Have you ever played that Ice breaker game where you had to list 2 facts about yourself and 1 false statement and have everyone try to guess which one was false? I always win at this game and I credit this all to my early childhood. Let me show you why…

  1. I have climbed to the top and looked down into an active volcano.
  2. I have been responsible for turning an international flight around for an emergency landing.
  3. I didn’t wear shoes until I was 9 years old.

So can you guess which one is false? Go ahead I’ll wait.

False: No shoes until I was 9!!!! Come on, I wasn’t raised by savages! I’m just an MK (missionary kid) born and raised, til the chaotic age of 16, in the Philippines. I still consider this beautiful country my home.

That little climb to the top of a volcano was Taal Volcano. We had no tour guides then, it was just my parents, 3 siblings and our rubber shoes (that melted from the steam) making our way to the tippy top. I can still remember us holding our noses the whole way because it smelled like rotten eggs!

The airline story will have to wait for another post.

On that same family vacation where we climbed the volcano, I also was able to spend time running through the rice terraces with my siblings. I have so many incredible childhood memories, but the rice terraces and the local farmers always will be some of my favorites.

I chose to paint rice terraces for this exhibit because they connect me with my roots, the beauty of the islands and the Filipino people.

I hope you will get a chance to come see this exhibit and all the diverse cultures that will be represented by several local artists.

Artist Reception September 27 @ 6 – 8pm

The exhibit will be up from September 20 – October 27th.

“Culture is how communities come together through shared experiences, customs, art and way of life. Through the visual arts, artists will share their perspectives on their culture or a culture they admire. What are the traditions, beliefs, or celebrations that make it unique? How do our unique perspectives foster a strong community?
Hosted by the city of Clearwater Community Redevelopment Agency, the exhibit at Second Century Studios in downtown will be free and open to the public, featuring artists from the region, as well as student artists. “

Tarin Mohajeri, program coordinator for the Community Redevelopment Agency, at tarin.mohajeri@myclearwater.com

Second Century Studios. 331-A Cleveland Street 
Clearwater, FL 33756 United States

In honor of Shark Days at Mote: Real Sharks, Real Science, dive deep into the world of alcohol inks with local fine artist Heidi Stavinga! She will be hosting a series of demos in the Aquarium Courtyard for adults and guppies alike, and she will be working on some of her latest pieces in between. Take a quick peek or spend the afternoon observing her craft and asking Heidi questions about her techniques. There will also be a craft table set up for children to try their hand at making their own underwater inspired pieces.

Heidi will be in the Courtyard next to the SharkTracker exhibit from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. The children’s craft table will be set up from 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

We can’t wait to sea you there!

Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, Florida 34236

https://mote.org

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.

Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You’re doing things you’ve never done before, and more importantly, you’re Doing Something.

So that’s my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody’s ever made before. Don’t freeze, don’t stop, don’t worry that it isn’t good enough, or it isn’t perfect, whatever it is: art, or love, or work or family or life.

Whatever it is you’re scared of doing, Do it.

Make your mistakes, next year and forever.


By Neil Gaiman








After receiving so many inquires on how I enhanced my paintings, I thought I would show you! I found a fun app that can enhance any painting and turn it into a fun digital piece of art!

The app is called SuperPhoto, there is a free version or an upgraded version. The feature I used to create this artsy stained glass look is called Textured Stained Glass. I love how it takes each piece and creates such wonderful whimsy, its all of the doodling without the hand cramping!

It is a fairly basic, user friendly app so don’t let that scare you. I just love the way it looks, don’t you!


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