5/3/10

No. 7 - Las Hijas de Señora Phenomena Naturale - Bagyo-Bagyo

Bagyo-Bagyo. Permanent pigment ink on 12"x9" Bristol board. Double click to view details.
On the eve of Hurricane Ike, as I photographed the skies, I noticed a swarm of dragonflies flying in circles.
I included them on the drawing above along with other observations.


Clockwise from top left: Ulan and Monsoon, Tsunami, Lindol, Ba'ha', Buhawi, Bulkana




Bagyo-Bagyo brews typhoons in the Pacific Ocean and hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean. She is responsible for washing away shore towns, blowing away rooftops, smashing glass windows, and sending oil tankers ashore in the middle of Mactan Island, once. She was responsible for erasing villages and subdivisions in the Gulf Coast map and submerging towns in the Philippines. She is high and mighty and when she comes she brings along her sister Buhawi and Ba'ha, but most often does their jobs herself. Her torrential rains plus the visitation of her sister Lindol and human mistakes of illegal logging and mining was responsible for the appearance of her sister Lutak' that buried Guinsaugon village in the town of Saint Bernard in Southern Leyte, burrying alive 1,126 people including an elementary school in session with 246 students and 7 teachers. Only one child and one adult survived.


Before her arrival, the skies cry out with gray ominous clouds and fiery splendor.



The skies before Hurricane Ike landfall, dedicated to my sisterfriend Arija:









Click on photos to enlarge

124 comments:

audrey said...

Ces... Nature, in all its beauty, sometimes becomes angry and lets her wrath pour down upon us. Her strength is unwavering, shows no sympathy, and destroys everything and everyone in sight. As painful as it is, it's all part of the plan and somewhere along the line most of us feel her wrath in one way or another.
Your depiction of this mixture of beauty and destruction has been brilliant, Ces. In spite of the destructive end result, you have given us the beauty to look upon as well.
I have loved them all - but this one - Bagyo-Bagyo - is my favorite so far. It is beautiful, Ces.
♥ audrey

Krista said...

You most certainly ARE making waves!

Bella Sinclair said...

This sister certainly blows my rooftop off and smashes my windows. She is frighteningly powerful as much as she is beautiful. It's no wonder the other sisters follow her in her wake. Those clouds, Ces. How I love your clouds, both photographed and inked. Is that story true about the elementary school? Oh, please say it ain't so.

Ces said...

Yes, unfortunately, it is so, was so. Search "mudslide Southern Leyte 2006"

Heartbreaking- illegal logging and mining in the 70's under Marcos regime denuded the rainforests. Replacement coconut trees do not hold the soil in place and check erosion because of shallow root system. There was a typhoon and an earthquaKe. While torrential rains stopped' the ensuing earthquake gave way to the mudslide and burried the town. It was a school day.

Marie S said...

Wow such beauty and such devastation. She is of all, so far, the most dramatic and powerful, this Bagyo-Bagyo.

And the drawing is so beautiful it makes me cry.
I adore the octopus.
It seems maybe Bagyo-Bagyo would be kinder to humans if we tried to live with the eath and not against it.
Maybe that is the message these woman have been trying to give us.
At least there is something wonderful from all of these destroying forces... it is the beauty you have made from them.
Your photos of the skies before the storm remind of the sunsets we had during the fires, some of the most beautiful in southern california I have ever seen.
Love and hugs,

Bimbimbie said...

Tsup Tsup*!* The forces of Nature remind us just how feeble and insignificant we humans are. And at the rate of continued destruction of rainforests around the world by greedy feeble minds there will be more such landslides.

Jan said...

These are all true works of art. The drawings, the theme, the accompanying photos, the stories, all combine to make a stunning exhibit. I congratulate you and cry with you. This earth is a never ending source of misery and unbelievable beauty. Sometimes all at the same time.

Andrew Finnie said...

Well Ces, I am starting to worry about you. Your talent is very otherworldy, you know.

That's scary.

As far as your paintings, in a lot of them I see so many elements of many painters I admire.

Yet you have managed to distill the elements that make them admirable.

Hah, it's silly writing about such beautiful paintings.

It's best just to look at them and keep my mouth shut.

