This painting is from photos I took in the Philippines on a 2 week holiday last year. I stayed in Manila for as little time as possible, but this was one view from Makati, in the condo I stayed at the first night.
I’ve been to the Philippines a few times, but I can never come to grips with Manila. It is such a dirty, noisy, chaotic seething mass of humanity…I think roughly 20 million people and still rising rapidly.
I was lucky on this occasion. The day after this, as I was about to head north to the countryside, you could only just see through the smog to the church in the centre of the painting, and two days later Manila was hit by a monster of a typhoon that made the international news.
I painted this with as much detail as my patience would allow, trying to convey a realistic impression of the visual chaos that’s been created in this amazing place. As much as I think this is the ugliest place I’ve ever been to at ground level, I still think there is a majestic beauty that comes across in this elevated view…it’s kaleidoscopic mosaic of greens, blues and reds in the rooftops, the dull greys of concrete…the Philippines’ favourite city building material, the flashes of white, and the all too rare vegetation snaking it’s way through the streets.
Hope you survive the madness! :)
Digital painting with ArtRage 2.5 using acrylic, pencil and palette knife tools…Aiptek graphics tablet