“Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself.” ~ Edmund Lee
I have to refresh my memory growing up with artists at home. My father was an Illustrator and my mother was a Dressmaker. I have an uncle who was a Painter too. Some of his paintings are still on our walls up to this time. I have high hopes to find some of my father’s works online so I can include them here.
They’re all gone now, and all I have is the legacy of their love for the Arts. And I have this deep desire to focus on Women Artists whom I’ve followed all my life and inspired me significantly like my parents did.
When Social Media came to flourish some years ago, I was able to create albums without the need to print them out and I see them everyday, add new ones to each album, it gives me a kind of happiness just staring at them.
I’ve been a follower of Frida Kahlo, Georgia O’Keeffe, a certain Victoria from Instagram, Romi Lerda, and some local artists too like Pacita Abad, Heart Evangelista, Solenn Heusaff to mention a few. I found this old lady in the internet and she is so inspiring. She is Agnes Kasparkova, she is already 90 years old, paints beautiful flowers on walls of houses in her village to pass time.
Personally, I’ve known a few, would not even complete the fingers in my hand. And each time I encounter them, I felt joy and pride to claim that they are my friends! =) As Edmund Lee said: “Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and thinkers, but most of all, surround yourself with those who see greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself.”
I think the world is a beautiful place because of all the women (and men) artists in the whole world. We must be so lucky to have them existing in our lives. Evoking so many emotions in me (in us) mostly are the “feel good” ones. =) The world is a better place because of them. =) We can only be grateful all our lives. Here are some of them:
ELIZABETH DE VRIES
I met Mama “E”, that’s how I call her, virtually. She was introduced to me by a friend and since then she has helped me a lot in different ways. Mostly about energies, given out in the most positive way. She is a Photographic Artist, a Spiritual Medium, a Healer, Professional Astrologer and one of the most poignant Writer I’ve ever known. You can see her works at: http://www.elizadevriesstudio.com
MARY BETH ARRIOLA
Beth’s turf in painting is the most difficult medium for me. The watercolor. She actually did one for me. She also is a professional make-up artists making beautiful Filipinas even prettier. A mural artist. She’s good at Paper cutting too – the art of paper designs. Currently, she is busy making soaps out of organic products. You can check those hand-made soaps at: https://www.instagram.com/merry_bath/
We were still in college when Elaine’s works are one of those that really stands out. Hers is always jaw-dropping. She’s great in vivid colors and very imaginative. She joined and won contests then. Some of her works are these:
I admire women painstakingly creating things like Liza is doing. This is just a hobby and you wouldn’t believe it, she got tons of orders and earning huge from it. =) Check her out at: https://www.instagram.com/bellizjewelryandbling/
I truly embrace myself being an artist in my own rights through them. They have been (and all the others out there) my daily inspirations. So deep that it allowed me to find myself. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. =)