Monday, December 29, 2014


       This was a very challenging life session at the Basic Inquiry. Usually poses work their way up from 1 to 15 minutes. Our model, Marilou, a professional Flamenco dancer from Acapulco, got into a rhythm first, recalling some routines before settling with a pose for 5 minutes before shaking it all off to strike another pose for 5 minutes again. This continued for 3 hours. I did quite a number of quick-fire sketches before finding my way to this one, using different tools, charcoal pencils, charcoal sticks, blue pencils, news print and eventually watercolor. I managed to pin down a fast pencil sketch and a spontaneous light wash within the 5 minutes. After it all ended, I slowed down and added shadows and background splashes.

Saturday, December 20, 2014


This is a painting I did during a recent watercolor workshop I attended. This was my second attempt painting the same picture, trying to understand how color behaves in water. From washes to creating texture, I took notes and mostly observed what the instructor was doing in class (even if I brought all my materials) and then continued to paint at home. I took liberties at using different splashes of warm and cool colors departing from the stoic cold gray of the reference photo. The other two I uploaded were not part of the workshop, but I thought of doing a black and white sketch first to come up with different interpretations of light and shadows. After selecting the best one, I did a small color study (palm size) before doing the bigger piece. I learned from the first attempt, that preparation is key. Someone once said that watercolors is much like living your life forward and understanding it backward. You do it and then you say I shouldn't have done that, and it's too late. It can't happen again.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014


BRIDGE OVER LILLIED WATERS: PAINT NITE DEUX ~ Thank you to Cu Xi and friends! Actually, their friend #5 couldn't make it so, that night I was Yolanda, hanging out with some classy ladies. The tag line of the event says Drink Creatively: I used my drink to get creative. Budweiser is now a part of this painting's DNA

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