DAY 51: My first day at Sunshine Place with Tita Mel!
With our mentor, Sir Fidel Sarmiento
So I’m down to the last few days (I’m currently at Day 88!) of my passion project! Honestly, it hasn’t been easy but it’s been so, so worth it. So much has happened to me this year, but actually following through on this one day at a time has made me infinitely happier and engaged in my daily life.
Since my last progress update, I started attending art classes at Sunshine Place on Saturdays. Sunshine Place is actually a seniors recreation center, so yes, I’ve been shaking it up with my more veteran classmates at art class and it’s every bit as peaceful and pleasant as it sounds. Thanks to my generous and genius mentor Mr. Fidel Sarmiento, I’ve begun experimenting more with forms and creating new textures. I’ve also developed quite a fascination for waves and water, as you can tell in my later works.
Another big change for me was moving on to bigger size canvasses! It definitely took me a while to adjust to painting frames nearly as tall as me (haha) and recognizing my limitations. I learned that I can’t always expect to finish a piece a day, as much as I prefer to finish every artwork in one sitting. But as much as I enjoy my easel time, limiting my painting time to the first 2 hours of my morning has been a great exercise in discipline, considering that my bed is my absolute kryptonite. Usually, it’s either I get up early to paint, or I don’t at all. It’s been both glorious and frustrating.
In this quarter, I’ve also enjoyed new collaborations and creating commissioned art! It’s been such a pleasure discovering people who believe in my art and want to contribute to my process. What a rush it is to create with specific people and spaces in mind. Nothing but gratitude for this season of opportunities and opened doors. This is only the beginning, I can feel it.
When I look back, I’ll remember Days 51-75 as a period of sudden creative growth in my early painting career. I now understand what it means to say that a lot can change in just a few weeks. Nothing is impossible, but it’s going to take a whopping amount of desire, a healthy dose of stubbornness and a daily exercise of following through with focus + action to make that change happen.
After all, giving 99% is damn hard, but 100% is a breeze.
PS. I recently moved into a public Facebook page! Like here to stay tuned on Facebook.