Thursday, October 8, 2020

Unexpected Situation

Just like many, I didn't expect that the world will be facing a deadly pandemic called Covid-19. When I travelled to Asia last January, my plan was to be back home last March. This didn't happen because at that time coronavirus was beginning to infect many people. And many countries began to implement lockdown in which almost everything stopped. I was in the Philippines when my flight back home was cancelled many times because airlines were not allowed to fly in. When it was clear to me that many people and even medical doctors were suffering and dying from coronavirus, I started to fear of being infected and felt very worried. At that time, I gave in to the thought that since everything seemed so uncertain I'll gonna wait until the situation calms down and the risk of flying is lessen before I plan my flight back home. 

After almost eight months of waiting and because of the looming second wave of coronavirus, I finally decided that it was time to book a flight. Besides, the situation everywhere in the world seems to indicate that the virus will linger or will be with us longer than we expected it to be. I had planned cautiously my flight so as to lessen my fear and the risk of being infected while on the way back home. I chose to fly direct to Amsterdam and spent more for a good seat and less stress journey.

At the moment, I already completed a fourteen days quarantine at home and I am feeling good. So, may be being cautious and careful helped.

Below is a quick sketch that I made during a lockdown moment in the Philippines.


In watercolor
 

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Three grape fruits in oil

Grape fruits in oil, 7x5 inches on canvas.
Starting tomorrow I will be on travel again so I might not be able 
to post something for a while.
Hope you are all having a wonderful start of the year. 

Monday, December 23, 2019

Happy Holidays


Wishing you all a meaningful and happy Christmas. 
And  may your New Year be filled with lots of joy and happiness. 
Take care.

Monday, November 18, 2019

Pushkin's Cottage

Alexander Pushkin is a Russian poet that was exiled in Chisinau, Moldova. Last summer, while on holiday in that country, we visited the museum that was named after him. In the museum is the cottage where he lived. It was from one of the photos I made that I based the above painting.

Monday, October 28, 2019

A front yard rose in our neighborhood

Watercolor, 21x29.7 cm
This rose flower is not yet fully opened but it's petals are already beginning to wilt, with dark brownish color on their edges. Probably because it is one of the last blooms of the season, and the weather is becoming unpleasant. Saw this flower during one of our walking exercises around our neighborhood along Hulsmaatstraat street.

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

A plate of fruits

 A week ago I didn't know what to paint. Then I thought of our available fruits in the kitchen and then set them up on our breakfast plate. And here is the painting version of that set up.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Abstract rose

I was travelling for half a month in Bucharest, Romania; Chisinau, Moldova; and Kiev, Ukraine. This is one of the reasons why I have no post for a while and not visiting any blog. Another thing is that I was lazy after arriving back from that trip, probably because I was tired. Anyway, I posted this undated rose sketch because I have yet to start a new painting.  

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

The roses in my mind last week

This is a small piece (6 x 4 inches) which I painted loosely during my painting exercises last week. Painting loosely means I paint directly on paper without pencil sketch or drawing. I enjoy this painting process very much because my hand is not restricted by any drawing lines.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Loose watercolor roses

These past days I have little time to paint. However I managed to do painting exercises in which I produced some loose small paintings, just like these roses.

Monday, July 29, 2019

Two ripe peaches

Before, we usually avoid buying peaches even if there are plenty of them in the supermarket. The reason was that we do not know when they are ready to be eaten. One time we tried, the taste was not good.  However, recently we found out that we need to wait until the fruit is ripe. That is when the peel of the fruit can be easily removed from its flesh.
This painting is in watercolor. I think I should further darken the shadow at the base of the fruits.