Monday, November 24, 2008


"Friends bring to our world newness, regeneration, COLOR, and vigor."- Anonymous
"Without friends, the world is but a wilderness." -Francis Bacon

As always, some friends come and go. Sometimes we lost touch with each other. Some remains faithful over the years. It's true with some circle of friends. Here are more photos of old friends from the Filipino-American Association of SCV. Their presence during my recent art show and birthday celebration made my day. Good friends are also one of my greatest blessings in life. Yollie, Ebb Tide, Aurora and Fred
One of my favorite comments about my art show and blog is from Aurora. She said......"Warm congratulations for your heartwarming cover design and incredible art show. Your paintings are a mirror into your soul and gives everyone an opportunity to see your true being. I stop in to read you blog, every now and then. I am amazed by your tenacity, talent and on going enthusiasm to pursue your creative goals. You've proven that it's never too late to head toward your dreams. Thanks for the inspiration which I've sorely needed for my own work."

THANK YOU AURORA. This is the kind of gracious comment that encourages and keeps me going. I appreciate you taking the time to express what you think and feel.

CORRECTION PLEASE: I apologized that the Aurora who wrote the wonderful comment above is not the Aurora in picture. Aurora2 dropped me a comment today and said: "As always, your blog lifts my spirit. However, in regard to your favorite comment, it was written by me, a different Aurora. Glad you like it, although we've never connected. Despite that, I bet your friend has better heartfelt words to describe your special camaraderie. You're lucky to have so many supportive friendships." Rose, Romy, Ebb and Edgar
Letty, Ebb and Rose
Rose is one those friends who is always appreciative and lavish me with honest compliments.Thanks Rose.Jun, Cora,Ebb,Art and Letty
Raffy, Cely, Zony First Row: Letty, Myra, Zeny and Rhod Second Row: Nanette and Ebb
Pete and Nanette
Fatima, Ebb, Marilu and Tess

Thursday, November 20, 2008


"Creativity never stops, that what you have to offer to other and share is only richer as time goes by"- Roberta Wolin-Manker

RICHER AS TIME GOES BY- Photo was taken last October 25, 2008 during the 25th anniversary of the Filipino-American Association of Santa Clarita Valley at Hyatt Valencia. My husband was one of the past presidents of the association. TITLE OF PAINTING: "SHARING TRADITIONS AND ENRICHING FRIENDSHIP" MEDIUM: OIL PAINTING ON CANVAS SIZE: 30" x 24" - Last week, I posted a detailed description of this painting.MORE PHOTOS DURING THE CELEBRATION.................

Thursday, November 13, 2008


"Make new friends but keep the old, one is silver and the other gold."-Anonymous

SILVER ANNIVERSARY - Last October 25, 2008, we celebrated the special 25th anniversary of the Filipino-American Association of Santa Clarita Valley at Hyatt Valencia. The meaningful event was filled with beautiful memories. Prior to this event, I was hesitant to join the design contest for the cover of the souvenir program for the upcoming 25th celebration. I was extremely busy and rushing many oil paintings for my first solo art show. I was running out of time. One day, I went for a leisurely walk in our paseo and an idea was born for the cover. I based my oil painting on the anniversary theme "Sharing Traditions And Enriching Friendship." To make the story short, my painting won the coveted cover page by majority votes. It was a delightful experience. My prize? Not much? I was given a complimentary gift certificate from Goldilocks (a famous Filipino bake shop). I plan to indulge in their many delicious goodies this holiday. Another bonus, an opportunity to have my painting published on the lovely and glossy souvenir program.PAINTING FIRST SHOW This painting is among those new oil paintings unveiled to the public during my recent art show.

