Artist or not, the session was made easy by Sip and Gogh’s very own pool of artists who assisted us in every step of the painting session from making the outlines to the actual painting, starting from the base colors to the highlights. We were rest assured that our paintings would be the best artworks we had made so far by the end of the session. Trust me. *wink*
The workshop schedule was from 8pm – 11pm and time constraints were never a factor to not finish the art work on time – time never mattered. Yes, that’s how fun and relaxing it was. Once we got the beat of every stroke, every pattern, every curve, and every line, the paintbrush just glided along and we became hooked to the art of making art.
With every dip of the tip and every wash and every splash, the final output slowly but surely came into view. We didn’t know how or where to start at first, but with the help of others, we were guided along. There was never an assurance that the painting could come out fine, but the spirit was there to continue on – just like the cause. Brian chose an abstract painting of nature as his guide while I chose a portrait of a woman with a flower.
Why this painting?
For me, a woman symbolizes nature and nurture. Supertyphoon Yolanda was nature at its worst and we are the only ones who can nurture nature back to its best. The painting looks beautiful, serene, and peaceful – it is a picture of HOPE.
To quote Air Juan’s founder Tomas Leonor, “there is still a lot that needs to be done and all the more that we should combine our collective efforts to reach that one goal of regaining what was lost.”
Do support Tabang Tambayan and be a part of this good cause When In Manila. Hope to see you at their next exciting event!
(Our special thanks to Ms. Marie Ganal, Ms. Patrice Pargas, Mr. Rd Llanera and Mr. Tomas Leonor, as well as to the entire staff of Sip and Gogh, for the warm welcome and for taking some of our photos.)
You might want to check out this inspirational post on the slums of Manila, too: https://www.wheninmanila.com/smokey-tours-a-tour-to-remember-in-the-slums-of-manila/ Every little bit helps!
Sip and Gogh