Its 12:42 am and I just finished my preparation for later. I have to get some sleep and wake up to set my first ever exhibit. I learned a lot today and I am sure I will learn more by surprise. I had to measure each and every frame, fix and improve the painting and improve colors. Checklist:
1 Painting are all ready and measured
2 Brochures all printed
3 Nails, fishing line, measuring tape, pencil, hammer, lever, tape, scissors are all packed.
4 Labels all printed and cut
5 Extra set of paint and brush packed...just in case.
6 Camera battery charged
7 Dress and shoes chosen
8 Accessories chosen :)
I hope i did not forget anything...I wanted to wr
I am finally busy and I am loving it! I love preparing for an event. May it be a simple family dinner, an extravagant party, an elaborate gathering or just an afternoon tea. But now I am preparing for my own small exhibit and I am ecstatic. I must admit that I have doubted myself and my artworks many times this week. The "what if" syndrome hit me. I cried yesterday out of frustration because I was having a hard time preparing for my press release, brochures and posters because I dont speak proper Deutsch. Now the move to another country with completely different way of life, language and business method is hitting me. I was so complacent with my marketing knowledge and I forgot that I am not in Asia anymore.
Anyhow, the show must go on. I am still married to someone who knows the language and understands the way of life here and who most importanty support and love me dearly...so life is good!
I am ecstatic! I finally got a yes from a Kutur Cafe to showcase my artworks! It will be my first ever exhibit! Thank God for all the blessings. In line with my previous blog of Art for a Cause, I am now making a vow that a percentage of my sales i will generate from any exhibit will go to an orphanage. Most specially the Bethlehem House of Bread Orphanage in the Philippines. That orphanage broughts so much to my life. I helped them once by organizing a Christmas party for the orphans and it brought me so much in return and it is still filling my life with love and happiness. I owe them a lot.
The last two weeks has been very busy for me. I had my anniversary and my husband gave me a gift of inspiration. We flew to Spain Barceloa to see the artworks of my two favorite contemporary masters. We went to the Fundacion Joan Miro in Mt. Muntjuic and Picasso Museum. On gliclee prints I like Joan Miro better than Picasso. But seeing the original artworks of Picasso, I felt compelled to admire his rebelliousness better than anyone on that particular era. I dont like Picasso's early works. I like the Blue Era and most of his works after that period. One things I learned from the trip to these museums is to compile even my most ridiculous sketches. Who knows, maybe when I am famous and so dead someday, my even my ridiculous sketches would go under scrutiny of known curators. Hey, its free to dream so let me be. I am not dreaming to be dead just yet, famous? yes!
Another event in my busy life is the fact that my daughter turned 18 this month. Colorful dramas is all I can say. In a week it will be my husbands birthday. Well so far I have made a newpainting and I cant say that it is done.
But there is this thought that kept playing in my head over and over again even when I am busy. ART FOR A CAUSE. It brings me so much joy and happiness to help theour less fortunate borthers and sisters. When I was 22 years old and living in New York, I used to send a check of $20 to a child in Equador asking for help with her education. I would send cheque and she will send letters and photos. At that time I did not doubt that it could be a scam. I trusted my feelings. I did that for 4 years. Then I left New York feeling happy that part of what I worked for helped somebody else. Then when I moved to the Philippines, I started a helping hand project where I hold Christmas parties for orphans. I asked foundations like Virlanie Foundation of Makati, Philippines and House of Bethlehem in Bulacan Philippines to allow me to host Christmas parties for the children under their care. I would ask my friends to help me in whichever way they can, may it be a can of powdered milk or old clothing and blankets. Its has always been a successful event. These are the sort of events that truly make me happy. That is why I thought of Art for a Cause.
Few days ago, a friend from Manila contacted me and asked me if I know of a way on how we can help our common friend living in Dubai. She lost her job in Dubai and completely broke. She cant afford aone way ticket back to Manila. She was given a month by the UAE immigration to sort out a ticket. If I am still an employee of Etihad Airways, I would be able to help right away. But I am not anymore, in fact I am jobless :) But that is not enough reason not to be able to help other people in need. I value each and evryone of my paintings. I have put my time, hardwork and money in them. But most of all, each of my paintings came from an inspiration. It is a connection of my emotion. It defines how i feel deep within me that only colors, lines and texture can express. It is a life by itself. So I thought of giving any of my valued painting to anyone who can help my friend in Dubai to go back home in the Philippines. Then I said....ahhh...ART FOR A CAUSE...God it feels good!