Saturday, August 27, 2011

my visual cliche list 2

My visual cliche list 2
(or things I used and will try to avoid drawing)

paper hat
checkered pattern
paper boat, or any boat
a tree in fall/winter
random or pineapple hair
dot eyes
sampaguita floral pattern


If waiting were an adjective, I think it should imbibe tranquility. A pause is a perfect moment to synchronize everything: time, space, character, and matter dance together in peaceful harmony. The thought of randomness and uncertainty scares us but that blur on the horizon makes waiting an exciting journey.

Puka from Sergio Bumatay III on Vimeo.

A hauntingly beautiful weather phenomenon caught on video at the serene beach of puka in boracay island, Philippines. music: Paul Collier's ambient meditation music

To fully appreciate, pause and reflect the wonders of nature.
Watch entirely the HD version at vimeo.

Friday, August 26, 2011

the sign

Observing town and tourist spot signs in our country left me feeling a little lost. Commercial and political banners or tarpaulins, wires, and pollution clutter historical and scenic views. Some tourist spots are underdeveloped while some are overly developed where establishments spring from every corner of a place. Progress does not always necessary equate to modern and big buildings. Old and vintage does not always mean unappealing. Our country needs a design overhaul, if only young and creative designers push their ideas aggressively and effectively to urban planners. I just feel our country, so diverse and rich in resources, haven't yet maximized its potential.

I remember a personal anecdote where a panel randomly asked me if I were to run the government, how will I improve the economic situation of our country. Being the lover of the arts, I always think of fusing art to any problem-solving ideas, simply replied "I will hire the best artists, designers, architects, and engineers to make our country extremely beautiful." While I'm very serious with my reply and perhaps it wasn't they expected to hear, I only got a scornful laugh with a side comment, "Yeah, include also beauticians and parloristas to make the ugly fabulous!" Some people don't fully understand yet the importance of design and aesthetics in economic progress. Sad, but true.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Your Heart Today exhibit

"Walang Hanggang Pag-ibig"
pencil and acrylic on canvas

Accompanying words:
“When that final moment does come, let not my loved ones grieve for long. Let them comfort each other. And let them know how much happiness they brought into my life. Let them pray for me, as I will continue to pray for them, hoping that they will always pray for each other." “Let them know that they made possible whatever good I offered to our world. And let them realize that our separation is just for a short while as we prepare for our reunion in eternity.”
(Excerpts taken from the poem Prayer for a Happy Death by Cory Aquino)

August 3, 2011 to September 3, 2011 at the Ortigas Foundation Library
Ortigas corner Meralco Avenue,
Ortigas Center, Pasig City

With works by Ang Ilustrador ng Kabataan and words by Ninoy and Cory Aquino
Please come and visit!