FEATURED ARTIST: El Maestro Edbon Sevilleno

A true-blue Negrense, Edbon Sevilleno, grew up in the quiet town of Saravia in Negros Occidental, Philippines. In his senior year at St. Joseph’s Academy, that was when he met our brother Emil. He later on pursued to study Fine Arts at La Consolacion College and then the rest is history. They have been friends for almost four decades now and have been in touch with each other since. They make it a point to meet up whenever both their time and availability permit.

Just a few weeks ago, we had a great pleasure of meeting Manong Edbon and his doting wife, Chen, in Manila. Although we only spent a very limited time with them, we were able to get to know them more. Manong Edbon even showed us images of some of his works from his mobile phone. His artworks come in various forms and medium—from comic strips, illustrations, portraits, sketches, and, of course, paintings.

Here are just some of our favourites:

Ambon sa Binondo Watercolour on Paper 53 x 73 cm Edbon Sevilleno 2015

© Edbon Sevilleno Ambon sa Binondo (Drizzle in Binondo), 2015 Watercolour on Paper 53cm x 73cm

Diniwid Beach Boracay 30 x 40 cm Plein Air © Edbon Sevilleno 2014

© Edbon Sevilleno Diniwid Beach Boracay, 2014 Plein Air 30cm x 40cm

Galing Milling Season Coffee Stain & Mascovado © Edbon Sevilleno 2012

© Edbon Sevilleno Galing (Milling Season), 2012 Coffee Stain & Mascovado

Isang Kahig... Watercolor on W&N Artist WC Paper 300 gm 55x75 cm © Edbon Sevilleno 2014

© Edbon Sevilleno Isang Kahig…, 2014 Watercolour on W&N Artist WC Paper 300g 55cm x 75cm

© Edbon Sevilleno Taksim Tram, 2015 Watercolour on Sugar Cane Art Paper 36cm x 48cm

© Edbon Sevilleno Taksim Tram, 2015 Watercolour on Sugar Cane Art Paper 36cm x 48cm

Kabo (Chief) © Edbon Sevilleno 2014

© Edbon Sevilleno Kabo (Chief), 2014

Landong sa akon dalanon Shadows on my path 36 x 48 cm Watercolour on Lana Sugar Cane Paper 280 gsm © Edbon Sevilleno 2015

© Edbon Sevilleno Landong sa akon dalanon (Shadows on my path), 2015 Watercolour on Lana Sugar Cane Paper 280g 36cm x 48cm

Qadeem Jeddah 60 X 45 cm Watercolor on 140 lb WC Paper © Edbon Sevilleno 2015 Scanned Version

© Edbon Sevilleno Qadeem Jeddah, 2015 Watercolour on 140lb WC Paper Scanned Version 60cm x 45cm

Tay Kapuy (Dad is Tired) 23 x 32 cm Watercolor © Edbon Sevilleno 2016

© Edbon Sevilleno Tay Kapuy (Dad is Tired), 2016 Watercolour 23 cm x 32 cm

This multi-awarded artist is now based in the Middle East where he works as a Creative Director at a multinational advertising and branding agency. With several one-man-shows and group exhibitions in his portfolio, he takes pride in giving back to the community, especially to his roots—Negros Occidental province.

During his annual vacation in his hometown, he would conduct Master Classes in Bacolod City. These hands-on workshops aim to teach young artists and even those who wanted to start to learn how to paint. This gesture of giving back and sharing his talent is truly admirable; and since it is innate in him, he would occasionally post bits and pieces of tips and tutorials on his Facebook Page.

While Manong Edbon humbly describes himself as “a prolific art nomad,” he is very well-respected, too, by his peers not just for his artistry but also for his kindness and humility. His works were featured in various art exhibitions abroad, and, in his homeland, The Philippines.

See more of his amazing works on these links: sinkosiete.deviantart.com; fineartamerica.com/profiles/edbon-sevilleno

Author’s Note: All images used with permission from the featured artist.

