Gonzales impresses audience through speed-painting
; flipped image shows Philippine President Duterte
By Erin Mitchel J. Abadilla
Photo by Edmir Capuno
Mr. TPS 2017 Noel Cresente V. Gonzales won the Best in Talent- Male Category for his speed- painting performance last February 23, 2017 at The Philippine School- Dubai.
“I think that nobody has tried to speed- paint Duterte before , and I thought it was a good idea,” he said.
Within 3 minutes, Gonzales was able to paint Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on a black illustration board in front of the crowd.
Mr. TPS 2017 said that, “I painted Duterte because he is currently the most popular person in the Filipino community.
Gonzales practiced five times before the actual talent showcase; his first attempt lasted for 7 minutes. “I tried it on plain paper first before using a larger medium. Back then, I just used permanent marker. As I progressed, I switched to white acrylic paint. I had a printed copy. I memorized the copy and practiced without it,” Noel Gonzales said.
During the performance, Noel said that he was not pressured at all. The music calmed him and lessened his nervousness. His father, who is also inclined in the arts, advised him to enjoy it and to dance a little along with the music.
“Art is a hobby. My personality changes whenever I hold a paintbrush because I’m expressing my true self,” Gonzales stated.
He also added that, “My teacher advised me to do spoken poetry because of my voice quality, but that’s not me.”
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