The Year So Far

I wrote that one of my goals this year was to write more but judging from the interval of my posts, I am not doing well with that goal. So, let us rectify that with this post.

My year started with a sad note. I lost 3 relatives one after the other. On top of that, I contracted chikungunya.  We mourned for our loved ones and I fought the disease with rest, nourishment and lots of fluids.  I tried to be a trooper, faced the challenges and just embraced the year ahead. It was not hard to brighten my mood because I received post-Christmas goodies from loved ones. I feel blessed.


Despite the challenges, I was able to spend time with family and friends.


There were small achievements for the past two months. I was able to clean the room where my aunt and uncle would stay this month. The room still needs a little organization but with the major cleaning done, I think I do not have to sweat that much anymore to make the room comfortable for them. And, I was also able to do some kitchen experiments.


I set up my Facebook page. (Shameless plug: Please like my page if you have not done so. )


As soon as my Facebook page went up, my friend,Tess, asked me to paint the walls of the pads she owns (and rents out). I have such supportive friends who put their trust in my skills.  Last year, my friend, Erns, also asked me to paint her walls.


Oh, I was well-fed. I was not a starving artist! My friend made sure of that!


Oh, I did some projects, too. They were mostly requests from friends.


And I practiced some lettering and flourishing.


I also cleaned up my work area. I found those cute and colorful organizers in a local shop here.


See that painting? It was my first attempt at using acrylics but I was not happy with the outcome so I painted over it. Tada!


Now, I have 4 canvases waiting to be painted because my aunt wanted me to paint 4 panels for her. My niece also asked me to paint her something as my wedding gift for her. Plus, a friend also asked me to paint 4 watercolor artworks for her.  I am always thankful when someone appreciates my art.   I hope I will be able to paint something they will like.

How was your year so far?

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  1. Hey there, sorry to hear about your loss. I know it’s extremely tough especially if it’s someone you’re really close with. Other than that, it sure looks like you’re doing pretty good. Those are beautiful paintings. Congratulations on your achievements. Small or big, you should be proud you’ve created progress. Keep it up!

  2. Whoa we lost so many people at the start of the year. I also attended three wakes from Feb-mar. Where did you get your coloring materials for painting those flowers and plants?

  3. I am so sorry for the passing of your relatives. But I can see in your photos that you are an optimistic person. You still have more than 270 days to celebrate 2016. Go girl!

  4. Sorry to hear about your losses but really appreciate the way to came out of all that and got back on your feet. Keep it up!

  5. So sorry for the loss of your relatives. Hope you’re feeling well now.
    You’re so incredibly talented. Love your paintings…

  6. Elizabeth O. says:

    Sounds like you had a tough start and I’m glad that didn’t kick you off your path. It’s good to know that you’re doing great with your goals. I love that you have a lot of people who support you especially when it comes to your art!

  7. Wow that amazing and lots of fun things. Thanks for sharing and keep it up.

  8. It’s a busy time for you and your art! Which is a good thing, :)I actually liked your acrylic paiting already, but when you painted over it, that was nice as well.

  9. It was a tough year for you with the family deaths and the disease. On the good side, you were able to squeeze in some family time. I hope you get to post more.

  10. Sincere condolences to the sad losses of your family. I must say those painting projects all look so good! You can really do painting as a living!

  11. Sometime back I did recap of my post and thinking to do another recap like you have done. It is going so far good.

  12. It’s very sad to know that you lost your 3 relatives recently,anyway thanks a lot for providing individuals with an extraordinarily terrific possibility to read articles and blog posts from here. It is always very terrific and also full of fun for me to visit the blog to find out the new articles you have got. And definitely, I’m certainly satisfied considering the astounding things you give.

  13. It is really nice to know that your friends and families support your passion. Good luck on your artwork business and wishing for more projects.

  14. You are not only talented… but you have the ability! (“Discipline is the refining fire by which talent becomes ability!”)
    No wonder you have less time for your blog!

  15. Wow you’re so talented. I’m sorry about your loss
    🙁 i hope you fee better soon

  16. You developed Chikungunya!?! It was just lately that our hospital offered the Chikungunya Test! I am glad you are fine now!

  17. Haha! I feel you. I also want to write more but I understand that we all get busy. I just think of it that we’re more living our life than just plain documenting it. Despite the challenges, I hope you still have a great year. I know you will. 🙂

  18. Despite all the challenges you had when the year began, you seem to have flourished! Love your artworks!

  19. Wow sis, you’re really artistic! Congratulations on your achievements so far! Keep it up! I know there’s more to come. 🙂

  20. I have yet to write how my year went so far. Oh.. I see the cherry blossoms you made for me hehehe..thanks Kat. And about the virus, I also got that like 3 years ago, na feeling ko nag ka dengue ako. I hope you are better now. More exciting days ahead.

  21. You are an artist sis and you are well-loved. Thank God you are doing great now. Our year is just running fine but there are things that I am still not sure how to handle. But so far, it’s a smooth year and I am looking forward to a great change this mid-year.

  22. A great artist experienced through pain. You are a well loved artist and your work is superb.

  23. Sorry about your loss Sis, It’s not an easy thing to just forget but I’m glad your doing great now. I really love the artwork that you made for your friend. I found it super unique and artistic. You have really good talent. Keep it up. BTW, the cake looks delicious!:)

  24. Pwede palagay ng bamboo sa wall ko? hehehe

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