Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Antique Pictures Lourdes Cuenco of Cebu Philippines

Lourdes Cuenco, 1932

Perhaps because I've always been interested in family genealogy, relatives and friends have been forwarding old family pictures to me.  Many pictures were damaged or lost in the Philippines during World War Two, and therefore old family pictures are rare.

I'm featuring pictures of my aunt, Lourdes Cuenco, oldest sister of my mother Concepcion Cuenco.  Lourdes remained unmarried as was her younger sister Carmen.  They were famously known as the Old Maids living on Mango Avenue, Cebu City. I should perhaps add that Lourdes Cuenco had an avid suitor whom she turned down so she could take care of Carmen who had health issues. They ran the Monte de Piedad Pawn shop in downtown Cebu, plus other businesses.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Magical Years: Memories & Sketches by Cecilia Brainard - pictures

I'm excited about my book, Magical Years: Memories & Sketches, which collects 43 of my reed and pen and ink drawings. Some of you have been following my progress as a sketcher since December last year, when I picked up a simple book about sketching and started drawing, first in pencil, then pen and ink, and later bamboo reed, which Van Gogh did -- I love his reed drawings!

Creating these drawings has been an interesting journey. As I struggled with the craft, images started coming to me, and I felt compelled to try and capture my childhood memories in Cebu. The artist Tony Perez gave me useful critiques; thank you Tony.

Here are some pictures from my book. This is a special limited edition of 100 copies. Each hardbound book (size 8x8) is signed and numbered. It's marketed by PALH; please contact for more information.

Amazon also has copies:

Merry Christmas!

tags: book, art book, children's book, cebu, Philippines, pen and ink, reed drawing, sketch, art, sketching


Saturday, December 21, 2019

Cecilia Manguerra Brainard's Book of Sketches Available "Magical Years"


PALH (Philippine American Literary House) has advance copies of MAGICAL YEARS: MEMORIES & SKETCHES by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard, a special limited hardbound signed edition that collects Brainard's 43 sketches. Known as a writer and lacking formal training in the arts, Cecilia started sketching in 2018. Using reed and pen and ink, she presents in this hardcover book, 43 sketches depicting what she calls her Magical Years as a child in her birth city of Cebu, Philippines.

Praise for Magical Years: Memories & Sketches
"'Magic' is the key word in the art of Cecilia Manguerra Brainard. Every drawing transports you to a different world and a different time, and you cannot ever come back unchanged." ~ Tony Perez, Playwright, Novelist, & Painter

"Drawings are often ignored as being mere steps to painting, but with Cecilia Brainard you take them on their own -- as visual notes, windows to memory and history." ~ Ambeth R. Ocampo, Historian

(PALH 2020), 37 pages, book size is 8 X 8, hardbound
ISBN 9780971945890
Special Limited Edition -
Signed Book of 43 Sketches in reed and pen and ink by Cecilia Manguerra Brainard, (hb) $45.00

Contact for a copy.

Amazon also has copies: