Art vs Artist 2018

A summary of my 2018 art year.

Art vs Artist is trending again on Instagram. I did this last year too.

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I have no idea why they’re posting a 2018 art year summary at this time of 2019. But anyway! 

These artworks stood out for me. I went ahead and did darker backgrounds for some of my florals. Inktober was short, but very fulfilling. The concepts I made were darker I think, but still had my style shown through the flowy ink and flowers hahaha.

And also a major transformation to me LOL. Back to my straight bangs but with the shortesttt haircut ever. I said goodbye to my butt-length hair after 2-3 years. I also need prescription glasses now, so we bought one from Owndays HAHAHA. ♥

Custom Ceramic Plates

One of my Christmas gifts to myself last year are these gorgeous custom ceramic plates by neshoi. She’s an artist friend who creates ceramic stuff like earrings and plates. I asked her if she could create custom shaped ceramic plates for me, and she took the challenge. I gave her my sketches and she created them from scratch/clay. I love them so much! ♥ 

Obviously my designs are flowers: a peony and an orchid. The peony’s purpose is for IG feed goals (that I haven’t used YET), while the orchid is for everyday use. ♥ I heard that a ceramic or porcelain palette is the best mixing surface for watercolor. And yes, I agree! The colors are vibrant, paints stay wet, mixing is a breeze, and apparently clean up is easy as well. 

December Art Tambay

So sorry for the lack of posts here on the blog. It’s just that… I kind of lost motivation to blog weekly as I did before. I don’t have a lot of events that I could blog here anyway. But I will still blog so I could document those happy events that I had with friends and family. Something that I could look back to. 

Another one of my backlogs is an art tambay with my cousin during her Christmas break. It’s been a while since we got together at their place due to her being busy with her thesis.

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It was also a long time since I last painted that day due to being busy with work and the holidays. I was glad that I got to paint again. I started creating new pieces for my participation at StickerCon MNL 2019. Yes, we got in again. ♥

The warmup painting is my blueberry cobbler artwork. This is the perfect warmup since it was all loose strokes.
Thinking of new subjects to paint for Stickercon was a no brainer. I wanted to continue creating food illustrations.
I also brought this for the art tambay so I could finish it. Just needed a few touch ups.
And then back to my loose crazy phase. I wanted to paint a friend’s photo during her hike at Yosemite. Just did light pencil sketches and went crazy dumping color after color.
Not bad for a first time, I think?

Looking at my current artwork… I think a change of subjects is a good thing? So I won’t be labeled as the girl who only paints flowers lol. I hope to do more food illustrations and landscapes this year. Let’s look forward to that! ♥

Las Casas Quezon City

A day after Christmas, Inggo and I went to Las Casas Quezon City. The reason is that I saw an appetizing food photo from a friend on Instagram and asked him the resto’s name. He highly recommended this resto to us and pushed me to get a reservation asap lol. And I did! On this blog, I will write about the interior. Check out Inggo’s food review here.

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This place was previously a mansion that was sold to the Las Casas group. They are famous for the resort Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bataan where they take old houses around the Philippines and rebuild them on their grounds. Any damage found on the houses, they do their best to repair or preserve it.

Dining area.
Art nouveau inspired foyer.
Sitting room that’s not open to the public when we visited.
Another part of the sitting room.
The focal point of the sitting is a beautiful Amorsolo portrait. Must be the previous owner?
Ceiling design with wood carvings.
Wood details near the stairs.
Mosaic detail on the wall panels all over the ground floor.
Stairs.
Second floor houses the function rooms. More art nouveau inspiration with Alphonse Mucha paintings / concealed doors.
Gustav Klimt replicas of his works “Mother and Child” and “The Kiss”.
A peek at the back of the building.
Fishermen art installation near the pool.
They’re building additional houses for future use. Apparently they’re planning on making Las Casas QC a boutique hotel.
Future plaza?

I find it a bit weird that the interiors of the main building is in French style, yet the rest of the buildings are in Philippine style. But nevertheless, we had an amazing yet expensive lunch here. I look forward to their boutique hotel offerings in the future.