Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Pierre-Abraham Rochat Illustrations

Lovely illustrations by Pierre-Abraham Rochat. Shared by Lethe Bashar, founding editor of Escape Into Life via tweeter.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Mario Corea Atello | Escape Into Life

Mario Corea Atello | Escape Into Life

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I have been surfing the net about mixed media collage ever since I got introduced to it by my dear friend Nimfa Ursabia. I stumbled on these art works by Mario Corea Atello. I simply like to share them...

Sunday, October 11, 2009

torVs' Watercolor

When I started out as a traditional artist(hobbyist) in the late 80s, watercolor was one medium I was so fond of, second to oil. I experimented a lot and gave most of them (watercolor works) away to friends as gifts and now I am wondering what they did with them. I started recalling about my watercolor pieces when I met this young artist from Nueva Ecija via deviantart.com. He is Victor Cortez Banalagay. Victor now works as a graphic artist. Two years ago, I promised him that I shall promote him and his watercolor. For one reason or another, probably by some academic career distractions, I failed to fulfill. And now to create more interest in traditional art which I myself also miss doing, I am sharing his early watercolor pieces fresh from my 2007 folder.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Kids: Perfect Subjects

I've often heard artists and photographers say that children are one of the most interesting subjects of any art. Growing up as an artist in a big family (13 in all), I agree. In any occasion at home or elsewhere, my nieces, nephews, grandnieces and nephews would always oblige for a pose. They're so natural and funny! Here are some of my cute family members as subjects of my Filtrographs.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Dancescape Photo Art

Here is the other Ursabia. Husband to mixed media collage artist Nimfa, Victor Ursabia captures dancers' performance in the studio or stage. As a viewer, I have always felt the dancers' individuality with movements that transcend into a creative event. There is always the intertwining of darkness and light, shapes, lines and rhythms. Bathed in lights, Victor's dancers are always in a trance and their hearts, as others say, seem to beat along with the camera's shutter speed. I must say, it is truly Victor's world. He understands every beat for he himself is a ballet artist...

Monday, October 5, 2009

Historic Fish Ponds

I have not ventured on photography as a serious endeavor for now since my Sony Cybershot has provided me enough satisfaction for documenting scenes for my Filtrographs. I am happy with its performance. I thought one needs an extremely expensive camera to capture a slice of life and convey a message but with these photos of fish ponds which I took, the messages conveyed are beyond environmental preservation. The ponds are found across the Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite, Philippines and viewed from the tower, one sees the ponds connecting farther with the Cañacao Bay and the Manila Bay. Old townfolks said Spanish galleons anchored at the Manila Bay give a sight to behold during the late 19th century.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Fascination with Fretworks

I love wooden fretworks. It must be because I grew up in a house built in 1919 which used to have all kinds of designs that rendered a distinct design personality. I have learned from old folks that many of these were done by hand. Now, seeing them anywhere gives me this feeling of the need to preserve them. Here are two which I saw at Cafe Marcello in Imus, Cavite, Philippines.