A PAINTER from Argao town with amputated arms visited Gov. Gwen Garcia at the Capitol and showed her his sample works in oil, charcoal and pastel.
Lino Venzal said he was hoping the governor would avail herself of his services.
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Garcia, who said she was moved by his visit, asked him to make a portrait of her in pastel.
“Mingaw man gud. Wa’y halin. Suway lang ko basin ganahan si Guv. (Times are tough. I have nothing to do. I came here to try if the governor would like it),” he said.
He completed the go-vernor’s portrait in less than a week, but once in a while he would visit the Capitol where he met other clients.
He has been doing portraits for 10 years as a house artist at Kukuk’s Nest.
He said Garcia was the first politician he painted.
Venzal said he studied fine arts for a year at the University of the Philippines Cebu College under Raymund Fernandez.
Rice mill accident
Venzal, 38, married and a father of two, said he lost both arms when he was 12, while playing in a rice mill.
After the incident, he kept to himself, staying mostly indoors. Then a neighbor taught him how to paint; he has been painting sceneries and people ever since.
Despite his condition, he is the breadwinner in his family.
“It’s the only means of livelihood I have to support my family,” he told Sun. Star Cebu during his visit to the governor.
Venzal said he cannot recall any member of his family who had artistic inclinations.
“Maayo ra siguro nadisgrasya ko kay nakamao na ko mo-paint (Maybe the accident was a blessing, because now I know how to paint),” he said.
To paint, Venzal ties a paintbrush or pastel stick to his right elbow with a rubber band. It normally takes a week for him to complete one portrait.
Garcia told Capitol beat reporters that Venzal is proof that life goes on despite challenges.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 16, 2011.
Like most people with busy schedules, you probably don't spend as much time as you would like outdoors - -with nature. To feel the wind in your hair, the sun on your face, and enjoy the wonder in gazing at the moon and the stars. These simple pleasures are waiting for you at the new Kukuk's Nest (North) in Talamban.:)
We are, indeed, moving closer to nature! Reconnecting with the natural world is easy and inspiring. And it comes with the responsibility of protecting nature too. In our own little way, let us do our part and preserve our world for the next generation.
Kukuk's Nest Gorordo will continue to serve you at 124 Gorordo Avenue where it will be sharing the address with Turtle's Nest Book Cafe and Gallery starting February 1, 2011. Kukuk's Nest North in Talamban, on the other hand, opened its doors since January 2011.
Kukuk's Nest (North) : 0063-32-4163443
Kukuk's Nest (Gorordo): 0063-32-2315180
Turtle's Nest Book Cafe and Gallery: 0063-32-2361982
Photographer Barry Beningh posted Kukuk's Nest @ Gorordo pictures in his Flickr page that brings out the vivid colors of the place. He used G "MIC" Painting under GIMP, and the raw picture was processed using Oloneo. The result is colorfully awesome.
This picture also appears in Philippine Pearl of the Orient, ART!! ?, Filipino Pride, GIMP Users, and 29 other photo magazines and groups. Taken in November 14, 2010, Mr. Beningh had lunch at the Kukuk's Nest @ Gorordo. He obviously liked the place, enough to make it his camera's subject.
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Other Kukuk's Nest @ Gorordo pictures that are featured in his Flickr photostr eam are the delicious looking Beef Rouladen with fried potato and Luna, the beautiful food attendant that has been working at Kukuk's Nest for more than 7 years now.:)
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