My name is Joie Pabilando and I am from Bulan, Sorsogon (follow me on Facebook and Instagram). Bulan is a first class municipality in the south of Luzon island, (Bicol region), and this is the town where I was born. The title to this post was written by Noel Barcelona, a writer of our Filipino Art Magazine.
A watercolorist describes my paintings as “photo realism.” “My subjects are realistic and identifiable, with a solid foundation of carefully constructed”. I am hoping that my viewers won’t tell me that my paintings look just like a photograph. I know that it is always meant as a compliment, but I want my paintings to look like a painting. I just smile.
To begin with, I was really surprised and happy to receive a message from Charlie offering me to be a featured or guest artist on Doodlewash. I am 45 years old. I am self-taught photo realist and a watercolor painter. I have had a lifelong interest in art. From an early age, I entertained my siblings by sketching their faces and gestures. Thus began my interest in doing illustrations and portraits.
I had joined local art competitions from 2009 up to the present and won many awards from Finalist, honorable mentions and up to the grand. I have had exhibits locally and abroad. I am qualified to teach technical drawings and Arts, considering my excellent academic as well as professional backgrounds. I have a Master of Arts at Technological University of the Philippines in 2004, Bachelor of Science and Industrial Technology (BSIT 1993) (Architectural Drafting major) at Sorsogon State College, holding certificates of short-term programs such as Photoshop and PC Trouble Shooting.
My vast experience as an artist qualified me for layout animation, comic book Illustrations, judging art competitions and other fields, most noteworthy, that I was given the opportunity to work abroad in Europe and in Asia to hone my skills, and learn new techniques.
I’ve said that each painting is a new adventure for me and its completion, another learned experience in my world of painting. My favorite subject matter is Filipino depicting life as you can see in my paintings. Some of them were just an experiment to see if I could make other subjects that are not related to my desire.
I started off learning watercolors and really enjoyed it 10 years ago. It’s just easiest to work with and have fun. Although I did some acrylic and oil paintings before, but watercolors are my favorite. It is difficult to try to capture the nature of people but I feel I am up for the challenge. When I paint, I lose all track of time and in that world of painting I try to capture what is in my mind and record it in my work.
One of my favorite watercolor tubes as I started was Reeves because of its popularity which can be attributed to the wonderful effects of light and texture that can be achieved when using it. I tried different kinds of watercolor brands such as Winsor & Newton and DE, they are really good brands as well.
Though, I was looking for a contentment throughout, so I had to switch to using Holbein. At first, they were a bit too dry, the washes dried out faster. Later on, as I got used to it, I got far more satisfactory results. These are probably one of the most saturated and transparent paints I’ve had the pleasure to work with. Plus, what paper to use and good quality brushes are such a personal thing – and my advice is that you find the best watercolor paper and brushes that are best suited for your work.
Recently, I have been showing my artwork, joining art group exhibits locally and abroad. I am an active member of our own Bikol expression art group and I am member of knights of Rizal (Juan Luna Chapter) for about 3 years, Art Association of the Philippines and am proud to be a part of IWS Philippines, and some other active art groups online.
Lastly, my advice to young artists – please do find a place to take lessons. The best thing any young artist can do is take it in school and stick with it. With anything like this, it’s practice, and more practice. Thank you Charlie and to all my artist friends around the globe.