My friends and I are doing Workshops and Talks in CEBU CITY!!! Yey! Hope to see you there. Share this to your friends.
Venue: SPROCKETS CAFE TalambanTime: Workshops start at 9am, Talks start at 6:30pmDate: June 21, Saturday
RSVP to the talk: FB Event PageApply to our workshops: http://bit.ly/intransitcebu
We have food at the talk. And for the workshops, you get to keep all the materials and food. :)

My friends and I are doing Workshops and Talks in CEBU CITY!!! Yey! Hope to see you there. Share this to your friends.

Venue: SPROCKETS CAFE Talamban
Time: Workshops start at 9am, Talks start at 6:30pm
Date: June 21, Saturday

RSVP to the talk: FB Event Page
Apply to our workshops: http://bit.ly/intransitcebu

We have food at the talk. And for the workshops, you get to keep all the materials and food. :)

May 2014

Monthly diary for the month of May! May was pretty fun. It’s my birthday month and there are a few notable things about it. Here’s my recap:

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This was at Katsu Box. Spent a couple of hours here with my sister. Their food isn’t spectacular but it’s very affordable, the interiors are super cute, and it’s right next to a craft supplies store. We usually stay here after craft shopping.

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Had my own R&R at a hotel. Had really good takeout. Cakes, nachos, Bonchon Chicken. A few weeks later, I did another hotel R&R-ing. I love it.

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My bathroom plant was missing and a month later I found it in our backyard, 2x taller.

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Finally bought a pair of sneakers. I left my beat-up Keds in New Jersey and the only sneakers I have are running shoes. I love Adidas and I check their website monthly to see if there’s anything new that I’d like. I wanted to invest in Jeremy Scott ones but I don’t fancy what’s out at the moment but when I saw this collab with The Farm Company Brazil, I deliberated for a while and bought it after 15 minutes. I’m a slow shopper. I sometimes sit around with the shoes/clothes I try on and think for 10 minutes to see it I really want it or not. Now I just want to buy more sneakers! 

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Coffee and ice cream at Mad Mark’s. Their prices are ridiculously cheap (less than P300/US$7 for a steak meal, are you kidding me?!) And their food is GREAT.

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Watched Wanderland with Aleyn and Anjo. It was such nice experience. I didn’t grow up with concerts and I realized that it’s something that I appreciate a lot, especially the dance-y ones. I watched Toe (in Manila) and Phoenix (in Brooklyn) last year and I had such a swell time. I went alone to see Phoenix but the guy next to me was talking to me so I didn’t feel so alone. Here’s to more indie/folk dance-y concerts.

It was Aleyn's birthday 2 days later. Me, Anjo and Aleyn are born in the same month. We only see each other once a year at this time.

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This is Anjo working on his live painting. He’s so good at this!!!

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Left: Me with Aleyn and Anjo at Wanderland. Right: Me and my friends the night before. I don’t have a lot of friends. Most of the time I just stay at home and work and I don’t interact with people a lot (I don’t have officemates). This is almost everyone in my life, apart from a handful of friends abroad. I sometimes wonder if I should go out more and talk to people and socialize but I realized that the more socialize, the more I feel alone. Maybe because it makes the gap feel more apparent and there’s always a struggle to connect and it feels like there’s always a circle that you need to penetrate. I think being with the same small group is a nice enough thing for me.

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This is a demo portrait painting I did for a lesson in basic watercolor portrait painting.

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My students from my 6-session workshops are learning so fast! I hope that they still continue on painting even after the class. My waking hours are suddenly focused on ways to teach, more than anything. I remember back in 2008, I wasn’t admitted to a local art school (I didn’t pass the talent test) so I told myself, I’m going to open an art school and everyone who wants to get in can get in and everyone’s going to be better than your students!!! Haha. I was pretty aggressive going up. And I was pretty serious about it too! Now I’m just okay with teaching on the side.

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Here’s another one from my Watercolor Portrait class. For those wondering (and I remember someone publishing that this is my house): I’m just renting an attic/studio for the workshops. I never hold workshops at our house because we don’t have a room that could fit more than 8 people and a table.

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This was a breakfast I prepared. It’s pretty easy to make and I believe this is the only thing I can make in an oven. Just egg on toast, chicken and mayo on the side and truffled cheese on top. 

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Heima launched their new collection a couple of weeks ago. Fun and summery colors and geometric shapes. Check them out at LRI Design Plaza, Makati. On a really random note, their patterns sort of remind me of this Vance book back in highschool / freshman college. Talk about nostalgia! 

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Dinner with Aleyn and Toby’s Estate after visiting Heima. Their Beef and Potato thing was really good, though quite expensive. I had Toby’s Estate in Brooklyn but they didn’t have food there, just mostly coffee and limited pastries. The one here feels like a restaurant so the place is a bit loud. Sometimes you’d like to stay long and work but everyone’s chatting away, not quite the coffee-shop vibe that you expect.

