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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
I want to summarize my final words in six points:
- Don’t be stingy, buy the right supplies.
- Paint more to practice more. Work large!
- Mix colors and observe. Internalize color and shape theories.
- Keep a journal.
- Embrace irregularity, it’s the basis of all art.
- Enjoy, share!
Thank you Charlie for this wonderful opportunity. Mabuhay!
Creator of Doodlewash® and founder of World Watercolor Month™ (July) and World Watercolor Group™. Sharing daily watercolor illustrations and stories while proudly featuring talented artists from all over the world! If you’d like to be a guest artist on Doodlewash.com, contact me!