Sunny today in Oz. It's blowing offshore, the fish are singing and the birds are just sitting there, swaying in the breeze.

:)

Andrew Finnie said...

Ahh, I forgot to say. I have been to the dentist and he took that gold tooth out for me.

Poetic Artist said...

You have brought beauty into nature. Even in the anger of nature. Your work is so much wonderful detail.
I also love the painting at the top of your blog. It must be amazing to have so many wonderful sisters.

Bella Sinclair said...

Is your tongue flexible, Ces? Can you get those hard to reach places?

lakhsmita indira said...

im with andrew.

lakhsmita indira said...

and i think yes, this one is my fave so far, though i love that pretty Monsoon ;D

lakhsmita indira said...

oh but i think it's you who are an artist of the highest caliber.
Look at this series!
im learning from what im seeing.
and im seeing this series.

lakhsmita indira said...

im ok, thank you for visiting me.
i thought of you too.

i guess you are sleeping :D
im talking to your laptop.

lakhsmita indira said...

and i sound crazy :D

Ces said...

I am awake now! Hahaha! I was awakened by a tapping on my laptop! But I am going back to sleep. Good morning/good evening!

lakhsmita indira said...

hahahaha :D
sorry for that xD

*love your new header!
**i'll see you later

Ces said...

Actually I was awakened by Daisy, but I am going back to sleep. Later. Tsup!

Silke said...

Dearest Ces, as beautiful as this gorgeous sister is, I hope I never see her in natura! Every spring, I make hurricane preparations and every year, I hope I will not need to use them... Your art is exquisite, your story heart breaking and your photos awesome!! Much love, Silke

Bella Sinclair said...

God, I love that new header. Looks like the most beautiful stained glass.

Poetic Artist said...

Just a hello..I have not seen you lately in my world..LOL...Just letting you know I guess I miss you.
Hugs,
Katelen

Manon Doyle said...

This new piece is incredible! They have all been so beautiful!! Your FPOT is exploding with beautiful works. You are a smart cookie. : )
Btw... Milo arrived.... in a dress no less...lol!!
xoxo

Gledwood said...

Those pictures are pretty amazing... your art, as well as nature's...

Deborah said...

Worry worry. I think my live feed updater is not working properly...how did I miss this yesterday? Oh the mind of Ces that sees things the rest of us cannot even imagine. Oh, and another talent you have - you could have been a hair designer. Could you come do that to my hair? I could get extensions for you. The clouds, the drops from her hands, the waves, fish within the waves. Her Face. Exquisite. Oh Ces, the fire and passion within you is so great that it cannot be contained and spills out in squiggles and strokes of masterpieces. I must go look again.

The landlady. Her hair. Her scowl. Her fire! How you make me laugh.
**blows kisses** Deb

Silke said...

Every time I think that the crazies have finally found my blog, I get the sneaky suspicion that its just my crazy sisterfriend, Ces. Please tell The Landlady that she is quite scary! What a scowl. And that hair!! I think she misses Milo... TSUP!

Marie S said...

Landlady??? LOL!! You are more than just that.
You can not comment on that one cause it is just the update.
Go here: http://mariesegal.blogspot.com/2010/04/12th-giveaway-you-are-sacred.html
and the this is where madi is:
http://mariesegal.blogspot.com/2010/04/11th-giveaway-speaking-of-buddha-winner.html

Lisa Holtzman said...

Absolutely amazing!!!!!

audrey said...

Oh! Oh! Landlady, tell me you won't be upset when I get paint all over the floor and the walls while in a crazed state of creativity.... working on those large canvases leaning against the walls and throwing paint about makes for a messy state of affairs!! But you won't mind, right?? Because you are an artist and you understand and you will love all those colors of paint all over the floor. Right???
And, yes, I paid the rent!!!
hahahahahaha

Deborah said...

The exercise Nazi!!! I love it! Once again, your timing is impeccable. Brawny Man is out of town working and I was indulging in TV and nostalgia...running my hands along the microwave, the oak cabinets, remembering that I brought two babies home here, weeping on my stove, for some of the worst years of my life, and some of the best years of my life, have been in this house. And Lord knows, it is good. I love you Ces. I really do. Something in my soul leaped the day I met you. **happy smiles** Deb

Deborah said...