"SHARING TRADITIONS AND ENRICHING FRIENDSHIPS" This oil painting is 24" x 30," done on canvas. It is my winning entry for the cover of the the SCV Fil-Am 25th Anniversary souvenir program. It is about the happy times and traditions shared by the association for twenty five years here in Santa Clarita Valley. This is my artistic conception about the theme. For me celebrating twenty-five years of togetherness should be a very colorful event like this painting. This painting has many meaningful symbols.
1. The coconut tree brings to mind our beautiful country, the Philippines. The coconut tree is very graceful to paint. I bended the coconuts and shaped them into S & C letters-representing Santa Clarita.
2. Oak trees abound around the city. Someone said that Santa Clarita have more oak trees than Thousand Oaks. I painted them into the scene because it is a symbol of Santa Clarita. The city logo is dominated by a huge oak tree.
3. City of Santa Clarita - I painted this beautiful emerald city with many rolling hills. The six main areas are Valencia, Stevenson Ranch, Newhall, Canyon Country, Castaic and Saugus.
4. Huge yellow sun ----the symbol for leadership. The 25 sun rays represent the 25 presidents of the Filipino-American Association.
5. Hyatt Hotel and OLPH Catholic Church-----VIP (very important places) where many Filipino-American events were traditionally celebrated and will be celebrated.
6. Banquet of Food- Sharing food is a very important part of any Filipino tradition and celebration. Presentation is also very important. Food should be colorful and visually appealing. Most Filipino foods are monotonous with brownish tint. I pick-up foods that are not only delicious to look at, but to paint, such as Lechon (whole roasted pork), palabok (noodles), lumpia Shianghai, pot of rice, sinigang na hipon (shrimps) with vegetables, and tomato topiary. Desserts are halo-halo, leche flan, puto and kutsinta. Also native fruits like pineapple, bananas, avocado and American grapes.
7. Three-tired 25th anniversary cake---Highlights of the banquet table painted in silver tone with red roses and cascading silver drapes.
8. Traditional folk dances and guitarist add to the festivity. I painted "Fandango Sa Ilaw" and "Subli."
9. Filipino-American Association logo-It is painted below the party table.

ON THE SIGNAL This morning my son Ryan e-mailed me that I am on the SIGNAL, our local newspaper. That sounds exciting! I have never been on the newspaper before. At 10:00 a.m. I am driving crazily around town looking for a copy of the SIGNAL. We subscribed to the Los Angeles Times, so I wanted a copy of the SIGNAL so badly. I plan to buy as many available copies. I am disappointed that the SIGNAL are mostly gone. My last bet is the Ralphs supermarket. I dig into the file of newspapers and happily I found two copies. Then I open the paper on page #5 and so delighted to see myself and the above painting. The SIGNAL came out today with an article about the SCV Filipino-American Association 25th anniversary. If you are interested to know more about the event and see my painting please check the SIGNAL website:

Monday, November 10, 2008


"Human love and the delights of friendship, out of which are built the MEMORIES that endure, are also to be treasured up as hints of what shall be hereafter."- Bede Jarrett

HOME SWEET HOME I am now back home after a refreshing and wonderful trip to Tampa and Longboat Key/Florida. Still jet lagged but feeling great. Every year my husband attends an ethics conference in Longboat Key/Florida and I tagged along. Prior to the conference, we did a side trip to Tampa. My husband and I toured the Henry B. Plant Museum. Formerly, the Tampa Bay Hotel, the most astonishingly magnificent hotel of its day, then filled w/ treasures from around the world. It has a splendid Moorish architecture, opulent furnishings, and spectacular tropical gardens. While our other destination, Longboat Key has a different and opposite atmosphere. Its a secluded and quiet island. The resort suites are more contemporary. The enticing part is the magnificent, clean, white-powdery sand beach just steps away from our suite. While my husband was in the conference, I walked everyday on the beach barefooted. The beach is so clean and abundantly blessed with so many lovely shells. I hauled as many as my luggage could carry. I had so much fun like a little girl. I lost track of time while there and forgot all my problems in life. I also have lots of time reflecting, meditating and searching for ideas for my next painting projects. After my recent art show and other exhausting events, I was almost depleted. This get away trip restored me. No wonder, I am raring to go back to my paint brushes and hopefully complete my "Studio 65."
SPECIAL THANKS To my blog mate Daniel Palma Tayona. When I open my e-mail today, I smiled because he featured me on his latest blog. I am very impressed. I'd like to share it with you. It's about my recent art show and some paintings. Please check out his blog:
THE CELEBRATION CONTINUES. Here are photos of relatives during my recent art show.
ARTIST FIRST COUSINS Bon standing on the left side. Noemi standing on right side. The painting in the background is my largest painting- "Reflections Of My Homeland #4"
THE ARTIST WITH AUNTIE LYDIA AND ONLY BROTHER. Hector and wife Lynn (not in the photo) are the proud owner of this painting above.
SPECIAL NUMBER During the celebration some of my sisters and other relatives sang my requested favorite hymn of praise "How Great Thou Art" I love this song because of the word ART.
Left to right, Didi (sister), Olive(friend),Noemi (cousin), Julie(sister) and Lois (sister).
BEN My brother in law was the guitarist during the special number. Thanks Ben!
SURPRISE GUEST? During the celebration, Julie's new dog was the celebrity.
ARTIST-IN-LAWS The other Resella clan
Top row: Lucy, Ben, and Ebb First row: Dita, Clarissa and Aaron IN-LAWS MARRIED TO OTHER RESELLAS
RHOD WITH NIECES (Adelaine), grand daughter (Audrey) and Katherine

