Gab (vs digital art), Currently XIII

I don’t think I’ve ever been this productive. But It’s easy to be able to squeeze in practice time when you don’t have to set up a bazillion things to be able to paint, in my limited workspace.

I’ve wanted to try this thing where I don’t outline. I mean, I like my lines, but they’ve become a bit of a crutch, tbh. I still haven’t quite figured out a way to make a piece look finished without them.

Photoshop watercolour brushes are trippy because they kinda look like watercolour BUT BEHAVE NOTHING LIKE IT.

If this looks like three different paintings in one, that’s probably because it sorta is. I used a soft pencil brush for the lines, dry brushes for the flats, then watercolour brushes for shading, and now my trad-wired brain doesn’t know how to parse this information haha!

Bull In The Heather


This post is two months late haha! I had a lot of anxiety re: the opening because there was this massive rally that crippled EDSA, specifically around Megamall.

I was surprised a lot of friends made it despite the chaos. I seriously was just expecting the other artists haha!

I will admit, it does feel like quite the feather in my cap to have exhibited at Megamall. 😛

Class Photo

Our curator was nice enough to let me include Tsugomori in the exhibit since it was unexhibited, so I used it as a jump-off point for the new pieces.

As usual, click to full view and to see titles, details, etc.

With the exception of Tsugomori, all the other paintings have been inspired in some way by names of famous race horses.

Which I totally just got off Wikipedia, not like I know shit about racehorses haha!

Be Found Working! (+ WIPs)

Last night had me rushing to submit requirements for the August group show I’m a part of and it hit me that I only have about a month and half left to finish three more paintings.

As usual, I will be painting til the eleventh hour.


I really wish I could be one of those people who work at a steady pace instead of alternating weeks of sloth and days of manic frenzy. Part of it is, that I am a recovering lazy ass. Deep down inside I am lazy AF and constantly fighting it.

I always used to say that I was just waiting for inspiration, but a while back, Pallon gave me a proverbial slap on the wrist with this Picasso quote:

Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working. 

While I’m trying to take that to heart this time around (I have a ruined wood panel to prove it!), I am (obviously) still finding it difficult.



Right now I am nursing a cold, and a cough, and a slight on-again-off-again fever, which only really adds to my sloth, but hear me, internets! Next week, I will be focused and I will finish these paintings by the second week of the August.

so let it be written so let it be done

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.

Group Exhibit + WIP

Today, for the first time in ages (year? years?), I spent hours (5, to be exact) doing nothing but painting. It feels good to be creating something for myself again, although my joints and muscles seem to be punishing me for it.

Also because this piece is part of an upcoming group exhibit and the deadline is this week.

Anyway, yay, work in progress!

I’m part of SinagDreams on Canvas fundraising exhibit. If you’re in the area on May 24, drop by! 😀 Details in the poster below. Click to embiggen:


Saturday was a good day.

It was the last day of my Module 1 Nihongo class. Which meant final exams, both written (no biggie) and oral (In the form of a skit. Kill me now).

I think I did rather well on the whole, except the skit had me nervous as fuck but it wasn’t so bad once we started. I also  finally figured out a way to pronounce the nasal  ン/ん without sounding like a chipmunk. It instead makes me sound like a Sailor Moon villain, which I don’t really mind hahaha. Our final grades will be emailed to us. Hopefully soon because I’m dying of curiosity here.

Almost-complete class photo. (^v^)
Almost-complete class photo. (^v^)

Later that evening, Pallon, Meryl and I went to Whitespace for the CARA’s “Petproject” Fundraiser. I was looking forward to taking a proper photo of my piece but was greeted by an empty wall.

Because MY PAINTING GOT SOLD! I just sold my first painting AAKSJDHSSKDJFH! *Pats self on back.* ☆*:.。. o(≧▽≦)o .。.:*☆

All bubble-wrapped and ready to go! (^v^)

I’m still kinda stoked. You’ll have to forgive my spazzing.

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!

Long Overdue Update

I’m part of a 4-woman show this June, and my free time has been taken up with preparations. After a disastrous attempt at watercolour on paper, I started experimenting with acrylic on wood.

My first test ended up looking like an Audrey Kawasaki rip-off, but I did like that I didn’t have to do backgrounds. Because I hate doing backgrounds. Because I suck at doing backgrounds hahahaha.

Here’s a really crappy camera phone work-in-progress photo of Circe, the ringmaster of my circus.

This is the largest I’ve ever gone. I usually work with A4-sized paper. Occasionally, A3, but this is me being overly ambitious hahaha! It’s 2.6′ x 4′! I still feel overwhelmed by the size of the wood panels, but I am pretty damn proud of myself. I thought I’d have it finished by Sunday, but it turns out I not only suck at backgrounds, I also suck at drawing pigs.

I will now go back to being on blogging hiatus. Still need to finish this piece plus five more by 2nd week of June.