Life Style Arts & Books (Tessie Duldulao)

THERE used to be a species of still-life painting—the so-called vanitas—that was prevalent in the 17th century, replete with objects such as skulls, guttering candles, withering flowers, an hourglass, mirrors and butterflies.
All these remind us of the inexorable passing of time and the need, as the inspired saying goes, to find time to smell the flowers.
One Filipino artist who has devoted decades of her art to communicate the jubilation of floral still lifes is Tessie Duldulao. In both her life and art, she has brought, and continues to bring, a spirit of equanimity and repose and a disciplined commitment to finish what she has started.
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