Portrait by Michelle

Created in May of 2011, this was my first ever portrait and one of the best any day gift I’ve received. One day, Michelle was intently looking at me while I was doing house chores. I never paid attention to what she was doing at that moment. After a few minutes of repeatedly looking at me, she gave me this portrait she drew. Sweet!

“A portrait is like an ornamental headstone. It is not for the subject, but for those who look upon it. For those you want to remember.” ― Julie Klassen, The Painter’s Daughtermommypic

Arizona: Upper Antelope

 

Sometimes you’re in the mood to have someone take a groupfie photo, and you pose with peace sign unconsciously. It happened in a snap. Later on, you realized the camera belongs to the other group in your tour. Then the owner of the Iphone saw the picture, laughs at the outcome, thinks of how to send it to you coz she thinks you got a nice photo. And to break the embarassment, you let her send the picture but she doesn’t know what airdrop means. After that, everybody’s talking about airdrop. So there was a quick tutorial inside the 4-wheel truck ride to the tour site. What an ice breaker! Everybody’s laughing. Lesson learned: Know who owns the camera before posing. :)

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Now talking about Upper Antelope, personally, I like Lower Antelope better because it’s more challenging to be inside an underground canyon and cost-wise, much cheaper. But for this trip, we considered a senior friendly tour. Our nanay marveled at the sight of the terracotta like swirly formed slot canyon. It is formed by sand, wind and water over the years. Both Antelope slot canyons are located on a Navajo nation near Page, Arizona.
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What was posted in Facebook about expectation versus reality of tourists in some of the most popular tourist spots in the world is true. See the people? You have to take selfies without photobombers in 1-2 seconds or else.

Here are some of the photos we took using cellphone:

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Welcome to Upper Antelope Canyon! upperantelope4What do you see? I can see skull. Creepy! But yeah, that’s the narrow passageway that can only fit one.

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Now, this is heart.

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Teenage mutant ninja turtle mummified version? That’s just my observation. :)

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End of the hike. Time to hop in to our rugged ride. Til next time!

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The funny thing here is, they learned how to do the peace sign. Look at the grandma on the right.:) Below is selfie with our Navajo tour guide. Then airdrop everyone! I bet he got some good gratuity that day.

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Courageous and Victorious

Today, we celebrate Michelle’s courageous attempt at being her school orchestra’s principal chair. It takes a lot of courage and determination to step out and let the whole class know that she wants to be the first chair. She accepted the responsibility to become their leader not only in class but during performances.

As parents, we can only encourage her to be patient and exercise her faith. Several times she could have been in that position but it was given to another kid. This time, she didn’t let it happen. For three days she prepared diligently. It took her hours of playing violin. And today, she’s victorious! So glad that she got what she was hoping for but more importantly, we are proud that she did it without any effort on our part. We let her evaluate the situation and take big steps to achieve her goals. We celebrate all kinds of victories in our family because we acknowledge that those victories are from the Lord. He alone can free us from our struggles. Way to go Michi girl! Your performance last February in SDYS is just the beginning.:)

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photo credit: Ritrato Photography

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photo by mom

Hiking: South and North Fortuna Mountains

This was in 2014. Hiking Fortuna mountains was a good workout. The climb to “Stairway to Heaven” was no easy feat. We started at 7:30 and finished before noon using the Tierrasanta entrance. We were with a group from hiking ministry so it was nice to meet new people and enjoyed praying at the summit. It’s a 6 mile hike with a combination of cold and warm weather ending with a little run to the car before the rain starts to pour. The views from two summits were amazingly great. A must hike for San Diegans.

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Bellflowers

Love, love flowers specially those that have unique characteristics. My painting was inspired by the colorful, pretty, and diverse campanulas or bellflowers we always see during spring hikes.

“Flowers… are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.”

~Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1844

Original Painting on Fabriano Watercolor Paper 14"x20"

Original Painting by Che on Fabriano Watercolor Paper 14″x20″

 

Salvation Mountain

Being a follower of National Geographic in instagram, I admire the works of natgeo photographer Aaron Huey. He featured the works of an old artist named Leonard Knight in his photography book, Where The Heaven Flowers Grow. And based from Aaron’s photos & updates in IG, I didn’t want to let this beautiful art be a thing of the past where I could just only see it in photos. Since the death of Mr. Knight in 2014, I think it’s quite a challenge to have someone continue to maintain his legacy. Thankfully, there’s a non-profit organization that helps preserve his artwork.

Salvation Mountain is more than 2 hours drive from San Diego but my husband and I were determined to go. Not sure though if my kids would be very happy about it since they have no idea what they will see. But grandma is here and they’re suppose to show her around.

Located in Southeast corner of California, Salvation Mountain was a product of hard work, passion and love for Jesus. This mountain artwork is an expression of the artist’s inner self and love for God that it took him more than three decades and devoted most of his remaining decades to do his creative preaching. He must be a cool, patient, free-spirited guy who lived his senior life playing with paints and dirts in the free city called Slab City.

My take on what my eyes had seen is that we can be creative and all-out in expressing our love for God. Some may find it to be just a cool “graffiti” or a hip place. Some may find it unusual and weird. But hey, the guy is preaching God’s love for everyone. Repent and invite Jesus into your heart. That’s what Mr. Knight wants to tell us.

Quoting him from an interview with LA Times, he said, “We’ve just got to start loving God more, and these things like wars wouldn’t happen”. What if we start loving Jesus more today?

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Baby Pic

Digging through old files to get a baby picture for her year book, we found this cute photo. She’s one “easy” baby. So easy that we had to wake her up most of the time to feed her cuz we think she might be starving. This was how she plays. No toys, just pillows. Lots of pillows and a king size bed. She likes to sleep. That’s how she grows tall, she sleeps a lot especially on weekends. She can sleep the whole day. michelleResubalbabypic

Green & Yellow

Still Life 9×12 on Arches paper

It’s citrus season! Got some from friends who harvested their trees the other day. I chose the ones with leaves cuz I’m making them my models. Pears & apples are from Sprouts. I’m not supposed to paint fruits today but I got carried away. I don’t want my models to wait and wither their leaves so here’s to maximizing the fruits!
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Autumn Scene

Finally, I had the time to finish what’s left off of this study since I started it in fall. Sometimes the momentum is gone and you don’t want to get back to it but you have to finish it because you don’t want to waste the paper and paints so…

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Portrait of an Old Man

Happy New Year! And happy painting! Part of me wants to conserve my energy (4th day of our #DaretoBelieve) but I pursued.

Oh well, this is my second portrait painting and I’m still learning… I better learn to paint Poochie’s portrait.

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