Mission Statement

This blog journals my quest of art, whether it is a piece of work that is inherent in nature or one created by artists known or unknown or that I created myself. During this search, I have come to appreciate the magnificence and generosity of God who in his infinite wisdom surrounded us with exquisiteness everyday...everywhere and inspired our human spirit to create beauty that feeds our bodies and souls. Come join me on my journey to find art through my travels and my own creative endeavors. Maraming salamat.

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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Travel Sketches - Hong Kong

I am trying to organize my travel sketches on my watercolor travel journals so I can put them together for a book. I am quickly realizing that producing a book is not an easy task, but it is a good goal. This project allows me  to relive our travels and recall memories long forgotten. I am also encouraged to travel more, return to some places and experience new ones. But most of all, it inspires me to draw and paint more. Looking back at my sketches, I can see how my sketching has improved over the years and that emboldens me.

So, from time to time, I will be including some of the sketches I am considering for the book in this blog.  Your comments are welcome.

This one is of my visit to Hong Kong in the 1980s with my husband, father-in-law and sisters-in-law. It turned out to be, for the most part, a shopping trip. I still have the set of porcelain statues I bought of the Chinese gods of prosperity, wisdom and health and had just discarded an earphone I purchased  there (boy, that lasted a long time). I loved shopping at the night market where you can get a 'Rolex' watch for 10HK$. Tempting.  We also did touristy stuff like visiting Victoria Peak, sailing on a junk boat at the Hong Kong Harbor and dining at one of the floating restaurants. Hong Kong was a dichotomy of cultures, but in spite of the strong British influences, I felt it is so much more Chinese.


Shopping in Kowloon, Hong Kong circa 1980

Since I had not started sketching when we went to Hong Kong in the 1980s, years before China took over after Britain, I used a photograph from our album as reference to sketch this. I imagine there has been great changes since.  The signs, of course, were more colorful and I do apologize for my attempt at Chinese writing. Hong Kong was always a hive for commerce and shopping was an adventure. One of my most indelible memories was having late lunch at one of the restaurants in the area. Eventually, we were the only remaining diners in the upper floor and it surprised and amused us to see all the dining tables in the restaurant being transformed for the game of mahjong.



  1. Great work of art at its best. Everytime I see your paintings, sketches, etc. I am amazed of this artistic gift of God. As in the parable of the talents, you have utilized this talent and that of writing in full. WoW !! Conrad Bautista

    1. Thank you, Conrad. I am humbled by your praise. God is truly generous.

  2. You are amazing! Great talent. Congratulations on all your successes in life. I agree, your talent is an amazing gift from God. I am one of your biggest fans. Thank you for sharing your talent and experiences through your blog. I have not been to those places where you have been and as you paint(ed) the landscapes, as if I was there with you looking at those beautiful places. May God bless you with more times and places to see and paint. Rae A. Van Hoven of NM, USA

    1. Hello Rae, Thank you so much for your kind comments. It truly inspires me to continue on this journey. Feeling blessed to have my work enjoyed by you and others.jojo