I was given the duty to paint the beloved land for a lovely family who owns this farm land, you can see how much they love their Earth! The canvas is painted on a 24 x 36 inch canvas using acrylic paint.The sky was the first section I painted and I was able to achieve a 3d like effect with the clouds because I painted a texture layer before the sky.Different greens were used and yellows were added to ready made greens and blues to create a variation.White and brown was used to highlight and add depth to the features. Below is the final piece.
The first dress on the far left is the Singkil dress from the Maranao region. Popularly seen in a Singkil dance that involves bamboo.
The second dress is the Mestiza dress. It is the most modern traditional dress that has high shoulders and a neckline that reveals the colour bones. I decided to have the sleeves as part of an overcoat made of banana fibres, similar to the material commonly used for a barong.
The middle dress is the Maria Clara dress and was popular during the Spanish period. The Maria Clara was named after a Spanish heroine.
I was looking after some kids and they called me Elfie, because of my long hair and they started talking about magical beings and heroes so I designed us as heroes.
Earlier this year, I collaborated with Mel Grecia Quimpo; a fashion designer from Aklan, Philippines.The theme was East asian beauty. What I loved about the catwalk is that there were a range of skin tones. I wanted to keep the designs simple and symbolic so I added flowers and animals.Here are images of the models wearing the dresses designed by Mel Grecia Quimpo and designs painted on by myself!This bomber jacket was worn by a male model.
I knew two people who were in love and who were separated by the sea, so they wanted to remember that feeling. As a gift I recreated the image I saw when I was with them on their last evening together. They watched over the sea on the Tangalan beach, Panay Island in the Philippines.I wanted to create a very romantic sky so I gave it a peach hue as if it was sunrise or sunset, showing that although this romance is a new beginning, it will soon end because they will soon have to part ways.
During my stay in the Philippines, I was asked to do paintings for a restaurant that serves an array of foods; known for their smoothies, pizzas, enchiladas and pastas. I decided to paint four women eating their best selling foods. Their restaurant is situated in Kalibo and is known as Dorings! But here are the paintings I did!
I painted these three pieces for someone in Philippines who wanted to be reminded of the fields in the countryside of the UK. Yellow ochre was my main base to create this image.
The sky was first, I used white to help create a gradient for the sky and the extra white to add clouds .Once the clouds and sky was finished, I added the flora using yellow paint so that the green would not look disconnected from the hues of the sky.
The finished pieces include a small house, a fence and tulips to add focal points.
A painting I did inspired by my time in Philippines during August. I painted her in a traditional Maria Clara dress eating traditional Filipino fruits like Rambutan, Papaya and Lanzones.I wanted to paint a sunset because being raised in a city with tall buildings you rarely see the horizon so sunsets really emphasised the horizon to me and how vast land can be.
A painting I did inspired by my trip to the Philippines of April 2016, one thing I noticed was the stars and how rare it is to see them in a city.