Watercolor Chronicles: Is It Summer Yet?

One of the many things that can actually help me destress is through watercolor painting.

This painting is inspired by one of Maria’s paintings (her ig is @ maria_morjane)– a watercolor artist. She’s really amazing, friendly and an overall great person.

I used winsor and newton cotman set for the most parts but used Gouache at the same time.


Watercolor Chronicles: Small Art Pieces

This is how I am spending my Saturday night; shaking off all the bad vibes and stress this week has given me. Whoo!

These small art pieces are painted using winsor and newton cotman 45 half pan set on canson watercolor paper. Pēbēo was used for some details. 🤗

Art inspiration from Pinterest of course 💖

Watercolor Chronicles: “It’s All I Have”

When you’ve given everything but it’s still not enough. When they ask you “is that it?” and you answer “it’s all I ever have to begin with”

I got me some art inspiration from Miss Enon De Belen. (look her up on instagram)

I first saw her loose watercolour portraits last year and that’s when I started to like watercolour. All her artworks are my peg but I can’t seem to come close to her magic. She’s really such a talented artist! You better check her out!


This was painted on Canson Watercolor Paper using 2 brushes (I forgot the sizes) together with Wisnor and Newton 45 half pan set (cotman;student grade paints)

Watercolor Chronicles: “Silent Screams”


The ironies of life are sometimes hard to carry. More often than not, you want to scream so bad but you need to be silent, calm and focused.

Silent screams are sort of a power. You acknowledge the heaviness and the burdensome feeling yet you choose to keep quiet because sometimes, all you can do is focus and not lose your shit.

Again, I have a different picture in mind but somehow, my hands have a different plan. As usual, it turned out as something I wasn’t expecting but nonetheless, I guess it’s still fine.

This was painted on Canson Watercolor Paper using 2 brushes (I forgot the sizes) together with Wisnor and Newton 45 half pan set (cotman;student grade paints)

Watercolor Chronicles: Bittersweet

Seeing the sunset is one of the greatest things life has to offer. How glorious it is to witness nature unfold in front of you? I dare say I love looking at sunsets, I love the sky in general. It gives me a lot of electric emotions. It gives me so much more that sometimes, I forget how to handle my own heart.

Sunsets are great but it symbolizes a lot of things. Both happy and sad. Sometimes hopeful, sometimes tragic.

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Bittersweet (2017)

I’ll share with you the poem I created after painting the (melt-y) sunset. I pictured it differently but somehow, I liked how it turned out.

“It’s when the world seems to be melting right before your eyes. When the sun is setting yet you don’t want goodbyes. When you are forced to close the chapter but you know it’s still not going to be better. When it’s the end but you are not ready, not yet, it can’t be over” (Althea CCC 2017)


I picture something I want to paint inside my head. I don’t look at references most of the time and then I end up not being able to deliver or execute how I pictured it in my head so that’s why it turned out to be melty. Sometimes, I’d look at references and deliver okay looking paintings but I feel empty. Now, I picture my own image and it turned out differently. I don’t know why I am telling you this though HAHAHA.

Silent Celebration

I’ll call this artwork “Silent Celebration”

Before anything else, apparently my scheduled posts were not posted because I think it is scheduled for 2018 🤦🏻‍♀️ my bad. I shall edit it in a bit.

Just updating and sharing with you what recent life struggles brought me to painting this “wolf”. I know it may not look like one but I did try my best though. Hah!

Will be keeping ya’ll posted soon!

Art Fair Philippines 2017

The Art Fair Philippines 2017 is an annual art fair event. It was held in The Link Parking, Makati City. Being an artist of a boyfriend, Kyx’s friends are artist themselves (of course) and some really pursued traditional painting (unlike Kyx who was more on the digital side).

(Here are some pieces and I’ll get to adding some more)

Ticket prices are 250.00 per head (about 2-3 US Dollars) not really expensive and I must say quite a bargain already. For students, they’d only pay 50 pesos (a dollar) and for the students of Makati City they would be free of charge as long as they have an ID.

