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.

Monday, October 20, 2008


"Because I have walked on this earth for thirty years, and out of gratitude I want to leave some souvenirs...." Vincent Van Gogh
"Because I have walked on this earth for sixty-five years, and out of gratitude I want to leave some souvenirs...." Evelyne D. Resella

FIRST SOLO ART SHOW I apologize for the delay of posting my photos during my recent art show. My son Ryan who was the official photographer during my art show was extremely busy, working and studying for his MBA. I have to wait patiently for the 300 photos he took during the event. Ryan is a good photographer and loves to do it as a hobby. The many wonderful photographs are courtesy of Ryan. Please visit his website "Ryan's Photo Blog"-
The many photos are worth waiting for. I am sharing them to my family & friends who were there and to those who didn't make it. Slow down and enjoy my art show. I 'll be posting the event photos in series, so as not to overwhelm myself and viewers. WELCOME TO MY FIRST SOLO ART SHOW! I have participated in many art shows and exhibits in the past. But every artist dreams of having her/ his own solo art show and I am no exception. Having creative goals in life makes me feel alive , fresh and younger. I designed the above handcrafted, colorful huge palette sign for my art show, displaying old worn out brushes. I glued sparkles around the palette. I also made and gave away colorful artists brushes as favors.I attached tags to the brushes w/ quote inspired by Vincent Van Gogh above, and then personalized it into my own.
MEANINGFUL PAINTINGS I did thirteen brand new oil painting for this art show. Here are some of the six brand new oil paintings (Size -30" x 48"). The theme of my art show was "Slices Of Filipino -American Heritage, Homeland And Heart." My recent paintings are inspired by real events that happened in my life and with family here in the United States and beyond its shore. These are slices of memories recreated as remembrances from a colorful heritage, with bits of nostalgia about my homeland. This is a subject that I feel needs to be recorded and noticed.
CLOSER VIEW OF THE PAINTINGS I will post these paintings one at a time on my future blog. ANOTHER VIEW OF THE OIL PAINTINGS.
ART SHOW WITH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION This was a double event. Although my family hosted this celebration, I did most of the planning and preparation. Since this was my art show, I insisted of doing it my way. I designed the centerpieces, signs, favors, brochures, programs and the set-up. I dreamed of impressionism for my theme color. Every table came with bright, different colors. I designed the simple centerpieces using colorful painted bricks as vases. I put bamboo poles- arched w/ sparkling palettes, surrounded w/ multi-hued floral and accented w/ autumn leaves. Each centerpieces were named after favorite impressionists artists like Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Claude Monet, etc.
I exhibited three huge oil paintings that I did thirty seven years ago. Here are the lucky survivors.PRE-ART SHOW Another view of "REFLECTIONS FROM MY HOMELAND." I was putting the finishing touches on the table. I believe that people have their peak, at different times in life. I am a late blooming overachiever. I want to climb more mountains and do challenging art shows. I named my art goal - "Studio 65" - sixty-five new oil paintings completed before I reached this age. Although I had not finished even half this number, it's worth celebrating my birthday with an art show. Creating thirteen new paintings is a good accomplishment. There is no way I could have finished those sixty-five paintings! I will finish my goal in phases.FRONT VIEW OF PAINTINGS "REFLECTIONS FROM MY HOMELAND."
I was putting the labels on the paintings.
ART SHOW SET UP It was singing with colors as we displayed the paintings side by side, coordinated by colorful table clothes & centerpieces.
ANOTHER VIEW OF SET UP Simon, my grandson was taking a break.

WITH THANKS I am very grateful to God for making my dreams come true. I deeply appreciate my supportive husband. Because of him, I was able to paint leisurely without financial worries. Thanks for my children and grand kids for making this event a memorable and unforgettable one. Many thanks to my cousin Cely, for her culinary gift. Her talent was inspiring and made the appetizers truly beautiful. Thanks to all my family and friends who were there to share my joy and long life.
NEXT WEEK , I'll post photos about the food, entertainment and other interesting part of the celebration. Art is empowering. I encourage you to surround yourself with art, and live it. Thanks for visiting and stay tune for more.