Sketching the baby

Ali and Lila by Lila Marquez (pencil on paper, 2018)
Lila and Ali by Lila Marquez (pencil on paper, 2018)

I‘ve finally reached the end of a long hiatus. Once again, I’m steering my way back the blogosphere, which seems to me like a memory long gone. I have, however, managed to work through a couple of sketches to ward off the blues. Keep on reading>>

Sketch: Shadow Tricks

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“Shadow Tricks”. Pen and pencils on paper. Lila Marquez, 2017.


Words went blank as she turned her back on him, her ears to his thoughts. It’s almost time for another cup of coffee. Keep on reading>>

Sketch: Moon Calls

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“Moon Calls”. Pencil on paper. Lila Marquez, 2016.

Cats sing of chaos

The chanting stretches till dawn. It was a night of assemblage outside a nearby mosque. The cats heeded some sort of warning in between leftovers and splurge. I turned on a Bob Marley. Keep on reading>>

Sketch: Almost Autumn

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“Almost Autumn”. Pencils on paper. Lila Marquez, 2017.

The pigeons looked down

Today, while feeding the pigeons from the balcony, I saw a street cleaner picked up the trash nearby. The desert sun mounted her shoulder, lingered for a while there, then bid her goodbye. I caught my own chest, my hand met the daylight. It was a relief. Keep on reading>>

A brief reading of lines, an art journal

Lines of Lila Art Journal: A brief reading of lines

This story is a bit intense, but let me get straight to the point. I haven’t done a lot of scrap-booking ever since I could remember. I’ve had scraps, though. Lots of them. And they come in all shapes and sizes, from bus tickets to tissue papers. But I’ve never really put an effort to stitch together an art journal. Keep on reading>>

Sketches and Scribbles V

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After struggling from a busy week, I’ve finally found a way to work around sketching and scribbling for the Instagram version of this series, while at the same time figuring out the bumps and bends of the actual art pieces. Fun fact: squiggly lines and sleepless nights are a perfect match, and I’m not even kidding. Yep. Two nights of keeping the night and rain company and still be able to wrestle with the laundry and litter box the following day. Tsk. Tsk. My life is seriously getting an escapist’s overdose. Keep on reading>>

Sketches and Scribbles IV

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Sketches and Scribbles is a current project of mine and the artworks will be available this year (hopefully). Meanwhile, here’s part four of my ongoing Instagram series. As a side note, at times when my sketches seem sulky or heavily laden with ink, it must be due to either the changing weather or that I’m too lazy to reach out for another cup of coffee. Keep on reading>>

Sketches and Scribbles III

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This is the third part of my art and poetry series titled Sketches and Scribbles which I launched on my Instagram. The series features my on-the-spot sketches and poems rendered on intermediate paper. One of the challenges I’ve had with this project, apart from my sneakiest cat trying to grab my attention, was catching up with my thoughts as I work through each piece with my own handwriting, the old school stuff, using no single draft or outline. For this reason, each piece should appear spontaneous as though hordes of lines and words were directly lifted off my thoughts. Keep on reading>>

Sketches and Scribbles II

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Breaking away from my daily mundane tasks always calls for a bite of chocolate…and awkward conversations with the kitties and pup…and crayons. I was lucky enough to have found a second to lay away some jittery lines on my notebook this morning before I could even bear the brunt of modern living. My notebook usually comes in handy every time I needed a pillow, by the way, so, I put aside all the day’s nonsense and headed toward my quiet corner.  Keep on reading>>

Sketches and Scribbles I

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Sometimes, while you’re trying to outsmart time behind your work desk, you meet with your thoughts and ask questions you dare not ask your kitties. Then you try to find a way to impart that conversation to any surface you can find. And when you do find it, the universe simply opens up its doors to usher you in. Keep on reading>>