Thursday, October 12, 2023

"UNLOCK YOUR INNER ART COLLECTOR: Join ARTipolo's Exclusive Art Raffle"

Are you ready to dive into the vibrant art world and potentially bring home a masterpiece? From October 5 to 8, 2023, the ARTipolo Group made its dazzling debut at Gateway's Art Fair, and it was a spectacle to behold. What makes this art extravaganza truly special is the ARTipolo Art Raffle, where everyone's a winner with a magnificent painting to call their own.

“White Bougainvillea” 12” x 10” Soft Pastel on Canson Paper 2023 Tam Urao
Picture this: 25 remarkable artists, both budding talents and renowned professionals, united by a shared passion for art. Their mission? To raise funds for the event by generously gifting away their artworks as raffle prizes. Among these remarkable creators are luminaries like Mr. Pol A. Mesina Jr., Mr. Tam Urao, Mr. Rodgie Gapayao, Mr. Mark Joseph Beloria, Ms. Marj Sula-Aquino, Ms. Kaur Jaspreet, Mr. Jun Vicaldo, and Ms. Marge DC Gomez. Their creations are worth far more than the raffle ticket you're about to purchase. Yours truly is a part of this extraordinary group event, and we are ready to share this unique opportunity with you.

But here's the real magic – the raffle tickets are a rare commodity, with only 25 available. That's right, just 25 chances to win a piece of artistry that would typically cost a small fortune. 

Now, let's talk numbers. The raffle ticket is an absolute steal at only PhP 3,000. Yes, you read that correctly: a mere PhP 3,000 for a chance to own an artwork that could easily grace the walls of a prestigious gallery. It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that you won't want to miss.

Whether you're an art aficionado, a casual admirer, or someone just dipping their toes into the art world, this event is designed for you. With only 25 tickets available, securing your spot in this artistic lottery is an investment in creativity and a testament to your support for the thriving Filipino art community.

So, what are you waiting for? Take your chance to become a part of this exclusive experience. Contact us now if you're interested or have any questions, and we'll be delighted to assist you. Please send me a message on my FB Page, Cascade Art Studio.  

Join us in celebrating the vibrant spirit of Filipino artistry and stand a chance to take home a masterpiece. Make your mark on the art world with ARTipolo's Art Raffle!

Posies Acrylic on paper 16 " x 11 " 2023 Pol A. Mesina, Jr.

Monkeys and Dragons are Good Friends Oil on canvas 12" x 24" 2023 Marge Dela Cruz - Gomez

Serenity | 2023 Acrylic on Canvas 12"x12" Marj Sula-Aquino

SoƱas Garden 16 " x 20 " Acrylic on wood Wood panel 2023 Mark Joseph Beloria

Anihan Ng Sibuyas 12x16" Acrylic on canvas 2023 Rodgie Gapayao
Fire Bird Acrylic on canvas 12" x 12" 2019 Jun Vicaldo
Summer ll Acrylic on canvas 24 x18 inches Jaspreet Kaur

All participating ARTipolo Artists

Tuesday, August 8, 2023

How to Draw or Sketch Inanimate Objects Easily?

Freehand sketching is a form of drawing that doesn't rely on technical aids or precise measurements. It allows for a more expressive and creative representation of objects and scenes. Here's a step-by-step guide on how to do freehand sketching:

Materials you'll need:

  1. Pencil (preferably an HB or 2B for versatility)
  2. Sketchbook or plain paper
  3. Eraser
  4. Optional: Charcoal or pen for experimenting with different styles

Step-by-step guide:

