This project started in August 2013, beginning with the repainting of the walls and floors. It's only now, after more than 2 years, that I think it is ready to be presented to you my dear readers. ^_^
Realizing that I'll probably live in this house for the next 5 years or more, I might as well transform this 12 square meter space into that where a creative person like me would like to spend hours and hours in - doing work, sleeping, contemplating, daydreaming, creative procrastinating, etc...
So now I call this room "Silid Bohemio" (silid means room in Filipino). What makes a room bohemian? The presence of art, eclecticism, or eccentricity really doesn't make it so. Actually, it's all of that minus the opulence. High on art and style, low on budget. ^_^
Sunday, April 10, 2016
Tuesday, March 15, 2016
The two charcoal portraits are from an ancestral house in Batangas. They are husband and wife from the 1800's. But I'm not really sure if the original portraits were made in that era. It may have been done after the turn of the century.
Monday, March 14, 2016
I just realize that buhaybohemio.com, the blog and business, is already 5 years old. It was on the first day of March, 2011, that I decided to go freelancing as a graphic artist, created this blog, and started a small business of retailing printed t-shirts that I designed.
Five years sounds like a long enough time to expect some improvement. So how's everything?
Well I'm glad that I still find the time to write for my blog. I had envisioned that it will someday become a website where you will mostly read about the Filipino artistic culture. But today it remains a personal online journal where I share my journey to my creative and business goals. I'm pretty much cool about it, really.
You know, the last time I printed shirts was November last year and I stopped accepting orders since then. Don't worry, my dear readers, I didn't quit. Let's just say I took a little break from printing. I plan to change the type of inks that I use. It's the type that doesn't dry easily and clog my screens. The El Niño phenomenon has been going on since last year, and I found myself scrubbing my screens longer that I should between prints. So switching to aquasol inks will solve that problem. But that requires me to purchase a heat press machine to cure the prints. Yeah, that means I'll be shelling out blue Peso bills again hehe. Anyway, as soon as I get a heat press machine and new set of inks, I'll be back to start printing stocks and maybe produce new designs on the side.
My digital portraiture services still has no official website and I have not been marketing it. So that business is as stagnant as a puddle. There were no new clients. However, for a previous client, I have just completed a digital restoration and reproduction project of a pair of ancestral portraits from the 1800's. Will tell you more about it in another post. ^_^
So lately I feel more like just another freelancing graphic artist than an "artrepreneur". I have a pending company profile folder for a printing business owned by a friend's family. Also I continuously work on monogrammed items for Customized Chic which has become the bread-and-butter for the past months. It really should be the other way around - I should work for Buhay Bohemio full time and everything else should be on the side.
I have to admit that I'm a little lost. They say that it's okay to be lost sometimes as long as you know exactly where you want to go. How to get there has always been the question and it's a kind that has an entourage of subsequent questions.
But I believe that things will fall into place. We gravitate towards what we really want the most, right? So I'm just gonna keep on moving... and learning! ^_^
Friday, February 26, 2016
So Art Fair Philippines 2016 took place on the 18th to 21st of this month at the same venue of all their previous shows - The Link carpark building in Ayala Center, Makati. This year they occupied 3 floors. That's pretty enough space to showcase contemporary works by artists not just from all over the Philippines but also a few from Japan, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, and Spain.
Anyway, I took about a hundred photos in the show and I'm going to share a few favorites in this post. Yeah just a few. Otherwise, this will be an awfully long post hehe because there is just soo many remarkable pieces there I wanna talk about. But if you want to be spared of my blah-blahs you can view all photos in this link. ^_^
Monday, February 8, 2016
This simple and very charming monkey painting is by Chinese artist Li Yan (b. 1949). The original 46 x 66 cm artwork is available for auction. Visit the China Guardian and ArtNet websites to discover more beautiful works by Li Yan.
So, today is the first day of the year according to the Chinese Lunar Calendar. But it's actually already the 5th day of the Red Monkey Year. Yeah, there's a difference hehe. Have you guys read about your fortune for 2016? Every year I read about mine at chineseastrologyonline.com by Master Tsai.
Well am certainly glad to read about encouraging things about the year of the Fire Monkey for the Wood Rabbit (my sign), even if Monkey is not as an auspicious sign compared to Horse, Dragon, and Tiger. Last year my fortune in the year of the Goat was just meh-eh-eh.
But this year they say it's gonna be a good one for me. Not excellent but good at least hehe. According to Chinese astrology, Rabbit and Monkey are compatible signs. Not just in love relationships but also in business relationships. The Rabbit's creativity in making products combined with Monkey's clever marketing skills make an awesome combo. Monkey makes Rabbit famous which brings money to both of them.
Learning this, I now have a new motto: "Monkey business is bad but business with monkey is good." LOL Anyone out there born in the Monkey Year?!!
Gong Xi Fa Cai!!!
Posted by Chris Gool at 12:01 AM