I think it was a 3 day fair (Sorry I’m always not sure lol) we went on the 2nd day, Saturday February 18, 2017. There was a long line to get to the event. I think we waited for a good 30 minutes before we were allowed to pay for our tickets. After getting our tickets, we went straight to the 6th floor where Art Underground is (that’s Marc’s art representative; sorry to be politically incorrect cause in all honesty, I don’t know what it’s called but it’s just Marc’s management I believe) so we roamed around first and checked out the art pieces we can see. There were lots and lots and lots of art pieces that we were not able to see because basically the whole 6th to 11th floor have art pieces in them. Kyx and I were able to check out the art pieces on the 6th floor, which I will show you.. I wasn’t able to take a photo on all the art pieces cause either I am awkward or there are lots of other people taking photos.

The only driving force why Kyx and I went to the art fair was that our friend Marc Aran Reyes is showcasing his 3 huge pieces called “The Oneiric Time Piece”. Though we really loved the other art pieces, we went there mainly to support our friend.

I am keeping myself off from writing more about Marc but I can’t help it! Marc is such a wonderful person and an amazing artist. He’s always very humble and down to earth despite the fact that he is starting to rise in the art scene. Famous people and celebrities are lining up for his art work and his art are always sold out! Ahhhh I can’t be any prouder and happier for Marc. He deserves it!

He is so passionate and we can’t help but be really proud of him and his success.

Okay, enough of y fan-girling for my friend.

The only other thing that I didn’t like was a lot of people went there not because they’re enthusiasts but because they want to join the bandwagon. Not big of a problem in there but basic art manners are not even observed! A lot of other people are TOUCHING the art pieces my oh my. It’s horrific. Please people, do not touch the art works unless it is to be touched. It’s okay to take photos of it but make sure to be very careful. Also, make sure you don’t take photos with flash if advised.

Over all, the art fair was a great experience. I love every painting I saw and I got more and more inspired to do well in my watercolour paintings lol. I know I won’t be as big as Marc but whatev.

Here’s a group photo that our friend Kaye took. 

The Oneiric Time Piece by Marc Aran Reyes

How I see these art works are far beyond words. I can’t even find the words that put justice on Marc’s art works. You see, Marc Aran Reyes—the artist behind The Oneiric Time Piece (and lots more) has the minimalist style. All black and white and grey. You’d think this is simple and easy but the striking thing about his artworks are how detailed they all are. There’s a certain magnificence in it that even non art lovers could be captivated by this.

I mean you don’t need to be someone who loves art on a daily basis to be able to appreciate his works because his art works captivate the whole world (at least in my opinion)

The description about the “The Oneiric Time Piece” is also included in this post as a photo so you can read on about it. But here’s my interpretation:

The Oneiric Time Piece depicts a dream-like state unravelling the past, present and future. It’s like a parallel universe, slightly and ever so different from reality with eerie feelings of de javu, of knowing something but you can’t quite put your finger on it.

The Arduous Past depicts the tough times, the difficulty upon reaching something, someone.

The Wistful Present shows the sadness and loneliness symbolized by solitude but somehow hoping for a better future.

The Audacious Future showcases how the past and present affected the situation in the future. That being strained and lonely in both the past and present results to a boldness and fearlessness. A sort of surrender in a fierce manner.

These three amazing artworks may not be easily interpreted or may not be interpreted as to how the artist himself would but it gives you something that you can look at and interpret in your own manner. I like artworks like this. Beautifully created, unique and captivating. Relatable but different.

Marc Aran Reyes is an artist everyone should watch out for. His artworks will captivate you both heart and soul. His creation wouldn’t just be aesthetically satisfying and beautiful, but it will pound your brains and hearts—making you want to have more of it if possible. I guess being an enthusiast, I could say that his artworks capture my emotional side, the little heart in my head that speaks with a tiny voice almost unheard often times.