In response to Bella's question regarding the flexibility of your tongue...since my head no longer spins a 180, I can no longer lick my back. I used to be so much more bendy. And fun.

martinealison said...

Je viens de parcourir l'ensemble de votre blog et j'apprécie vos dessins avec le raffinement des détails...Bravo.

Andrew Finnie said...

Hello, you know when I checked that picture I thought wow, Mita wears curlers. Then I realised it was Ces and then I realised that it was not Ces, but that famous movie star out of 'Lord of The Curlers - The invasion of the Land Ladies part 2)'

You know. I like to double translate so above translated into Indonesian is

Halo, Anda tahu ketika saya cek bahwa gambar saya pikir wow, Mita mengenakan rol rambutnya. Lalu aku sadar itu Ces dan kemudian aku menyadari bahwa tidak Ces, tapi bintang film terkenal dari "Lord of The pengeriting - Invasi bagian Ladies Tanah 2) '


But when I translate it back into anglais I get

'Hello, Anda knew when I the cheque that my picture thought wow, Mita put on the roll of his hair. Then I realised that Ces and afterwards I realised that not Ces, but the famous film star from "Lord of The pengeriting - the Invasion" of the "part of Ladies Tanah 2)"'

Now, "Invasion Of The Part of The Ladies?" I ask you.

thanks for the tips on my blog

bye :)

Ces said...

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAA! AAAAAAAHHHHH! Oh boy!!!

Bella Sinclair said...

Aaah, I wish the landlady would scream at me. I could use the temporary face lift.

Diana Evans said...

oh wow!!! that is beautiful and the sky...I love watching the sky....and I see your pal Milo is now with sister friend...Manon...poor guy is working out !!!


I think I should send over some cupcakes or somethings.....

Hugs
Diana

lakhsmita indira said...

what is going on here...

Ces said...

HAHAHHAHAH!

lakhsmita indira said...

and please lady, have mercy...

lakhsmita indira said...

i am jobless...

Andrew Finnie said...

Oh, oh! I am in trouble. Just kiding about the curlers Mita :) ! :D

lakhsmita indira said...

i am loveless...

lakhsmita indira said...

i dont want to be homeless...

Andrew Finnie said...

That;s no good you are jobless :(

Ces said...

WHAT?!!! Please don't joke about those.

lakhsmita indira said...

oh i hope the landlady is kidding too...

lakhsmita indira said...

"Hello, Anda knew when I the cheque that my picture thought wow, Mita put on the roll of his hair."

what kind of language is this?

Ces said...

Get serious. Are you jobless and loveless? I hope you still have your teeth, unlike Andrew...

And look! I took off the curlers.

lakhsmita indira said...

ah yeah, im kidding...
im fabulous, my life is fantastic :D

Sir Reginald Farhquardanstannad said...

Okay, so you had us trucked? As we say in New Zulland. I admit to being worried.

Ces said...

Now you are being sarcastic?

Ces said...

Who the heck is Sir Reginald Farthead?

lakhsmita indira said...

now you look better but andrew... sighs....
sorry andrew...

Ces said...

Mita, seriously, do I have to continue this offline?

lakhsmita indira said...

oh he's just a huge fan of me.

lakhsmita indira said...

im kidding, landlady :D

lakhsmita indira said...

what are you doin grande witch?

Ces said...

Andrew is playing with the translaTOR! he is translating things back and forth, back and forth. He should only translate the text once, otherwise he sounds like Sir Reginald Fartmanhand.

lakhsmita indira said...

Sir Reginald Farhquardanstannad, i like this name.

Sir Reginald Farhquardanstannad said...

Thankyou Mita it has a 'ring' to it I think. I'm sorry there is no picture yet. I will have to make one :)

Just having a joke Ces :)

(It;s your friend Reg from down the road!)

Sir Reginald Farhquardanstannad said...

Gee I leave you two alone and see what happens :)

Ces said...

No we like having Sir Regi with us.

lakhsmita indira said...

Kung Fu Hustle is freakin funny :D

Ces said...

I want to be the Landlady.

Ces said...

Ahh I will leave you two. I am starting to have sleep squiggles on my drawing. This is my third attempt and I don't want to waste this one. Behave yourselves. Goodnight.

lakhsmita indira said...

i dont understand, why do you have so much energy?
do you ever sleep?

