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i am giriish

painter, writer,
designer, martial artist,
aspiring
bodhisattva.

and these are my jottings...



a bacolod grand dame by amorsolo




i just saw two beautiful Fernando Amorsolo portraits here in Bacolod. i don’t have permission to post full figure photos of the paintings now, i’ll do that as soon as i acquire it.


both 150 cm x 85 cm portraits are of one of this city’s most beautiful grand dame painted in 1960. the first frame depicts her dancing the “fandango sa ilaw” in a white ramon valera duchess satin “terno” with “serpentina” skirt, deep indigo lace “sobrefalda” and matching “alampay”. a small glass lit with oil and wick in each hand and a third glass balanced on her head gracefully emphasizes the elegant figure’s dexterity in dance. 


the second frame casually portrays the lady in a matte gold terno, also by valera, with  fitted bodice and side draped skirt. the detail of her golden brocade footwear peeps out from under the rolled hem. amorsolo achieves beautiful contrapostu with the subject’s head turned three quarters away from the viewer and her left arm elongated to curve down effortlessly, fingers lightly pinching her gown. this portrait is in good condition, unfortunately, the other one i mentioned earlier is not. 

5 comments:

E said...

hey oj! I hope your enjoying your bacalod trip :-)

hows the frenchies? Do they speak english? hehehehehehhe

You take care and keep posting them pics...hey! its been quite sometime since you posted your work a...

misha said...

sino man ini siya nga halin sa bacolod? as far as I can remember daw wala ma ako nag pose nga may yellow gown, basi si Rafe. ka sabad sa imo bayot. by the way I told Pipo of your blog, he hasn't had time to post a comment, but I'm sure you'll be amused when he does. although he did mention to say one thing and it's "...convince me more". I wonder what the sore throat is from...too much biscocho? speaking of, whatever happend to Ronald....

oj hofer said...

21 ba ang waistline mo misha? who's pipo nga, send me his pic cos i forget. pipo san pascual? ronald grew old because unlike you he isn't immortal.

misha said...

That's POPO San Pascual! Pipo Cruz is the one (of the many) na galit sa kadera...him and Nicolo, the young girls from Ateneo! Name it: t-shirt, long leaves, short sleeves lahat may kadera. To jog your memory further heres a picture of me and him having dinner. Now do you remember? Poor Butter, he was cute, I guess he sort of qualified as a "bear" if he was here in America. Little did we know we met him at the prime of his life.

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Anonymous said...

hi, new to the site, thanks.