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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original painting by Che: 11×15 on Arches paper

I am fond of taking photos of random things, that’s why my phone is always full. This watercolor painting was inspired by one of those photos I took when I went to a Filipino store here in San Diego to buy fish and basically do my grocery shopping for Pinoy ingredients. I grew up in Malabon/Navotas where fishing is one of the main sources of income. I have seen so many species of fish in our local market that’s not usual in other markets in Manila. I got inspired to paint this to honor my father who was a fisherman. I remember the times when he would bring us, his children, to ride a boat and tour us around Malabon river just for fun.

Here’s to commemorate my father’s legacy. I believe 51% of my artistic inclination came from my paternal side. September is always for you, ‘tay (dad)! Your memory lives on…

 

 

Summer Art

One of the benefits of summer vacation is to have time to just chill at home and get bored :) without any worries of waking up very early to prepare for school or work. We don’t let our chores get in the way and we let ourselves in pjs all day. Drawing in sticky notes or in canvas and paper, it doesn’t matter as long as we’re having a great time. Sometimes we get frustrated because we don’t get the results we wanted, sometimes we get revitalized by the splashes of colors that accidentally formed in the palette but it’s all part of the fun! We’ve done some paintings this summer!. On days when we can’t get out to the beach, we painted waves, ocean, fish, boats and flowers. Welcome to our mother & daughter summer art!

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Camping: Lake Powell

This is what camping on a 100 F weather in Arizona looks like. Everything is bright and clear till 8:30 p.m. Welcome to Wahweap Campground in Lake Powell, Page, Arizona! This is Lake Powell Resort’s campground area. The view is amazing & relaxing. It was a busy season. Glad we made a reservation just in time. Given some more years and the trees will grow much more, providing bigger shades and it will be perfect. lakepowell

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Here we pitched our tent carefully because it was super windy that time. We saw some flying tents around! And while it’s still 100 degrees, we went to the resort’s lounge to have dinner and avail of their wifi. How can I survive with my GPRS cellphone signal?  lakepowell2

At 9:30 p.m. we were swimming under the stars. Cool! Yes, we needed this to relax our tired bodies from the long drive. Resort amenities are also open for campers. Yay! But the problem with swimming, you have to take a shower, dry up before you go back to the tent and sleep. Complex task!
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Our first night was awesome. The night sky was clear and stars were very visible, we even saw the Milky Way! For the first time, I saw a shooting star. :) It was nice to just lie down on a beach chair under the bare sky and watch the stars till you get sleepy. Adrian was busy with his telescope that night.
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At 6 a.m. I woke up to this calm view and prepared our breakfast composed of baked salmon, pork tocino & quinoa multigrain rice mix (wow fancy! fancy leftovers 😉 )…Everybody was able to sleep well. Thank God for camping fans. It’s rare that we get to use fans in camping. Yes, because it’s summer and we’re in Arizona. :)

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Watercolor Study: Labrador, Mailboxes, Villa, Gerberas, Portrait

This is my first ever dog painting and hopefully not the last coz I’m gathering my strength to paint our white bichon named Poochie. :) Soon! Below are some of my other watercolor paintings.

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Mailboxes and geranium (11×15)

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Italian Villa (14×10)

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Thai Lady (14×10)

Hiking: Garnet Peak

One of my most favorite hikes in San Diego is Garnet Peak in Mt. Laguna. It’s about 6,000 ft. above sea level.  It’s an easy 3 to 4 miles hike from where we started. I know there’s another start area closer to the hike but we chose the longer trail. garnet1

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It’s windy and sunny at the same time. Mich looked like she’s sporting a new hairdo. :) We had spectacular views of Laguna Mountains and Anza Borrego desert.
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The last stretch of our hike to the summit.
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Selfie time!
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We left the selfie pod at home so he improvised one. We’re the only ones on the summit.
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This is a highly recommended hike but be sure to check out the weather especially wind advisory.

 

 

 

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