Everything Marc creates give me a slight electric shock. So satisfyingly good.

Also if I may add, my goodness his pieces are all very detailed you won’t even think it’s a freaking painting! Mind you, his works are oil on canvas!! It looks like a freaking photograph I can’t even. Ahhhhh Marc is soooooo friggin good!!!! Oh well. Marc is our friend and no I am not biased. 😀

Daddy’s Harley

I’ve been experiencing this my whole life and now I feel like I realized yet again a wonderful thing. People are not just people, not someone we can lean on when we need someone—when we need a shoulder to cry one. We are not mere people existing for ourselves and for others, we exist with a purpose and it’s not just to be there, but to be someone more in depth, more connected to the soul. Many times we meet people and all of a sudden they get close to us and we get so attached to them not because they give us gifts, not because they give us what we want but because they exist in our lives as blessings.

Daddy Eddie is the dad of my brother’s wife. He lives in the States and has not came home for 8 years but just last week (was it last week or last last week?) he came home! Ate Erin (his daughter, the wife of my brother) was so ecstatic when she gave me the news that her dad will be home for a couple of weeks! She also told me that her dad hasn’t come home for a long time and now he will be here again, I was so happy for her! She would finally be with her dad again after soooo long plus Nathan, her son would have the opportunity to spend time with his grandfather again. I was genuinely happy for them, for everyone. I am a very family oriented person and I am so attached to everyone in our family, especially with my mom. For me, it is true that family comes first. It’s true that I will literally drop everything when it comes to my family and so that’s where I was coming from.

I didn’t meet Daddy Eddie the same day he arrived, I couldn’t remember if I was stuck at work or somewhere. Then I guess after a day or two, I went to our house and finally met Daddy. He was very cheerful and friendly. He greeted us immediately with warmth and that’s the beginning of a fun relationship with Daddy. It was followed with several drinking nights with the whole family just talking about stuff and that’s for me—a great thing. You know, having your kids around you, you guys drinking together and talking about random things, laughing about every single thing? It’s quite a wonderful blessing if you ask me.

But the days are really quick and time flies by when you are having fun. Tomorrow, Daddy leaves again for the States and I’m guessing it would take quite a bit again before he comes back home. So before he leaves, Kyx and I decided to give him a piece of our hearts through a watercolour painting.

Daddy enjoys his Harley when he has free time, he talked about it and told us stories, how fun it was and all that, which is why Kyx and I decided to paint a Harley motorbike.

This is the same model as Daddy’s Harley but we played with the colors to symbolize fun and adventure. I thin daddy’s motorbike is black or somewhere between dark hues so I feel like if we painted it the same way it might look dull ? So that’s why we sort of played with it lol.

This painting is accomplished using:

Winsor & Newton Cotman set (watercolour), Pebeo’s Gouache paints with Deovir sable brushes on Canson Montval 140lb cold pressed watercolour paper.

Sketch by: Kyxarie Peralta (check him out on http://behance.net/kyx )

Color by: Althea Cargado (Yours Truly) and Kyxarie Peralta

This painting symbolizes passion, love, adventure and fun.

Thank you daddy for imparting your knowledge and showering us with your love and thoughtfulness. We will surely miss you and we are looking forward til your next visit. We love you so much Daddy!

Short Update!

Today I realized being an adult can sometimes be too much to handle!

– so tired, drank a bottle of beer last night but I have to get up early even on a Sunday just to workout.

– why am I still having breakouts? I used a Maybelline BB Cream only to have my face break out like a teenager. I wanna cry.

– now I have to do big sister errands and good daughter appointments for my family. Though I love to be of service to my family, I hate how my face has too many little dots hahaha.

– I sketched and painted for a good 15 minutes just so I could release some stress. Here’s what I came up with! 

How’s your day going? I’ll write about my weekend later tonight!