Thursday, January 30, 2014

Clearings of the Mind

I feel so pressed on every-side as I look at my studio. I have to start face-painting stuff are untidy and so I need to disinfect them. It's going to be a hectic February just 2 days from now...and tomorrow I'll be on my first leg of parties and events. 

I can't believe I've accumulated this much sketches and art experimentation , not to mention those I've lost from floods and moving. Hopefully this rival already Da Vinci's Codex Arundel, Atlanticus, etc...

As I gathered tons of papers I can't help but analyze each one of them, which must be get rid off...I found very few except dust. Perhaps I will source and compile everything I have written and drawn one of these days or maybe somebody will do this for me in the future. 

It was unforce to focus in many aspirations, it came to me as basic as breathing. I've used to mistaken this as short attention span syndrome and later found out that it was something more complex and probably positive if I know how to organized this sporadic randomness. 


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Sporadic Randomness 2: Scattered Recollections

Sometimes lessons doesn't make sense at first what I simply do is capture these moment, feelings, and experiences into bits and fragmented thoughts.

Life is a complex process and I always consider coincidences as divine intervention.

This work is unfinished so this post might take an update sometime soon...

Working on First Commi 2014

I have so many things to be thankful for these past days....this portrait commissioned for Martin is among them. I had loaded Saturday and Sunday facepainting sked this February too. Actually if only my son can do what I do he would have a sched to because I already refused a couple of reservations these past days. I feel so blessed. Glory to God. 

I must kneel down and pray. 

Monday, January 27, 2014

Last Monday of the Month

If there is a global warming then why it was so cold? 

I looked today at my friends list and found that I have exactly 1,624. Not bad when you want to speak your mind. 

Today I re-continue my next series for Sporadic Randomness... 

First I have to finish the commissioned portrait..well, I guess I'm making progress inspite of some minor frustrations. I must finish this as soon as possible because it hinders my creative flow. 

I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. -- 1 Timothy 2:1-4

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Another Winning Portrait

Glory to God. I had my first winning portrait for 2014. An online On-the-spot video conferencing portrait challenge. Time limit: 4 hours. Our model and prize sponsor Gloria S a Fil-German. 

It was a Fun activity within our Classified project at 4S Headquarter. We were here for Four days from January 23 to 26 with Master JJ, Edmund and sir Pops. It brings us closer as artist and becomes a bonding time too. Plus this not so confidential piece with a twist of controversy. So I can't post the painting for now. It was in 6 by 8 feet canvas.  

   Learned a lot with sir JJ while doing this huge painting. Like for the first time using textured paint and stretching also a very large canvas from carpentry to priming techniques. 

We also visit an artist haven at The Collective, 7274 Malugay st., San Antonio, Makati City. Finally a place for artist. Edmund forgot to bring the camera so we didn't took many photos. Will surely visit the place one of these days. 

1 Timothy 2-4 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.

At Face Value

It's really hard for me not to include face subject even on my Realizationism art...I have to start there...or even just the eyes. It boost me to continue when it is somewhere on the surface. 
   Not just for the aesthetic add-on's but It has symbolical value too which I consider as the essence of beauty. Painting or sketching face has became the starting point of my work...not generally the main theme but signify my art as well or Realizationism by core. 


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Challenge of the not so Portrait Artist

What am I doing in this line of work? 
   My first commissioned portrait for 2014 is really giving me a hard time. It was probably because I was so accustomed with paper pieces and this time I'm working on canvas which was not proven yet or the model itself since I have to push myself to do subject. I better improve on this area too...I mean; to paint what is given to me. Money comes on these not on things that I desire like this painting below...on its 4th day now and going smoothly according to my taste. 

I will be out for a couple of days to do another project....a big project actually which I will tell you later. 

God bless everything that I will touch.

Monday, January 20, 2014

On 3rd working day with Sporadic Randomness

Work-in-progress 10.5 X 14.5 (Acrylic)

Sporadic, random, and characterized my art. It goes with the flow of time, of moment, and most specially feeling. Hopefully out of the 20 Drawing sheets I bought for Php 111.05 I would be able to gather collections that I truly love doing...expressing artwork as me. Fearless and free flowing. 

   I don't like to be dictated by the accepted or popular normal standard when I paint...yet, as I have said before; I need to adapt or else I'll perish.

   I'll tell you a little something about this work...a not so secret technique that I re-invented for myself. The clue is there in the painting itself. The method was actually reminded to me by Edmund Mamuyac, when he showed the works of a renowned Hollywood poster artist...uh I forgot the name. Anyways, it was the use of pencil color to highlight and soften the crude shadows I don't have to spend hours blending the pigment until I get the right hues and tonal values. 

