Women

What is it about women that artists (men, particularly) find irresistible as subjects of art? Well, for one, they are innately beautiful! Okay, enough said! But seriously, they are truly irresistible! Their charm is captivating! Even Adam had trouble saying “no” to Eve! If only he’d declined Eve’s persistent offering of that fruit and instead just drawn a portrait of her, life on earth would have remained a paradise– art included!

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Open House

House, 12″x9″, pen and ink on Strathmore 400-series, 60-lb Sketch paper

In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.” (John 14:2, New International Version)

To all who truly believe, the above verse proves that there is no housing problem in God’s kingdom, unlike what is being experienced in the United States and elsewhere right now. You do not even have to worry about mortgage or fork out any down payment! All you need is believe in the saving power of God the Father through His Son, Jesus Christ! Salvation is free— for we are saved, not by our good works, but only by God’s grace through our faith!

Remember to pray

Jesus Christ, 12"x9", ink and acrylic on Strathmore 400-series, 60-lb Sketch paper

Jesus Christ, back-side ink impression

Jesus Christ, second-paper ink impression

Jesus Christ, second-paper back-side ink impression

Pray, 12"x9", pen and ink on Bienfang 70-lb white paper

To remember is to understand. To understand is to pray. To pray is to believe. To believe is to be saved. To be saved is to have remembered.

When we pray, we remember the Passion of our Lord Jesus Christ, His conquest of sin through His death and His lordship over all! And with this death was revealed also His glory through His resurrection! When Jesus rose from His death, we were made witness to the truth that there is a power much greater than sin– that all sins will be forgiven as long as we confess them, repent by turning away from them, and forgive those who have also wronged us.

Music

John Coltrane, 14"x11", graphite pencil on Strathmore 300-series, 70-lb white Drawing paper

Monk & Mulligan, 12"x9", pen and ink on Bienfang 70-lb white paper

Julian Bream, 12"x9", pen and ink on Bienfang 70-lb white paper

My love for music, just like everyone else, started early on in life. In fact, as best as I can remember, I only wanted to be any of three things when I grew up: a soldier, a fireman or a drummer. The first two were very common among children my age. But the third one– a drummer– could only be borne out of a natural love for rhythm brought about by the fact that music was always playing in our house through the radio or phonograph that we had back then! I didn’t end up as any one of my childhood dreams. But I sure had a wild ride imagining myself as one of these growing up!

The first music I ever liked was rock: The Beatles, The Eagles, Queen, Billy Joel, The Police, Scorpions, Juan Dela Cruz Band, U2, etc. And then I got hooked up with the folk rock of James Taylor, Jim Croce and Cat Stevens. At around the same time in high school, I was introduced to the smooth guitar of Earl Klugh (shown below playing solo, and with George Benson). That’s when a whole new world of music descended upon me: Jazz! I then listened to the likes of Lee Ritenour, Ronnie Laws, George Benson, Al Di Meola, Stanley Clarke, Chick Corea, Michael Franks, Weather Report and Jaco Pastorius. And of course the big guns: John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Charlie Parker, Sonny Rollins, Max Roach, Bill Evans, Thelonious Monk, Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Dave Brubeck, etc.(John Coltrane playing below, and with Miles Davis.)

Jazz is the only art form that was originated in the United States. And while not as rigid as classical music or as rebellious as rock, it is just as powerful and influential! The blues became a natural segue to my love for jazz, especially the guitar music of Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, Ry Cooder, Carlos Santana, B.B. King, and Stevie Ray Vaughan, as well as the work of Steve Vai and the classical music of guitarist Julian Bream (Vai and Bream shown playing below, respectively).

Eternal life

The Highlander, 12"x9", pen and ink on Bienfang 70-lb white paper

Lifeblood, 11"x8.5", ink and acrylic on Roaring Spring 60-lb paper

The Phoenix, 11"x9", pen and ink on medium-weight white paper

The idea of immortality fascinates me. Shows like “The Highlander,” mythical stories about the phoenix bird, and the sacredness of blood as a symbol of life in most cultures, bear proof to the allure of invincibility! The notion of a beginning without end surely crosses the line of reason and straddles the line of divinity. Furthermore, the catchphrase “There can be only one” (from The Highlander movie) illustrates the exclusivity of immortality to only one, single entity. But this is not actually true. As captivating as legendary the movies and stories are, the Holy Bible, on the one hand, says this in John 3:16 : “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” It also affirms this truth in John 3:36 : “Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.” So clearly, immortality is not really exclusive to the mighty, or the heroic, or the adventurous, or the rich! Eternal life is true and free to everyone who believes in the Lord Jesus Christ as the Son of the Living God!

Birthright people

The Chief, 12"x9", pen and ink on Bienfang 70-lb white paper

blue-blooded redskin, 11"x8.5", colored ink on Roaring Spring 60-lb paper

I’ve always regarded the Native Americans (or American Indians) with respect. Whether or not they were the first inhabitants here in North America, I consider them the birthright people of this continent. In them I see the supreme love of nature that is akin to the bond between a mother and her child. I feel the wisdom and selfless conviction in their ways, the freedom in their actions and the fierceness in their courage. They might not have known on their own the modern religions and technology that were just introduced to them later. But they sure knew about love and respect! And that is why I’m still learning from them.

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Mister Congeniality, 11"x9", pen and ink on medium-weight white paper

Snake, 11"x9", pen and ink on medium-weight white paper

Hunter, 12"x9", pen and ink on Bienfang 70-lb heavyweight Drawing paper

Weaverspell, 11"x9", pen and ink on medium-weight white paper

Playtime, 11"x8.5", pen and ink on Roaring Spring 60-lb paper

Here are some more works that I did in pen and ink. I had FUN drawing each one of them!