  1. Observe and choose a subject: Look around your surroundings or find a reference image or object to sketch. Start with simple objects or scenes when you're just beginning.
  2. Warm-up exercises: Before diving into your main sketch, do warm-up exercises to sync your hand and mind. Try drawing circles, straight lines, curves, and squiggles to loosen up your wrist.
  3. Basic shapes and proportions: Start by blocking the basic outlines of your subject. Use simple geometric forms like circles, ovals, rectangles, or triangles to represent different subject elements. Pay attention to the proportions and relationships between these shapes.
  4. Light lines: Begin sketching with light, faint streaks. Avoid pressing too hard on the pencil to make it easier to adjust and refine your sketch later.
  5. Contour lines: Focus on the outlines or contours of your subject. Follow the edges and curves to define the shape. Remember, you're not aiming for perfection, so don't fear imperfections or mistakes.
  6. Details and shading: Add more details to your sketch once you have the basic outline. Observe the shadows and highlights to add depth and dimension to your drawing. Use hatching (parallel lines), cross-hatching (overlapping lines), or stippling (dots) to create different shading effects.
  7. Keep it loose and expressive: Embrace the imperfections and variations in your sketch. Freehand drawing is about capturing the essence and feel of the subject rather than creating a perfect replica.
  8. Practice regularly: Freehand sketching, like any skill, improves with practice. Set aside time each day or week to draw different subjects and experiment with various techniques.
  9. Learn from others: Study the works of other artists and sketchers. Watch tutorials, read books on sketching, and attend workshops to learn new techniques and gather inspiration.
  10. Be patient and have fun: Don't be too hard on yourself if your sketches don't turn out as you imagined. Keep experimenting, exploring, and enjoying the process of freehand sketching.

Remember, the beauty of freehand sketching lies in its spontaneity and individuality. Let your style and creativity shine through, and don't be afraid to make mistakes. Happy sketching!

Thursday, May 18, 2023

Free online lesson on Oil Pastel Drawing - Saturday Art Class excerpts

Last 22 April 2023, we had a face-to-face online class at my Cascade Art Studio in Project 4, Quezon City. The medium we used was oil pastel. This medium is cheaper than oil paint, easier to manage by children, and for art experts, it can be very versatile if we learn how to manage its use.

CASCADE's Saturday Art Classes are affordable classes on art for children and adults. We offer PHP 350 per participant for a two (2) days-2 hours session on Saturdays. I have a regular job and still wish to share my talent in art by holding these art classes at home. Art classes are expensive, not to mention the prices of art materials. But Art Classes can be of big help to individuals to improve their focus and divert unwanted thoughts. It can also be self-expression or a form of mental health exercise.

Today, I am sharing an excerpt from our Saturday Art Classes. We hope you'll get inspired by this, and if you wish to join our Saturday Art Classes, feel free to message me using the links in this blog or at my FB Account: CASCADE Art Studio.

We also encourage you to share your work through the comment box. You may also send a direct message. I will feature your work in our blog.

You may also visit my YouTube for the next featured video:

Wednesday, April 12, 2023

Dumaguete's Golden Beauty: A Muse for Artistic Inspiration

Step into the world of Dumaguete's mesmerizing beauty, a source of endless inspiration for artists and nature enthusiasts alike. Today, I break from my usual content to share my profound appreciation for the golden hours of Dumaguete, as seen through the lens of an artist's soul. Join me on this visual journey as I explore how this enchanting destination has rekindled my passion for art, all while discovering the awe-inspiring charm within its boundaries.

Captivating Beginnings:
My fortunate profession allows me to traverse the picturesque landscapes of our country through various event travels. These journeys serve as both a reminder and an invitation to delve into the world of art. In December 2022, I was privileged to set foot on the Bay Walk of Dumaguete City, not knowing what to expect. At first glance, the waters appeared unassuming, but the magic of the golden hour unveiled a breathtaking spectacle.

The Magic of Nature's Timekeepers:
Amidst my travels, I've discovered that two moments during the day consistently leave me in a state of wonder. It's the golden hours, both at dawn and dusk, when the world baths in soft, golden hues. These moments possess an ethereal quality that's impossible to ignore.

Art as a Gift:
In my artistic journey, I've understood that you can find the most significant source of inspiration can be found in the natural world. Nature's beauty is a gift in itself, and so is artistic talent. Capturing nature's wonders with the gift of creativity is my way of expressing gratitude to our Creator. These creations are not just art but a glimpse into my heart—a testament to the tranquility and hope they bring to those who behold them.

A Visual Journey:
I've prepared a video that encapsulates the magic of Dumaguete's golden hours to offer a glimpse into my perspective. It will convey what my eyes have been fortunate enough to witness. Please take a moment to enjoy it, and I would love to hear your thoughts.

