New Art Essentials

Most of us know by now that the lack of time isn’t the main reason why people fail to stick to their habits. Overcoming the resistance to start — that’s the real enemy. I have whole drawers of art materials at my disposal, and despite my busy schedule in grad school, I still have time…

Where am I?

Dream far off You’ve gone nowhere Look back a little; You’re nearly there.

My place in arts

As with other artists, my love for arts started even way before I knew that what I was doing was arts. I thought the label was only reserved for the murals in museums, the marble sculptures of the maestros, and the incomprehensible hodgepodge of paint and ideas of the contemporary artists. For me, I was…

Figure drawing for a week

Drawing has always been my weak spot when it comes to making an artwork. I already know the colors I want to use for the painting. I already know how to blend colors, but without grids or separating my figures into parts, something just always looks… off. So I tried figure drawing for a week….

The importance of gratitude

I haven’t always had a proper morning routine. I thought that to be productive, all I have to do is plan my day from the moment I take my shower to before I sign off for the day. Whatever happens outside of my work/study hours, I just wing it. I was productive and functional, but…

Let’s stop this toxic cycle

The people we lose aren’t always losses. Sometimes, they’re the extra crates that slow the motion of our boats. I should know. I grew up with these people. I lived with these people. Some of us are the happiest when we were children. I know I was. I didn’t need much to be happy. I…

15-Minute Rule

I have two questions for you: On a scale of 1-10, how proud are you? On a scale of 1-10, how selfish are you? As a driven person, I know how it is to work harder than everyone else, harder than what the task requires. I can’t help it. It’s just a part of who…

Reading to escape?

…retreating to the world inside our books can be the difference between nihilism and believing in humanity again.

Life of a scientist-artist

The life of an artist and a scientist are not so different. Both require a lot of alone time. You’ll have to spend several hours in a studio or a laboratory, working on something you care about, wondering if all your hard-work will pay off in the end. I just spend one of the harder…

Unfinished

My painting career hasn’t always been consistent. Between grad school, my part time job as a writer, and personal life, I barely have free time to relax — much less create. But I thought it’s important to accept that, that the life of an artist isn’t easy. No artist will say life is easy. If…