Deprivation and Meditation: Sudden Flight Series at the Picasso Abstract Painter Chiqui Rodriguez

Filipino abstract painter, Chiqui Rodriguez announces her major new series entitled SUDDEN FLIGHT, her solo show to be held in Zurich by late summer will have its preview opening in a two-man show at the Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences, hosted by Altromondo Gallery on 29 May 2014 and continuing through 18 July 2014.

The 15 selected paintings from over 100 works that comprise the SUDDEN FLIGHT series, awash in vibrant color, are sure to dazzle visitors to the Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences. Chiqui’s unique approach to blending acrylic pigments on canvas creates gem-like surfaces. Peering through the surface to what is depicted below, the viewer realizes that all is not as glowing as it first appears. Chiqui is noted for her deep abstraction of complex realism.

Chiqui also explores a complex subject; her work calls attention to our culture’s thought of hardwork. Much of Chiqui’s artwork is influenced by her experience in the corporate world. Through this new body of work, she connects hardwork to social class as a form of meditation.


Says Chiqui of her SUDDEN FLIGHT series, “I was inspired by my short trip to Brussels after a show held in Berlin in 2013. I arrived with the intent of finding an artist who would be willing to collaborate with me in my upcoming projects, so I started to look around. Instead of finding an artist, I found some Filipinos who work around the city. My interaction with them in a different environment led to varied conversations about how challenging life is to be away from their love ones but nevertheless find solace knowing that their families benefit from their sacrifice. I started on my e-sketchpad and started to express my thoughts after this encounter. The title ‘Sudden Flight’ refers to several layers of meaning: sudden burst of happiness, excitement as reaching out lives of far-flung Filipinos extending compassion, a moment of bliss.”

The show plans to bring forward awareness on the inner thoughts of Overseas Filipino Workers.

About the Artist:

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Chiqui Rodriguez enjoys telling people how she started as an artist. It kicked-off one morning discussing the paintings she had been working on back in 2003 while having coffee with her long-time confidante.

Fearful that she did not finish a BFA degree, she was nevertheless encouraged to share her work publicly because painting has been her hobby since she was six. Through her renewed confidence and the opportunity entrusted in her, she learned that she can do anything to cultivate her art. With this experience, she believed that she can also inspire others that everything is possible if you put your heart into it. Chiqui went on to develop her signature painting style since then. The politically motivated environment of the Philippines and her adventures while traveling between Asia Pacific and Europe molded her ideals of optimism, hope and internal happiness. The first of five series from her upcoming exhibition “Sudden Flight” is now viewable through and Saatchi Art. While the Manila preview of the fourth series is on 29 May 2014 at the Picasso Boutique Serviced Residences hosted by Altromondo Gallery (

Chiqui continues to research on cultural entrepreneurship in developing countries like the Philippines and remains active in various social causes.

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The Easy Guide to Choosing Carpet

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Illumination: What You Should Know about Light Bulbs

When it comes to light bulbs, most consumers don’t stay up-to-date on the latest news and happenings in the illuminating industry. In fact, most Americans are unaware that Congress has begun a phasing out plan to get rid of the most popular type of light bulb. This will mean that consumers will be forced to use one of the many other options available for lightening.

Incandescent Light Bulbs

These light bulbs are one of the most commonly used and least expensive lightening options available. Incandescent bulbs are versatile and provide warm and complimentary lightening. However, they are not considered energy efficient and don’t last as long as other types. Because of their lack of energy efficiency, the government passed the Energy Independence and Security Act in 2007 that requires improved energy efficient standards for light bulbs. This means that incandescent bulbs are being phased out in favor of more energy efficiency options.

Halogen Light Bulbs

These bulbs put off light that is the closet to natural daylight as you are able to get with artificial lightening. Halogens are a bit better than incandescent when it comes to energy efficient, but burn hotter and are more expensive. Halogen works best for situation lightening, floodlights and certain fixtures. Most illumination professionals can help you decide whether halogen light bulbs are the right choice for you. For example, visit for expert advice on the types of halogen bulbs available for your needs.

Fluorescent Light Bulbs

The words fluorescent lightening is commonly associated with a long tube-shaped bulb that produces harsh lightening. However, many different types of fluorescents are available including circular and U-shaped bulbs. Fluorescents usually last longer and produce more light than incandescent, and work well in basements and garages.

Compact Fluorescent Bulbs

Also known as CFLs, compact fluorescent bulbs consume last 10 times longer and use about 1/4 of the amount of energy that normal incandescent bulbs do. CFLs don’t have any of the downfalls of old fluorescent lights and can be used as a replacement for incandescent lightening. CFLs can last up to 9 years but contain a small amount of mercury that can pose serious health concerns if the bulb breaks.

