the weekend artist series: Food Art #1-01: Recipe Art

Here's the finished Food Recipe Art I have been working on. 
You can find the details of the recipe in the painting but to those 
who want a clearer copy of the recipe here is the one my mom uses:

Chicken Pita Pockets

1. Heat oil(achuete oil 1/4 cup). Saute onions(1 sliced red onion) and garlic. 
Stir in shredded chicken breast(1 chicken breast, shredded). Season and add salt and pepper
2. Dip: combine 1/2 cup all-purpose cream, 1 tbsp vinegar or lemon, 2 tbsp garlic(minced)
3. Assemble prepared chicken into heated pita pocket. Place mango slices and cucumber(seeded and sliced). Add a drizzle of Garlic dip.

It's quite a healthy alternative snack or even meal 
because it is quite filling specially with corn.

I also dedicate this post to my friends over at the 
FOOD REVO PHILIPPINES in support of their crusade for healthier eating. 

Do stop over and like their page to get more details for the MAY 19th event. 
My dear friend joanie aka THE ARTIST CHEF is the Philippines Ambassador. 
Do check out her page as well.

Food Revo Philippines FB fanpage:
The Artist Chef:

going back to my artwork...here are some progress shots:

I used watercolor for the fill and used Letraset Tria for the outlines.
I finished it with a metallic spray to create a 'vintage' look.
I had fun doing this artwork and will go out today 
to have it framed for my mom's kitchen.

have a great weekend!
-the weekend artist-


What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday: WIP food recipe art

So here's my first post for What's On Your Workdesk Wednesday. 
Here's my desk and the WIP project I am working on 
inspired by Mom's healthy recipe(yum!). 

Here's a sneak peak of the food recipe art I'm working on.

do check out all the other wonderful desks this wednesday! 

have a great wednesday!
-the weekend artist-


The Sketchbook Project: A Summer Portrait

Summer is definitely here.
I always sleep at a later time because of the heat. So I had the urge to paint before turning in.
I decided to paint in summer's orange shade.

I started with a rough sketch of my subjects face. 
And to speed things up didn't bother checking proportions.

I started with grey tones as base for the entire face.

Here's the final grey base. Paolo said he doesn't look like my subject...oh well!
I did it in less than an hour so that's a lot to ask(excuses!).
I finished it up with a an orange shade over paint(the first image) since I wanted it in a summer shade.

That's it for now I don't know if I'll still try to tweak it but there are so many mistakes I can point out.
I guess I will have to settle since I'm not even halfway done with the sketchbook.

I need some sleep!
gotta go!

btw, it's not the weekend yet and I'm already posting...I'm having a need to rush post a lot lately!

-the weekend artist-


the sketchbook project: Winter Inspired Pages WIP

Here's another WIP from my Sketchbook Project.
It is a self-portrait inspired by winter. I am also using it for my blog banner(see banner for the digitally enhanced WIP version).
Again I started with a rough sketch. 
I would normally recommend for you to make your sketch as detailed as possible 
so you can render it more properly.
Anyway, as you can see with my previous work posts I am more of a go with the flow artist!

I painted the face first which some would normally leave last.

Here's a pic of the WIP. 
I am not exactly happy with it and hopefully I'll still have time to revise it before submitting. 
I have a long way to go though =(.

have a great weekend!
-the weekend artist-


the sketchbook project: Autumn inspired pages WIP

Finally got around to posting updates to my sketchbook project pages.
Been super delayed due to my impromptu Vacation and other work stuff.

Here's the progress of what I have worked on inspired by Autumn, Drake and my sister(Paolo thinks she doesn't look like her).

I used Prang watercolor and 3 kinds of brushes: A chinese brush, Sakura and Namura brushes in diff sizes.
The Paper of the sketchbook is not actually that good for watercolor so I switched to using my own paper for some of the other pages.

I usually start off with a rough sketch(super-rough sketch!).

I usually paint in the face first or leave it for last.

The leaves actually make me think of waffles...
I think I need to correct that but I don't know how now=(.
My significant other, also known as my best critique 
is advising me to add another color...
Anyway, I finished it using the same colors 
and am deciding later on how to improve it.

Happy Easter Egg Hunting!
-the weekend artist-

the weekend artist artist fave art materials: A digital toy camera

photo from http://leicarumors.com/2010/12/15/leica-look-a-like.aspx/

As I have mentioned in my previous post my craving for lomography 
has not been sated at all.
My hubby has been saying that it is really not worth my money since it's only a 'toy' being the 'expert' on cameras. 
He has been into photography way before I met him, so maybe he is right. 
So I settled on a digital toy camera which is a Vivitar Vivicam 
specifically the one on the left.
 I bought it with a fabric strap(quite similar to the one in the picture above in tan color). They often describe this model as a Leica-look-alike. 
I fell in love with it's vintage look.

Here are some sample shots from the same model of camera. 
All photos taken from http://p-gear.com/SHOP/viv8027.html
I actually bought the cam for  around HKD 800.00 in hongkong from Log-On.
The quality can't compare though to a good Digital camera but it does serve it's purpose generating lomo-ish shots. 

p.s. Im still wanting a Diana lomo camera...hopefully soon!

goodbye for now...
-the weekend artist- 


the weekend artist inspiration #11: A short trip through Hongkong

As you read this I have already arrived in Manila for more than a month already. Passing by the City of Angels on my way back!(more on that one on my next posts). A lot has happened since...been to Hongkong and back.

A trip to hongkong is never complete without a visit to Shamshuipo. A shopping mecca for craft and fashion lovers like me. I always feel inspired just browsing thru the stores.
I've been hoarding art and crafts materials from every visit. Buttons, tassels, paper materials, vintage stickers, swatches of fabrics, and all other what-nots.

Visiting Hongkong has always been inspiring. Their appreciation for fashion and arts is seen everywhere. Whenever I go visit my love for photography has always been revived.
I have always drooled over Lomography whenever I am there. 
I saw this cute store along granville and I really wanna go back on my next trip and probably finally buy a special Diana edition I have been pinning away for! (*sigh*) 

It's going to be a long and inspiring weekend...have a great one!

-the weekend artist-