Making a Fake Capiz Shell Lamp

Fake Capiz Shell Lamp

My wife and I wanted a Capiz shell lamp but were shocked by how much they cost. We decided to make our own lamp on the cheap using leftover paper from our wedding invitations.

This lamp was made using LED bulbs and [Neenah UV Ultra paper](https://amzn.to/2Le5tiW).


Bisaya not for me

When I was very young, my parents made the decision to never speak Bisaya to me. Growing up in America, they didn't want me to have to struggle in school, being confused by two languages.

I grew up struggling with how to speak English based on my parent's heavy Filipino accent. And when we visited family, I felt like an outsider because I didn't know or understand Bisaya.

I'm still pretty slow with it. I understand better now than I can speak. But in college it really bothered me. When you leave home, you start to discover who you really are. It bothered me that I felt so disconnected from my heritage. As an art student, I did a few paintings about it. These paintings are from my last trip in 1993.

Preparing Lechon
Preparing Lechon
Preparing Lechon Detail
Preparing Lechon Detail

When I presented these paintings in class to my fellow students, no onereally seemed to care. No one could understand my experience from my point of view. I wasn't a good enough painter back then to express how I felt. But even if I was a better painter, I still don't think any of them would have cared more.

Selfie w/ Jeepney Painting

Now that I'm much older, I don't worry about it so much. That struggle is no longer one that occupies my daily thoughts.

Jeepney w/ Lamp
Jeepney w/ Lamp

My wife understands how I feel. She understands my longing for my culture and she can see how happy I am when family visits us. She's not Filipino, but she does what she can to make me feel like our house has a little bit of back home. She made that lamp for me out of paper. Both of them. Just little things.

My Uncle told me that "Love is finding someone who understands you."

Thanks,
@PixelColada


Hard to Sleep

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Fear of Drowning. Graphite on Board.

Sleep doesn't come easy to me. I'm restless and troubled. Sometimes I can't breath.

Many times, I don't understand my dreams.

Today's Haiku:


Should I Take Commissions?

This is a portrait of Geoffrey Holder. Watercolor on Strathmore with white gouache. I really like painting watercolor portraits.

The actual time was probably around an hour, maybe an hour and a half.
I don't remember the exact size, but you can see my hand, so that should give you some sense of scale.

I'm thinking of doing more of these, perhaps as a commision. I'm looking at maybe using @Steemgigs to offer the service.

Is there any interest? Is there anyone here doing jobs from @Steemgigs? How did that work out for you?

Thanks,
@PixelColada


Abstract Vs. Realism


Abstract vs Realism, 2011 Acrylic on Canvas 24 x 48 in.

As an artist and a responsible parent, I set out to test whether or not age old and time proven practice of realism could triumph emotionally, over the youthful vigor of abstraction.

Both of my children were given Soft Body Liquitex Acrylics

to work with on a pre-gessoed canvas)

stretched over 24 x 48 inches. The intent was to elevate our children’s artwork by simply increasing the size and scale of the medium. Our stainless steel refrigerator did not have magnetic capabilities, so the bare walls of our house became our gallery space.

Here is the finished piece:

To this day, my son prefers to work abstractly and my daughter still leans representational. Whenever he and I are waiting somewhere, he will ask to paint on my Samsung Note Phone and produce a monochromatic color field. I suspect this compulsion will accompany him into adulthood.

Thanks,
@PixelColada


Ashen for Nokia

This piece was part of an assignment from Grey Advertising Canada for an ad that was going to go inside of train cars. The concept was to make the passengers feel like they were caught in the crossfire of a showdown between this guy and an alien.

The job was fun and I painted it with ArtRage version 1.0 which at the time I was still using as a free demo. It got the job done and I still love that software.