Category Archives: Art

Spotted!

Got this screen grab from N. Her friend who also attended the ICON Manila 2017 event sent it to her. I think this was taken during the event’s live coverage(?).

N (the one in circle) with other participants were queuing up to request for autographs of speakers and resource persons.

The Icon Manila 2017 was held at the College of St. Benilde in Manila.

N said she had a great time listening and learning from the experts as they share their expertise during the two-day event. The tickets maybe costly but it’s all worth it. Besides the proceeds will go to worthy causes such as humanitarian and medical missions being supported by Icon Manila and St. Benilde.

By the way, the person in the video is Goro Fujita, one of the event’s speaker. He is a visual development artist at DreamWorks Animation who worked on Merry Madagascar, Megamind, and The Boss Baby to name a few.

Landscape Art by Khalil

I wish I could share a lot of his recent works here, but I need to get permission first. Otherwise, he would give me a mouthful, LOL. But here’s one that I think looks pleasing to my eye. 🙂

By the way, he is accepting art commission these days. He is earning his own money while studying at home.

Preserving and Maintaining Sculptures

There are many famous sculptures that have lasted for tens of thousands of years. It’s absolutely possible to keep sculptures in good condition for an indefinite period of time. The sculptures just need to be stored and handled properly. Metal, ceramic, stone, and glass sculptures all require different forms of care. 

Photo by Daria Sheveleva on Unsplash

Stone Artwork

Some of the very earliest historical art pieces were made from stone. These works are less likely than others to be damaged by dirt. In fact, while cleaning is an important part of art conservation in general, carved stone can actually degrade much more rapidly if it is cleaned too frequently.

Skin oil can also stain the outside of the stone, which is why it’s so important for all art conservation experts to wear gloves when touching most sculptures. Gloves are especially important when glass pieces are involved. The stains might be even more noticeable and damaging.

Fragile Sculptures

There are plenty of sculptures made from glass that have lasted for a long time, even though they’re made from such inherently breakable material. Small factors can make a difference regarding sculpture conservation. For instance, experts who handle these pieces while wearing latex gloves are less likely to drop them. Some types of glaze are chemically reactive, but glass itself is more stable than materials like metal. 

Metallic Statues

People may think that metal statues and sculptures are easier to conserve than many others. However, while a sculpture like this might be comparatively more likely to survive a fall, these pieces have their own vulnerabilities. Metallic materials have a tendency to react with various chemicals in their immediate surroundings. Collectors and curators can prevent at least some of these chemical reactions by using the right protective coatings and managing the conditions of the sculpture’s display and storage environment.