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Flower Power

So, as it happens, my latest obsession has been botanical art. This is partially due to the fact that some of my favorite artists are really into it as well. But I think that it’s also something that fits my personality well. While I do love creating loose, expressive watercolors as much as every other painter, most of the time I prefer to be methodical when it comes to most things. I’m still not 100% exact when it comes to botanicals, though. (Still too impatient for that.) But at least, it’s methodical.

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Referenced from The Sweet Pea Book by Graham Rice

You can blame it on good old nursing school discipline, perhaps. Anything I do still follows the framework of assess-diagnose-plan-implement-evaluate. Yes, for everything. Even painting. And, as you may imagine, that’s not exactly something that flies when you’re trying to be loose and painterly. Basically, I have a stick up my ass. So judge me.

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It’s taking forever to finish this one…

And while I do like getting messy with paint sometimes, I find planning and taking my time to put in tiny details just so meditative. This is probably why, nowadays, finishing a single piece takes such a long time. Painting is not any more about producing finished things to post online (although that’s nice when it happens, too). Instead, it has become about exploration, getting to know things in a way you never would otherwise. You can, after all, appreciate all the flowers in a parts. But drawing them helps you get to know every single leaf whether green or dry and every single hole carved out by a hungry insect. You don’t see flowers that are just white or red or yellow anymore. Instead, you get to know all the tiny little hints of purple or blue or deep gold. That’s the true joy of painting, I think.

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In honor of R+L=J

And on today’s morning walk, I think I found myself my next subject. If anyone can tell me what sort of plant this is, I’d very much appreciate it.

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International Day of Peace 2013: Peace Education Banner

International Day of Peace Celebration in Mindanao

Pen on Paper | Digital Art
Inkscape | Photoshop
September 2013

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Project Notes:

A quick banner for the International Day of Peace Celebration on September 21, 2013 in Cagayan de Oro City and Gingoog City. This year’s International Day of Peace theme was “Peace Education” hence the lettering “Kaalam alang sa Kalinaw ug Kinaiyahan” which is Visayan for “Knowledge for Peace and Environment.”

Hinaharana ang Langit
Mindanaw
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Mindanaw Postcard

“Mindanaw”
Watercolors on watercolor paper | 25.4cm x 17.8cm
Scanned, reduced and printed at half size on matte paper
Contest Entry
February 2013

With three compartments: a front compartment with a window, a middle wheel compartment that changes the scenery in the window, and a back compartment painted on the same layer as the front.

Features a map of Mindanao, the Peoples’ Park in Davao City; Nature Park in Dahilayan, Manolo Fortich; a mosque in Marawi City; and T’nalak Dreamweavers of Lake Sebu.

For a contest at Enchanted Doll.

Mindanaw Postcard

Mindanaw Postcard

Mindanaw Postcard

Mindanaw Postcard

Mindanaw Postcard

In Progress Shots and Prototypes:

Mindanaw Postcard WIP

Completing this project took quite a bit of planning and engineering to get the compartments to align well together.

Mindanaw Postcard WIP

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