Creative Space: Mama’s Table, Baguio City

Another sensory treat from last night--a buffet of pinks, blues and florals at Mama's Table private dining at the ancestral hilltop home of Chef Vicky Tinio. The living and dining areas consisted of a big hall surrounded by picture windows and wooden elements that served as a warming curtain from the biting cold outside.#creativespace #baguio #mamastable #french #privatedining

Another sensory treat from last night–a buffet of pinks, blues and florals at Mama’s Table private dining at the ancestral hilltop home of Chef Vicky Tinio. The living and dining areas consisted of a big hall surrounded by picture windows and wooden elements that served as a warming curtain from the biting cold outside.

#creativespace #baguio #mamastable #french #privatedining

Creative Space: Ili-likha, Baguio

We walked into a wonderland this afternoon! Whimsical nooks and crannies in a multi-storey living space  by artist Kidlat Tahimik. Felt like I was in post-apocalyptic Waterworld, kulang na lang si Kevin Costner. #artistvillage #baguio #creativespace #Ili-likha

We walked into a wonderland this afternoon! Whimsical nooks and crannies in a multi-storey living space by artist Kidlat Tahimik. Felt like I was in post-apocalyptic Waterworld, kulang na lang si Kevin Costner. #artistvillage #baguio #creativespace #Ili-likha

Mosaic art inside Ili-likha Artist Village. #creativespace #baguio

Mosaic art inside Ili-likha Artist Village. #creativespace #baguio

My favorite space in this crazy cozy place. No slippers please!#creativespace #baguio #kidlattahimik

My favorite space in this crazy cozy place. No slippers please!

#creativespace #baguio #kidlattahimik

Sunrise-sunset

Sunrise-sunset12x18 inchesAcrylic on canvasApril 14, 2016Spent the morning finishing this painting, which I started on Guinto Island, Palawan last week. It was a humid and sticky day but the sky went crazy to impress us by late afternoon. The night was filled with constellations and shooting stars, and we couldn't stay away from the water for too long when the bioluminescent plankton began to come out and play. I woke up at 5am the next day and spent 2 hours watching the sky turn blue again. Endings are also beginnings, which turn into endings-beginnings day in, day out. We live in such a beautiful world.#pleinair#painting  #acrylic  #beach  #taophilippines  #palawan  #adventure #sunrise  #sunset

Sunrise-sunset
12×18 inches
Acrylic on canvas
April 14, 2016

Spent the morning finishing this painting, which I started on Guinto Island, Palawan last week. It was a humid and sticky day but the sky went crazy to impress us by late afternoon. The night was filled with constellations and shooting stars, and we couldn't stay away from the water for too long when the bioluminescent plankton began to come out and play. I woke up at 5am the next day and spent 2 hours watching the sky turn blue again. Endings are also beginnings, which turn into endings-beginnings day in, day out. We live in such a beautiful world.

#pleinair #painting #acrylic #beach #taophilippines #palawan #adventure #sunrise #sunset

Alex

Alex8x10 inchesAcrylic on canvas April 6, 2016Painted on a moving boat while on a camping expedition. Comes with splashes of seawater and breeze.#pleinair #painting  #onthespot  #acrylic #figure #portrait #taophilippines #palawan  #adventure

Alex
8×10 inches
Acrylic on canvas
April 6, 2016

Painted on a moving boat while on a camping expedition. Comes with splashes of seawater and breeze.

#pleinair #painting #onthespot #acrylic #figure #portrait #taophilippines #palawan #adventure”

Remembering New York, Summer 2014 (Part 4: Working Outdoors in Central Park)

I discovered the joy of painting outdoors with Teacher Elaine Herbosa and the rest of the painters at L’Arc en Ciel in early 2013. We would travel 2 hours each way to head to the beaches of Batangas for the day and paint under the scorching sun with our oils and makeshift easels. Paintings would be gestural and finished in an hour, each one a composite not just of visual elements on the final work, but also of the outdoor conditions that influenced the output.

All the more, I cherished every painting/drawing day I had in Central Park last summer. On my last week, I woke up extra early in the mornings and took my canvas to spots that spoke to me.  Here are some works from those visits:

Montalut NYC 2014 (26)

A sketch of my good friend, Tom, who took a nap while I sat under the trees and ate sweet summer peaches (side note: I didn’t know peaches were okay to be eaten with their skins! I even blanched them in boiling water to peel off those furry furs at some point).

Montalut NYC 2014 (27)

I love trees. Anywhere, any kind.  But especially when they’re inviting and used to being around people, like the ones in public parks.  There’s something so reassuring about them.

Summer morning Acrylic on canvas paper 16x20 inches July 22, 2014  Quick plenty air painting at Central Park. Happy I'm able to paint faster now, this was done in 1.5 hours.   #nyc #sunnyday #centralpark #outdoor #painting #pleinair #balto #trees #summer

Summer morning
Acrylic on canvas paper
16×20 inches
July 22, 2014

Quick plein air painting at Central Park. Happy I’m able to paint faster now, this was done in 1.5 hours.

#nyc #sunnyday #centralpark #outdoor #painting #pleinair #balto #trees #summer

Process pics:

Started painting in the Park yesterday as a slow goodbye to NYC. Was drawn to this spot with a dog sculpture, Balto.   #nyc #sunnyday #centralpark #outdoor #painting #pleinair #balto #trees #summer

Started painting in the Park yesterday as a slow goodbye to NYC. Was drawn to this spot with a dog sculpture, Balto. #nyc #sunnyday #centralpark #outdoor #painting #pleinair #balto #trees #summer

Montalut NYC 2014 (29)

Doodle from one of Central Park’s big boulders, overlooking a baseball field.

Doodles from New York 2014 (10)