Ces said...

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ...

lakhsmita indira said...

so it's good!
sleep well grande witch!

lakhsmita indira said...

snoring online :D HAHAHAHAHAH
you really are something, grande witch.

i love you!!!!
byebye now!

Amalia K said...

I'm running out of words and praises for your art, Ces! Your Sisters series is incredible and bewitching... Each piece is a profound beauty, nothing like I've ever seen before... ((hugs))

lynettepadorioarce said...

Inday, you are really very good in pointilism!!!! I wish Mamang were here to see all your work. I bet she will weave a story for each beautiful but strong willed lady you drew. Keep going!!! I can very well remember how I sat beside you in SILENCE to watch you draw.... because I couldn't!!!

Silke said...

Oh, reading the comments was just what I needed this morning! I like your new fan, Sir Reginald Farthead! He sounds learned and distinguished... Where is the Landlady? She scared me a little, but now I sort of miss her... TSUP! Silke

Ces said...

Hello Inday, thank you for visiting and commenting. Ahh, those were the times. Now about you watching me in silence, how many times did I sit beside you and watch you read and study while we were in college because I would always fall asleep once I started reading. You were very quiet and then one day you just took out this huge tapestry that you cross stitched --- OMG! Is that how you practiced your suturing skills? Anyway, you stitch so well just like a plastic surgeon. :)

Jack Foster said...

Beautiful work Ces. You captured my ex-wife so perfectly! :o) Those photos ROCK! Always love stopping by Ces. You are inspiring and enchanting. (and funny)

lakhsmita indira said...

:D
you are making me insane...

lakhsmita indira said...

I'm typsy oh tipsy...whatever...I am...but I don't care...
i may be a sycophant emulator...

lakhsmita indira said...

i love your profile picture...
reminds me of when i was young

lakhsmita indira said...

oh you're not here, im talking to your laptop again...
im so drunk, i think.

lakhsmita indira said...

bye bye, stay skinny.

lakhsmita indira said...

...

lakhsmita indira said...

and please come back soon i feel so stupid...

Bella Sinclair said...

Ah, Medulla. Your art....you make it so very hard for me to breathe, it is so beautiful. I would love to be tickled by your facial hair.

Beautiful pearly whites, dear! Did you leave bright red lipstick stains on the doctor's instruments?

Manon Doyle said...

Hey Nasi..... I happen to like his ball...lol! Maybe you shouldn't be leaving your opinion on my post while I try to rehabilitate the little bugger. His last home was a bad influence on him.
Leave his ball alone....lol.
LMAO

Manon Doyle said...

Well..... Let me tell you baby! That ball weighs 10 pounds..... it's all hard ball. Balls to the wall...baby!!

Fried Dumpling said...

You see my head? That is 10 pounds of brain! That black ball may be ten pounds, it still looks saggy and lumpy!

Manon Doyle said...

Hey Fried Dumplings...... I think your hair is big not the brain!! My little Milo is doing just fine without any outside influence. He just got a new pin in honor of his last house host....lol!

Fried Dumpling said...

Oh yeah? A new pin to deflate the black ball?

Manon Doyle said...

Fried Dumpling or is it Dumplings? No... the pin is for his shirt to honor the Queen of the Dumpling or is it the Belle of Texas? Nope I think it's the Belle of the Ball!

Fried Dumpling said...

What does the pin say? "Take me back to Ces?"

Manon Doyle said...

Nothing like that....lol! You'll see!! lol

lakhsmita indira said...

i dont know grande witch, i can't see a thing.
where are you?

lakhsmita indira said...

do i look like a criminal?

lakhsmita indira said...

are you selling nasi goreng istimewa online?

Fried Dumpling said...

Mita, you look like delicious nasi goreng istimewa!

lakhsmita indira said...

hello?

Fried Dumpling said...

Ooooh I will sell Nasi Goreng Istimewa with Secap Manis!

Fried Dumpling said...

I am tired of carrying my head. I will get a haircut.

lakhsmita indira said...

ah ok.
i need to go back to my cell now.
the jailer is yelling at me.

see you tomorrow ok.

Alopecia Vera said...

Goodnight, Beautiful.

