Artstalking: Kelli Murray

Oh my it’s the beginning of April! How fast time flies! Before I get a shameful L on my forehead for posting after a long hiatus, I want to share a newly discovered artist and inspiration, Kelli Murray. She hails from California and had a degree in product development and merchandising. After working for 6 years in the fashion industry, but realized her true calling: illustration and graphic design. I absolutely love the softness in her work and the restraint that she employs with her color palette. All photos are from www.KelliMurray.com As you know, I’ve been obsessed with finding the perfect peg for the interiors of my apartment, so I’ve been researching and reading a lot of interior design blogs these days. I have […]

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Artist Life Peg: Joni Mitchell

Jim and I were talking about Joni Mitchell the other day and I shared to him something that I read before about Joni considering herself primarily a painter, and being a musician was secondary and was just brought about by circumstance. Jim was curious and asked what sort of art she made, all I could remember was her self portraits for her albums. She actually studied art in Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary before she became the highly acclaimed folk singer songwriter that she is today. While Joni (oo first name basis kami) is more known for her heartfelt lyrics and musical genius, her art deserves equal recognition. I’d like to share this video from a recent CBC interview about her artistic […]

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Mash up Travels: Alone In Paris

Oh the things I had to do to get to Paris. I missed my train from Brussels, because I didn’t have the mind to check the weekend bus schedules in Mechelen. The DeLijn bus stops at IJzerenleen Street every 30 minutes instead of every 15 like it does on weekdays, so I missed it by a couple of minutes. There I was at the bus stop, with a handful of geriatrics and patiently waited. I was pretty comfortable with hopping on the train from Mechelen to Brussels because of my trip to Antwerp and Rotterdam the week before, but I was going to Brussels Zuid station for the first time and I had no idea how big the place was or how overwhelming it’s all […]

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Mash Up Travels: The One About Antwerp

July 27, 2013, Antwerp Belgium So, Antwerp. I’ve been reading the guide and figuring out the maps, but in the end they didn’t matter because I just walked aimlessly in this city. I didn’t have a plan. What I will see, I will see. I consider myself bad at directions, but whenever I get lost, I always find my way. Perhaps the universe is really guiding me, and what I discovered while traveling in Europe is that people almost always smile back when you smile at them. Contrary to what I originally thought about Europeans, people don’t shut you out. A smile goes a long way in a foreign place, I suppose.  I took a train going to Antwerp from Mechelen. From the Veermarkt bus station, […]

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Mash up Travels: That Mechelen Old Town Charm

An excerpt from my travel journal, July 23, 2013: Mechelen is a winding city with strange little corners and alleys. Everything is like a surprise entryway to something or other. I’ve been taking a cab going to the office in Duffel from Mechelen because buses don’t pass by the client office. I don’t mind, since everything has been arranged with the cab company. I’ve been meeting single serving friends in the form of cab drivers. We get into conversations about religion, our cultures, the cost of living, the opportunities that people have when they are born in Europe, the advantages and disadvantages of working abroad. We talk about food and what the traffic is like in Manila. I tell them it’s horrible, but I miss […]

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Mash up Travels: An Hour at The BenCab Museum

Baguio City, February 2014 I have a sort of love-hate relationship with this highly urbanized city. While it is famous for pine trees, strawberries and cool weather, no one can deny that he traffic is horrible, the roads are confusing and the streets are crowded in Baguio. But despite the chaos, as it is the same with Manila, there’s still a lot to love about this city. For one thing, there’s art. Lots of amazing art. Since it first opened its doors in February 27, 2009, it’s only  my second time to visit The BenCab Museum. The last time I went, I was with my cousin Mayel back in September 2009 and we had the whole day to look at all of the wonderful works […]

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Street Art Sightings: Makati Dela Rosa Walkway

Ever since I came across Hosier Lane in Melbourne back in 2011, I’ve developed a curious fascination with street art and graffiti. There’s something about the ephemeral and unexpected nature of these murals that I find very exciting. What I love about street art is that it’s not supposed to be taken too seriously, like the way one would in a museum or gallery. The motive is not for money but for art itself because it’s a public installation that makes the city a lot more interesting and pleasant to look at. It’s funky, fresh and bad ass. I really can’t explain why I get so psyched with seeing such artworks, but whenever I travel, I make it a point to check out other graffiti in the […]

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Exploring Calligraphy

Oh hello there! Things have been a whirlwind with my day job, and now I’m back to working on my calligraphy. I say it’s about time! I found myself browsing through PaperInkArts.com and was excited to try different inks and nibs to expand my growing stash of calligraphy tools. The package came in last Thursday and the first thing that I played with is the Leonardt Manuscript 300 nib. It’s huge compared to the Hunt 101 and Esterbrook 355, and has a slightly flat tip. Despite its size, the Manuscript 300 doesn’t allow much flexing. What I love about it though is that it can hold a lot of ink and it glides smoothly on paper. Because of the stiffness, the nib requires more pressure […]

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