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15 Minute Practice: An Invitation

“Plunging into your day knowing that you’ve already made even a little bit of progress on the work that is dearest to your heart will improve your whole world.” -Sam Bennett


What happens

when I create something

for fifteen minutes

every single day of a month


of mini ART.

(Above: 15 Minute Practice, April Collection)

Join me this June for a 15 Minute Creative Practice for 30 days. All you need is:

♡ an open heart

♡ something you would love to do or something that you would love to TRY to do (doodling, dancing, crocheting, writing, collage, etc.)

♡ create or do it for fifteen minutes everyday of June

♡ document it with your camera phone

♡ and you may choose to share it on your Instagram or Facebook. We will use #15for30 and/or #15MinutePractice so we can find and support each other.

The practice is simple yet can be challenging so we will do it together.

Join in the fun? yes! or YES!!!☺

I’m looking forward to seeing your #15for30 and #15MinutePractice.

Connect on Instagram and/or on Facebook.

I will see you there!

With love,




art and fear · creative practice · criticism · grace · inspiration · on writing

The Truth In My Maybes

“Quitting is fundamentally different from stopping. The latter happens all the time. Quitting happens once. Quitting means not starting again – and art is all about starting again.” -D. Bayles & T. Orland, Art & Fear


Hello friend!

It has been awhile.

I missed this space in the world wide web where I can share my story.

The truth is, after almost two years of having a blog, I am still having a hard time on what to share, what to write about, how to write it, and everything that has to do with blogging. I even had my share of taking a course on writing/blogging, with a heart. I even read books on writing (some quarter-read to half-read books). And yet, here I am, feeling stuck.

I think the word ‘stuck’ is somewhat overly used in the creative world.

I remember reading online or in a book wherein the artist shared his/her belief that ‘being stuck’ is no true. Not the exact words, but he/she said, “We are never stuck. We only don’t do or show up that is why we are feeling stuck.”

Makes a lot sense to me.

Guilty here.

Maybe, I was not writing as often as I should be to find my writing voice. Maybe, I am too afraid to be and look imperfect to publish something that is not as good as “what I know” good looks like or should be. Maybe because, I do not yet formed a system that will help me write + publish on a daily basis (and what makes me think that I can and should have already have a system before hitting the publish button). Maybe it is because I am the Procrastination Queen.

Maybe. Maybe. Maybe…

And in those maybes, I noticed, lies the answers.

If I change all the ‘maybes’ into ‘the truth is,’ then I know I will see where this long hiatus is coming from.

The truth is, I was not writing as often as I should be to find my writing voice. The truth is, I am too afraid to be and look imperfect to publish something that is not as good as “what I know” good looks like or should be. The truth is, I do not yet formed a system that will help me write + publish on a daily basis (and what makes me think that I can and should have already have a system before hitting the publish button). The truth is I am the Procrastination Queen.

Aaaaah, the answers…


books · creative practice · do it yourself · inspiration

What I’m Loving Right Now

Some of the things I’m loving right now:

  1. Shelley Klammer purchasing e-course through creative practice 🙂 Such a brilliant idea!
  2. Grow Your List Giveaway
  3. Habang Wala Pa Sila, a poetry book on love in Filipino language.
  4. Creating your own sticker using sticker labels! I have tried this in 2014 inspired by an image I saw somewhere online, played with the inspiration and really loved the outcome. It will add pop of colors in so many ways, in any arty project you are working on! And this will guide you step-by-step on how to do just that + (bonus)using a shaving cream??? 🙂 yes, really!
  5. Playing Big in my bed side chair 🙂
15 Minute Practice · art · books · creative practice · gratitude · inspiration

Hello March + Thank You February

“For today and its blessings, I owe the world an attitude of gratitude.” –Clarence E. Hodges

15 Minute Practice: February Collection

Thank You February

We all have goals and plans to do for a certain period of time. But sometimes, however we wanted it to be, it just didn’t happen. In blogging and in life, my February is just like that. After all, there are still so many things to be grateful for that is worth celebrating. Here are some of the thousand things:

♡ this love month inspired me to write a love poem. Which gave me an idea to invite a friend to write poem with me, throughout the remaining days of the month that lasts until this day. Everyday, just for the weekdays, we alternately assign a prompt of the day and write about it. It was fun!

♡ for researching the story behind Valentine’s day: the king, St.Valentine, the daughter of the prisoner’s guard and the love letter. From then on, I will see Valentine’s in a whole new way + that it is more meaningful because it’s my sister’s birthday too.

♡ for my books of the month: Eat Mangoes Naked by SARK, The Crossroads of Should and Must by Elle Luna and Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert

♡ for being able to visit my relatives, on my papa’s side, in Ilo-ilo.

♡ for the love  and appreciation I receive for courageously sharing my soul’s work which immensely helps me to keep going.

♡ for the support I receive in my artworks; for the buyers and commisions.

♡ for the leap day!

♡ for the creative practice and the discoveries along the way.

♡ for keeping up with the practice while my dayjob gets so demanding.

