GUEST ARTIST: “My Passion In Painting” by Bert Morelos


Greetings! My name is Bert Morelos, born and educated in the Philippines. Since I was a kid, I desired to be an Architect and to be a fine art artist. I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture 1969-70 in the Philippines. I am a recipient of Certificate on Planning Practice and Plan Implementation from the University of the Philippines in 1973 and have been a Registered Architect in the Philippines in 1971.

I immigrated to Canada from the Philippines and have been a resident of Vancouver since 1974. I worked with different Architects in town to gain more experience in the field of Architecture, design, planning, project management and presentation. Besides Architecture, I also have a passion in painting in all medium and in photography.  RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT ON OAK STREET Watercolor Architectural Drawing

Besides Canada and the United States, most of the projects I was involved on projects in Australia, the Middle East, the Far East including China and the Philippines.

Since 1974, I have worked with numerous Architects and Developers for the next 46 years. I have gained valuable experience of working with Developers such as: Li Ka-Shing’s Concord Pacific Ltd., United Properties Ltd. and Westmana Development Inc. in Vancouver, BC.​

In 1988, one of my biggest and challenging projects I was involved in was working as one of the Members of the Design Team of Pacific Place Design Consortium that was involved in designing and development of Li Ka Shing’s Concord Pacific Place in Vancouver.

It was the former site of Expo 86 held in Vancouver, BC. Our project was an award-winning design community in 1988 located north of False Creek, Vancouver. It is approximately 80 hectares of mixed use of residential, commercial and office developments. It was planned to contain approximately 10,000 residential units including 2,000 social housing units, 3 million square feet of commercial, retail, office and hotel developments. The development includes 30 hectares of open spaces, park, bike and waterfront promenade of approximately 5 kilometers.

CONDOMINIUM DEVELOPMENT, VANCOUVER BC Architectural Drawing Watercolor Bert Morelos
During those 46 years of experience in Canada, I gained knowledge and experiences that created an opportunity for me to travel and manage several projects across Canada and the United States.

RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT AT WEST VANCOUVER Architectural Drawing Watercolour Bert Morelos

At present, besides being a Development Consultant, I loved touring Europe, the Middle East, United States, Asia and South America. Also, in my leisure days, I loved doing urban sketching, drawing and painting in all kinds of medium such as pen and ink, Winsor & Newton watercolor, Amsterdam or Liquitex acrylic paints, felt pens, Prismacolor colored pencils or Faber-Castel colored pencils, Holbein semi hard pastel and Caran D’Ache gouache.

My Methods Of Rendering

All of my renderings were plotted and drawn manually without the aid of Autocad. It is the old school method. Most of the Developers still prefer the hand drawn method especially for low rise projects because it gives warmth to the rendering.

My client would supply me all the floor plans, elevations, sample of materials and swatches of colors to be used as references. Once I plotted it and accepted the view by my clients, I will draw them with pen and ink. I normally use watercolors as a base color and then apply a felt pen and colored pencils to give some texture to the subject.


I use gouache for highlights. Most of the skies, I render them either with airbrushed diluted watercolor or using the semi soft semi hard pastel. The process of my rendering was basically done in layers of different medium.

Bert Morelos

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  1. MAK 2 years ago

    Amazing work! Thank you for sharing.

  2. Sandra Strait 2 years ago

    Bert, your paintings are so inviting! Thank you for sharing your artistic journey with us!

    • Bert Morelos 2 years ago

      Thanks Sandra Strait. I am glad to have joined this wonderful group.

  3. Michele D Rath 2 years ago

    Wonderful work. So interesting how you use so many different mediums to create your wonderful pieces. Thank you for sharing with us.

    • Bert Morelos 2 years ago

      Thanks Michele D Rath. I love to have mixed medium because it gives a lot of texture and depth to my work.

  4. Unique Tales 2 years ago

    Did you see my little cute Elephant Ellie post?

  5. Gary Middleton 2 years ago

    Your work is fantastic, Bert.

  6. Unique Tales 2 years ago

    Very nice Bert Morelos.

  7. Lyla 2 years ago

    Awesome work Bert!! Thank you for sharing!!

  8. Mary Roff 2 years ago

    Wonderful work! Thank you for sharing your story!

    • Bert Morelos 2 years ago

      Thanks Mary Roff. I am glad I have joined this group.

  9. Karen Fortier 2 years ago

    Thanks so much for sharing your story Bert and your art is gorgeous!

  10. Marisela Delgado 2 years ago

    WOW! Holy moley! You are a rock star! Your paintings are FABULOUS!

    • Bert Morelos 2 years ago

      Thanks Marisela Delgado for those kind words. I love to paint.

  11. Nancy Mills 2 years ago

    Wonderful, wonderful sketches. I was the last featured artist on Doodlewash and I know how good it feels to be acknowledged. All my best to you Bert, Nancy Mills

  12. Bert Morelos 2 years ago

    Hi Nancy, Thanks. I was humbled and honored to be invited and to be featured by Doodlewash. The members are so good and have very impressive work.

  13. create6eauty 2 years ago

    These are amazing!

    • Bert Morelos 2 years ago

      Thanks creat6beauty, take care,stay safe and healthy.

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