Travel CheckList by My Fairy Talisman

For me part of the fun of traveling is the preparation and packing. Fortunately, I have my traveling Fairy friend to help me out with my checklist:

Here she is with my long list of things to pack.

Together with packing, I got my necessary vaccinations and that was part of the preparation that I didn't like since it gave me an "achy' feeling for a few days.

Then I made sure I bought enough reading materials and snacks for the long plane ride. I also packed an extra change of clothing in my handcarry backpack because when I reach South East Asia ,its going to be very hot in humid there . I will have a whole day to visit the city of Singapore before I continue my journey to Bali., my first destination. After that, it's Hanoi and then Manila.

I reserved a room at the Transit Hotel at Changi Airport in Singapore . That way I can take a nap when I arrive. I also intend to use the rooftop pool soI made sure I also packed my swimsuit and a mini sublock stick.

Of course, I haven't forgotten my mini art studio( art supplies) and my Moleskine art book.
Well, I hope I haven't forgotten anything.

An Artist Morning Ritual

To have a good life, one must start the day making meaning -- I am currently reading : The Van Gogh Blues by Eric Maisel. There's a chapter about making meaning in an artist life and it made me think about my own life and that is :
Unless I start my day drawing, sketching, painting or writing or doing something creative first, I feel that I can tackle the rest of my day happily. It has become one of my early morning rituals. I am an early riser--very early sometimes even before dawn, I am already wide awake! And the first thing I do after I make myself coffee is to go to my studio and start "playing"--doodling, jotting down ideas and writing in my journal, painting freely and experimenting with colors, etc. After I mess around in my studio, I calm down . And only then can I start working on my real work illos, picture book projects, my painting series..etc.

How about you? How do you start your day?

Traveling Fairy

The Traveling Fairy is my constant companion. She is with me wherever I go in whatever country I live in. I have traveled and lived in so many different cities and countries all my life such as Manila, Switzerland, Singapore, Bali, Chicago, New York, just to name a few, that sometimes I can't help but feel uprooted. I have to learn to adjust to a new culture and learn different languages, meet new friends, and say goodbye to the old ones, families are separated by illness and death or just by constantly relocating all the time, jobs are lost, new jobs are found. But somehow, somewhere , in whatever part of the world I live in, I manage to set up studio and work on my art. Art is the one thing constant in my life. This is how I stumbled upon the Traveling Fairy. She appeared again to me yesterday and here she is:

Below is an article on my participation in "Silk Road" Exhibit USA 2006

Promoting Cultural Awareness and Diversity Through the Arts :

Multi-cultural artist Maria Madonna Davidoff was born in the Philippines but has lived and exhibited in Europe, Asia and the United States. She studied printmaking and painting at The Art Students League of New York, Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines in Manila, and traditional batik painting in Bali, Indonesia. She is currently based in New York and Singapore.
Her Selected group and solo exhibitions includes the FusionArts Museum in New York city, Cedar Ridge Gallery in Toronto, Canada, TokyoMetropolitan Museum in Japan, GSIS Museum in Manila, The Museum of the Americas in Florida, The Museum of Art and History, in Fribourg, Switzerland, the New Delhi F.A.C Society Gallery in India, Visconti Gallery in Paris, France, and the Mesnerhaus Gallery in Tirol, Austria. The Swiss Consulate Cultural Section of New York, features regularly in their Swiss Events Series and she is also often listed with the Asian American Arts Alliance calendarofevents in New York City.

She was included in books entitled: Fragments of Young Swiss Art published by UBS of Switzerland and also Filipino-Americans in Our Midst published in the United States.Her works were also presented during the symposium on The History of Philippine-American Art at Montclair State University and was a guest lecturer/visiting artist at the Quinnipiac University in Connecticut.
She was invited to participate and exhibit as guest artist in Langenfeld, Austria for the Austrian International Art Symposium called Between Worlds, Between Borders, 2005.

Maria Madonna Davidoff has been reviewed by a Washington Post art critic who wrote, ”Of the thirty three works on view at the Foundry Gallery, I liked Maria Madonna Davidoff's mix-media scrolls…”

Aside from being a fine artist, she is also an award-winning book cover illustrator and her artworks have been published in books, magazines and major newspapers.Her website is:


Being a multi cultural artist who has lived and traveled in 3 different continents in the world definitely affected my work. Thus, my paintings and prints are based on personal as well as universal icons. The word icon may mean an image, a representation, a simile or symbol. Icons are very much a part of our present world. It has been used since pre-historic time and we are still being influenced by it.

In my latest mix media Scroll Series, I try to develop art that is both lyrical and portable, a reflection of the nomadic nature of one who is constantly on the move. Recognizing this sense of displacement, I never really belong anywhere, and so I try to create my own cultural space wherever I find myself. It is a way for me as an artist to make sense of things around me. Thus, creating the scrolls make perfect sense since these banner-like images are "transportable" just like myself. The scrolls can easily be rolled up and carried around and like myself, could be reinvented, able to adapt and survive. My motivation in creating works of art stems from my enjoyment in expressing myself and exposure to different cultures continues to inspire me in so many ways, I have acquired a more global perspective on the symbols and images in art. I've also come to realize that symbols and icons all over the world speak of the universal themes of fear, joy, hope, pain, and celebration. I believe that we are one collective eye sharing a single planet.

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My Fairy Doodles

I doodle a lot and I usually keep them in boxes. Here are just some of my doodle box collection from years and years of doodling and drawing:

Below are some doodles I've made for my Fairy Series. I've drawn these little fairy scenes in little pieces of Stick notes , while talking over the phone, or doing other non-creative tasks. My Fairy doodles were hung on my bulletin board for awhile at work.

Fairy Ocean:

Fairy Volcano:

Fairy Rocket:

Fairy At Rest:

Fairy Mushroom:

My Fairies remind me never to forget to use my imagination.
Do you have a fairy sitting on your desk too?

Fairy Series

This is a watercolor painting I did from a sketch done in Bali--I got the inspiration of creating a Fairy Series paintings while staying in Ubud, Bali is---such a mystical Island. I actually met a fairy there....

There's a little Fairy on my coffee table. A painting I did awhile ago. I catch myself doing a lot of Fairy doodles and sketches . Now I have a little fairy friend I can take with me where ever I go.
I can even tell her all my deepest secrets.