Friday, October 31, 2008


"A family that plays, paints, praises and prays together, stays together."- Evelyne D. Resella

AN ARTIST BLESSING One of my treasures in life is having artistic and interesting grand kids. Having grand kids made my life more fresh and alive. When I see the world through their eyes, I feel younger. I am delighted that my two grand kids were there at my art show and birthday celebration.
SIMON This photo was taken during the set up at the clubhouse. At eleven years old Simon is a big help and amazingly strong like his idol, Spider man.ALA VINCENT VAN GOGH AND FRIDA KHALO To make my art show more festive, fun and interesting, Simon dressed up like Vincent and Audrey like Frida. Their costumes were hand made by Boodgie a fashion designer from San Diego. AUDREY She's a good copycat of Frida Kahlo during the art show. Her contrasting red and green Mexican-style dress, hibiscus red flower and lovely smile made her stunningly more beautiful. Audrey is an aspiring artist too.
CLOSE UP PHOTO OF AUDREY with handmade pink fan
SIMON He's a good copycat of Vincent Van Gogh. This contrasting costume-in yellow top and purple pant reminded me of Vincent. One of his favorite color combinations.
VINCENT VAN GOGH Resurrected during my art show.? SCARY!!!!!!!!!!!!
SIMON SMILING He has a different personality from Van Gogh. He is a happy boy and someday he dreams of becoming a great artist too.
ORIGAMI DEMO BY SIMON AND AUDREY Origami is a popular Japanese paper art. They entertained some of my guest by doing origami art like boat, bird and fan. "Thank God for their artistic talents."
SIMON demonstrating how to do origami bird.
AUDREY READING HER POEM "BLUE" In the past I featured her on my blog. About a year ago, she wrote this poem and it was published at the San Francisco Chronicle. She was only 8 years old. A very talented poet too. My grandkids made my day. I couldn't imagine my life without them.

Monday, October 27, 2008


" A family that plays, paints, praises, and prays together, stays
together."- Evelyne D. Resella

A FAMILY BLESSING It's true that a family who is always together in every worthwhile activities, stays together. Without my family, my dream to have at least ONE SOLO ART SHOW in my lifetime wouldn't be a possibility. I deeply appreciate my family-children, grand kids and husband, for their endless love and support toward my goal and dream in life. I am always proud of them and would like to express my sincere thanks and love openly. I have said my thanks before but I'd like it to be seen and written here.
THE ARTIST WITH DAUGHTER, JOY "Thanks for your love and help during my celebration. You're a wonderful and thoughtful daughter."
JOY AND RODNEY During the celebration there was a short program in my honor.
RODNEY My eldest son gave a touching speech about his perspective on having an artistic mom.
"Thank you Rodney for that deeply moving and loving speech. You made me teary-eyed. "
ROBIN During his visual presentation of my thirteen brand new oil paintings.
"Robin, thank you so much for that wonderful visual presentation about my paintings. I know you're extremely busy but you still did it for me."

I AM SORRY THAT I DON'T HAVE ANY PHOTO OF MY SON RYAN. BUT I'D LIKE TO SAY MY THANKS AGAIN. "Ryan, thank you for the many beautiful photos you took during my art show. The photos spoke volumes, better than I could express my self."
MY HUSBAND RHOD He talked about "BACK TO THE FUTURE-1943" What an amazing year to be alive. Prices were so cheap. Prices: Gasoline $.16. Postage $0.03. House $8,011.00, etc.
"Rhod, a million thanks again for everything you did for me. This beautiful art show wouldn't have succeeded without you. "
"A wonderful thanks to my family, relatives and friends who were there for me and made this celebration unforgettable."
"My thanks to my grand kids for inspiring me. They are one of my joys in life."

NEXT POST, I will show case my grand kids.

Friday, October 24, 2008


"Artists are like flowers. Some grow best in the sun; Others do well in the shade. God plants us where we grow best."- Anonymous
"We are God's masterpiece and each of us has something special we're designed to do. For me, it is to be a good artist."- Evelyne D. Resella

