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September 10, 2010 1 comment

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A man paints with his brains and not with his hands.  ~ Michaelangelo (1474-1564), Italian Renaissance Painter, Sculptor.

THE ESPRESSO EFFECT

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Blurb: “What are you really doing whenever you drink coffee? The simple act of brewing your morning cup can have unimaginable consequences. Open your mind and awaken your senses to the possibilities as you indulge in this bold concoction of a novel by Iris Orpi, with 20 original artworks rendered in coffee by the painter Sunshine Plata.

“Follow the adventures of Angela as she chronicles her pursuit of the next caffeine fix on her blog, capturing vivid snapshots of city life and insights into the coffee drinking culture. Witness the miraculous ways in which her love affair with coffee changes her life and those of the people around her, and ultimately lets her participate in the act of fulfilling destiny…

“Mixing the poetry of everyday reality with metaphysical speculations about life and the passage of time, ‘The Espresso Effect’ gives a whimsical, caffeine-charged look at the world, and maintains the faith that true love always deserves a second chance.”

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For coffee lovers by coffee lovers. One great coffee experience after another, ‘The Espresso Effect’ combines poetry, prose and painting —all under the influence of that aromatic weaver of tales on the table— and covers years of interwoven experiences of its contributors (Iris Orpi and yours truly).

Launch date is on Sept. 23, Thursday, 6:00 to 11:00 pm, at Bo’s Coffee place, at the Bonifacio High Street in Fort Bonifacio. Let us know if you want to come so we may include you in the count. Click on the link on the sidebar and you’ll be off to the events site on Facebook. I would love to see you all there and have that great coffee experience, differently.

There will also be autograph-signing during the event, so don’t miss it. And yes, coffee, delicious coffee —like nothing you’ve ever tasted before— will be served!

Book price: Php 800 on launch day and Php 900 from bookstore shelves.

(Sneak peek on the book on the next update.)


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Coffee by Kids

January 18, 2010 Leave a comment

A picture is a poem without words.
~ Horace (65 – 8 BC), Italian poet

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KIDS LOVE COFFEE, TOO!

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It’s official! Kids just love coffee! They don’t drink it, they paint!

As coffee painting opened new doors for me, I got to know people from other places who started using coffee for painting. A pre-school teacher at the Fantasia Preschool in Stockholm, Upplands, Väsby in Sweden, Ms. Maria Askert introduced coffee painting to her students in 2009.

“You are crazy, crazy, Maria!” said a girl in a blue dress when Ms. Askert told the class they were going to paint with coffee.

“I took it in a positive way,” Ms. Askert wrote to me, “but that little girl in a blue dress paints with coffee to this day.”

Here are some photos of Ms. Askert’s students as they enjoy the coffee painting experience:

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Their artworks:

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These little hands now love painting with coffee!


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Bad News

November 11, 2009 2 comments

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An artist is a man of action, whether he creates a personality, invents an expedient, or finds the issue of a complicated situation.
~ Joseph Conrad (1857 – 1924), Polish-born British novelist


MALICIOUS

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My Yahoo! account has been compromised and the hacker is spreading word that I had been mugged on my way to an art exhibit in England and (he or she) is seeking for dollar donations. On its subject field are typed: SAD NEWS. Please discard the message immediately; do not open it at all.

I find no need to further signify the content of the message as it has been created with malicious intentions, that is, to profit at other people’s expense through identity theft.

To all of you, be safe.

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Call It A Day

September 14, 2009 Leave a comment

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A primary function of art and thought is to liberate the individual from the tyranny of his culture in the environmental sense and to permit him to stand beyond it in an autonomy of perception and judgment. ~ Lionel Trilling (1905-1975), American Critic

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COFFEE PAINTINGS EXHIBIT CONCLUDED

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Manila Art Gallery’s extended MANILA MIRRORS exhibit finally draws to a close and everything has to be packed in sturdy cases to be sent back to the studio. And there are those that will not make their way back to the studio anymore — a lighter trip back home, one would say. Or if they will make it back home, they will be shipped out the next day to their new owners.

It was a frantic two weeks for me as I had to be there at the gallery with my works and talk to guests and fans — young and old. But it was a fruitful stay at the Rockwell Center. Everyday brings out a fresh breed of excitement. I was able to gather up some photos of my most inspiring day, the Coffee Painting Workshop that Sunday afternoon of September 6.

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Not for kids only. The Coffee Painting Workshop attracted everyone.

Not for kids only. The Coffee Painting Workshop attracted everyone. The grandmother seated above becomes fascinated with what the kids are painting.

Coffee Painting Workshop at the Archaeology site, Power Plant Mall_02Moms and Dads also immersed themselves into coffee painting with their kids.

Coffee Painting Workshop at the Archaeology site, Power Plant Mall_03Kids enjoyed the limelight this time.

During the workshop, Nescafe provided free-flowing coffee for drinks and for the painting while  the art materials were provided by National Bookstore, situated just in front of the Archaeology site on the second level of the Power Plant Mall.

I am truly grateful for the support of my family and friends, all the sponsors who have participated in this wonderful two-week stint, and to you who have gone there to view my works.

