Monday, May 25, 2015


This is a teacup set I painted for a friend of mine, Veronika, who shared half of her apple (and her home made yoghurt) with me during a Plein Air Painting one morning when I only brought a banana. She is a talented artist who happens to also be the sole proprietor of the Vancouver Atelier. She has been supportive of the work that I do and I thought of giving her a little gift in return.

I thought of a teacup set because she loves to drink tea. I initially thought of getting her an off the shelf one with a cool design but I couldn't find any that would be meaningful enough so I thought of designing my own. I went to Cowboys and Angels on Kerrisdale to pick out the set and I spent a good 2 hours or so to get this looking like half of an apple. The plate is a chocolate chip cookie since she also brought cookies, among other things, for breakfast that morning.

It's always good to stop by the gratitude cafe and say thanks to the kindness and generosity of people who come along your way.

Sunday, May 24, 2015


This is the first time I participated in the Opus Plein Air Challenge 2015 at the Downtown location. The theme was to "capture the spirit" of the day. It was such a beautiful day and it was also mother's day. So I thought of heading to the park to take advantage of what people are doing and maybe find a way to paint a mom and her kid spending some quality time together.

This is the spot I chose to paint. There weren't a lot of people when I came but as the day went by, more and more people started to trickle in. There were a few other artists who also discovered this gem in the city. I had my earphones on, listening to some acoustic jazz and bossa nova music, totally relaxed and enjoying the moment.

This is the quick sketch I made to study the composition and light in my painting. This didn't take more than 15 minutes as it was only a 3 x 5 inch drawing.

The paintings were secured on a rack during the exhibition and judging.  Mine is 104, the one on the upper left corner. My painting was one of the very few that was displayed on the back of the rack. I had hoped that the judges wouldn't forget that there were other paintings there as well.

I placed Honorable Mention during the awarding ceremony. I am with the manager of the Opus Downtown location and she handed me a GC from Opus. I was not with my mom that day, so I called her up after and the first thing she asked was: Did you win?! haha. I dedicate this painting and small victory to my mom!

If you're interested to see the other fantastic and creative entries here is the link:

Sunday, May 10, 2015


Happy Mother's Day to my Mom! This was her birthday present when she celebrated her birthday a month ago. It's titled "A Mother's Love". I took separate pictures of flowers from Van Dusen and put it all together in this painting showing a sequence of 3 flowers blooming. The bloom represents her unconditional and everlasting love for my sis, bro and I.

Monday, May 4, 2015


I had been painting trees and landscapes for the past weeks so this was a good departure from foliage. This is for a friend Ian who has "never" heard of the Beatles before. His home is only a museum of Beatles memorabilia he has been collecting since 1964 and had opened his doors to a dear friend of mine who is also a Beatles fan. I wanted to surprise her with the visit so in return for the favor, I presented this to him to be part of his collection.

Friday, May 1, 2015


Which is stronger, an Oak tree or a blade of grass?" Eventually the Oak will snap like a twig against the storm, but the blade of grass has give, and will remain standing." Despite how the scoring ruled against his favor, Manny remained humble and embraced the outcome graciously. Here's my way of celebrating the person behind the one we all know as the PACMAN. This is one of the bigger pieces I made. 23.5 x 18 inches, graphite on substrate.

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