LED Light Bulbs

Light-emitting diode – or LED – is a highly energy efficient, long-lasting lightening technology that can save up to 80-percent annually on your energy costs. Despite their positive features, LEDs only provide directional light and not diffused lightening that consumers expect from general room lighting. Some newer models are made from clusters of LEDs to achieve more of a diffused light. However, these bulbs are five or six times more expensive than CFLs.

Getting Hooked

I wasn’t much of a TV viewer before. I would rather listen to music than watch TV. Lately, though, I’m finding myself getting hooked on some TV series and some reality talent shows, too.

There’s The Voice, which I’ve been following since Season 5 because of Tessanne Chin (and her coach, of course! Go Team Adam!). I also watch American Idol and following Malaya Watson (well, she is half-Filipina).

As for TV series, I’m hooked on Beauty and the Beast (VinCat forever!), Starcrossed (a fairly new series I’ve watched from the get-go), The Originals (too bad Rebekah, a.k.a. Claire Holt, has decided to leave the show), Pretty Little Liars (which is on a break), The Vampire Diaries (yep, but I like The Originals more), and 2 Broke Girls.

I feel bad that Ravenswood got cancelled. The storyline was starting to pick up already. But I guess that’s the way the life of TV series goes.

Creating Magic with Videography Editing Software

One of the secrets to a good quality video lies in good editing. In most cases, a videographer is also the editor who has to deal with countless footage and one who determines the final content, splicing them together, modifying the setting, and fixing the flaws to magically transform lifeless scenes into series of animated tableaus. Moreover, while editing has relatively become an easier task with technology advancement, everything still boils down to the efficiency of videography editing software being used.

Professional videography editing software is a costly investment, but it extremely increases efficiency in producing the final product. Although there are free downloads to obtain online, it pays to acquire something that can perform multiple functions to provide your video an award-winning quality.

Choosing from Top Videography Editing Software

• Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 – is virtually compatible with any video format that can support DV, HDV, Sony XDCAM, Panasonic P2 and AVCHD. This real-time editing software, which operates around the timeline concept, can make the editing job an easier process. The software is capable of editing a maximum of 10,240 x 8,192 resolutions. With its plug-in system that allows various media formats to be imported or exported and with a 3D editing function to boost, the software has become one of the top choices of amateurs and professional alike.

Considered as complete software, Adobe Premiere Pro CS5 comes with Adobe Encore that enables recording directly to a disk. Enhanced with GPU acceleration capability, it allows the editor to process the video at a speedier fashion. Adobe Premier Pro CS5 is the smart editing software that offers post-production processing from start to finish that can be crafted whether you own a PC or Mac.

• Windows Movie Maker – is part of Windows Essentials software suite and comes as a free videography editing software developed by Microsoft. Called Sundance, the robust software offers a rich selection of transition effects. It is comparatively easier to adjust to how the program operates and to utilize its functions including the option to upload the finished result on Facebook, YouTube, and Flickr.

• Final Cut – is the professionals’ choice among Mac users. Developed by Apple, the program has a plethora of templates and special effects to breathe a new life to any video. Its most recent version, the Final Cut Pro X, operates on Mac with Intel processor. The powerful software allows a video to be transferred on the computer’s hard drive to be processed into several formats.

• Vegas Pro – is originally published by Sonic Foundry, but is now owned by Sony Creative Software. It gradually evolved from an audio editor into becoming as real-time multi-track editing software that can process both audio and video. At present, it runs up to 10 versions compatible with Windows XP and Vista. The software consists of complex effects and compositing tools, including 3D tools that can be supported by a variety of video formats.

• Avid Media Composer – this is another professional video editor highly compatible with Mac or Windows, the software has integrated DVD authoring and can process surround audio effects for your video. It has an integrated toolset that provides all quick tools in rendering utmost quality to any editing output. Of course, you may need a clip-on microphone such as the at831r from guitar center to record the best audio.

Looking for the right videography editing software can be intimidating. There is always the need to assess closely what the best packages that offer the best options are at a price affordable even to a struggling videographer. With the insights provided by leading minds, arriving at a decision becomes easier. Another piece of wisdom is in listening to the words of the industry sharks that the best thing is not to be afraid to invest in the full suite. Everyone in the business started out not knowing everything. Like them, your skills are bound to develop. In addition, with the right tools at hand to create magical transformations in your video, success cannot be far behind.