Wildflower Watercolor Timelapse

The husband has been wanting to document my painting process since the Hyperlapse app came out, and of course, I wanted to see what my painting looked like from an outsider’s perspective.

It took a while to find the perfect time to do it, but we finally got the chance when we decided to work at M&S Food in BHS Central. The lighting was good enough and there weren’t too many distractions around us.

This is 1 of 3 Wildflower girls I painted for this weekend’s BGC Art Mart, to be sold as a postcard print set. Don’t forget to drop by! We’ll be in front of Brothers Burger High Street on September 20, 21, 27, and 28 at 4-9PM.


July 2014 Favorites

Last month, I started a personal project and it’s basically creating a watercolor canvas / visual notes of all my favorites for the month. If you haven’t seen the June 2014 list, you can find it here.

Here’s the one for July.

julyfaves_smallerTally Marks by Natalie Nourigat for only $.99 on ComiXology

Natalie has become one of my favorite artists in the recent months because of her illustrated travel journals, and she just released a digital compilation of her travel sketches over at ComiXology. I’m so excited to get the rest of the sketchbooks in the series.

Maximo Comfort Cuisine and Casual Dining

It’s an instant fave for this new restaurant at Blue Ridge because of the yummy food, affordable prices, and good service. The place could use better ventilation though, because it was really smoky when we visited. Nonetheless, we had a great time eating their herb roasted pork belly and mushroom chicharon with cilantro aioli dip. Servings are good to share!

Benefit Browzings

I’m not a fan of putting make-up on my face so it’s a big surprise, even to me, that I have two beauty products on this list. The first one is Benefit’s Browzings which, I’ve learned, gives me an instant polished look. Normally my eyebrows are uneven, sparse, and there are bald patches but Browzings fixes that up right away. I’ve yet to master putting this on, but I’m actually having fun trying.

Happy Skin Shut Up & Kiss Me Moisturizing Lippies

For the second beauty product on this list, it’s from a local brand that I admire a lot. If you haven’t heard of Happy Skin by now, you’ve been missing out because they’ve been getting raves from a lot of people. I don’t wear lipsticks often but when I finally got Happy Skin’s lippies, I was actually encouraged to wear them because they added just the right amount of color to my lips (kept it as natural as possible) and helped moisturize my usually dry lips. I got two colors: Crushing on You (for a more natural look) and Summer Fling (for a younger, fun look). The photos on their website don’t really match the actual shade, as they appear maybe 5x darker, so head to the nearest Beauty Bar to check them out in real life.

True Blood Season 7

Because I’ve been with this show since the beginning and now it’s the final season, and they’ve recovered from the horrendous last two seasons. If anyone’s gotten their mojo back, it’s them.

Bono Artisanal Gelato in Red Velvet

I don’t know what’s happened to me because I used to hate red velvet as a flavor, whether in cupcakes or ice cream. It was such a ridiculous concept to me because at the very essence of it, it’s really just chocolate-flavored. I hated those red velvet cupcakes that were dyed in such a fake red color and didn’t taste anything like chocolate, just sugar. But I’m now a convert (but only for the valid red velvet desserts out there) and one of my fave red velvet discoveries is Bono Gelato’s. I’m already such a huge fan of Bono, and have been since they opened just over a year ago, and I remember falling in love with their Snack Attack (now renamed to Movie Night) flavor. Now, it’s one more gelato flavor that has got my heart.


In Bloom


Arlene provided us with the materials for the workshop, including the Prang Oval Pan Watercolor Set (16 colors) and some Canson 200gsm watercolor paper.

Last Saturday, I attended Arlene Sy‘s Floral Watercolor Illustration Workshop and it was one of the best things I’ve done so far this year. It was a huge deal personally because Arlene is one of my inspirations for 2014 and I truly admire her work. Aside from that, I am (in no way an exaggeration) awkwardly fearful of meeting new people and going to events where I don’t really know anybody.

I tried to ask several friends to join me for this workshop but no one was available for the day, so I convinced myself that I had to do it even if I had to go through it on my own.

BEST. DECISION. EVER. Continue reading