   As you can see at above picture; the color are vibrant and I could also manipulate the detail. Perhaps the watercolor pencils will be a lot better on this that is my next target purchase. Now I know why Faber-Castell is popular because it actually does the job well unlike other colored pencils which doesn't even write.

   The painting itself tries to express my evolution...and hoping that I would create a series about Sporadic Randomness. Now it has an album title. 

Manic Monday, Why should I?

Two days of face painting will support us somehow for a week or even two but the next expected schedule are more or less two weeks away. Thank God there was something on the chat box that gives me hope of survival. Plus I have the time anyway to finish the commission painting for Martin and wife. But it's giving me a hard time. 

Erase...erase. Oh wow!!! Have to put this down...and play Tankionline instead. I had a long weekend, spent working and I need this Monday for reflective rest...and to paint. Engrossed for the whole day painting, I need to rush to convert my time into gold.

By the way, I had my taste of triumph anyway for this day. I'm on my third day with my latest random and sporadic painting...

Uh I have to discuss this on the next blog...

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Diary of a Struggling Artist

I was really contemplating very seriously to call this blog as "Diary of a Struggling Artist" because when you're already at your mid-forties you should have at least established yourself in the market. None of those things had happened yet although I was considered as one of the respected artist via the not so small circle of social media. Perhaps, this blog would be more interesting if I narrate on that aspect of my life instead of telling you just the evolution of my Artistry.
    After I fully decided to be a self-employed artisan nearly five years now I come to realized that this path I've chosen had many loopholes to consider...and perhaps, I was foolish to jump into the bandwagon ill-equipped. 

   The Art of realizationism perhaps had lost it sting on my ears or to the public but I am not saying that it is irrelevant now...or I should say my authority to speak the matter about Realizationism is questionable at the moment. Starting another blog isn't an option since I don't have the time to launch another time consuming activity after having what? Five or Six other blogs plus a dozen more of other social media account. 

   Well, for this New Year I had big projects at hand, it might help you see how it would get along. So today from The Art of Realizationism this blog becomes Diary of a Struggling Artist. 

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Are We In Random Thought Again

Been into impressionism, coffee art, joining Master's Challenge at 4S, even face painting job and everything else lately. Yet this is not the true essence of my art. As I've said before, that I always wanted to tell stories or let us say in simple terms; create works that I truly enjoy and feel that sense of fulfillment. 

Wanting to be me...
   For this year, hopefully I would create more Realization Art. For starter this is my first Realizationism (photos). 
   When it comes to my art, I don't like to be mandated on what to paint. I don't care about the dictates of the market scene. I just paint what I love to paint. As I've said, I'm random and sporadic...I express whatever I feel at the most of the time I go into one sitting when I paint. The following day would be a different feeling so if I continue a WIP there is a tendency to change course. 
   Now I have to juggle between my art groups, commission or services, and Realizationism. 

Here I have to reinvent myself into something I've learned and used from the past. While there is no rules in art here is a specific standard to follow or vice versa whatever that means. 

2nd Day...I was dissatisfied with the paint I've bought, the white base for acrylic was too thin and powdery when applied.  

So I have to stop...

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Coffee Art

When I've first heard of using coffee as paint medium, I was hesitant and disinterested. Now that I get the hang of it, I think you'll see more of this artform on days ahead...

Maria Isabel

Divine Aroma

Coffee for Two

Pour some coffee with Edmund


Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Come Twenty Fourteen

So many beautiful promises ahead of me....after the many hurdles I've been through since I left Print Town; I can now claim my victory. Most of the times unemployed yet able to survive and even enjoy the benefit of the good provider. 
Sometimes I feel I've return to being a scamp, worthless and irresponsible ... This time i want to prove that I've taken the right choice. I was born for these: An Artist.
   Those nagging questions why I'm gifted with this talent is now being answered. 

What is it about New York as my destination that seems to be the direction of my path as an artisan? How about the European promises that was laid before I left college? Also I'm now also building an audience share in Germany. 

Most items I expected last year were false alarm...but sometimes you have to think that it already happened to claim the fulfillment in your life. I've cling onto wrong directions too...and bypass the choices of divine directions. 

Lord, wherever I may be... please don't leave me.

Greater things can only happen if I work toward that path....and to keep the Faith alive to The Living God. Human promises fail so I only put my trust to God the Father. Let HIS will be done. Consulting God should be my first choice whatever jump in front of me. 

I've travel this far to give up...I've been through the toughest obstacle of being a freelance artist so I believe it would be easier now. I've fitted myself inside somehow.

When midnight strikes before 1014 I lead the prayer of blessings for my family. 

I will never commit the terrible crime of aiming too low.