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Water to Fire – Ode to Dragon Boat

Water to Fire - Ode to Dragon Boat
Twelve, twenty-two crew – paddle as one,
Carbon fibre or wood–their magic wands;
The drummer starts the beat,
The helm completes the feat;
All twelve, all twenty two–move like one,
Amidst rain, wind or sun.

Together they create poetry,
Lines of resolve and diligence
Stanzas of drills and practices,
Verses of pain and patience,
Perseverance in rhythmic metres,
To a song of dexterity.

Steady focus on starts.
Breathe hard, breathe in silence.

Are you ready?
Attention.
GO!

Kick-start solid strokes of thirty, even forty.
Break apart, destruct fiercely,
Propel the boat. Push!

Two hundred fifty metres or five hundred premier,
Race distance does matter.
With primed muscles for endurance,
Aggression’s aflame,
One and same in goal, in persistence,
Oh, the paddlers, fearless and fierce.

Slice, shave the waters,
Discern the rhyme, feel the sliver,
Progress in synchrony;
Longer reach—be one with water,
Stronger, deeper catch,
Hard and quick to clinch the match.

Breathe properly throughout the course,
Consume the wind, accept its force;
Feel the boat’s glide, retain stability,
In middle of lane, it must remain;
Thru merged force, render the strategy,
Relive the trainings and months of mastery.

Paddle in synchrony, let the dragons fly;
With outstretched hands, make them breathe fire;
Obey its commands, hear them cry—
The dragon boats morph like flames in the sky.

Fire up the blades, burn the waters—
Burn the lakes, bays and rivers;
Whilst near to finish, the stroke rate increases,
Scream! Battle on a millisecond gap;
Claim the victory, return ashore safely,
Prepare to rest, another heat to progress.

‘Tis the journey of brave paddlers,
Soaked in water, cloaked with fire;
Such poetry of synergy,
Teamwork and bravery.

Make More Mistakes and Learn from Them

Make More Mistakes and Learn from Them


To arrive at what one really believes, one must speak through lips different from one’s own.
Oscar Wilde, The Critic as Artist


Lettering Credit: @yourefinevalentine

Lovin’ Oz

The following images were taken from a recent trip to Australia; and, through the prism of this photographer’s eyes, you’d fall in love with the country even more. However, if one hasn’t gone Down Under yet, these fetching images will make you want to go all the more.

Have a glimpse of Australia’s beaches, cafes, facades, buildings, sidewalks, sculptures, flowers, tunnels and graffiti in a rather differently gorgeous light.

Lovin' Oz by Jay Valentine

Lovin' Oz by Jay Valentine

Lovin' Oz by Jay Valentine

Lovin' Oz by Jay Valentine

Lovin' Oz by Jay Valentine

Lovin' Oz by Jay Valentine

Lovin' Oz by Jay Valentine

Lovin' Oz by Jay Valentine

Lovin' Oz by Jay Valentine

Lovin' Oz by Jay Valentine

Lovin' Oz by Jay Valentine

Lovin' Oz by Jay Valentine

Lovin' Oz by Jay Valentine

Lovin' Oz by Jay Valentine

Lovin' Oz by Jay Valentine

Lovin' Oz by Jay Valentine

Lovin' Oz by Jay Valentine

Lovin' Oz by Jay Valentine

Lovin' Oz by Jay Valentine

Model: Mabel Grace

Lovin' Oz by Jay Valentine

Lovin' Oz by Jay Valentine

Lovin' Oz by Jay Valentine

Lovin' Oz by Jay Valentine

Lovin' Oz by Jay Valentine

Lovin' Oz by Jay Valentine

Lovin' Oz by Jay Valentine

Lovin' Oz by Jay Valentine

Lovin' Oz by Jay Valentine

Lovin' Oz by Jay Valentine
 


All images used with permission from Photographer © Jay Valentine.

Photo of the Day | Fountain of Neptune

Plaza de la Virgen, Valencia, Spain

Subject: Fountain of Neptune/Turia Fountain
Location: Plaza de la Virgen, Valencia, Spain
Sculptor: Silvestre Edeta