Tres Marias: for the benefit of Typhoon Haiyan victims
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    A set of custom handpainted matryoshka dolls to benefit the survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
Katha Magazine asked me to contribute original art to be auctioned off, with 100% of the proceeds going towards The Philippine Red Cross to benefit survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan.
Despite not having worked much with acrylic paints, I pledged to contribute a set of matryoshka dolls but painted with a Filipino flavor. I worked on these dolls slowly and on and off for about a month, learning to paint with acrylics in the process (thanks to Google and 
Chalkboard matryoshka dolls from Muji. I decided to paint just three dolls for this project.
My preliminary sketch. Matryoshka dolls are Russian in origin but I wanted to give these dolls a native, Filipino twist by depicting your normal, everyday Filipinas: the happy tindera (vendor) selling fish at the market, your über religious, rosary-clutching lola (grandmother), and the young schoolgirl with big hopes and dreams for our nation.
Priming and sanding the dolls
Sketching out a concept for the dolls' backs
The finished dolls: front
The finished dolls: back.
I chose the predominant colors of red, blue, and yellow-- the colors of the Philippine flag.
These dolls are up for auction from November 18-30, 2013. All proceeds go to the Red Cross (Philippines) for the benefit of the survivors of Super Typhoon Haiyan / Yolanda. For more details about this project, including how to place your bids, check out this blog post:

Thank you!!!