Starting a new hobby in watercolor painting doesn’t need to be scary (or frustrating). A few simple supplies and techniques are all you need to get started. Last April 2, local watercolor artist Tin Bejar had a small private class, aptly named “Watercolor Sessions”. It was a gloomy Sunday noon for all of us – which was a little bit weird for the 2nd day of April in Manila. It was still sticky warm, though the cool environment of the class clearly made up for it.
Tin, who works in the IT industry, started in watercolor painting 3 years ago and made a comeback to the visual arts last year. A heavy smoker, she claims that her watercolor painting became a conduit to putting a full stop on her 7 years of smoking.
Most of the participants are new to watercoloring (if not to visual art, as a whole) but being the laid-back person she naturally is, the daunting task of creating art became everything but that. I can’t tell you much of the details of the class, but with the patient demonstrations of strokes and the actual drill contests (with pretty cool prizes!), you wouldn’t think its Tin’s first class. Everything flowed pretty smoothly.
You could follow Tin Bejar’s Instagram here for more of her “art shenanigans”.
Now that you’ve reached another milestone in your life I’d really like to cut the crap and tell you that its not going to get better. Its going to get harder to understand why the things are what they are, and what the hell is wrong with each other sometimes. Issues are going to get rougher: paychecks will seem impossible to budget, time won’t always be around, and compromise is going to be harder to achieve.
Our metabolism won’t help – we’re going to gain more weight, feel more sluggish and make us feel like we need to give up on life entirely. Our families won’t be the most cooperative (as they sometimes are) and we’ll feel that the only thing holding our life together are the very beings that is us, together.
There are many more worthy of mentioning but it won’t be appropriate in an open letter. All I’m saying is that the rest of your life won’t be the best. But as long as you keep on keeping on, every single piece of shit flung your way by the bitch that is life will be easy to clean. Don’t give up. Keep fighting.
ART IN THE PARK started around 2006, and since then, they’ve put together a plethora of galleries, independent art spaces/collectives, and art schools for the one of (if not the most) the more affordable art fairs in the Philippines.
I remember going with my grandmother at the first Art In The Park. Back then, I didn’t really get it (I can’t say I do now, but I better appreciate it, I guess), fast forward to 10 years later (!!!), I’d say it was a visually bountiful experience.
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