Aimee Bernardo’s playlist includes Classical, French and Kundiman whenever she paints her magnum opuses at her studio and home at Factory 505, Parc Royale Condominium.
“I listen to mostly Classical music but now meron akong Ray LaMontagne, which I don’t know how to pronounce,” revealed Aimee laughing. “But I do love French music. Hindi ko sila maintindihan pero gandang-ganda ako sa tunes.”
Her dilemma though is finding a Kundiman to her liking. It’s either she loves the music but not the performer.
“Maganda yung Kundiman. Merong gitara lang na Kundiman. Gusto ko siyang pakinggan,” said Aimee.
Aside from music, Aimee listened to peace and quiet at the wee hours in the morning while she painted various pieces for her “Pat’ak – Pat’ak Series: Seasons Of My Mind” exhibit at her studio which runs until March 13, 2018.
There are more than 30 pieces on exhibit consisting of large master pieces built like a puzzle wherein interested buyers or art collectors can purchase per piece from the whole artwork. According to Aimee, it’s a result of her first art exhibit during which people looked for small pieces.
“But I can’t work on a small canvas, that’s why ginawa ko siyang parang puzzle, you can have a portion of that big canvas,” described Aimee whose series depicted various emotions on the four seasons – Fall, Spring, Summer and Winter, using pointillism.
“I want to honor the seasons. ’Yung Winter, kasi black and white siya, so monochromatic. You can tell na medyo it’s coming from a deep dark place. Then the Spring is like happy thoughts and then the Autumn is like more womanly that’s why the colors are rich, like gold, red, magenta. And then Summer, that’s my favorite place because it is my happy place. That’s why the colors are blue like the beach. So these are all my emotions so I called them ‘Pat’ak,’” she explained.
What’s the inspiration behind her “Pat’ak-Pat’ak” series?
“When I’m painting, my inspiration has always been my dad. He passed away. And of course when I’m painting, it’s for him. Parang in my head, there are unspoken words, hindi namin napag-usapan because he passed away suddenly. So parang this is my way of connecting with him,” intimated Aimee.
Aside from painting and preparing for her next art exhibit, Aimee teaches art. It’s her way of paying it forward for her gift of painting. She recently taught at the Philippine National School for the Blind and at Trimex Colleges in Laguna where she did a mural in its new building.
An ongoing project she calls “Proyekto Pat’ak,” Aimee hopes to teach two to three schools a year.
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