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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Online Singing for Girls Following the Footsteps of their Singing Idols

Most girls fantasize about living the life of popular female singers who made it big because they can really sing their pipes out. These female singers can sing high pitch sounds which they used as their ticket to the ritzy life they enjoy now. They have designer shoes and clothes given by their sponsors, go on world tours, stay in hotel suites, have fat savings in banks, and can invest their money in any business venture. In addition, they get paid for doing what they love to do – singing. Instead of harboring all those envious feelings, you can also try finding your way to stardom through online singing for girls if you have the same talent as these singing superstars.

The Internet has provided us with a completely new different world than what we had before. Everything can be reached within a click. In the Internet, there are sites that are helpful for girls who want to fulfill their dreams and have a successful singing career just like their singing idols. These online singing for girls are just the right vehicle for dreamers who want to bask in the limelight.

Common Tips on How to Improve One’s Singing

• Believe in yourself. Always put in mind that you can perfectly hit that note. Do not be afraid to commit mistakes because there is always room for improvement. Confidence can do wonders to one’s voice.

• Breathe from the diaphragm. Control the air that you exhale. Try to focus on making use of the same amount of air for both low and high notes so that it can give you a more steady tone.

• Rest the vocal chords. Do not push it beyond the limit. If you feel strain, definitely go for a voice rest. Run through scales to get the sense of pitch down. Know how to reach higher notes than the previous ones you had. Know when to stop. It is not a matter of how long and how often practices are done. It is in the number of times that you can sing in the right way without straining the voice much.

• Accept constructive criticisms and use them to improve your weak points. Record your voice using boss recording equipment and find out where the errors lie. Hearing yourself and listening to what others hear from you is entirely different. People can instantly determine what is wrong as they listen to how others sing.

• Stay healthy. Smoking and drinking alcohol can definitely affect your voice quality. Continuing these vices can make your voice hoarse and husky. Be selective of what you eat and drink while you bear in mind what possible effects they can cause to the voice. Drink lots of water and eat fruits on a daily basis. Avoid foods that are too sweet and too cold. This does not mean, though, that you cannot indulge in your favorite sinful foods. Eat in moderate servings to preserve your precious asset.

• Be yourself. Do not be a copycat or a mimic of other famous singers because you can always end up as a trying-hard impersonator. Create your own image and be known for it and for what you have to offer to the listening public. You do not want to be known as just the girl who sings like Madonna or Mariah Carey. Put your own personality in the songs that you sing.

Online singing for girls can be helpful “technically”. The rest of the job lies upon you. Be optimistic and believe in what you can do. Success may not come at an instance but there are always opportunities waiting to be grabbed around. Even your singing idol has to experienced being at the shadow of the superstars. Sometimes, there are more challenges at the sides before you can finally take the center stage of fame.

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Mistakes to Avoid When Buying a Guitar

Shopping for your first guitar can be challenging especially if you do not know exactly what to look for and what to avoid. Oftentimes, the exciting thought of owning a guitar can make you grab the first strumming instrument you find without checking its specifics. When buying a guitar for serious play, do not allow yourself to commit some of these common mistakes.

Choosing the Wrong Guitar

There are many types and kinds of guitar. Each type plays for specific musical genre and has different sound distinct from the rest. If you believe rock music is your thing, you need an electric guitar to create the sound you want. If you prefer Michael Buble songs, an acoustic guitar is the best choice. If you lean towards the classical or flamenco music, you need to invest in a classical guitar with nylon strings.

The guitar strings are also an important consideration when buying a guitar. For a child below 12, nylon strings are easier to press than steel strings, which are painful for young fingers to fret. In most cases, choosing the wrong guitar and the wrong strings can cause the young guitar player to lose interest in playing because of the pain in their fingertips.

Picking the Wrong Size

Even if you find a cheap fender electric bass from guitar center, please remember one thing. Electric guitars may be smaller but they weigh heavier than acoustic and classical guitars. Young children may find it cumbersome to carry a five kg electric guitar. Choosing the right size is dictated by the height, age, and gender of the guitar player. Girls may have difficulties in handling the same guitar that boys can normally play with ease. The key here is to be guided by the following guitar scale:

• For electric guitars, a 3/4 size is recommended for children below 12 years old. Those in their early teens can handle a full size guitar pretty well.

• For acoustic guitars, the 3/4 size is ideal for 8 to 10 years old while the OM size is recommended for 10 to 14 years old. The smaller size that measures 125 cm – 165 cm is best for 12 to 15 year old guitarists and is a great option for women. Guitars that are bigger than these are suitable for 15 years old and above.

• The classical guitars with nylon strings have different sizes for children of varied ages:
1/4 size: 2 – 5 years old
1/2 size: 5 – 8 years old
3/4 size: 8 – 12 years old
4/4 size (full size) is ideal for children of 12 years and above.

Buying a Guitar without a User Manual

In most instances, there is too much excitement when buying a guitar. Buyers commit the mistake of bringing home their newly purchased guitar without checking if it comes with complete support materials. In truth, some guitars do not actually have an owner’s guide especially if it is a second-hand purchase. The problem arises when there is the need to perform some tuning up and there is no manual to guide the player on how to go about the required action.

Paying for Unnecessary Accessories and Features

Preying salespersons at the guitar store may take advantage of your lack of knowledge on guitar specifics. They may encourage you to buy guitars with features and accessories that are not necessary for playing the guitar. Be firm with the vital features that you want your guitar to be. The important thing is to own something that is of high quality, reasonably priced and easy to play. Do not spend for something advertised to make you play better because in due time, as you progressed with your guitar lesson, you can create good sound with the basic guitar you bought.

In general, you need to be smart when buying a guitar. There are many things to consider and several factors to avoid. There are difficulties yet the excitement is never missing. To make sure that you get your money’s worth and to guarantee satisfaction always be reminded of these common mistakes to be avoided before deciding to buy a guitar.

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