Recap: January 2018

Hello 2018!

Hello blog – I’m still alive! Pictured here is one of my commissions completed this January.

I went from blogging every month to not updating for two months! Hope you bear with me on this very lengthy update. Last December I had two trips to Japan – one with my friend to watch Bigbang’s Last Dance Concert and the other one with my family. When I started my official leave from work I just wanted to spend quality time with my family and friends. Leaves are precious when you are an employee so I really aimed to get my much-needed rest and relaxation. I still painted of course, and even brought my Escoda  watercolorbook and brushes (thank you Escoda family!) to Japan!

I’m not sure if I will be writing a lengthier post about my Japan travel with my family. But I do have a vlog from my early December Japan trip with my friend Nikka since it was my first ever out of town trip with a friend. Feel free to watch our crazy antics and of course, subscribe to my channel! 😀

I used my Escoda Watercolor sketchbook to capture scenes from my Japan travel. Mt. Fuji greeted us every morning from our hotel window. What I would give to see that beautiful scene again.
Mt. Fuji. We stayed at the Cerulean Tokyo Tower in Shibuya.

Now it’s the new year and this is what greeted me – a mountain of work!!! And I also colds and allergies. 🙁 It was not a good start of the year (health-wise). Still, one must get up each day to face the world (runny nose and all).

For what I’ve been up in my art life (probably the only exciting part of my existence tbh) well, it’s going to be a long one (so grab a coffee or tea). Here goes-

I had my first watercolor workshop last Jan 27 – and I was grateful that I hit my quota of student early on. Surreal. Teaching is really so much fun so even though workshops take a lot of planning and effort it’s something I keep going back to. I like breaking down my process so I can help others understand how to paint. With workshops I also get to learn a lot from my students. I’m going to keep doing workshops this year, just as long as I don’t get sick from overworking myself (My mom is freaking out over my poor health). I hope to do more YouTube tutorials too.

We had two topics – cotton stalk and roses for this workshop. My next workshop is on Feb 17 and that one tackles sunflowers and peony. 🙂
My students are super fast learners!!!

I also had a number of commissions that I was happy and proud of. My clients were so understanding of my schedule since I am not a full-time artist (yet hahahaha). I put a lot of effort in each one and spent numerous late nights painting (side note: I need to find a good eye cream). When I get acknowledgement from my clients that they love the painting all my tiredness disappear! If I can say thank you (with heart emoji eyes) a thousand times I will.

Love making these cotton stalk studies. My client will be putting them up on her study. I think they’ll look so calming as decors!!!
A client from Singapore requested this scene where she and her fiance spent their new year inside a comfort taxi while watching fireworks over The Shoppes at Marina Bay. It was challenging but I wanted to do justice to her story by capturing all the important elements in the painting.

My temporary floral tattu design for Tattumundo also launched last year and I love how it turned out! I like dainty and inconspicuous looking designs (at least for tattu) so these are perfect! Tattumundo have them up on their website and they ship internationally!  There are also other designs from badass artists and legit designers so go check them out.

I love the tattu sheet. It does not come of as tacky and the print stayed true to the colors of my painting!

Lastly, I teamed up once again with Faber-castell to demo their new GoldFaber watercolor pencils for the NBS Words and Letter event in Shangrila Plaza. Only the love of Faber-Castell and their pencils will get this person to the north by commute. The event was super jampacked that I didn’t get to sit in their booth to do a pre-demo. Though I am pretty comfortable with public speaking (chalk it up with previous experiences of project reporting to top management) I still felt nervous. The demo went great and I realized that the technique is really to keep talking. Like non-stop. I talked about everything I can think of that would be interesting: Goldfaber (duh), paper, colors, waterbrush, Goldfaber, flower arrangement, coloring, Goldfaber. And I was silently praying not to let out a cough for 30 minutes.

Thank you to everyone who came by to support me! Some even left me messages in IG that they went to the event just to catch my demo – thank you!!!

Thank you again to Faber-Castell for inviting me to talk about your products and for sending me my very own Goldfaber Aqua watercolor pencils! 😀

With all these happening in just a month I am just so grateful for my support system for understanding why I am almost always busy (and sick). I am not planning to go full-time anytime soon but I have to keep learning to balance the areas of my life that I value. And a healthy mind and body is top priority. 🙂



Art in Aura: Realistic Florals Watercolor Workshop

I was invited by SM Aura to conduct a watercolor workshop last August 26, as part of their Art in Aura campaign, and since BGC is a place I haven’t put up a workshop yet I immediately said yes!

There are also artists’ booths selling merchandise around the area. Art in Aura happens every weekend and artists are encouraged to join!

There was supposedly a storm coming that day so inside of using the Providore Backyard as the venue, we were relocated inside the mall – which was a blessing because of the aircon!!

