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Vargas Museum. The classical and the modernized.

On December 8 was another venture about art and the need of effort was highly recommended. We had a very interesting prelim exam in our Art Theory course subject and the tasks are to explore the U.P. (University of the Philippines - Diliman) campus in an amazing race kind of style, and then blog about the artworks inside the Vargas Museum, which is also inside U.P. It was very complicated at first, but all of these challenges are honestly worth it. Because the spirit and experience were there, which were the best learning method and one of the first things I've ever heard of and done. I was really happy that our group made it to the first top 3 and we also obtained cool bonus points to our grade!

Picture on the right is the front part of the Vargas Museum.

These are my favorite art works exhibited at the Vargas Museum:

Traditional Artwork

Picture source: Link

"Picnic in Normandy" by Juan Luna

This is an absolute legit painting that caught my eyes and it has transported me into another kind of world. This painting gives you a sense of harmony and a likeness to be in the same setting as this one. It is indeed a very splendid work with amazing composition and color combinations. If you don't have a single clue on who the painter is, you would have never thought that it would be a Filipino because the style and the aura of the painting is very different. But when we have done so to discover about the painter, our perspective will change. And thus we have been inspired that Juan Luna has made history in art and in the whole world. Truly an amazing achievement and a great artist. 

I have always been a fan of Juan Luna's work ever since I discovered his work "Spolarium" and saw it with my own two eyes. Now that I have seen another more of his works personally, it has given me yet an additional new kind of belief and feelings as of sharing artworks to the viewers and also as of being an artist. 

Note: Taking photographs is prohibited at the museum's second floor and I guess I now know why because it's a garden filled with obra maestras. 

Contemporary Artwork

This is a beautiful contemporary artwork by Ronald Ventura. Moreover the whole first floor of the museum has his works or rather his solo exhibition which is called Watching the Watchmen.

My eyes have literally spend its own time studying these two sculptures. According to the source, Ventura responds to the form of the bulol of the Cordillera
He re-creates the bulol and presents them as anatomies, tattooed pieces, and CGI-inspired renderings that explore pop and contemporary expression. The bulol as an object mimics the silhouette and substance of toys and collectibles, moving away from its customary reference as an indigenous statuary. According to the New York Times, “Over the past 10 years, Mr. Ventura’s works have explored the role and place of religion in Filipino society, issues of identity and social stereotypes, consumerism and warfare. He often juxtaposes unexpected images — like a large skull with Disney characters; or a clown and a gas mask — to push viewers to question the realities of modern society.”  
- Source: Watching the Watchmen
I really admire how he made this amazing work because the color is very calming, the composition is very meaningful and unique, and the over all picture makes your mind curious as to "Why haven't I thought of this?" 

Personally, this has a very deep meaning about the relationship of a man and a woman, on how they look on each other and how they will be united together.

My insights about Bulol has surely uplifted to another conclusion that it had a big influence on our ancestors and moreover up until now, it still did.

I would love to follow his foot steps and be updated on his accomplishments because this artist had made my mind going in circles. When the time comes that he has a new exhibition, I would gladly attend again.

More information about this exhibit:

Watching the Watchmen | Ronald Ventura
13 November 2012 – 14 December 2012
GF Lobby and West Wing Gallery

Here are more goodies from the Vargas Museum that I just can't help but share it:
Watching the Watchmen by Ronald Ventura/ 2012 / Installation
by Ronald Ventura

Never-ending Battle: Heavenly War; 2012; Pen and Ink on Canvas
by Ronald Ventura

Never-ending Battle: Forest; 2012; Pen and ink on canvas
by Ronald Ventura

The Laboratory of Dr. Jon 1994 Intermedia on paper

Well that's it! Thanks for reading! #RockAndRoll!

All of the pictures unless stated otherwise are taken by me and my reliable cellphone.

Art and Competitions

We all know the saying about a picture is worth a thousand words. Now how would an artist put those thousand words into a canvas, especially for an art competition?
There are rules in art competitions and there are also options like open theme category in which you will compose your art according to your artistic vision. And one thing to take in mind is that people join competition to win. Why join one if you don't plan on winning? Our message through art should be meaningful and it has to grab the target audience's interest. There's no harm done if we don't win, what matters is we learn something from joining one.
I have joined some minor art competitions online and also during high school. In good terms, I did achieved some awards. But when you're in college, of course it's going to be different. You are obliged, depending on your course, to join national painting competitions. It will help an extra boost in your resume and reputation as an artist.
These are some of my ancient works that were submitted in art competitions:
From left to bottom: Toys are alive, 2010 and Blood + Fanart, 2007.
From right to bottom: Philippine's Passion for Shell Competition 2010 and Color Contest 2008.
It was a very friendly competition for me. And I had fun creating it. There were no regrets whatsoever because you only had to invest time and the result would be to attain a great thing called experience. Furthermore, you can also get cash prizes.

