A New Series in Oil: Embrace

Last week I began a new painting series on embraces and hugs. I’ve always loved this drawing of mine from a few years ago of two people in an embrace. In November last year, on a brief trip to Sweden, I attended a graffiti workshop and was inspired to see the embrace in spray paint on a wall.

Here I am in the studio sketching ideas for the graffiti:

Photo taken by graffiti instructor, Nabil.

Which later turned into this experimental spray paint piece:

Photo taken by graffiti instructor, Nabil.

The embracing figures have been on mind and I have recently started a new series of paintings in oil on canvas. I’ve painted out the first layer of the first five pieces, and it’s struck me how emotive the figures can be. A simple shift in the tilt of a figure’s head or a replacement of a hand upon a shoulder – these small pieces have a large impact on the story the painting tells.

Paintings in progress by Nathania Aritao. Paintings titled: Embrace 1 and Embrace 3.

April Workshop: Paint for Megumi

 Join my upcoming fundraiser workshop and paint for a cause!

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a creative fundraiser & art workshop by Art in the Neighborhood
in collaboration with the Megumi Mission Team

9:00 AM – 12:00 NN, April 30, 2016 at the Union Church of Manila

Join us as we paint scenes from Japan and learn about the Megumi Mission Team’s heart for ministry and service.

Registration fee P1450 for your own canvas, unlimited paint and three hours of guided paint time.

Proceeds of the workshop go to the Megumi Mission Team’s upcoming trip in June.

Register via 09164948413 before April 28.

Participants are invited to join the Pray for the Nations Lunch & Fellowship immediately following the workshop at noon. Lunch will be available for P150.

For more on the cause: visit their page or email megumi.is.grace@gmail.com.


February 2016: Events & Workshops


Sundays in February : 3//8 Print Series 

launch: February 7, Sunday, 5pm.
at Local Edition Coffee & Tea, Perea Street, Makati.

The Paper Project Inc. and the cafe Local Edition are teaming up with three artists for a series of artists postcards. Every few weeks a new set of postcards will be released. First two pieces from each artist will be released on this first launch date! Postcards feature works of watercolor, photo and drawing.

My set is a mix of drawing and poetry. Postcards on sale for P160 each.



Workshop: Drawing with Charcoal

February 17, Wednesday, 6-9pm.
at Prism Gallery, Island Tower, Salcedo Street, Makati.

Scared of drawing? Feeling uptight or stressed out when you make art? Need a creative way to unwind from the midweek stress? This will be fun and therapeutic drawing session, involving lots of movement and getting your hands dirty with charcoal. No drawing experience necessary! We will explore the technique of gesture drawing. Workshop fee P1800, includes materials and snacks.


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Workshop: Playing with Words 

February 20, Saturday, 10am-1pm.
at Local Edition Coffee & Tea, Perea Street, Makati

A creative writing workshop on poetry. We’ll play with rhythm and repetition in your writing. Using the pattern of poetic forms like the villanelle and the pantoum as building blocks, we’ll discover new ways to keep writing fun and fresh. No writing experience necessary! Workshop fee: P850 with materials and a free regular drink of your choice at the cafe.



OPENING: My latest art installation!

February 20, Saturday, 4-7:30 pm.

at Local Edition Coffee & Tea, Perea Street, Makati.

I’ll be taking over the walls of Local Edition! Keep your eye out for another mixed media installation and engage with some interactive elements. Opening launch will include acoustic performances by friends.

Installation will begin on February 12 and will be a public work in progress. So feel free to drop by the cafe then. Exhibit will run through April 2016.