6th National Pastel Convention

The 6th National Pastel Convention will once again take place online, using popular social media platforms and video conferencing tools. All participants will have special access to the online sessions through our Zoom account and the Pastel Convention FB page.

Convention Fee at Php 900.00 for non-members and Php 800.00 for members.

We recommend all past members to renew their membership and take advantage of the special discounts from our sponsors.

Schedule of Activities for Day 1, Oct 30 Saturday

Oct 30 (Saturday) 10:00-11:00 noon

Opening and Welcome Remarks

  • Short message from the PPA President  Glenn Perez
  • Presentation of the Finalists of the 2021 National Competition 

*Session will be live on Zoom  and the FB-Convention page

Previous winners of the National Competitions

Oct 30 (Saturday) 11:00-12:00 noon

“Learning from the Master” 

An art talk with Mr. Romulo Galicano

An art discussion with the country’s master portrait artist who will share his work process from inspiration to concept and his thoughts on the pastel as a medium.

*Available on the FB-Convention page


Oct 30 (Saturday) 1:00-2:00 pm

“Color Perspective in Landscape”  

by Alvin Montano

A demo by our PPA Chairman on how to create depth and how to make your landscapes radiant with the use of color perspective, proper tonal values and highlights.

*Available on the FB-Convention page

Oct 30 (Saturday) 2:00-3:00 pm

“Hyped Up Toys on Canvas”  

by Grandier Bella

A demo on using canvas as pastel support in creating stimulating, realistic still life that captures the essence of a photograph.

*Available on the FB-Convention page

Oct 30 (Saturday) 3:00-5:00 pm

“A Study on Shadow and Light “ by Tai Meng Lim

Join Tai Meng as he hosts a step-by-step live demo. The 2 hours session will include his methods and techniques particularly for still life paintings which includes a brief theory on value, color and under-painting, as well as tips on using a variety of edges and marks to create visual appeal that goes beyond the beauty of the subject itself.

*Session live on Zoom  and the FB-Convention page

Oct 30 (Saturday) 5:00-6:00 pm


by Pulp and Pigment

Join us as ‘Pulp and Pigment’ showcase their new products at special discounts to all Convention participants

*Live on the FB-Convention page

Schedule of Activities for Day 2, Oct 31 Sunday

Oct 31 (Sunday) 10:00-12:00 noon

“Creating a Winning Artwork” by Julius Legaspi

A demo by our PPA founder on his winning artwork titled ‘Parol Filipino’ at the recent Pan de Manila art contest. He will share his tips on how to develop a theme in an artwork by using his distinct techniques in pastel painting.

*Session live on Zoom and the FB-Convention page

Oct 31 (Sunday) 1:00-2:00 pm

1:00-2:00 pm

”A Unique Approach on Landscape” by Robert Dutton 

Paint along with ShopKeepArty’s Robert Dutton as he works on a step-by-step landscape composition using bright soft pastels on a black textured background. Reference photo and material list will be sent to all participants.

*Available on FB-Convention page

Oct 31 (Sunday) 2:00-3:00 pm

“Bougainvillea in Oil Pastel” by Levy Moncera

Back by popular demand, Sir Levy will once again demonstrates his impressive techniques in detailed realism by painting the bright Bougainvillea in oil pastel.

*Available on the FB-Convention page

Oct 31 (Sunday) 3:00-5:30 pm

Announcement of the ‘Winners of 2021 National pastel Competition’

  • Video presentation of artworks
  • Raffle for members
  • Commentary from the Jury Chairman about the winning artworks
  • Announcement of works granted Honorable Mention
  • Announcement of the Competition Winners 

Closing Remarks by PPA Chairman, Mr. Alvin Montano

*Session live on Zoom and FB-Convention page  and PPA Public page

Get to Know Our Guest Artists

Romulo Galicano

Romulo ‘Mulong’ Galicano is the founder and chairman of the Portrait Artists Society of the Philippines  (PASPI) Manila.  It was founded  in January 2019. PASPI is an organization of realist artists who seek to raise the level of awareness of realism in its various interpretations. 

Mulong’s dedication and artistic integrity has given us works that continue to describe his journey as an artist .  His  personal story, beliefs and struggles find their ultimate expression in thought provoking works of art.  His compositions are bold, daring and dramatic. Mulong is grateful to Javellana and Sym who were his first teachers.  He finds inspiration  and continues to learn from masters such as Rembrandt, Reubens and  Van Gogh.

Alvin Montano

Alvin finished his Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts Major in Painting from the University of the Philippines in 1994. However, right after college he was diverted to other fields and became a restaurateur, set and graphics designer and currently in the medical field of Emergency Medical Services.

