Martes, Marso 13, 2012


Clarissa caught a virus and is feeling sick
Recently, I blogged about my daughter Clarissa's latest paintings entitled "Abstract Attack."  Little did I know that she had a virus called "chicken pox."  Looking back and reviewing her photos, she started having red spots while doing her first abstract painting.  But this didn't bother her at all.  She continued to paint, enjoying the freedom to do whatever she wanted to do with her brush.  By the time she was done with her fifth painting, her chicken pox marks were full blown.  No wonder she laid on the floor, feeling weak but still stroking the brush.

Clarissa painting on the floor under yellow light

Days after, she starts a tantrum, cried and wailed due to boredom.  After all, who wouldn't be when you're confined inside the bedroom for five consecutive days?  I gave her the liberty to paint once again with a tray of acrylic paint by her side.  As I watched and observed her paint on the floor under the yellow light, I began to play with my imagination.  I saw an image of a woman in white long skirt and orange blouse entering a door.  From another angle, I see a woman facing a young girl with a door behind them.  Whatever it is, I thank God for giving me the eyes to see Clarissa's art works from different dimensions.

When I emphasized the image of the woman, this is how it looked...

Unfinished art work of Clarissa
Many people have asked me how my daughter is able to make beautiful modern portraits and now abstract paintings.  "Only by God's grace!"  I believe that the Lord created my daughter Clarissa to be born with a special gift in art despite her disability because He wants His name to be glorified through her.  I never intended to post my daughter's art works to boast about her "abilities" but to share how God is able to use her "disabilities."

Jesus' disciples asked Him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" 
"Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life."
JOHN 9:2-3

Biyernes, Marso 9, 2012


Ever since the Down Syndrome Association's art exhibit at Rockwell last February 16-19, 2012, my daughter Clarissa has not been able to paint because of the many activities of DSAPI as we celebrated Down Syndrome Consciousness Month.  The seminar we conducted, "Ang Pera Na Hindi Bitin" for parents of special needs children, the art exhibit at UST Special Education Dept. and the parenting talk I gave at the Paco Catholic School kept us busy and pre-occupied.  

Clarissa's second abstract painting enhanced by Mommy Malu.
Yesterday, I brought out all of our art materials and set up an easel for Clarissa with the hope that I can encourage her to paint.  To my surprise, my daughter quickly painted the canvas directly without sketching her usual modern "mala-Picasso" portraits.  I did not bother to correct her or tried to persuade her to do her usual drawings.  Instead, I watched and quickly grabbed my camera, took pictures as she held the brush and stroke it on the canvas.  I was in awe!  I didn't realize that she can do abstract paintings!  Previously, my daughter painted a few portraits that look like Jesus Christ.  This time, she paints crosses.  Perhaps she had an encounter with Jesus Himself and has seen Him as well.  Is it possible?  

"With man this is impossible, but with God, all things are possible." MATTHEW 19:26

All glory and praise to God!

See the master at work....
Clarissa painting her first abstract art piece.

Clarissa about to finish her abstract painting.
Clarissa's painting with a little finishing touches by Mommy Malu.
Clarissa's thrid abstract painting enhanced by Mommy Malu.

Martes, Marso 6, 2012

February is Down's syndrome consciousness month | ABS-CBN News

February is Down's syndrome consciousness month | ABS-CBN News

Ngayon buwan ng Pebrero, ginugunita ang Down’s Syndrome Consciousness Month. Dito nabibigyan ng pagkakataon ang mga may down syndrome na ipakita ang kanilang talento at patunayan na kaya rin nilang mamuhay nang normal. Bandila, Pebrero 24, 2012, Biyernes

William Mobley: Breakthroughs in Down Syndrome Research