, 2009

The Man in Black

Johnny Cash

pastel on paper
6X9 inches
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Im not really a fan.
Haven't seen the biopic.
Only know a couple of his songs.

I just found this photo of him.
It's so beautifully lighted,
I couldn't resist trying it on pastels.

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Monday, March 2, 2009

Yellow Wall

Dilaw na Pader 2008
acrylic on canvas

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This was from a black and white photograph of my son. I just wanted to practice mixing skin tone colours. After finishing the figure, i got lazy with everything else, hence the yellow background. The B&W picture was originally taken from a local train station.

Someday, I might be able to summon enough energy and patience to paint those little background details. Right now, I cant imagine myself doing all those tiny rocks one by one.

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