[Coffee on Canvas | 22″ x 28″]
Maligayang Pasko po!
This one is largely inspired by JERICHO and so that’s his name! Jericho was the 9 year old boy who I used to visit and play with at the children’s daycare of UP-PGH. He had osteosarcoma and his mother would take him to the center each time he had a doctor’s appointment. The last time I had a moment with him was days before his leg amputation. We had a good talk. His huge faith made mine feel like David next to Goliath. I don’t know what happened to him after that. Or if he ever made it through. If he did, he would be around 20 something by now, without a leg. I still hope he survived. Nonetheless, I feel good that I’ve immortalized his happy smile. I’ve frozen him in eternal laughter (and two feet) and that brings me overwhelming joy and peace.
Notes: I normally feel the spontaneous desire (or is it gut feel or instinct?) to include Baybayin text on a painting. This is one of the few times when I had second thoughts. I had intended to write “At magbuhat ngayon, kahit hindi pasko ay magbigayan” but I debated a little. Eventually, the universe took its course…I was left with no time because of the holiday rush! Anyway, an artwork usually knows when it is finished. It usually screams “enough!”.
Nonetheless, I haven’t sealed this one with protective finish yet. Maybe I’ll add the Baybayin text after all. Maybe for the next show. Maybe, maybe not.