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Firsts: Art Journal Workshop

“It is by teaching that we teach ourselves, by relating that we observe, by affirming that we examine, by showing that we look, by writing that we think, by pumping that we drew water into the well.” –Henri Frederic Amiel

“The thing I loved the most –and still love the most about teaching –is that you can connect with an individual or group and exceed their limits.” –Mike Krzyzewski

“I alone can’t change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create ripples.” –Mother Theresa

This has been long overdue. To me, the experience is more than big enough to put into words. It has been challenging, exciting, overwhelming, lovely, beautiful, joyful…it left me in awe. The gift of firsts… or just maybe, the gift of teaching and sharing something so dear to me. Maybe it’s because, it is so powerful when women gather together. Especially in the name of art making.


That’s me and Airees giving instructions; encouraging everyone to just go for it…This is both our first ever workshop. And I can say that we are so full of joy, of love, of support having + sharing ourselves, our works, and our processes to the participant…The backdrop of art materials are just so perfect + the books around the store. The workshop was held at Fully Booked, Greenbelt 5, Makati City.


Eager + brave participants in action. Working on Airees’ lesson.


This is Ellie. A surprise participant! I was so happy + inspired seeing her at work. Can you see how captivated she worked? I can picture myself through her at that age. Lucky, lucky to have her mom Dette join us. Lucky, lucky girl to have Dette as her mom!


Half of the class with me and showing their finished art journal spread! Most of them, if not all, have never tried or never thought of painting a face ever. It was like magic unfurling as layer by layer their pages and faces come to life! Awemazing!


My younger brother Mak. Again, I was surprised and so happy to get a lot of support from the people dear to me. I thought I would only be joined by my sister that day. But then, one by one, family members + friends arrived to support me! This was all so new to me. It was such a blessing.


The tribe! Beautiful. Creative. Brave. Happy. Women.

The joy and the love of this experience is exhilarating. I am grateful with all my heart for being part of this circle and workshop.


Cheers to more workshops to come!!!

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Art and Devotion


“Devotion is diligence without assurance.” —Elizabeth Gilbert

Today marks the first of the last eight days to go until the new year of, practicing and making art for fifteen minutes, every single day. A year ago, about the same day as today, I am awaiting for the Art Everyday Month to commence. I have discovered the challenge in 2012. But never did I made it to create art everyday, the way I thought what art was, even in 2013. What I mean by, ‘the way I thought what art was,’ is visual art. As in painting or making crafts. Never did I recognize that working as a landscape architect by day is creative right? And it is considered an art in a different form. However, that is another story.

Anyways, back to Art Everyday Month.

And because this challenge just calls on to me, I thought of a way on how can I make it through the whole month of November. I thought, what can I do to make it work? What are the reasons why I was not able to make it in 2012 and 2013? Am I getting so hard on myself? The answer is yes. And a few more:

– I found so many reasons not to create; a.k.a. limiting beliefs. I don’t have this, I don’t have that thinking.

– I want perfect art. Beautiful art. Right away. Perfection thinking.

– I am too scared to follow the whispers. My inner voice. Wise self speaking.

– What about the time? Do I have time?

– and more

The root of it all is fear. In the form of resistance. With fear comes so many reasons not to create. To hide. To be busy. To ignore the calling. To suppress the inner child.

The whole time this was what I know for sure: I want to make art. I want to make things. I want to paint again. And for the rest of my life.

Then a little voice said, “Then YOU have to do something about it. DO SOMETHING about it.”

Finally, I listened. I did not only listened. I took action. I took time to think about it. I took time to understand it. I end up not fully understanding it. But I got a plan.

I need to MAKE TIME and create even a LITTLE SPACE for this practice. No more reasoning. Just do it.

And so I did.

In October 2014, I’d say even earlier that year, I know painting ‘girlies’ sang to me. I started with that idea until the ‘faces’ concept appeared. Given that I am working full time, and the long commute going to and from the day job, I thought of timing the practice. I thought, if the traffic gone really wild going home; if I have to be somewhere after work; if I have to travel, how much time can I give(gift) myself to create and make art? what is the most possible length of time that is not too long or too short to insert in any given time or place or situation?

Fifteen minutes.

Therefore, 15 Minutes Faces was born.

#15MinutesFaces on Instagram.

Yes, I did not only committed to create everyday. I even challenged myself to post my work; to show my work on Instagram for the whole month of November.

I did it.

I did it.

I did it.

And still working on it until today. Tonight.

The artwork above is the first of the last eight faces I will be painting or drawing until the AEDM 2015. This was painted just awhile ago with photo reference. With lots of permission to play and not to paint or paint exactly what was in the photo reference. I just love this idea! Which I started last night.

Visit this page and join in the fun and know more about Art Everyday Month hosted by dear Leah Piken.

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Grateful for Wednesday


“…love is the most stable, reliable, and trustworthy condition in the universe. When nothing else lasts, when nothing else is true, there is love.” –Bob and Melinda Blanchard, Live What You Love

Few of a thousand things to be grateful for today:

For the book, Live What You Love. For an easy to read book. An inspiring story. And lot’s of notes to remember to live the life you love.

For the unexpected errand(s). It always add a little spice and warmth in my day.

For the cloudy, drizzly, light windy day.

For my flowering plumbago. They gave a different tint of color to my world.

For love. For love never fails to win. Always. Always.

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Grateful for Wednesdays





now i only need

to be


the wildflowers

the trees

the butterflies

the birds and insects

to be with a deer

carry with me a book

braid my hair

wear me a dress

a jar of fresh water

and just be

There are thousands of things to be grateful for today, and here’s to name a few:

I am grateful for poetry. For being a friend in sadness and in joy and in everything in between.

I am grateful for the brave souls that came before me. Shining their brightest light. Inspiring hearts and souls. Daring greatly everyday. Deliberately living authentically.

I am grateful for the people who cared to notice my writing. However small. It came as a surprise because it is something unknown to me. I am inspired by all of you. Thank you wholeheartedly.

I am grateful for the people who loves me; my family, my love, my friends.

I am grateful for finding peace in solitude.

Okay your turn! Take a minute or more to revel on the things or even just one thing you can be grateful for today. It has a power in it. Go!