NOTES ON THE PAINTING:
I have avoided posting words to accompany my visual art because I’ve always felt that art is a way of expressing oneself without using words—a refreshing change from my profession, where I try to evoke images using language.
This time, however, I had this feeling that while the artwork can and does stand alone, able to sing what it wants to say through the colors and brushwork – a few notes on its conception would help articulate its intent.
The notes are not meant to be a substitute to the piece, nor does it dream of exposing all the layers of meaning the painting holds. Rather, it aspires to enrich the work, as a sort of postscript which does not take away anything from the original work, but adds to it in the ways language can.
Melissa Villa-Real Basmayor is a writer and visual artist based in Naga City, Philippines.
A member of Salingoy Art Group, her works in watercolor, acrylic, and mixed media, have been part of local and international exhibits.
Her literary works have also seen print in the Philippines and abroad.
A graduate of the University of the Philippines Diliman, she taught Humanities and Creative Writing to university students in Naga City, and continues to give lectures on art appreciation to learners of all ages.
She is co-owner of Lakaw Shoe Design, which offers customized handpainted designs on canvas shoes and other canvas-based products.
She is also one of the founders of ArtSikrap, an online platform for selling arts and crafts.
Presently, she works as Editor-in-Chief of Bicol Standard newspaper, while exploring other media and themes in art.