Dumaguete's golden beauty is an unending wellspring of inspiration and a reminder of the profound artistry in our natural world. I am thankful for the privilege of experiencing its magic, and I hope this journey has ignited your sense of wonder. If you enjoyed the video, please share your thoughts, and thank you for taking this visual voyage with me.

Thursday, March 9, 2023

5th Year of Mujeres Del Artes - In Celebration of Women's Month and in honor to Ms. Dyna Ondoy

Last 5 March 2023, Sunday, thirty-two (32) women artists of ARTipolo held the opening for the 5th year All-Women group exhibit to commemorate Women's month and to give tribute to the late Ms. Dyna Ondoy, member of the board of ARTipolo Group.

This year, the Mujeres Del Artes is chaired by Ms. Marie Claire Olondriz, a member of the ARTipolo board and an impressionism painter. The event is participated by the following female artists (see poster below):

The program for the opening started with a prayer song, and prayer led by Ms. Corazon Patarata, followed by the singing of the National Anthem. After the opening proper, Mr. Pol Mesina, Jr. welcomed the participants, guests, and members who were present during the said event. He explained that the objective of the said event is not just to celebrate Women's Month but also to honor the memories of Ms. Dyna Ondoy, an active member of the ARTipolo group, well respected and acknowledged by the members. She was the finance head or treasure of the group and she always gave great ideas that helped the group develop and be known by many in the art field. Mr. Pol also shared that Ms. Dyna Ondoy has held solo exhibits that earned millions for its beneficiaries. She openly shared her talent to help others and not much for her welfare.  

Mr. Edwin Ondoy, the husband of Ms. Dyna also shared a special message about the group. He mentioned in his speech that the ARTipolo group indeed played an important part in making Ms. Dyna happy in life. Before Ms. Dyna succumbed to rest, she humbly tell her husband that she feels her talent is given to her not for her to own but to share. She always wears a smile whenever she joins exhibits and she never showed her frailties so as not to cause worries to others. Mr. Edwin thanked the group and expressed that ARTipolo is a family of the Ondoy. There are still some works of art by Ms. Dyna that he shared with the group so that her work will still be enjoyed by many.

After Mr. Edwin Ondoy's remarks, a video message from the exhibit's curator, Ms. Magel Cadapan was played. She was sorry that she was not able to be present but the felt privileged to be offering her best wishes for the success of the group. She congratulated the women who joined the exhibit. Right after Ms. Magel's message, we invited the rest of the Guests of Honor to share their thoughts and message with all participating artists. Here are the lists of guests present during that day:

  • Ms. Charito Dolot of Soroptimist Antipolo Chapter
  • Mr. Romeo Gutierrez, an Art Professor and Visual Artist
  • Ms. Cyd Marquez, from Soroptimist
  • The representative sent by Gov. Nina Ricci Alcantara Ynares-Chionbian, Dr. Corazon S. Lacerna of Provincial Tourism Office
  • Ms. Mikaela Hallare, the COO of LeBlanc

Among the Guests of Honor is Ms. Ivy Averilla, the best friend of Ms. Dyna Ondoy. She talked last among the guests, and her message is followed by members of ARTipolo who have long known Ms. Dyna Ondoy, to share a few memorable experiences they had with Ms. Dyna. Everyone was elated and nostalgic as they reminisced on Ms. Ondoy's kindness, humbleness, and open smiles. Those who have shared are...

  • Ms. Eleanor Habal-Robleza
  • Mr. Aris Venturez
  • Ms. Chriselle Guzik
  • Mr. Mark Joseph Beloria
  • Mr. Jun Vicaldo, and 
  • Ms. Corazon Patarata

After their messages, a quick, unplanned, unpracticed but fun dance of the exhibitors brought touches of laughter and fun to all who were present during the event. This lifted the spirit of everyone. Then the opening of the exhibit is done with a ceremonial toast.  

As everyone lined up for the potluck snacks, Ms. Paulette, daughter of one of our exhibitors, Ms. Dea Solis, enlivened the atmosphere with her theatrical rendition. 

Four (4) paintings were sold that day. There are still many beautiful pieces waiting to find their home. The exhibit will run until the end of this month, March 30, 2023. We invite all art enthusiasts to check out our exhibit at Hotel Leblanc. For a taste of what is in store, see some of the paintings on the exhibit below.