Hidden Beauty [2012]
8 paintings among some entries are chosen by the Far Eastern University Institute of Architecture and Fine Arts Professors as the official entries to the 2013 Calendar of Philippine National Oil Company (PNOC). This painting won 5,000 Pesos and 7 more others.
I submit my work not knowing about the prizes, I was surprised it had one. When the deliberation was still undone, there were last minute paintings that was accepted. I was so disheartened when i saw their works, i told to myself that I could've done much better. Their skills was very high level.
It was an unexpected and hidden-like announcement, if I hadn't learned about this from one of my Prof I wouldn't have joined and experienced this happy feeling. Since it was not on the plan, this painting was done within a day and a half using acrylic on canvas. 2' x 3'.
Imagine! 2x3 feet! It's the first painting I had ever done on a big canvas, it was quite stressful because of the big space that I have to paint. Now that it's all over and done, I've never been so excited to paint on another big canvas again! Haha!
This is also the first time that I painted on WITHOUT PENCIL SKETCH. The first direct method I've ever done with acrylics! Gaahh, I'm so happy I was able to do it nicely. Oh and look at the cute small koi fishes! Aren't they cute? <3 span="span">
When my art was selected my Professors gave me advices to make it better, like I should add some koi to add more to the meaning of "Hidden Beauty". I also edited the water lily petal.
Again, at the last minute, a Professor of mine said that there would be an awarding ceremony, too bad I came too late, there were free food!!! When I arrived at the exhibit, there were people going out and I was the only one there. It was so awkward.
There were many beautiful paintings exhibited from many universities, I was so overwhelmed by the winning entries, they truly deserve it. There were some paintings that were eye candies, but a competition is a competition, there's always a quota.

The Remaining Seeds [2012]
An entry to Petron Painting Competition
 A child's mind is very creative and inspiring. Teaching them how to take care of our environment would be the best teaching of all, it's the simplest way of saying I love Earth, our God's greatest gift! All our love ones and precious belongings will all be lost in just an instant calamity. Prevention is crucial. Being a professional isn't enough.
And as the saying goes, the children are our future, I believe each child should grow up and learn valuable subjects. An example is to be knowledgeable about morals and the value of life.
By the way, this is a rush work, about 8 hours or so.
When was about to submit my artwork at the receiving location right before 12 mid night, which is the Petron's traditional way in their every art competition to provide students extra time to finish their works, I saw a lot of grand works with large canvases, I really felt embarrassed about mine. They were personalized canvas, and their works are just handled with time and nice techniques. Even all of this mishaps, I never regretted joining. Experience is a good teacher.

Prizes are nice, but the real competition is with your performance yesterday. (Irwin Greenberg)

These competitions help me in my personal aesthetics as an art student. True, competitions are hard, but it's a great exercise to be more motivated and inspired. Joining competitions has widden my perspective that there are other great artists out there and since they can do it, I could do better.

The ability to learn faster than your competitors may be the only sustainable competitive advantage. (Arie de Geus)


Always ask for critiques and suggestions. From professors, parents, siblings, and friends. It's better to hear something from them rather than from strangers. Professors never expects anything back if you win, never think of that. Just think that they are always here to help. In appreciation, we can thank them by painting a portrait or simple art.
Check your calendar in advance. Never miss a competition! In my experience, I have missed a LOT. And most of my works are last minute.
Read carefully the instructions. This is common sense, but it's better to print it than tiwala sa memory mo
Expect the unexpected. Trust me, I always expect.
You don't need to think about representing your school. I honestly never thought about that. But you will unless you are going to represent your University.

Quotes from

1. Concerning or characterized by an appreciation of beauty or good taste.
2. (Philosophy) A philosophical theory as to what is beautiful.
3. (Art) The branch of philosophy dealing with beauty and taste (emphasizing the evaluative criteria that are applied to art).
4. Philosophy of art or how one thinks about art

Another Fashion Illustration

A new deviation! Please click the image for more information.
Happy bloggin'!

Another step to fulfill my dream!

Yahoo!!! Pulled out an all-nighter with this dress. :P

Photographed by me, Eizu, with my Canon EOS 60D then I edited this with Adobe Photoshop.

After finishing my pattern I'm so happy! But... when I started using my sewing machine, I was like...

"I think my sewing machine is broken...! It won't stitch!"

OMG! What to do? What to do?

...And then I thought of a solution an hour later. Figuratively... it went well. I fixed the footer with a glue gun. Hahaha. When I execute a little pressure to the footer it was more accurate than before, it kinda became... BRAND NEW.

I'm so happy! I thought my-effort-for-finishing-this-dress-the-next-4-to-6-hours-(deadline)-will-not-become-a-dream-come-true
Yep. I'm a certified and licensed crammer.


Oh, look at Jaejoong:

You can view more photos by clicking these links below:

The next time I'll create a draped dress, I won't do it in a pattern paper if it's not for mass production, because I think it's easier draping with a mannequin.

► Materials: I used a pattern paper, then I transfer it to my spandex/ stretch fabric.;
Portable sewing machine (singer);
Camera: Canon EOS 60d; Post Production: Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom
► Subject: Haute Couture
► Professor: Ma'am Brigid
► School: Fashion Institute of the Philippines, Shaw Boulevard.