GUEST ARTIST: “Embracing Irregularity” by Mylene Molo

Watercolor Painting by Mylene Molo - #WorldWatercolorGroup - Doodlewash

Hello everyone! Mylene here, a curious artist who enjoys exploring, discovering, and learning. I am from the beautiful Philippines, but presently living in sunny Singapore. Let me give you a glimpse of my colorful and fun creative journey with watercolors!

Watercolor Painting by Mylene Molo - #WorldWatercolorGroup - Doodlewash

I am a Marine Engineer and Naval Architect by profession. More than a year ago, I have gone from my rigid lifestyle to enjoying irregularities and imperfections through art. I became an enthusiast of watercolor, calligraphy, and journaling. Combining all these three together is my ongoing passion.

Working with watercolor is satisfying because of the freedom it gives me. Through the years, I have learned to appreciate its fluidity, transparency and endless possibilities. Don’t get me wrong, I made many mistakes along the way, but these mistakes helped me learn new things and explore the medium more. Don’t give up!

Watercolor Painting by Mylene Molo - #WorldWatercolorGroup - Doodlewash

I started my journey learning to paint loose flowers. It was captivating for me as I was amazed on how simple brush strokes can create beautiful flowers coming alive from my imagination. Here are some of my paintings.

After a while, I moved on to tight paintings, whereby I tried illustrating the exact form of things. Here’s a series of painting I did to study leaves and flowers.

Landscape in watercolor is something I am presently fascinated. I dream of painting landscapes someday in large formats. Here’s one my recent below and the other is at the top of this post, both painted on A3 sized papers.

Watercolor Painting by Mylene Molo - #WorldWatercolorGroup - Doodlewash

Do you know that you can use watercolor in your personal journals too? I always do it! I keep with me a Traveler’s Notebook that I populate with thoughts, reminders, memories or anything under the sun. Even though the paper in my journal is not for watercolor, the paper is still able to take some light washes. Check out this spread.

Watercolor Painting by Mylene Molo - #WorldWatercolorGroup - Doodlewash

My work process is quite simple. I practice a lot at home, attended several workshops, bought lots of books and watched tons of YouTube tutorials. My inspirations are God’s Word and His creations which are readily available around us all the time. I believe in investing time and yes, money, to your craft to be able to achieve your full potential. I am an advocate of high quality materials.

Watercolor Painting by Mylene Molo - #WorldWatercolorGroup - Doodlewash

I use artist-grade watercolors in all my paintings because they are lightfast and have vast color range. To get maximum performance, 100% cotton watercolor paper is a must to use. Watercolor paint will not be as effective and will not flow in the same manner when applied to cellulose paper compared to using it on pure cotton watercolor paper. Well-made brushes are essential in my work too.

Here are some of my favorites:

100% Cotton Papers: Arches Cold Pressed 300 gsm, Strathmore 500 Series Hot Pressed 300 gsm, Clairefontaine Cold Pressed 300 gsm

Watercolors: Winsor & Newton Professional, Daniel Smith Extra Fine and Schmincke Horadam

Brushes: Escoda, Silver Brush, Rosemary & Co, Neef, and Princeton

Watercolor Painting by Mylene Molo - #WorldWatercolorGroup - Doodlewash

Finding me is easy. I am actively sharing my artworks on Instagram and teaching private classes when time allows. I have also taken several commissioned art ventures and collaboration projects with some brands both local and international. I always believe that it is important to appreciate our own art, share it, and continue to persevere to reach our fullest potential in our chosen craft.

Here are some of my projects with Escoda, brush makers from Barcelona, Spain and a Watercolor Exhibition hosted by Overjoyed, a Fine Art Store here in Singapore.

Watercolor Painting by Mylene Molo - #WorldWatercolorGroup - DoodlewashI want to summarize my final words in six points:

  1. Don’t be stingy, buy the right supplies.
  2. Paint more to practice more. Work large!
  3. Mix colors and observe. Internalize color and shape theories.
  4. Keep a journal.
  5. Embrace irregularity, it’s the basis of all art.
  6. Enjoy, share!

Thank you Charlie for this wonderful opportunity. Mabuhay!

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30 Comments
  1. rubiescorner 3 months ago

    excellent work.

    • Mylene Molo 3 months ago

      Oh thank you very much for appreciating my art.

  2. Mary Roff 3 months ago

    Beautiful work!!

  3. Excellent work and inspiring reading. Great!
    robert

    • Mylene Molo 3 months ago

      Hello Robert, that is very encouraging. Thank you.

  4. Shar Kennett 3 months ago

    Love the sparkles in this painting.

    • Mylene Molo 3 months ago

      Hello Shar, cheers for more sparkles! Thank you.

  5. javier hernandez 3 months ago

    hello everybody… i wish to show in this group some watercolours from me…… how i show my watercolours……. tell me

  6. Sandra Strait 3 months ago

    I love the way you capture light in your work! Thank you for your tips and for sharing your work.

    • Mylene Molo 3 months ago

      Hello Sandra! My pleasure and thank you for appreciating.

  7. Sharon Nolfi 3 months ago

    I love your botanical paintings! thanks for sharing and for the six tips.

    • Mylene Molo 3 months ago

      I’m really glad you loved it. It is really adding more confidence in me. The six tips! hahaha, yes yes, that’s for me too. Thank you Sharon.

  8. Laura Hale 3 months ago

    What beautiful art. Thank you for sharing with us.

    • Mylene Molo 3 months ago

      Hello Laura, I am humbled to share. Thank you for appreciating my art. 🙂

  9. photoscientist 3 months ago

    its an honor to witness this talent.

    • Mylene Molo 3 months ago

      Oh thank you very much. I am encouraged, thank you, really.

  10. Sikta Dutta 3 months ago

    Excellent artwork. I am amazed to see your water colour paintings. Wish you more and more successful life full with your beautiful paintings.

    • Mylene Molo 3 months ago

      Hello Sikta! Thank you for your wishes, I claim them in my life. 🙂

  11. Jocelyn Padlan Arcales 3 months ago

    Hi Mylene. You’re such a brilliant artist since then. What a beautiful arts and paintings. How can I get one! Haha. God bless always…

    • Mylene Molo 3 months ago

      Wow Jocelyn!!!!!!! how are you? Thank you for taking time to message here. Let’s PM sa FB! God bless you too!

  12. Lino R. De leon 3 months ago

    Beautiful artworks kasining. Galing ng pinoy😊

    • Mylene Molo 3 months ago

      Wow salamat po! Thank you po for appreciating, warms my heart and encourages me to paint more, learn more! 🙂

  13. Rhoda 3 months ago

    So proud of you my dear sister. May you be able to reach others for Christ through the gifts He gave you. God bless the works of your hands.

  14. Janneke Booister 3 months ago

    I love your flowers! Thanks for showing them and telling your story 🙂

  15. Janessa Sanio 3 months ago

    congratulations on the feature Mylene! As always, a huge fan of your work!

    • Mylene Molo 3 months ago

      Thank you my love! It’s mutual, I am in love with your paintings too! :*

  16. June Hadaway 3 months ago

    Really very pretty. Love your journals. Thank you for sharing.

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