Lost in that Mortal Struggle


Lost in that Mortal Struggle, 2014, 2.6′ x 4′, Acrylic on wood

I usually wait til an exhibit has opened before posting photos of paintings, but right now I just don’t care. It’s been so long since I did a painting, I’m positively giddy.

The background irks me when I look at it too long because it’s not uniform, but Jooley calls it organic, so that’s what I’m gonna try to go with. Would anyone notice if I did the outlines of any future paintings with sharpies? I’d forgotten what a bitch it is to outline with a brush on wood.

Oh, and new watermark! I thought I’d make something that looked like my current logo just so it’s all cohesive and shit.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to bed to nurse this scratchy throat and headache.

In the Quiet Sea [静かの海で]

In the Quiet Sea  [静かの海で], 2.6' x 4', 2012, Acrylic & varnish on wood
In the Quiet Sea [静かの海で], 2.6′ x 4′, 2012, Acrylic on wood
Horrible edit of a horribly-lit photo. Really need to take a proper photo of it. 😦

I was re-watching a lot of  L’Arc~en~Ciel concerts and music videos from the 90’s while working on this painting, so it seemed fitting to name it after one of my favourite L’Arc songs from that era.

I was originally going to entitle it, “The Fisherman’s Wife” as a nod to Hokusai’s “The Dream of the Fisherman’s Wife“, but since this was for a pet-themed exhibit, it seemed in bad taste. HAHAHAHA.

Anyway, this painting will be part of Pet Project, a fundraiser for CARA (Compassion and Responsibilty for Animals) Welfare Philippines. The event will be held at Whitespace (Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati) on November 17, 2012.

More information about the paintings for sale and the event itself on the Pet Project website or the Facebook Event Page.

WIP: In The Quiet Sea

The deadline for a November group exhibit is this week. I started this painting the day before yesterday and just barely finished it at 7am this morning. Power napped for a couple of hours, showered, and dropped it off  at the gallery by 1pm so I could be in the office by 2pm. ぎりぎり!

I was just so tired and sleep deprived, I forgot to take a photo of the finished piece before leaving the house.

Times like these I wish I’d taken some painting units in college because whenever I work on a piece I just feel like

I used four layers of an acrylic wash on the octopus, because I wanted the texture of the wood to show through the paint. I know it’s not how you’re supposed to use acrylic paint and it’s probably the type of thing that would make my professors shake their heads, but I’m rather proud of how the octopus turned out.

I want a pet octopus. But I also want someone who’ll come clean and maintain a salt water tank for me. Wahahaha!

Meet Ringo, my octopus tattoo

Noelle and I missed FB’s Free Comic Book Day because we were at Psyko Studio Tattoos in Cavite getting our first tattoos!

This is Ringo, my octopus. Ringo and his garden in the shade.

This took around 7 1/2 hours to do, counting several breaks. If I’d gotten something smaller and simpler, I would have said getting tattooed was easy. But after about the first 2 or 3 hours, it gets harder to block out the discomfort and the pain. The really bad parts were when the needles hit parts with bone — like the shoulder, spine and the shoulder blade. The ultimate WORST was the parts near the underarm. Words are not enough to describe the agony. Hahaha.

This was done by Ram MarualI gave Ram a bunch of octopus pegs, left everything in his hands and the finished product so went above and beyond any of my expectations.

If you’re planning on getting a tattoo, I highly recommend getting it at Psyko Studio Tattoos Cavite. It’s a little out of the way if you live in the Metro like me, but so worth it.

It’s so beeyootipul! ♥♥♥  I can’t wait for it to heal! ♥♥♥ (Now, when and how do I tell my parents?)