Monday, September 17, 2012

A Malay digital oil

This picture was taken at my family friend's wedding reception recently. I was overwhelmed by the floral arrangements surrounding the dais the couple was seated at. I knew this will work with oil painting. So here it is. The floral background stands out nicely, just like the old masters painting.

On the left is the original photo used.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

A Temiar Lady With Her Child

This is a watercolor rendering from a photo I took of the Temiar tribe from my journeys. The Temiar is a native, aborigine tribe living in Peninsular Malaysia. They had chosen to live deep in the jungle. So for this particular journey, I had to drive for 3 hours through the jungle via logging trails just to see them. Nice and gentle people, I had a great time photographing them. The picture above is actually of the first person I had encountered there upon arrival. Just a portraiture of a pretty lady with her child....

Friday, August 10, 2012

Children Playing At A Rural Malay Village

A typical rural house, surrounded by trees for cooling..
Original photo.

This is a digital watercolor rendition of the photo on the left. The picture was a grabshot during my journey through a rural village in Kedah. What attracted me actually was the house. It is a wooden house that represents a typical Malay workmanship. It is just a simple design, an ordinary rural house that you can find about everywhere. The house is beautiful and pristinely maintained. But these houses are getting rare today as wood is getting expensive. And the newer generations are building houses from bricks and cement. Sadly, the artwork and designs of the Malays are gradually disappearing. 

The children were engrossed in their game, while the one in the centre was enjoying a frozen sherbet, a local favorite...

Monday, July 2, 2012

For The Love Of Belle, by Melissa Tandoc...

Our favorite moment...

In a traditional Philippine dress...
One of the dreams I had even as a child is to take care of others. Perhaps, it’s one of the reasons why I took up Nursing. However, as I grew up, I knew that God was calling me to take care of little children. And among those kids are my little nieces.

I met Belle when she was already two years old and then I went back to mission for the next two years. She was four when I had the chance to be with her fulltime. I considered her my little guardian angel back then. She took care of me when I came home sick. It was she who gave me the idea to give Catechism to her playmates and it gradually became a project in our neighborhood.

We are so blessed to have a very intelligent child in our midst. We love her so well.

Friday, June 15, 2012

A Malay Lady Grating A Coconut...

This is a digital watercolor rendition of the photo on the left. The painting is a picture of a Malay lady dressed in a traditional garment during a village festival. There was a coconut cutting and grating competition that was held with all the participants wearing traditional dresses and using traditional equipments. It was a beautiful and colorful event...

Monday, April 2, 2012

A Rose Is A Rose Is A Rose...

This is a digital oil painting rendition of a rose photo on the left. I am borrowing Gertrude Stein's famous sentence from her poem for the title as that word describes the best of what a rose is. The painting looks dark & mysterious, but it is just a rose by any means. And so is life...

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

A Malay Bride Holding A Rose Bouquet...

This is a water color rendition from a photo of a Malay bride during a wedding reception. The picture was taken during the couple's arrival at the ceremony and in a middle of procession among the guests in the hall. The bridal dress is of a Malay fashion. She is wearing a simple traditional wedding dress known here as the "Baju Kurung", with a headscarf adorned with a tiara. On the right is the original photo. 

This is just a simple processing using the Fotosketcher software. The settings are as below with others at default:
  • Strength Of Effect: boost to 200
  • Image Simplication: boost to 120
  • Color Intensity: boost to 70
  • Darken/Lighten: reduce to 130