May 1, 2015

Ukiyoe Portraits exhibit

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Ukiyoe Portraits exhibit - UP Diliman

Oh summer how you punish us so. We managed to finally drag ourselves out of the house for this exhibit after putting it off week after week. Good thing we found time last week. I had been too excited to see this since I passed by a poster during one my jogging sessions. Although I was a little bit disappointed as I was expecting to see landscape Ukiyo-e paintings like the Great Wave of Kanagawa. The focus though is not just to showcase Japanese art but also its social relevance in our current times.

As brief background, Ukiyoe portraits and paintings became prominent in the 17th-19th century. They are made and replicated using woodblocks. The literal translation being pictures of the floating world. The art reflects the hedonistic lifestyle that flourished in Japan after the birth of the Shogun era (military dictatorship). The art often depicts the "popular culture" in those times, portraits of kabuki actors, artisans, geisha, images of Yoshiwara (pleasure district) and Edo period landscape.

"By illustrating the showy and fragile nature of human visuality and performativity in Edo period Japan, we would like to link this with the current globalized mania for personal fame and outrageous display that were prefigured by this uniquely Japanese urban popular culture." 

The exhibit is organized by Japan Foundation Manila and the Asian Center UP Diliman. In case you want to see the portraits they are on display at Japan Hall, GT Toyota, Asian Center until May 15, 2015. Entrance is free. ( ^_^)v

Ukiyoe Portraits exhibit - Tama River at Koya - Shuman Kubo

Ukiyoe Portraits exhibit - Tama River at Koya - Shuman Kubo

Tama River at Koya - Shuman Kubo

Ukiyoe Portraits exhibit - Takigawa of the Ogi-ya by Utamaro Kitagawa

Takigawa of the Ogi-ya by Utamaro Kitagawa

Ukiyoe Portraits exhibit - Okita of Naniwaya from the series "Six Famous Beauties" by Utamaro Kitagawa

Okita of Naniwaya from the series "Six Famous Beauties" by Utamaro Kitagawa

Ukiyoe Portraits exhibit - Ichikawa Ebizo by Sharaku Toshusai

Ichikawa Ebizo by Sharaku Toshusai

Ukiyoe Portraits exhibit - Otani Oniji as the Servant Edobei by Sharaku Toshusai

Otani Oniji as the Servant Edobei by Sharaku Toshusai

Ukiyoe Portraits exhibit - Picking Plum Blossoms from Neighbor's Garden by Harunobu Suzuki

Picking Plum Blossoms from Neighbor's Garden by Harunobu Suzuki

Ukiyoe Portraits exhibit - Segawa of Matsubaya by Kiyonaga Torii

Segawa of Matsubaya by Kiyonaga Torii

Ukiyoe Portraits exhibit - The courtlady Ono no Komachi by Kiyonaga Torii

The courtlady Ono no Komachi by Kiyonaga Torii

Ukiyoe Portraits exhibit - From the series "Bijin Kaichu Kagami" by Eisen Keisai

From the series "Bijin Kaichu Kagami" by Eisen Keisai


Ukiyoe Portraits exhibit - UP Diliman

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After our little #artventure, we dropped by Cool Beans Cafe in Maginhawa. What better way to cap off an artsy day but with a good book, a cold Vanilla chocolate drink and a warm cozy sofa. ;)

Photos © by Donna and Raphael Louis Reyes

April 21, 2015

Take back your life

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Flower love at Bantayan Island


The day you want to change for someone is the day you lose yourself. Change for your own growth and not as a distorted notion that someone will love you if you are a certain way.

I know it's hard not to feel insecure when you are in tune to your weaknesses. Then you have to deal with rejection and comparison. It's a recipe for self-doubt and a major blow to your self-esteem. I know it feels like hell.

I find there are only two things you must do:

Remove yourself from the situation. When your self-worth is in danger. Save yourself. Run! It's non-negotiable. We often learn it the hard way. We push and try to wring the connection dry as a sad attempt to experience something that wasn't there from the beginning. We go rock bottom - no - scratch that, we were the dirt beneath the layer of dust underneath the rock. We had nothing left because we gave all our love away even our dignity and self-respect.

Take back your life and grow it to something you're proud of. Improve on your strengths, fix your weaknesses, and keep on learning. The only approval you will always need is your own.

I am going to take back my life. I am my own savior, my own hero, the fierce protagonist of my own triumphant story. I'm a heroine who didn't wait around to be saved. :)

What I'm reading:

To The Women Whose Lives Are Not Love Stories
It’s Time To Take Your Life Back From What Broke You

April 14, 2015

Just make Art Vol.01

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When it comes to art, I am satisfied with the role of a spectator. However I do believe we are capable of making art only for ourselves. As an avenue to create what was once only a thought. :)

Here is my attempt at drawing a wood pattern. I need to draw this in pen next time. You can barely see it. >.<

Mandala drawing exercise

Oh look! I found this at Booksale. Love it when I find treasures like this. So I will leave you with words from Andy Warhol: "Don't think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it's good or bad, whether they love it or hate it."

Book | Life and Works of Andy Warhol