Monthly Archives: July 2011


sometimes, something as vain as a pedicure – with flower design, no less! :p – can be as good a cure as any other.


Roll With It

Day ten of A Drawing A Day.
So far, so good, so cool that the kids are drawing too!

Here’s The Mommy Series featuring Sol, 10; Oona, 8 and Joshim, 7 doing their impressions of me at the breakfast table today.

Sol is greatly influenced by Jeff Kinney’s work. If you’re familiar with The Diary of A Wimpy Kid series, then you’ll know exactly what I mean.

Joshim is pure Joshim w/ a touch of Kuya. (Sol) He was in a rush to start his “first set” of 30-min video DS games. To keep him from running off and away from us, I made him doodle.

And my ‘art teacher to be’ Oona is pure Oona! Her strokes are and have always been bold and fearless. Just like her. Ooh, look at my plump, collagen-esque lips!

I am so into my daily draws that even “there” (please refer to drawing below) I’m doing it!

Here’s to rockin’ and a ROLLIN’ and creating everyday!


stack ’em up

I absolutely love journals. I’ve got a whole collection of them from when I was ten years old.

Mr. A always jokes about how I get a bigger smile on my beaming face when receiving paper over getting clothes or jewelry. Hmmm…maybe the “over getting clothes” part’s true. But nothing beats jewelry, Mr. A. Besides, I can pawn those anytime in case I wanna get my hands on the complete Moleskine collection. ^_^

Made this pencil drawing in our backyard last weekend after strawberry picking at Al Ferri’s with the kids. Shamelessly (and with permission!) copied from her work HERE.

Thanks for the sweet reply to my email, Ms. Andrea Joseph. You rock, AJ!

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one pink shoe_illustration friday #1

I’ve been drawing. A lot. Almost daily which, starting today, July 1, I will attempt to do everyday.

This particular drawing is intended to be for Illustration Friday’s challenge of the week “Remedy”. Drawing by me and coloring by my eight year old girl who loves art as much as I do.

She used her shiny magic markers and said, “Don’t they smell nice, Mommy?!” She then put the brand new pink pair on and continued coloring.

I’m still teetering – my pet dragon of resistance breathing full-force fiery nonsense inside my head: “Not good enough for I.F. if you ask me.” (I didn’t.) “It needs to be really good so it can be worth the post.” (Not really. Anything can be posted as long as it’s original.) “It needs to be spectacular so it’ll be chosen as a feature.” (Um, that would be nice but not necessary.)


It’s my mission to begin the daily draw habit today – fresh sketchbook ready to get cracked open. Ooh, just the thought of starting on page one sends oodless of joozzles up and down my drawing hand.

Oh, and you may be asking how can one pink shoe be a called “remedy”? Retail therapy, baby. Some claim this to be one of the best of quick fixes for feelings of utter despair and ruin. 🙂

Ok, to be completely honest, I don’t use this apparently powerful fix nor believe in its potency much. But the few times that I did, like when I found this amazing bargain – from $110 to $29.95 – all my stresses from preparing for a big performance just miraculously melted awaaaaay…^_^.

This is only my second pair of new shoes this year. The first purchase for 2011 were runners ~

I love how comfortable these are. So much that I drew the ad too. 🙂

Truth be told, journals and sketchbooks, especially if they’re Moleskines, would be my honest-to-goodness best form of retail therapy. And I plan to draw some paperlove next! Just got awesome inspiration from HERE. I adore her pen drawings so, so much…especially this ONE.

Now THAT’S remedy enough for me!