MIKEY ESPINOSA – UNCLE JACKS FARM

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.RAW Mikey Espinosa October 2018 - Tita Mirabelle and Tito Jacks farm painting IMG_6033The 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.RAW Mikey Espinosa October 2018 - Tita Mirabelle and Tito Jacks farm painting IMG_6913Different greens were used and yellows were added to ready made greens and blues to create a variation.RAW Mikey Espinosa October 2018 - Tita Mirabelle and Tito Jacks farm painting IMG_6916White and brown was used to highlight and add depth to the features. Below is the final piece.Mikey Espinosa October 2018 - Tita Mirabelle and Tito Jacks farm painting

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MIKEY ESPINOSA – FILIPINO TRADITIONAL DRESSES

Mikey Espinosa - Filipino group redesign of traditional outfit

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.

The Kimona is a more relaxed formal item of clothing often worn in the Visayan area. The skirt is known as the patadyong.
Inspired by the Igorot, there were so many ways I could have designed this dress, but I decided to incorporate the patterns found in clothing and the tattoos that represent strength and nature, depending on the tribe.

Mikey Espinosa x Mel Grecia Quimpo fashion show 2017

Earlier this year, I collaborated with Mel Grecia Quimpo; a fashion designer from Aklan, Philippines.IMG_2734The 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.IMG_2771Screen Shot 2017-05-07 at 20.37.52Screen Shot 2017-05-07 at 20.48.19Here are images of the models wearing the dresses designed by Mel Grecia Quimpo and designs painted on by myself!IMG_3628IMG_3666IMG_3667This bomber jacket was worn by a male model.SKIRT Mikey Espinosa - Rommel painting (Feb 2017) 11

Mikey Espinosa – The sea and sky of Tangalan

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.Mikey Espinosa x Beryl and Ray sea 2017.01 raw 1I 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.Mikey Espinosa x Beryl and Ray sea 2017.01 raw 3Mikey Espinosa x Beryl and Ray sea 2017.01

MIKEY ESPINOSA – FOOD GODDESSES

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!Mikey Espinosa x Dorings cafe - Four muses 10.2016 - Beauty spaghettiMikey Espinosa x Dorings cafe - Four muses 10.2016 Beauty PizzaMikey Espinosa x Dorings cafe - Four muses 10.2016 Beauty QuesadillaMikey Espinosa x Dorings cafe - Four muses 10.2016 Beauty shake

Mikey Espinosa – Golden sunsets

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 .Mikey Espinosa - Sunset set Feb 2017 - Tita Carol raw 2Once 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.Mikey Espinosa - Sunset set Feb 2017 3Mikey Espinosa - Sunset set Feb 2017 2Mikey Espinosa - Sunset set Feb 2017 1

MIKEY ESPINOSA – FRUIT EATING FILIPINA

Mikey Espinosa - Hungry Mestiza 15.09.2016 4A 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.Mikey Espinosa - Hungry Mestiza 15.09.2016 5Mikey Espinosa - Hungry Mestiza 15.09.2016I 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.