Orchids

Orchids are my favourite flowers because they remind me of my birthplace. This was in the southern part of the Philippines, where orchids grew in abundance, especially where nature was left undisturbed by human activities. I remember memorising all their local names, as every neighbour seemed to be growing one. This sounds morbid, but I…

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Breaking the Hiatus

Hello there. I am finding I am able to write again. I have been gone for quite a long time in the blogosphere due to a lot of reasons. I think, like most people, COVID had a lot to do with it. Like so many others, I caught it last year in my line of…

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Heartbeats

Hello again. This is one of my ‘assemblages’ where I make different ‘objects’ from scratch and arrange them as if to choreograph their ‘dance’. Heartbeats is so titled because of the two hand-woven, heart-shaped central pieces. These are what Filipinos in the central Visayas region call “puso” (literally meaning ‘hearts’). We tend to use coconut…

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Dahlias

Hello again. After the Christmas hiatus, I am continuing my art stories. This is the fourth piece in the sequence from last December’s Wild Wonder show. It measures 29 x 40 cm (unframed). I was nostalgic about the tropics and, hence, the idea of making a kind of floral offering. The backround is an ink…

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Imperfect Symmetry

Measuring 29 x 29 cm, this was about playing with traditional quilling shapes, encasing them in circles and squares. The squares in particular are actually more rectangular, than square. This led to experimenting with how best to arrange them. I came up with the one above, which looks off-kilter in a way because the elements…

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Young Colony

My exhibition called Wild Wonder here in Coventry is fully under way. This is the first work in a series of fourteen. I shall blog each one as the show goes on. Yes, I have been busy making, and here it is in the flesh shown in the wonderful Blue Door Gallery. I am pleased…

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Symbiosis

This is the second piece in my Winter Arts exhibition at UHCW hospital. It measures 41 x 58 cm. Again it’s framed in white. This was an experiment in colours that are quite tropical and vibrant. It seems to have a ‘visual dance’ element, which I like. Also, I am starting to achieve some recession…

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Deep Dive

Exhibitions of my works seem to have come like buses at the moment. I am also exhibiting three of my works to this show (see poster below). This is my local hospital’s Healing Arts Winter Arts Exhibition. The theme for this year is on the concept of ‘Emerging’. So I got to work, inspired by…

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A Bird of Paradise

This is the little star of the Wild Wonder show in December. This little guy is in fact the poster boy, as you may have surmised. I used to quill birds of paradise when I was younger. Like most of my first attempts at art, they have been lost through time and lack of care.…

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Flower Salad

After a successful Warwickshire Open Studios 2019, I am continuing my exhibits for my local hospital’s Healing Arts Summer Exhibition. The show runs until 30th September, so do check it out (as it is free to see in the hospital grounds in Coventry). My first submission this year is the paper collage above. This work…

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August Wedding

This was an off-shoot of July Wedding. Sometimes the elements of one work flows into another. July Wedding was a much larger piece at 41 cm x 58 cm. This one is approximately half that size. The couple is moving into their new – a houseboat. A more intimate size was thus an important consideration.…

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Sisters

This is the final piece for my Warwickshire Open Studios group show at UHCW, here in Coventry. My best friends were the muses. The idea was to celebrate nursing – a profession that, quite literally, has brought people from different parts of the world to work together and care for patients in our National Health…

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Floribunda 4 – Vintage Colours

When making these for my WOS exhibit, I thought of reprising vintage colours. I chose two primary colours, a white accent, and finished it off with a deep green. The see-through yellow flower is a new flower this year. I like how it pops against the blue! This idea has made me think of making…

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