WELCOME TO MY SOLO ART SHOW Many, many years ago, my husband and I had the opputunity to attend and experience the 75th Art Festival in Santa Fe, New Mexico. They have many lavish artist receptions with inspiring setting and atmosphere. The merry making started at the eve of the festival. We hopped from one gallery after the other. The wine and champagne were flowing while guest viewed many amazing Southwest paintings in different media. They entertained guests with lovely music , violin playing, harp soothing the souls and cello uplifting the hearts. I dreamed of duplicating that memorable event someday and finally the day came to stage my own art show. It wasn't easy. The planning and preparations almost depleted me but it was worth all the efforts and hard works.
A DREAM COME TRUE My dream became a reality last September 27, 2008. I had my first solo art show at the Valencia Northbridge Clubhouse. in Santa Clarita instead of Santa Fe. The art show and party begun at 1:00 in the afternoon with hors d'oeuvres, wine and harpist playing soft music.
THE HARPIST PLAYED HER SOFT MUSIC While the guests started viewing my oil paintings, tasting the wine, enjoying hors d'oeuvres, and whispering sweet talks to old friends. The atmosphere inside the clubhouse dazzled and hummed with color and festivity.
CREATIVE FOOD I didn't like to just serve wine and cheese to my guest. Since this was also my 65th birthday celebration, I treated everybody to six delicious hors d'oeuvres that they will never forget. Here were the names of those mouth watering food - jumbo shrimps cocktail, empanaditas, smoked salmon with cream cheese and crackers, assorted quiche Lorraine, and "lechon" (whole roasted pork) surrounded w/ fresh fruits.CHARMING CENTERPIECE Most of my oil paintings on displayed are about celebrations and great parties. I painted lots and lots of colorful and delicious foods. The "lechon" (roasted pork) was always the centerpiece or the VIP ( very important pood) in the banquet table.
HARPIST PLAYING , TAKEN FROM A DIFFERENT ANGLE The gentleman in the background was my husband. The harpist entertained the guest for two hours.
CREATIVE CHEF This was my close cousin Cely with the tempting "lechon." She helped me plan the menu for the hors d'oevures. She did the dazzling decoration and presentation of the food. She also carved the "lechon" beautifully. She created the Thai mango relish on the left side which was a big hit.
THE HARPIST AND MY HUSBAND He spoke about my dream of doing this kind of art show someday. Thanks to him for making this a reality. He found this good harpist through a colleague. We never met her before the art show. I never heard her play the harp before, but we booked her by faith. She turned out to be a good harpist. She dedicated her last piece to me and wished me a "Happy Birthday!"
OLIVE, FRIENDS AND THE ARTIST I was sitting down and happily listening to the harpist.

WONDERFUL WATERMELON SCULPTURE This fresh watermelon basket was carved by Cely and filled it with sweet fruits- jumbo purple grapes, red strawberries, crimson watermelon chunks and accented with rosemary leaves. ME AND CELY WITH SOME OF MY PAINTINGS Once again, I'd like to say a million thanks to my cousin Cely. I often featured her in my past blogs. Last December (2007) she had breast cancer. She went through a difficult surgery and chemotherapy. Her recovery inspired me so much. I am deeply touched by her love and helping hand. She flew all the way from Maryland to be w/ me on my 65th birthday and art show. I will never forget all those beautiful things she did for me.
FOOD.....FOOD........AND MORE FOOD.....Another fiesta!!!!! At 3:30 p.m. Stonefire Grill started setting the table for another feast. The delicious menu catered by Stonefire Grill consisted of boneless chicken breast, sliced tri tip, mixed garden salad, pesto pasta salad, garlic mashed potatoes, cowboy beans and freshly baked irresistable breadsticks.
MY BIRTHDAY CAKE This beautiful cake was baked by my sister Lois. It was a coffee cake with custard. Very delicious. She's also a good cook and bakes lots of delicious goodies.
THE ARTIST WITH HER BIRTHDAY CAKE There are other desserts beside the cake. We served rashberry rugala, cream puffs, jello pudding, and assorted mini cheese cakes. Thanks to my special friend Lisa for making that special yellow pudding, shown below the cake.
BLOWING MY BIRTHDAY CAKE I still like to make wishes and blow out the candles. It's unbelievable how sixty-five years went by so fast.
LOIS, MY YOUNGEST SISTER. She was slicing the cake free. No cutting fee. What a sister! I'd like to say thanks again to my her for baking this wonderful cake on my birthday. I will never forget her gesture of love.

I invited him to be the guest artist at my art show but he declined. He is blind and traveling far will be physically difficult. He inspired me during my hard journey toward my art show. Recently he feautured me on his art blog and called me a "HERO." Please check his blog and read his inspiring article "WHO IS A HERO?" Lloyd,thanks for that beautiful thought. You made me happy. It's true that reaching my dream took tremendous courage and hard work.
NEXT BLOG- I will post photos of my family and grand kids, who are the joy of my life. Reaching this age, I realized that my best gifts are my family, long life and good health.