Bella Sinclair said...
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Manon Doyle said...

Your bug is at it again!!

Andrew Finnie said...

Now you must read this aloud:


Så jag går upp på morgonen i morse och jag kolla min e-post och spilla mitt morgonkaffe i min morgon knä som jag fräsa av skratt.

Vad en crackup Alovera Pecia och Mita i fängelse.

Tack för det roliga.

Iväg till kemtvätten nu:)

Ces said...

Ach! Oooh this gives me an opening but I must not bite...must refrain self from talking bait...

Deborah said...

Goodness, 103 comments! LOVE the baby pics with the current pics of the family. Adorable. My, the Viking was a handsome baby! I have had a cold or allergies all day. POO. sad little me.

yoborobo said...

Ces - both my arms and my head and my left ankle are dead tired from scrolling down all the way to the bottom, past Deb, to say hello to you. Your drawings are amazing - I have a huge fear of tsunamis and typhoons. I am also not very fond of tornadoes. I wonder how many more comments Blogger will let you have? If you use them all up, what will the rest of us do?
I guess I will use Prunella, my trusty carrier pigeon. xo Pam

lakhsmita indira said...

hello goodmorning, im gonna work now, im still in prison, i'll see you later ok.

btw what was andrew talking about?

lakhsmita indira said...

byebye grande witch.

Manon Doyle said...

Sure, Ces!! Believe what you want to believe. I didn't offer the bugger wine.... he stole it!! He is so devilish....Ok.... some of my friends may call me the Shedevil but I do believe his naughty ways have come by way of you!! : )

Btw.... your banner rocks!!

Ces said...

HAHAHAHA! Don't blame me for the comments. Some people are sleep-blogging and sleep-commenting.

I know Deborah, I am trying for finish this drawing so I can put up a new post, then you will be the first to comment.

Hello Pam. sorry. Will that be a Ces-Compensation-injury? Oh no you can't pin that on me. I have Chronic-Scrolling-Injury from Bella's blog.

Sure, sure twin sisterfriend! Blame me, yeah right. I am a Gemini, so I know what you are up to!

Mita, do you need me to bail you out? You are the prettiest prisoner. That blindfold looks... never mind. I hope Andrew has not lost it...*SIGH*

lakhsmita indira said...

he's talking dirty about me and you????
no wonder he lost his teeth.

i slept enough, thank you.
bye now!

x

Manon Doyle said...

I am a sweet Gemini!! : ) Just trying to do the right thing over here!!

Manon Doyle said...

Ya.... and sure put an angelic profile pic of yourself .... we all know the truth!!

Ces said...

HAHAHA! Manon! Sweet! Yes, we all know you are sweet but innocent? Hmn! You made me snort Diet Coke! That hurts!

Manon Doyle said...

Ahhhh Ces!! Sweet... innocent.... it's all the same...lol! Stop snorting the coke.....lol!

Manon Doyle said...

Ces.... I'm a big girl now!!

Ces said...

OOOOOH! I get to stay up with you! YIPEEEEEEE!!! Where's Milo? What is he doing now?

Manon Doyle said...

He's sleeping with a hangover. Yup.... the bug had bugged out!!

Ces said...

Milo NEVER had a hang-over when he was at my place. (Deborah, please take note.)

Manon Doyle said...

He must be Ces. Just like me!

Manon Doyle said...

LOL! Well..... he has one now!! lol! Deb will never let him back to Texas or Ohio! Btw.... nice tattoo you scribbled on his behind!! lol
Now.... i think it is my bedtime! Have a great night! Thanks for the sistamance!! xoxo

Ces said...

Give him a tattoo on the other butt! Okay. Goodnight twinsisterfriend! Thanks. Gotta finish my mudslide drawing. Tsup!

Andrew Finnie said...

Now I like that pic best Now " Lie Detector, Reviewer of Badly Written Novels, Fortune Teller" I can beleive that!

Myself? I have decided to be a sock knitting collector of garden gnomes today.

So Mita is a red headed terroist? Hmm. I'd believe that. The Patty Hearst of Djakarta?

Ces said...

That's a good one Andrew. "Patty hearst of Djakarta" Hahahah!

Jenea said...

Hi Ces! I think that now you become one of the best photographer of sky in our world!