After more than 2 decades of absence in the Art mainstream, he decided to go back to his first love which is painting and it came into reality in 2012. After series of practice to redeem himself as an artist, by 2013 Alvin posted through the use of Social Media his series of masterfully rendered live portraits and figure artworks next to his still life and landscape paintings

According to Alvin, among the different subjects in art, portraiture is somewhat personalized, like it is a moment when you capture not just the likeness but also the character of the sitter. Like portraiture, figure art requires discipline and precision to capture proportion and most of all – tonal values.

He is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Philippine Pastel Artists, Inc., a Director of Portrait Artists’ Society of the Philippines – Manila Chapter and a member of Filipino Portrait Artists Guild.

Grandier Bella

Grandier Gil C. Bella (b. 1972, Cebu City) earned his degree in Fine Arts, Painting at the University of the Philippines in 1993. Graduating Cum Laude, he focused his efforts in studying the classical painting techniques espoused by Rembrandt, Caravaggio and Da Vinci. Bella’s works are recognized for his deft handling of color with careful brush rendering and blending. Often combining strong hues with complementing color schemes, he has successfully achieved a level of realism in depicting his subjects exhibiting confidence and mastery of the medium. Next to oil, the pastel medium is one of the most satisfying and rewarding dry media available to an artist. 

His artworks have been published in International Artist Magazine and Pastel Journal Magazine. He was also a recipient of several awards in both local and international art competitions. Works by Bella have been exhibited in galleries in the Philippines, Denmark, Dubai, and the USA. He is currently affiliated with the Philippine Pastel Artists, Inc., Artalyer Workshop and Studio, and Filipino Portrait Artists Guild, and served as a lecturer at the University of the Philippines College of Fine Arts. 

Tai Meng Lim

An international recognized pastel artist, TaiMeng Lim is a Malaysian, specializing in pastel, oil and acrylic paintings. He is a Master Circle member of International Association of Pastel Societies (IAPS), Signature members of the Pastel Society of America (PSA) and the Pastel Society of the West Coast (PSWC), Signature Master of the International Society of Acrylic Painters (ISAP), Signature member of National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society (NOAPS). Major magazines such as Pastel Journal Magazine, Pratique des Arts, International Artist , The Artist (UK) and other magazines have published his works and featured articles.

Julius Legaspi

Legaspi graduated from the UP College of Fine Arts and was a follower of conceptual artist Roberto Chabet. This makes it easy for him to create abstract pieces. He is however known for his soulful still life and evocative landscapes, images that only a perceptive artist can see. He also dabbles in music as a song writer and lead guitarist.

He demonstrate his mastery of the pastel medium in his paintings. His talent in rendering forms and tones in pastel is matched by his ability to evoke moods in his landscape, still life or genre paintings. He is a prolific artist whose artworks can be found in various art collections.

Julius Legaspi, who hails from Bulacan, is a well-rounded artist whose time is not limited to visual art making. He is also a generous teacher, sharing his knowledge by conducting art workshops. He is also a mentor as he guides the members of the Philippine Pastel Artists to become better image-makers. He currently sits as one of the Board of Directors of the Philippine Pastel Artists, Inc. He is also a member of the Philippine Art Educators’ Association which updates him with regards to art education.

(source: https://orangemagazine.ph/2017/julius-legaspi-gateway-gallery/)

Robert Dutton

Robert Dutton BA (Hons), worked for over 25 years as a professional Graphic Designer and Illustrator, before becoming a full time artist. His studio paintings maintain this ethos and his popular and accomplished award winning style has won many national awards and international acclaim.

He is a UK Ambassador for Canson papers (France) and Nitram Charcoal (Canada), and is an associate artist for Derwent art materials (UK) and Unison Colour pastels (UK). Robert regularly contributes to ‘The Artist’ magazine and exhibits with ‘The Pastel Society’ and ‘The Society of Graphic Fine Art’ in London. He also teaches popular adult education classes, workshops and art holidays throughout the UK which are often over subscribed.

Levy Moncera

Levy Moncera traces his roots in Dumalag, Capiz. Early on, he showed interest in the arts and represented his then alma mater, the Capiz Regional Vocational High School, in several painting competitions. After graduating high school, he eventually pursued a degree on Fine Arts, Majoring in Advertising in the University of Santo Tomas. Before finishing his degree, he became one of the winners of the Young Arts in Asia Competition in 1980. After college, he later joined an annual competition sponsored by the Art Association of the Philippines and became a three-time finalist of the said competition.

He eventually pursued his career in the US Naval Base in Subic while continually honing his art. He joined the float design competition of the said organization and won for eight consecutive years. Likewise, he was also a three-time winner of the Annual Lantern Design Competition in Olongapo City.

Today, he produces commissioned artworks and regularly participates in group art exhibitions around the country and internationally.

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