Here are some photos of guests and exhibitors during the opening ceremony: 


Psalms 46:5

“God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.”

King James Version (KJV)

"To God be the Glory!"


Tuesday, January 3, 2023


If you are looking for a place to get inspired or enjoy creativity, this is one place you should check out - MC Bar and Restaurant.  It is located at F. Calderon St., corner Jose Abad Santos, Little Baguio San Juan Quezon City.

Last 30 December 2022, ARTipolo Group's new Board of Directors visited Atty. Roland Tulay's exhibit at his very own resto-bar. We were fed, had some chill time, and met amazingly groovy people from the Department of Agriculture (DA), where Atty. Tulay also works at. It was a fresh revelation to witness individuals you may categorize as severe or profound but fun-loving, extremely creative, and adventurous when viewed differently. You cannot really "judge" a book by its cover (and so I was thinking, which side is the cover? LOL). For one, Atty. Tulay sings well... talks well... and paints really-really well! His passion is remarkable.

Atty. Roland Tulay with ARTipolo Board Directors

During that night, Atty. Tulay introduced us to Korean cuisine, and we enjoyed the food. The attorney also introduced the members of his crew. You will be surprised as he proudly shared how his chef will leave him by January to go to New Zealand for greener pastures. He is proud that he found a gem and willing to let go of him. Another one of the crew was introduced to us as "not a waiter" but actually a tattoo artist helping him part-time to jam with him in MC Bar and Resto. 

As mentioned earlier, the DA people were also there. Halfway through our stay, Ms. Kristine Y. Evangelista, Assistant Secretary for Consumer Affairs and DA Spokesperson, arrived. You may have heard of her if you were monitoring the news because of the shortage of onions. 

From left to right:  Engr. Ysmael Fontanilla, ARTipolo President Pol Mesina Jr., children of Ms. Evangelista, ASEC/spokesperson Kristine Evangelista, Atty. Roland Tulay, Mary Rose Gob, Maritess Mesina, Marie Claire Olondris-De Chavez, Mr. & Mrs. Mavic/Jun Vicaldo 

Atty. Tulay introduced Ms. Evangelista to us, and we grabbed the opportunity for a photoshoot. 

Then as Atty. Tulay showed Ms. Evangelista her exhibit, explaining each panel on the show; I listened intently to understand his painting process. To share how he worked on his art, here's some of Atty. Tulay's sharing...

"I don't rush my work; it takes time to finish one painting. Most of my works are of water because I love how lights reflect on the water. Sometimes I watched the water capture its movement and tried to translate it into a canvas. Also, some of my paintings are products of my dream. Sometimes I could not take a batch for long hours just to finish my work because I don't want to forget it and lose the moment." - Atty. Tulay

Interestingly, Atty. Tulay's wife is a Fine Arts graduate, but it was Atty. Tulay spent more time producing artwork. He shared that the idea of his resto was also inspired when he attended ARTipolo's exhibit in R Gallery in March 2019. (It was an exhibit organized by Cascade Art Studio in partnership with ARtipolo Group and the Autism Society of the Philippines. The event was entitled "Cartwheel," a fundraising event to support students of CASCADE. Read the past article here: Cascade and ARTipolo Exhibit in R-Gallery).  He mentioned that there was poem reading, choir singing, and instrument playing during the opening of the event -- which gave him the idea to have the same venue where his band can practice and play, visitors can sing, dine and view paintings that adorn the walls of MC Bar and Resto.

Atty. Tulay opened the opportunities for fellow artists of ARTipolo to exhibit their works all year round. For January, come and visit this place. You may be able to buy Atty. Tulay's paintings or just dining and singing to relieve stress by the end of the day's work.

About Rose Gob

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Hello! Thank you for reading my blog. I am Rose Gob, a Knowledge Management expert, a seasoned HR and OD practitioner, an artist and an educator by heart. I have created three (3) blogs to share articles in the field of creative arts, cooperative, social enterprise industry. But among these blogs, I write more for my art blog, During the pandemic, I was able to populate my blogs with various topics. But now, I realized that I need to focus. I hope you will give me feedback for topics that you want to learn. Send me questions and I'll try my best to answer your questions. Again, thank you for reading and please do check my blogs often. Have a great day!