Makulayful: The kaARTehan Top Picks

I’ve been practicing every chance I can get. Watercolor is still my favorite medium. I mix it sometimes with oil pastels, colored pencils, charcoal, and ink.

Here are my 8 favorite works from the stash I’ve had since last March.

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“Meeting Place”
See the girl and boy at the right? They’re very much in love. Says who? Says me. Hehe. This is my first practice in prep for the grand romantic park painting.

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“An Apology Piece”
This is the first full painting I ever INTENTIONALLY made for someone because I hurt him. He loves the moon, and I’ve always loved stars. Too bad he didn’t really appreciate it. I guess it means I wasn’t forgiven? Oh well. Such is life.

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“The Garden in My Head”
This is a portion of the secret garden. I don’t know when I’ll be able to do the entire painting of that garden, but it’s definitely a goal.

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“Nerdy, Fatso, and Bloo”
This is the only oil pastel work in this batch. I like this because I’m a sucker for cuteness and because it’s my first time to use newspaper. Anyone has a phone directory that I can have?

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“Impatience”
I was missing someone when I made this. I was waiting for him to at least try to see me. I did not put her eyes, nose, and mouth on purpose because I wanted to focus on the colors.

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“Jesus in His Quiet Time”
This was made on Easter Sunday. My humble offering to the Lord. This is how I think Jesus prayed when He was still here on earth as a human being.

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“Sunflower Fields Forever”
I like the combination of oranges and blues and I absolutely love sunflowers. This is my second sunflower artwork. The first using watercolor. I will surely make more.

I still have yet to discover my style, but it’s not a priority. For now, I just want to pull out my thoughts and feelings and turn them into something colorful and display-worthy.

// listening to Rivermaya – Himala

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Type Kita @ 10a Alabama

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Typography is, quite simply, the art and technique of arranging type. There was a typography event in 10A Alabama in Quezon City last March 15 that I was able to attend, thanks to Shani.

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The event was an exhibit + seminar + bazaar that was held for the benefit of Yolanda victims. I was distracted by the huge Red Horse chandelier before going inside. I want one in my room, but with Stella Artois.

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The seminar was held at the backyard of 10A. It was too crowded for me so I just milled around to check the other things happening.

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Saw Manong making jeepney signages. I wanted to get Basta Driver, Sweet Lover. Sarap sana ipang-troll and idikit sa car ng babaero kong friend. :p

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There were decorative prints for sale and I was tempted to buy one to hang on my wall, but I thought why not just create ’em myself.

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What I almost bought though were these lovely teacups. I was just hesitant to carry something so fragile around QC. (We were set to have coffee and dinner and alcohol after Type Kita.)

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Items that were on sale were decorative text prints and calligraphy stuff. Not sure why there were Frozen stuffed toys. Much as I wanted to buy Olaf, I settled for a much smaller item.

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I bought a charm bracelet that says LOVE. Too bad there wasn’t a booth that customized the charms, I’d like a bracelet that says EFFERVESCENT. Para lang maiba. Mwehehe!

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Was just supposed to eat a cone of dirty ice cream, but changed my mind when I saw Luca’s Corner’s pizza and sandwiches. Lahat mukhang masarap, especially the Philly Cheese Steak.

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Huge Philly Cheesesteak sandwich was filling and delicious. Sulit na sulit for 120php. I wasn’t able to eat dinner because of this. Well, maybe just a little. :p

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Had a fun and interesting time, as usual, at 10A Alabama. Let me end this entry with a selfie of me checking out myself while the people around me were checking out art. Hehe.

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10a Alabama
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// listening to The Boxer Rebellion – New York

Makulayful

I took up art classes back when I was in UP. It was my mother who suggested I attend a workshop to give me something to do and because she knows that I had to be good in something. At least in one thing, maliban sa pagiging pasaway! Thank you, Ma for letting me at least hone a skill. :p

So I attended Fernando Sena’s art classes at the basement of the Vargas Museum for several months. I enjoyed using watercolor and oil pastel. I didn’t get to make anything worthy to be framed, but I loved doodling and coloring anyway.Well, until I got distracted by another art. The art of drinking. Hahahaha!

It’s only a couple of months ago that I decided to put what I learned into good use. They say shopping is cheaper than therapy. I say, creating art- or attempting to create art is. :)

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I started with watercolor. I wanted to paint something delicate, so I though of painting a little blue bird. The watercolor brand I bought though was sucky, so I ended up making a grayish blue bird. I appeal to the National Bookstore peeps, please sell Pentel in your branch in Harbor Point.

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I shifted to oil pastel because I wanted to make something using vibrant colors. I thought I’d dedicate my practice artworks to some of my closest friends. I have a hard time drawing humans, so I drew more animals.

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I knew I had to draw a human eventually. So I started with a silhoutte-type of drawing. Haha, sorry, I don’t even know what it’s called. I am thankful to the people who have been encouraging me to go on and draw more. Thank you guys for believing in me! :)

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In my spare time, I utilize the Sketch App in my Z1 to practice some more. On with more animals! My fave among the ones I made is this of the pandas, Pan-pan and Duh-duh. I dedicated this to my BFF Donnie, who didn’t seem to mind when I told him I was thinking of him when I made Duh-duh. DUH.

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Besides being a terrific form of therapy, it’s also become a gift idea. There’s this special person celebrating his birthday this February and I thouht of making painting something for him. But as I painted it while watching friendzoned Eponine in Les Miserables, I decided not to give it anymore. I’ll have it framed for me. :D

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Yesterday, I started to practice sketching using charcoal pencils. I have never been good with fine details, so I know I have to practice loads. This time, the art of drinking isn’t a threat anymore because I now paint while drinking. :p

Cheers to my rediscovered love!

You can check out my other works in the Makulayful folder in my Facebook page, facebook.com/iyassantos.

// listening to Sunscreem – Love U More