Muse and Musings

My latest muse, my cousin.

I’ve been inspired to create something for the past few days, but something’s holding me back. I am not sure if it’s me being a perfectionist kicking in or, I just lack the determination to make my ideas into a reality. I’ve been like this ever since I can remember. Having all sort of ideas, inspiration– overflowing creative juice as one might say. But I just can’t quite put it into the 3D world. Or is it 4D? Whichever, I’m making myself confused.  As an artist, this is my constant problem. Having great ideas is nothing if you can’t execute it. I’m quite sure that I’m not the only one who has a problem like this. Molly, an Irish artist whom I met on Couchsurfing, suffers from this as well. Although, he’s making more progress than me, for sure.

She nagged me to a have a photo shoot. And I’m glad I agreed.

We started our correspondence late last year through mail art. And we still contact each other through social networking sites. He’s been really helpful to me and to my art. I guess, it’s because he understands what I’m going through. We usually encourage each other to create and do more art. And, I thank him for his constant nagging about it because I need it. Else, I might not even have this blog right now.

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Our shoot made me inspired to create. And you can bet that you’ll see her face more in my upcoming paintings and/or drawings.

Make-up, Styling and Photography by: Me, Patricia Milanes

Often times, we have our down moments more than our ‘up’ moments. And in times like those, we need someone to push us to do more, make more. If you don’t have that person yet, just listen to Neil Gaiman. I am sure you’ll be inspired to create. You can watch his brilliant speech on this video animation.

So, what are you waiting for? Go ahead and,

“Make good art.”

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Boredom strikes but Creativity flows in!

This is how I handle stress and boredom.

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My so-called room had been a mess for almost a month. So, I finally decided to do some DIY and renovated it. This is how my Adventure Wall looks like now. Sans the TARDIS and Wanderlust chalk drawing. I’ll do that after I get a new bookshelf.

desk1aAnd this is now where I make my calligraphy and mail art. After 4 years, I am finally able to display my paintings!

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Wanderlust

Have you ever desired something so much that you’ll do whatever it takes to get it? Well, my ‘something’ is not tangible, so, it’s not that easy to get.

Adventure. That’s what I long for.

It’s not easy ’cause you need lots of money to travel. I know, I know. There are cheap ways to travel, like ‘working’ abroad (WWOOF and Au Pair). But, I know I’m not the type of person who’ll go for that now. It is a great idea, I may try it in the near future.

This is why I also created this blog. To somehow share or see other people’s adventures through mail.  But, I do know another way on how you could have your own adventures and see other places for free or at least cheap. It’s…

booksREADING, ladies and gents!

My latest hoard of vintage books. And there’s a 90 year old book hiding in there!

You can explore all sorts of worlds, meet different kinds of people and definitely have an adventure of a lifetime through reading. It’s a great way to enhance your vocabulary as well. I have to admit though as to why I bought loads of vintage books. I was planning to use some of them for my mail art. Blasphemous, I know!

Screen Shot 2013-07-05 at 8.39.43 PMThis is the maximum damage I could probably do to a book. It breaks my heart that I did this to a 60 year old book.

Lesson learned! Take care of your books, old or new. So, your future kids or grandchildren can have their adventures with them too!

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I’m still ALIVE!

I’m sorry for being on a hiatus for half a year. Had a bit of life crisis. Anyway, I only took a break from blogging but I didn’t stop spreading my postal love. And here’s an evidence for you guys!

IMG_2702Sending postcards from United Arab Emirates!

Yes, I was overseas for a few weeks. The company I work for sent me to Dubai to meet with our business partners. Had to mix business and pleasure a bit, ’cause I also met up with my friends and relatives who live there. I saw four Emirates in total while I was there. Thanks to all the people that I met, activities I tried (iFly, flyboarding, skiing, and sand boarding), places that I saw, and foods that I tasted, I had a blast in UAE.

I’m glad that I brought a DSLR camera to document my visit in the Middle East. The culture, the people… so much beauty. I can’t even put to words how much awe I felt during my stay in there. I just hope my photos will bring justice on how beautiful it is.

Madinat Jumeirah

IMG_8912Sand Dunes

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IMG_8617_SnapseedLocal kids enjoying an afternoon at the beach

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6Locals and the famous luxury hotel Burj Al Arab

Screen Shot 2013-06-18 at 8.14.55 PMDubai, I will miss you.

For those in the Philippines who are planning to visit United Arab Emirates, Cebu Pacific now has flights going to Dubai. And guess what? There’s an ongoing seat sale for as low as P999!

Screen Shot 2013-07-05 at 9.07.22 PMSo, what are you waiting for? Book a flight already while there are still available seats, and see the glorious place that is United Arab Emirates.

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