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At High Street Central after watching X-men DOFP, which is freakin’ awesome, by the way! The cinema was in a new building housing soon-to-open-for-the-first-time-here brands like Brooks Brothers, Pottery Barn, Acca Kappa, etc.

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Anjo had his 2nd solo show on the 28th. It was also his birthday that day. Here’s one of this paintings. His works are always a surprise and they’re always amazing and filled with stories. Catch them at Vinyl On Vinyl, Malugay St., Makati until mid-June.

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Then 2 nights later I had my birthday! Wooh I’m old!!!

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My friends threw a surprise get-together. It was extremely sweet. I never had a surprise party in my life and I never thought anyone would give me one. It was well-orchestrated and I never suspected a thing. My sister was telling my friends that I suspect everything. I think as you get older, you become so pre-occupied with work, you become insensitive to a lot of things. Haha… I have really loving friends. That’s the biggest gift. I’m so happy! (Photo from Irene)

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I was gifted a bouquet of Peonies over the weekend. They’re so beautiful! I heard that they’re very expensive here. I’m trying my best to let them last a week. On the 3rd day, they started to wilt because of the heat. They need to be in an airconditioned room (around 20c) to survive. I wish they can stay that way forever.

And that wraps up my month of May! :)

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I’m opening 1 workshop again, the Watercolor Intensive for Beginners (4-hr Crash Course) this July 5! I’ve decided to overhaul the entire workshop and focus on painting for almost the entire duration of the session. It’s gonna be fun and really different from before. If anyone wants to join, just email me at chua.valerie@gmail.com to get all the deatils and application. :)
(PS. Also doing a workshop in Cebu this June with other artists. Will keep you guys posted about this!)

I’m opening 1 workshop again, the Watercolor Intensive for Beginners (4-hr Crash Course) this July 5! I’ve decided to overhaul the entire workshop and focus on painting for almost the entire duration of the session. It’s gonna be fun and really different from before. If anyone wants to join, just email me at chua.valerie@gmail.com to get all the deatils and application. :)

(PS. Also doing a workshop in Cebu this June with other artists. Will keep you guys posted about this!)

My work for Playing Arts. I posted previews of this before but I never got to upload the final piece. Playing Arts is a poker card set produced by Digital Abstracts. Each card is uniquely illustrated by an artist. It’s an honor to be part of it! There are so many amazing artists in the lineup that the experience felt elusive. My card is the 5 of Clubs. The printing and material is top notch — it’s waterproof, I think! You can visit the website to check out all the artists and to purchase a set. They ship worldwide!

My work for Playing Arts. I posted previews of this before but I never got to upload the final piece. Playing Arts is a poker card set produced by Digital Abstracts. Each card is uniquely illustrated by an artist. It’s an honor to be part of it! There are so many amazing artists in the lineup that the experience felt elusive. My card is the 5 of Clubs. The printing and material is top notch — it’s waterproof, I think! You can visit the website to check out all the artists and to purchase a set. They ship worldwide!

Tagaytay 2014

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Photos from my iPhone again. My sister celebrated her birthday on the 3rd. On that day we went to visit Free Comic Book Day at Fully Booked (incredibly mindless on my part that I forgot to pass by the topmost floor where everything important was happening), then checked out the Tintin Store and bought postcards. On Sunday the family went to Tagaytay. Spent most of the time with just my sister. If there’s a quietest-family-in-the-world contest, we would most definitely win the award.

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Halo Halo and Mais Con Hielo. This was right after swimming. Nothing beats iced dessert. On the way back home we passed by Nuvali, a little south of Manila. My sister and I ate at Toast Box. It’s been over a year since I had Teh and Kaya.

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Postcards from the Tin Tin Store at Fully Booked. They’re quite pricey, around P90 (roughly $2) per card but they’re well worth the purchase!

April 2014

Monthly diary thing again! April is a bit different. It’s actually an uneventful month for me. I mostly stayed at work doing commissions and I also started my workshops. I barely had time for personal work besides occasional sketching.

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Barely 2 weeks into the month, I’ve been to 6 different coffee houses. Which is insane. I’m actually acidic so caffeine is a no-no for me. I usually just order decaf, herbal teas or milk.

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Subspace Coffee is still one of my favorite places to hang out in because the interiors are cozy and they put you in a drawing appetite.

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There’s also Third District. It’s just okay. Not really my kind of place and their gelato melts almost too fast. I met up with an old friend here to catch up.

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My family was at our grandparents’ unit and one of our aunts brought an album of old photos, roughly from the 50’s. The one wearing yellow is my aunt and I think this is a ting hun (engagement party).

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That’s my dad in my grandparents’ store selling electronics in downtown Manila.

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Me eating breakfast sausages.

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Epic Cafe's Affogato is yum. You can even have it in decaf! Had it twice in one week.

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Ate at Chez Karine after having dinner with my girlfriends. I was craving for ice cream but we ended up staying here instead.

