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:


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