Hello March

Found, while strolling to buy plants one Sunday morning with my love. I thought, “If only I can take this home, I will.”

Another month has just began. Many doors to infinite possibilities are opened. Challenges will surely be present. And winners too!

March reminds me of graduations, recognitions and the early taste of summer. For a few years now, this month also reminds me of the end of: the first quarter of the year(which I never looked at that way before); the month I discovered and got inspired to have a Big HOPE-full heart to live a creative life and own a creative biz, that it is possible; a month to pick myself up and be gentle with me wherever I am in this journey of living a creative + authentic life; and to remind myself to have courage and be brave and to trust the journey.

I have big hopes for this month. I am hoping it is the same with you. Just in case this might help, I would like you to know that I am still working on my 2016 planning workbook. I’m still planning my year. And it is okay. It is truly okay. We all are a-work-in-progress. We just have to know that and own it. You and me a beautiful+messy work-in-progress☺ We can do this together!

Wishing you all the best this month,





art · creative practice · grace · inspiration · prayer

Leap Day Art

“Sweet February Twenty-Nine!-

This is our grace-year, as I live

Quick, now! this foolish heart of mine;

Seize thy prerogative!” – Walter De La Mare

imageDear friend,

let me share to you my art from my heart. Above is a piece of my soul’s work in honor of the leap day this year. The process was intuitive. I worked on an old painting on watercolor paper. I chose colors of paints and materials that sings to me at the moment. Made marks. Wrote some words. Repeat.

To trust. That is what I did.

I don’t know about you, but I feel called to celebrate this extra special day this year that won’t happen again until the next four years. And what’s more better way of celebrating than a painting party before bedtime? 🙂

Here’s a prayer I love which I discovered in the book, Simple Abundance(fave all-year book!) by Sarah Ban Breathnach. It is a prayer of grace by writer Marjorie Holmes:

“Just For Today”

Oh, God, give me grace for this day. Not for a lifetime, nor for next week, nor for tomorrow, just for this day. Direct my thoughts and bless them, Direct my work and bless it. Direct the things I say and give them blessing, too. Direct and bless everything that I think and speak and do. So that for this one day, just this one day, I have the gift of grace that comes from your presence…

I believe that this year is a year of grace. May we always remember to seek and ask  for grace, with a grateful heart. Always and always. Asking has a power in it.

And so this very moment, grace is what I am sending to you.

with love and beautiful grace,




art · creative practice · gratitude · inspiration

Grateful for 2015

“Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past , brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” —Melody Beatt


For a few years now, I had been choosing a word for my year. I was inspired by the practice of many creative women who had been doing it for so long. To me it serves as a guide, an inspiration, and something to look forward to on how it will manifest in my life.

Last year, instead of one word, I had three. I just felt like it and so be it☺ My heart whispered these, and so I followed. The words were: Flourish, Magic, and Miracles. True enough these words manifested in my life in so many ways. And I am grateful for all of it.

This last day of the first month of the new year, please allow me and join me to celebrate as I look back on (some) things I am grateful for the past year. I want to celebrate with you, because your support made all these things possible. So to begin, thank you, thank you, to you!

And here’s some more:

♡ Seeing Pope Francis in January with my loved ones and a million more Filipinos. Such an inspiration of kindness and compassion and a beautiful way to start the year.

♡ For being chosen to be interviewed by university students as both an artist and professional for their Art Studies finals project.

♡ For being a featured artist on Rainbow Love Greetings app.

♡ For being able to join in the 2015 Right Brain Business Plan Summit hosted by Jennifer Lee. Being extra involved and taking action by sharing my takeaways on the current lesson had me won a signed copy of her latest book.

♡ For being able to join in the #giftinggrace challenge and won a copy of my first ever Bella Grace magazine.

♡ For being announced as the winner of a book cover painting contest on Easter Sunday.

♡ For the gift of life and love and art and turning 32. For designing my day to make it extra special and memorable and beautiful with people I love.

♡ For my first ever Art Journal Workshop together with Airees Rondain of Airees Creates.

♡ For being unwell for two months. Loosing my voice due to cough and fatigue and inexplicable reason. Yes, I am grateful for these days I spent at home, at hospitals, and some other places. These days had me read lots of books, spent lots of quiet time and naps, and most of all, rekindled my watercolor love affair.

♡ For your support on Instagram where I am mostly active.

♡ For the release of the book that featured my art on its cover; made me an official book cover artist!

♡ For the growth and discoveries due to my fifteen minute practice.

♡ For taking part on painting some rooms of children with cancer. With hopes of bringing a little light on their face.

♡ Forvthe launch of Roa’s heArt. The collective store of me and my siblings’ works and handmade products.

♡ For being one of the artists at the Quirino exhibit hosted by Ayala Museum.

♡ For being invited along with my sisters to apply for an exhibit in one of the prominent galleries here in Manila.

For all of these and a thousand more; the big and especially the small things, I am deeply grateful.


#15MinutesFaces · AEDM · art · Art Everyday Month · creative practice · inspiration · portrait

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.