...However, I love the colors. And the symbols along her body and on top, and her expression is actually very nicely done...Very expressive in a 'determined' way...(whoever she is focusing on, I feel a little sympathy for, that seems like a really hard glare to stand up to...).
God lord, I don't think I've seen gold quite that pretty in a long time. The whole composition is really appealing but I have to say for me it's a toss up between her hands and her face. The foreshortening on her figure is wonderful as well. Just beautiful.
some legends, sad to say, have been corrupted by years of spanish rule. even MARIA makiling has a spanish name, with the original obscured to non-existence. even the very basic concept of the myths and legends (what they are, what they look like, and other attributes) have been refitted to suit spanish tastes.
nope, a diwata isn't a fairy since a fairy is a western concept... they're similar, not the same. The same goes for 'diyosa' which is the female version of 'diyos', which was taken from the word 'dios' introduced by the Spanish when they conquered the Philippines.
From what I've read, a diwata isn't just a plain magical creature like a fairy, but she also isn't a MAJOR 'god' or 'goddess' like Zeus or Thor or Aphrodite. So somewhere in between, yeah
Not exactly a pose I'd expect from a goddess of peace, but it's still a fantastical piece. Baybayin! Wooo, I like. Even her features looks Filipino (as opposed to random Asian), or at least reminds me of someone. ^^ Intense eyes. As always, I like your choice of colors.