The Emerald Spoon
Progress photos, watercolor on paper

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Just a small painted postcard for a show. I’m thinking of making another one. I hope they accept it! *fingers crossed*

Did this early this year. Keep forgetting to post my works. :)

Did this early this year. Keep forgetting to post my works. :)

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!

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

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!

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

Hello everyone! If you could recall from one of my previous posts, Crested Tees and I partnered up and they’re finally releasing the designs one by one! I’m paired together with the brilliant Carlos Lerma. A part of the sales will be donated to Covenant House Toronto, Canada’s largest homeless youth agency. I’m so honored to be part of this.

There’s an ongoing promotion at Crested Tees. 1 person can win this shirt, just by commenting here. You can like their FB Page to keep yourself updated on design releases.

This shirt is also available for just $10 for a limited time. Visit the shop.

We watched as you poured water to the brim… And we were all right about it.

I was going through my files and I noticed that I never got to upload this properly (just an instagram shot and a poster). This is an old painting. It was supposed to be included in an exhibit in 2012 but after the initial layers, the piece felt lousy and weak. So I abandoned it. I was sorting through my uncompleted works in 2013 and I saw this one and continued on where I left off. Sometimes, I think it takes a while before you can properly approach a piece. I personally feel that my current skill can’t execute what I have in mind and it takes a year to do it properly.

I don’t really know what this painting is about. Maybe it’s about children and how much they take in without saying anything.

The Brief Divide

The Brief Divide

I was thinking of putting better use to my tumblr so I changed the layout yesterday to get me in a posting appetite. I’ve been writing disheveled feelings in my sketchbook like “how long does it take to forget?" and I respond with, you can never forget; you can’t ever forget. I realized that there are just some things that will haunt you for the rest of your life.