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Stages

September 7, 2009 Leave a comment

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A work of art is above all an adventure of the mind. ~ Eugene Ionesco (1912-), Romanian-born French Playwright

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COFFEE PAINTINGS VIEWED IN STAGES

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Sunshine Plata’s now extended stint at the Power Plant Mall in Makati City showcases her works in stages of progression in her craft and the ideas she has to consolidate on her drawing board. While in the middle of yet a more focused theme on Vintages, a collection she has started to grow in her quiet yet aromatic studio, she managed to present a body of work that collectively defines the stages she has undergone as a coffee painter.

Here then are some of the works she brought to the Power Plant Mall at the Rockwell Center for everyone to view and wonder about how coffee can capture anything she ideates.

Lilypond LyricsLilypond Lyrics 1 (top frame), 11 x 7 inches and Lilypond Lyrics 2 (bottom frame), also 11 x 7 inches.  There is a certain allure pond creatures exude that the artist has just embraced and how she aptly secured them in this oval frame, as an eye, where she brushed exquisite patterns on the edges while they are still.

MemoriesA play-up on memories, the artist paints celebrations experienced and then imagined steaming up from a cup of coffee. Looking Back 50 Years (left frame), 11 x 17 inches and Guitar Man (right frame), 11 x 17 inches, both depict how life’s occasions linger in each of us.

The Protectress and the Lady of JapanHeroines, goddesses, fairies, all don the qualities of beauty, power and compassion in a mix not understood by mere mortals but have ventured to, nonetheless, by humanizing some of their aspects, as signified by what we have read in books or hear and see through various forms of media. Transcendent still is the more spiritual grasp and the exercise of faith one is blessed to have found and experienced. The artist cannot be dispossessed of allusions of what is divine for as she creates, she is also a creation. Protectress of the Unborn (left frame), 15 x 22 inches and Lady of Japan (right frame), 15 x 22 inches, are two figures standing tall at the exhibit.

Dreams, from where it all startedAnd dreams are from where everything else started. Surreal, enchanting, or hilarious, dreams are what drives this artist to keep moving on, to pick up her brushes and have a good time with coffee. Reminiscent of her first solo LSD exhibit, her dreams are painted on paper, brushed, stroked, washed, and then dried. And those dreams got her this far already. Moving on in stages, but not totally abandoning her dreamy phase, the artist — the coffee painter — keeps looking forward and is learning, continuously, from everything she encounters along the way.  An Expedition to Neverland (top-left frame), 14 x 10 inches; Deep Slumber in the Valley of Dreams 2 (bottom-left frame), 14 x 10 inches; and Une Recontre Timide de l’Enchanté (A Timid Encounter, right frame), 15 x 22 inches, all confirm and signify dreams.

Pag-asa (Hope)Pag-asa (Hope), 30 x 22 inches, is the seal that marks each one’s dreams that things shall go well. It is part of the series of paintings on coffee farmers and serves as an encouragement to support our local coffee farmers and the industry, as well.

Sunshine Plata is very pleased and grateful to those who have gone to the MANILA MIRRORS exhibit to view and experience her coffee paintings. Her Coffee Painting Workshop at the Archaeology site was totally a success. From the initial list of 30 kids who have signed up for the workshop, around 70 actually arrived on the day. Workshop attendees included, not just kids but also teens, professionals, parents and grandparents.

To those who have not gone yet, you are all invited. Her coffee paintings will be shown until September 13th.

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Manila Art Gallery

September 1, 2009 1 comment

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Art and ideology often interact on each other; but the plain fact is that both spring from a common source. Both draw on human experience to explain mankind to itself; both attempt, in very different ways, to assemble coherence from seemingly unrelated phenomena; both stand guard for us against chaos. ~ Kenneth Tynan (1927-1980), British Critic

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MANILA MIRRORS, EXTENDED*

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Experience art with the masters on September 5, Saturday as The Saturday Group presents On-The-Spot Art Session at the North Court of the Power Plant Mall in Makati.

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September 6 marks Sunshine Plata’s Coffee Painting Workshop at Archaeology, 2 PM. Be there.

* Manila Mirrors has been extended by popular demand until September 13th. You are all invited.

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Coffee Art Buses

March 15, 2009 Leave a comment

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Art for art’s sake? I should think so, and more so than ever at the present time. It is the one orderly product which our middling race has produced. It is the cry of a thousand sentinels, the echo from a thousand labyrinths, it is the lighthouse which cannot be hidden … it is the best evidence we can have of our dignity. ~ E.M. (Edward Morgan) Forster (1879–1970), British novelist, essayist; address to PEN Club Congress, 1962


Running Around with Coffee Art

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Vancouver SunCoffee Talk, one of our FriendINKS, recently posted 16 pictures created by instant coffee. His post came from an article that was published on The Vancouver Sun last January 12.

Assigned buses plying the cities of Vancouver and Toronto (Canada) will be carrying coffee art pieces on main street routes around the cities. Bus-riding folks are invited to choose which of the 16 artworks that will be shown around is best.

Coffee art is not only inspiring people to be creative, but is also a very productive and noble medium in campaigning for improvements in society.

I am already looking forward to massive and similar endeavours here in our country.