My Pink Butterfly

My Pink Butterfly
40 cm X 40 cm
Oil on canvass
Artist: Tenette Peralta-Racho

This painting was an inspiration by a dear friend here in Jakarta. She gave me a picture of a butterfly. That picture made me paint this beautiful butterfly that i call my trademark. She even made a poem about My Pink Butterfly.

I love butterflies. The reason i love them is because i compare myself to a butterfly. Before it becomes a beautiful butterfly, it undergoes many stages. The metamorphosis of a butterfly is amazing. From an egg,  to a caterpillar, to a chrysalis then it emerges into a beautiful butterfly ready to spread its wings and fly.
I was once a shy and over protected young lady. My parents were so overprotective that they gave me the comforts in life. I never learned how to do things.  When i was in high school, i always compare myself to the other girls in my school. To me, they were all brighter than i am. I never tried to excel in high school. Although at the end of the year i saw that my grades were good.  But then i still did not believe in myself. I thought, i was not a smart girl and that i was a nobody. When i went to college, i began to excel in my school but still i was just one of them. But when i started working, it was my time to do my best. My first boss believed in me so i had to live up to her expectations. Then  people started believing in me. I gained my self confidence. From then on, i learned to be the best that i can be for the world. I tried everything that people my age would feel inadequate of doing. I became more technical, i tried everything that i could hold on too. I tried experimenting and i did not fail myself. I proved people that i was good enough.
Today, to further enhance myself and to keep on learning, I enrolled in a mentoring program for on line marketing, blogging and working as a virtual assistant. I also do stock market investments. And most of all., i am so proud to say that I am now an ARTIST – a painter.
So now, we can see that from a small cocoon a butterfly emerges.
Let us continue believing in ourselves that the BEST is yet to come.
And that no matter how old we are – we can still learn new things.

Painting Canvass

Did you know that the board that painters use to paint is called a canvass? According to Merriam-Webster , a canvass is a piece of cloth backed or framed as a surface for painting. I used a canvass that is primed and pre-stretch. What does this mean?
 A primed canvass is a canvass wherein a primer has been applied. Below is how a primed canvass and an unprimed one looks like.
The primer applied prepares the surface for painting. This is particularly necessary if you are using oil as your medium. Because the oil in the paint will not rot your canvass and the paint will not soak your canvass since a canvass is an absorbent material.
A pre-stretch  is a canvass that has been stretched and placed on a frame. It is easier to use since stretching a canvass takes time. Also once you paint on a pre stretch canvass it will be nice and smooth.
The canvass size will depend on how big or how small you want the objects in your painting. For me my favorite size is a 50 cm X 60 cm. But for my bufferfly paintings its usually a 40 cm X 40 cm.
A Primed and pre-stretched canvass can be bought from your local art supply store.


A Glass of Water

Did you know that drinking 8 or more glasses of water a day can make you beautiful, healthy and strong? Well, you might shrug it off as another beauty regimen. But i tell you, it really will make you beautiful, healthy and strong. Because water can make our skin smooth and glowing because it can add moisture to the skin. Also, it washes away from our body some unwanted toxins that may be lurking around. It is also used in almost all of our body systems, either to carry nutrients to our cells or to moisten parts of our system.
I for one, if i drink 8 or more glasses of water a day, i feel A-ok. But did you know that drinking it at a proper time can really make you feel good and healthy?

Here are the times when you need to drink a full glass of water:

  • After waking up – 2 glasses of water – helps activate internal organs
  • 30 minutes before a meal  – 1 glass of water – helps in digestion
  • Before taking a bath – 1 glass of water – helps lower blood pressure
  • Before going to bed – 1 glass of water – avoid stroke and heart attack
  • Anytime of the day when you feel thirsty – 1 glass of water – helps replenish water that is lost when we do exercises, when the weather is hot, when we are breastfeeding and when we are sick.
Drinking lots of water and juices  when we are sick is the number one cure specially when we have fever, colds and cough. 
So don’t forget to drink your water. Why not get up now and drink a glass.

Natural Remedies to relieve bloating naturally

I have been experiencing bloating every since i had my gall bladder removed. So i have been finding ways on how to relieve myself from being bloated everytime i eat a lot.

So here are some ways to help you with your bloated stomach.

  • i usually drink a cup of hot peppermint tea
  • eat fruits before a meal so as not to impair the release of gastric juices from your stomach.
  • walk at least 30 mins so as to release some gas
  • lay on your left side with your left leg straight and your right leg over your left leg in a kneeling position.

But to make things easy, drink a capsule of Enzyplex. It aids in digestion.

Natural Remedies for Acne

Here’s the best all natural acne treatment:

Get a whole lemon and squeeze it on a clean bowl. Add milk slowly until it curds. Then apply on face overnight or if you cant stand the smell. Let it stay on your face for an hour. Then wash off thoroughly.

Another is , boil some fresh basil leaves with enough water, let cool and wash your face with the mixture every night.

These are suggestions only.

If you experience any redness on your face, please discontinue using these.


On our second painting class, we were ask to draw the fruits in front of us. As usual i was apprehensive again to draw. The fruits were arranged in such a way that i was looking at it from an angle. And i had to finish what i was doing in three hours. So it was draw then color it using pastel color. My! it was not just like coloring fruits in a coloring book but i had to do it taking into account the lighting and all! But wonders of all wonders! I was able to do it! I went home brimming with pride and showing off my work to my kids and my husband. They were all praises. So there i was ready to venture into my new world – oil painting!
But then i was not able to attend the next painting class because i had to go home to Manila for an emergency operation. They had to do a Dilatation and Curetage on me,  the doctors suspected possible bleeding. So i was not able to paint for almost three weeks since i had to rest after the operation.
After my rest, i had to get going again because my spirits were low. So the best therapy was for me to go back to my painting class. Since i was gone for a long time already my classmates were now doing their paintings in oil on canvass. Here i was just starting with my very first oil in canvass painting.
We were all required to do the same painting for our first venture – a still life painting of two wine bottles , a ceramic jar and a wine glass.
So i started, in front of me were two wine bottles, a wine glass and a ceramic jar. I had to draw first using a charcoal pencil. Then my friend suggested that i take a picture of those things so that if ever i am not through by the end of the class i could continue my work at home.
I prayed first before i started. By the end of the class i was able to make the drawings and started to use my brush and oils for the initial colorings. I was also very happy of what i was seeing. Little did i know that what i did that day will change my life forever. I was a budding artist then. Here is my very first Oil in Canvass Painting.