Author Archives: ayan

Sumi-e Wednesday Drop in

In these 2-hour practice sessions, learn the creative and mindful art of Sumi-e painting. You will learn to refine brushstroke techniques through the painting of traditional subjects, bamboo, orchid, plum blossom, and chrysanthemum, while developing your own individual preferences for style and subject. Then you will be guided through your own personal practice while developing an instinct for balancing compositions. Ultimately you will cultivate a “letting go” of technique and allow the hand to paint without the mind and thoroughly enjoy this rewarding creative and mindful practice. Drop in and visit Ayan at the Winslow Art Center every Wednesday beginning October 14, from 9:30-11:30am. Wednesdays, Beginning October 14 Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Cost: 4-Class Punch Card: $170 Drop-in Rate: $50 per class Location: Keep Reading…

French Bacon

  My daughter came home one afternoon and asked me with full seriousness “Paka, do we have any French bacon?” French bacon?  Luckily I was more amused than confused at her request.  Do I slip into mister sensible and ask her where she had heard of “French bacon?”  That would have registered zero on the fun meter. My daughter just gave me an opening and I was fortunate to know not to disappoint. There was plenty of duck skin left from the previous night’s meal and there was her french bacon.  “I know what!  How about some pasta with french bacon?” I asked her.  (Spaghetti carbonara with crispy diced duck skin instead of bacon to you and me.)  “Yey!” she says. This dish has been Keep Reading…

don’t slug it out

I woke up at 6:30 am excited for an hour of meditation before getting our 4 year old daughter ready for school.  She had other ideas and found me in the living room ten minutes later.  Ok.  Let her play and busy herself while I do my practice.  That lasted for five minutes before I gave in to her need for attention.  Practice is over. It’s early morning playtime for Deydey. Around 7 am she excitedly tells me “Paka, I want to go to school now.”  She pops out of her play tent fully dressed for school.  Something is up.  Getting her clothes on in the morning is typically a wrestling match.   How do i tell a willful child who has yet to learn Keep Reading…

cockfights and muscle memory

On a trip back to the Philippines about 20 years ago, I found myself on a magical island known for its witchcraft and faith healers.  But alas this story is about neither of these. It’s about a Sunday afternoon jaunt to the local cockfighting arena.  This one was much smaller than the ones I recalled as a boy in Manila.  Imagine a dirt floor where two men each hold their fighting cocks primed for attack.  The place is oppressively hot.  The noise deafening.  The smell of cigarettes, beer, and sweat (intoxicating).  Bets are taken.  The announcer in the middle of the ring seems to have everyone twitching with anticipation.  Some of you are probably saying that this is no place for a boy and I Keep Reading…

Featured Artist, Art Walk at the Lost Quill

Friday, Dec 4th, 6pm-8pm Come by for Art Walk this Friday, December 4th. I’d love to meet you. “His incredible pieces speak not just of wonderful technique and understanding of his subjects, but more importantly, the essence of Sumi-e, giving us a glimpse of how the soul sees life and interprets it.” The Lost Quill is exquisitely designed by artist Annabella Serra. As soon as you step in, you are easily lured into her personal study. Beauty abounds while you sit surrounded by stained glass, dark wooden desks, and leather journals. You are invited to experience an abundance of fountain pens and colored inks with a cup of warm tea by your side all the while being transported somewhere far far away if only for a moment. The Lost Quill, 126 Winslow Way East Friday, December Keep Reading…