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Bacolod City, Philippines Friday, August 16, 2019

The watercolors of Doctor

Watercolorist Edgar Doctor opened his one-man art exhibit that features 29 of his latest artworks at Charlie’s Art Gallery at Italia Restaurant in Brgy. Mandalagan, Bacolod City, Wednesday and the show will run until September 14.

Doctor, who is one of the most respected Filipino artists based in Manila, said he paints on the spot or sometimes rely on his memory. He prefers not to paint from photographs because it limits his creativity. He’d rather paint from memory so he can have the freedom to manipulate his subject matter, he added.

He said he paints about nature a lot because when God created the Earth, he also created man. So man is part of nature.

“I prefer to comment on something about society like the glorification of nature or a protest against the abuse of man against nature,” he added.

Doctor said this is his second one-man show in Bacolod. He recalled joining a group show in the 1970s upon the invitation of Art Association of Bacolod founder Edgardo “Budot” Lizares.

He started painting professionally in 1959, he said, adding that he also sculpts.

He has also exhibited in New York and has earned some awards, he said.

Doctor said he has been painting since he was a young boy and is the only artist in his family. He is the fifth and the only boy in a family of seven children.

He now has five daughters and the youngest of them, Yasmine, also paints using acrylic and watercolor, and does print-making, he said.

It is a usual belief that watercolor is a difficult medium to master. But he does not see things that way because he believes that an artist must love doing his work, should have fun, and have satisfaction, Doctor said.

If an artist wants to use watercolor, they should keep on working until they perfect the art, he said.

When he started, he became a member of The Art Association of the Philippines, The Society of Philippines Sculptors, The Saturday Group, The Midweek Group, and The First Friday Group of artists.

Right now, he is part of a 5-member group of artists who lives in Las Piñas and Parañaque, he added.*

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