A bunch of kids playing with my Prang before the workshop started. Know any kids that like to paint? I can hold private workshops for kids ages 8 to 12 years old!

A lovely single rose made by my student. 😀

Output of the painting demo.

How lovely is the workshop venue that’s located near your fave stores like Stradivarius and UNQLO? 🙂

Thanks again my dear students – I had a blast teaching you and seeing how much you improved in your IG posts! And thank you SM Aura Premier for inviting me!

I’m doing a new type of workshop also in Art in Aura come October 15 (Sunday). If you wish to learn the basic of portrait drawing and painting faces in graphite, then join my Graphite Portrait Painting Workshop! The material to be used here is the Viarvo Art Graf watercolor graphite – it’s a perfect/no-fuss medium for monochrome work.

The fee includes the Art Graf, as well as a handy Raphael brush and Fabriano sheets.

If you’re interested, click here to register. Early bird rate ends on Sept 23.


July Watercolor Workshops

July had been my busiest month yet with a short business trip to Singapore plus several workshops booked just right after the trip. I thought I was going to expire due to exhaustion but thankfully, I’m still alive and very happy that I pushed through with all the commitments. I managed to finish all my workshop preparations (shout out to Candice Amoranto who nicely printed my notes for me – you’re my savior!) before I head to Singapore so that really helped in keeping me calm during the trip.

HR has approached me to conduct a watercolor workshop for beginners – this might not be the last so definitely something to look forward to!

Honestly I was feeling very shy to hold a workshop at the office – especially having my colleagues as my students.

HR said they had loads of fun and since we still have Sennelier paints they are waiting for my go signal to schedule the next batch of workshops! (I need to complete all my pending commissions first. >.<)

After a couple of days, I held my much anticipated (at least for me) Realistic Florals Watercolor workshop in Makati. I was sincerely overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of the participants and I didn’t encounter anybody in the registration/payment process that gave me a headache (which is what all artists pray for).

Yummy panini and sandwiches – Thank you Plaza Cafe!

The weather was awful that day and the lights even went out for a few seconds but everyone was so focus on painting we finished around 6:30PM! Overtime!


Lastly, I met Regina last Saturday for a private session of the same class.

All art materials are care of – thank you for accommodating all my workshops needs! Students love everything!

If your interested in my workshops, I have another one scheduled for Art in Aura on August 26. Register here.

Thank you to my students who tagged me in Instagram with their works.

Art Mod Fair 2017 with Faber-Castell

Last June 11, I went to the Art Mod Fair in SM Megamall Megatrade Center for a Watercolor Floral Workshop with a dream brand. I was first contacted by Faber-Castell when I was in Japan and I prayed so hard to make our schedules align so we can make this collaboration a reality. I’ve been using Faber-Castell since I was a kid and to work with them now that I am an adult who is moonlighting as an artist is really a dream come true.

They sent me my very own and very first green line Faber-Castell. Green is the line of their artist-grade materials.

Albrecht Durer watercolor pencils have high quality pigments that makes shading and coloring super vibrant!

I’ve first used the classic red watercolor pencils and I just bought a blue line (art grip) watercolor pencils from Sekaido and I must say the difference of this green one is really the quality of the pigment. The feel of the pencil is sturdier so I’m not afraid to put a lot of pressure to the pencil because it won’t break easily. The colors are super vibrant – a little goes a long way! I love the selection of colors in my 24 set – these are the same colors I would have in my paint palette so it’s nice to see them translate to pencil shades. Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer Watercolor Pencils and other Faber-Castell products are found in National Bookstore nationwide.

Upon arriving at Art Mod Fair, my friend and I had lunch with the team of Faber-Castell and we instantly clicked so our topics went very much off tangent from art and the workshop hahaha. These are the people I feel that I can easily work and hang out with!

Before the workshop proper I did a demo near their booth. A lot of curious bystanders were watching me but I did not feel nervous at all!

My lovely shiny skirt is from Mango. Just had to say it. 😀

Prepping for the workshop, so many participants turned up! It was delayed for an hour because the prior seminar had to extend so thank you for the patience to wait for my workshop!

I feel like I’m about to hold a concert. The set-up is so professional!

Handling her watercolor pencils like a pro!

Success! 😀

Thank you lovely people from Faber-Castell! Please invite me again! ♥

And I just had to put it in words – I didn’t expect the outpouring of support and kindness. I saw a lot of familiar faces from NNIT to Cambridge; my colleagues actually brought their family (or in Filipino terms, “Ang buong barangay“) to the event, and at first I was feeling anxious as it felt like my two worlds are coming together. But I saw the genuine support from my colleagues, my friends and my family – this is something I will not forget.

Photos taken by my friend Toni, who transformed to become my momanager at the event.