Sunday, June 28, 2015

Enchantress: A Solo Exhibit
by Camille Dela Rosa

      Last Friday I went to Art Underground gallery in Mandaluyong City to check out an exhibit by my cousin Camille. Yup, artistic talent runs in the family hehe. But she's really a distant cousin  from my dad's maternal relatives.

Beauty runs in the family too. LOL That's my cousin Camille.
    This is actually her 20th solo exhibit. She's about 10 years younger than I am and she did far more paintings than I have ever done before I hit 30. Well she started quite young. Made her first painting at the age of 16 with the love and support of her artist mom, who is my tita, Ethel Dimacuha; and of course with the creativity chromosomes passed down to her by her dad, the known painter Ibarra Dela Rosa.

    Through the years she tried her hands on different genres. I remember that she also adapter her father's style that is like the hybrid of Fauvism, impressionism, and pointillism. Then she shifted to what I would call anatomical surrealism.

      This time in her latest collection, a series of 13 paintings in oil, she again demonstrated her skill in painting realistic figures. The faces of each enchantress are finely done, capturing the beauty that charms the viewer to come closer as if by some kind of spell. 

The Fulfiment of Each, 38" x 46" oil on canvas
     Each painting is a portrait of a lady and the realm that she rules over. They are windows to  surreal worlds where everything seem to be floating, suspended or frozen. Worlds that are mysterious and fathomless, just as the imagination of the artist who created it.

Endless Beginning, 48" x 60" oil on canvas
That Each May Be Greater, 36" x 36" oil on canvas
Aeon Of The Pleroma, 36" x 48" oil on canvas

Friday, June 5, 2015

Suddenly, a Portrait Project

    It has been a while since I worked on a digital painting. My last project was in December last year and that was for a client who usually orders a lot of family portraits that she give as gifts. She ordered 15 portraits and that surely gave me a lot of stress before the holidays hehe.

    And since then I haven't really done anything about this other business of mine. I didn't market it or start working on the official website that I had been meaning to create. I dunno, maybe I just took a break from it, or because I was upset that one of my print suppliers ran out of my preferred printable canvas that's thick and matte. I just hate their glossy canvas - not really because it's glossy but because it's dirty. They have little spots! Trouble is, this particular supplier will not order a new roll of matte canvas until the glossy one is completely  consumed. Though  I do have other print suppliers but each of them have issues. So you see, this business of mine is dependent on these printers and don't have the millions to buy my own large-format printer and import rolls of canvas. *sigh*

   Anyway, a week before the end of May, I received an email about an inquiry on my art services. This lady, Madam Peri, wanted to blow up a family photo as a birthday present for her mom who's in her 80's. But she doesn't just want a big photo. She wants an image that is artfully done. And she's pretty much aware that there is such a thing as digital paintings. So she seached the web and found me through my blog. Thank you, Google! hehe.

  So after nearly a 6-month break, an art project came and it was a little grand. It's framed portrait of 11 people with a print size of 45" x 28". With the frame it's 52" x 35" and I had to transport it from Manila to Alabang ( client's from BF Homes ) on public transportation. I felt I was delivering a knock-down table or a small door!

   Anyway, the artwork was delivered safely and I did enjoy a good chit-chat with my client over coffee. Thanks, Madam Peri!

To see the original photo, hover the mouse cursor over the image below, click on the image for a closer look at the artwork.

   Portraits make a wonderful gift. If you want to have a photo converted to art, message me! ^_^

Monday, June 1, 2015

New BuhayBohemio T-Shirt:
The Dreamcatcher Tee

    Now this is my very first t-shirt design that started from a drawing done by my own hand. (The Baybayin T-Shirt is second.) I really should make more shirts like this.

    I should also try to make a real dreamcatcher and I want a big one. Most of what I see in shops are just way too small and I didn't like the flashy colors.

     Authentic dreamcatchers are made by Native Americans, originally the Ojibwe people. They make hoops from willow branches and weave a "spiderweb" made of nettle fiber. Then they decorate it with sacred objects such as beads and feathers. They hung them above their beds to "catch" dreams. Bad dreams get trapped in net, good dreams flow to the feathers and down to the sleeper below it. In the morning, the bad dreams disappear in the light of the sun. Cool, huh?


     My Dreamcatcher Tees are also available in aqua blue with white print for both men's and ladies' shirts. Black shirts and tank tops are also available with turquoise prints. White shirts and tank tops are also available with brown and light blue prints.  Want one? Send me a message! ^_^

   So now I already have 35 active t-shirt designs available. That's enough to fill a display rack... You know, I gave this some thought. I decided to take my time off from developing new t-shirt designs and concentrate on producing printed stocks... probably until the end of the year. I am quite convinced that with ready-made shirts on hand I will be more confident in marketing my products and I can always be available to sell shirts on events and in bazaars.

     Well maybe I can still squeeze in a few new shirts before the year ends. Or perhaps other products? Let's see... O_o

New BuhayBohemio T-Shirt:
The Baybayin Tee

   If you have been following my Instagram, you probably saw a picture of me writing Baybayin characters, using a wide brush and poster paint, on old sheets of parchment. I actually had fun doing the calligraphy part of this design and it made me appreciate our pre-colonial alphabet even more.

    The text on this shirt is the first sentence in our Patriotic Oath which reads: "Iniibig ko ang Pilipinas, lupang aking sinilangan, tahanan ng aking lahi." (I love the Philipines, land of my birth, home of my people.) There is just no better way to write these words than in Baybayin.

  The print is gold and is available on brown, navy blue and black t-shirts for men. For ladies, there are violet and black tees. Tank tops are available in black only. Well if you want white I can do something about it. ^_^

If you want this shirt send me a message. Oh and do visit my online catalog!

New BuhayBohemio T-Shirt:
The Selassie Tee

   My goodness! It's June already and my 3 new t-shirt designs are sooo late for the first quarter of the year. I'm supposed to produce a shirt every month, (or 3 shirts every 3 months) so that means I must cram for another 3 by the end of this month... But you just can't rush art hehe. Excuses, excuses!

     Anyway, this new t-shirt design is dedicated to my Rastafari brothers and sisters out there. H.I.M. Haile Selassie I (1892-1975) was Emperor of Ethiopia from 1930 to 1974. His traditional lineage is thought to be from King Solomon and The Queen of Sheba. The members of the Rastafari Movement, that emerged from Jamaica in 1930, saw him as a messianic figure. He is also a defining figure in Ethiopian and African history.

  The print was taken from a 1945 Ethiopian dollar bill. This design is also available in brown and black tees for men. Also on black tank tops and black ladies' tees. Actually I mistakenly made the print a bit too large. Now I'm not sure if it would fit a ladies' small size shirt. ^_^

   Want a Selassie T-Shirt? Visit my online catalog and send me a message!