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One of my attendees working on a still life exercise.

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Here’s another work of one of my students during portrait painting class.

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Me and my sister on Siblings’ Day (according to the internet). She said that I’m her auntie cause I look old. LOL.

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Last days of Coco’s nice fur. He vigorously shedded on the 2nd-3rd week of April. Right now his fur is back to normal.

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This was at Scarsdale. I spent a few hours with Aleyn working. Their donuts are okay for me but their Croque Madame was fantastic. It’s a great place to work in. Not a lot of people and ample daylight.

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This was at Toby’s Estate. Totally forgot what this dish is called. The bread tastes good but I think anyone can do the egg thing at home as long as you have an iron skillet. I was at Toby’s Estate Brooklyn a few months back. Memories!

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My Playing Arts deck arrived!!! Yey! I’ll post about this soon.

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Finally tried Kimukatsu. Their Katsu is prepared in Mille-feuille style (multi-layered). The one I got had cheese at the center. It’s SO GOOD. Served with unlimited miso soup, rice, and cabbage. Yes, apparently you can eat happiness.

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I’m finishing up ASOIF’s Storm of Swords (so slow but I’m almost done). I’m looking for more books to read. This year has been pretty slow in terms of book reading. I used to be incredibly disciplined with with it a few years ago, like 10pm on the dot there’s a book on my face. Aaaand this ends my April post. Hopefully May will be tons fun.

My piece for Light Grey Art Lab's Animystics. The show opens on Friday, April 25, 7pm. Event Info. You can see all the works included and purchase prints and originals here.
You can see my work in progress here.

My piece for Light Grey Art Lab's Animystics. The show opens on Friday, April 25, 7pm. Event Info. You can see all the works included and purchase prints and originals here.

You can see my work in progress here.

A sketchbook page. Not-yet-painted and then painted.

Resurfacing ii

Resurfacing ii

Natural Brown Hair

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I had the opportunity to get a new hair color from Matrix Professional. They’re a brand part of the L’Oreal group that specializes in hair care and color. I know this is an art and wip blog, but please excuse my randomness for the meantime. :D

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Some wip for Light Grey Art Lab's Animystics show.

I think the funnest part is the creation of our spirit animal. We’re tasked to provide a backstory and a history of our animal. I chose a wolf although I did a little twist and added a fictitious folklore backstory to it. I’ll talk about it when the proper time comes. For the meantime, wips behold!

Magnum Manila

Hey guys, non-art post but I just want to share that there is an absolutely wonderful thing going on in SM Aura (at Bonifacio Global City, Taguig) right now. It’s Magnum Manila! (In other countries, it’s called the “Magnum Pleasure Store” ~wink~) It’s a Magnum ice cream pop-up store where you get to design your own Magnum. Imagine a froyo/ice cream store except you’re concocting your own Magnum. Would you like some cheese and chili flakes with your Magnum? Pshhhyeah, you bet!

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They’re opening to the public on April 8 and it will be there for ONLY 12 MONTHS. You only have a year!! Yes, I am pressuring you to go! Apart from desserts, they also serve meals. This is what we had earlier:

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Salmon with mashed potato.

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Carbonara!

Marj and I were invited to the event. I took photos mostly of just the food. But I hope this is enough to encourage you to go and Instragram the hell out of those photogenic-looking dishes and desserts (You know you want to!). And of course, eat them.

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Rainbow cake and white chocolate Magnum. THE CAKE IS THE BEST.

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This one is Magnum with freshly baked cookie dough on a pan. The cookie tastes so GOOD! For some reason, the Magnum here tastes tons better than the grocery packs (which are already great as they are!). Maybe because the chocolate sauce is freshly dipped. Or maybe it’s because you are partaking in the pleasure of creating a Magnum bar for yourself. Yum!

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The wonderful Tasha is my seatmate. I’m a huge fan of her illustrations!! She’s dreampod on Tumblr! Follow, follow!

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Each bar you create is only P100 (that’s roughly $2.20). It’s really affordable. On April 8, the first 500 people in line can get to make their own Magnum ice cream bar for free!

(OK back to regular programming. Will post art stuff soon! :D)

It’s springtime! Been getting Snapchats from friends in NY that the weather there is great and they’re not wearing tons of layers anymore. Ahhh so jealous! My only experience of spring was in Japan 4 years ago. It’s a magical season. I’m in a tropical country where it’s summer 365 days a year. When we were growing up, our textbooks say “we have 2 seasons: wet and dry” Lol! Is this overcompensation or ‘fo realz?

It’s officially summer here. Classes are ending (our summer vacation is from late March to early June) which means, workshops start soon! I’m excited and nervous and I guess a little lonely cause I’m holding classes in a vacant location (the studio I used before had people residing in it. This one is completely deserted). /Hinting for friends to visit

My boyfriend.

21 Mar 2014 / Reblogged from ogurin-tomasu with 1,351 notes / ikuta toma 生田斗真 random diary