Inspired by a giant concrete white statue of Christ the Redeemer with its hands spread, overlooking the mountainous landscape and beaches of Brazilian most exciting city, Rio de Janeiro, which I so long to see in person, (an impossible dream, ehh)I painted my very own "The Redeemer", which I presented during our Island of Samar and Leyte Artists (ISLA) exhibit, concluded right on the 3rd day of January this year, 2020.
In lieu of my previous post about my painting entitled, "So Doomed?", here's one thing that I want to put in contrast with it. I am so real glad and thankful, special mentions to dearest Jill and sister Paulina for letting me look into the bright light of things putting that whatever is happening right now, these too shall pass. Yes indeed, even way back before where life was a bit struggle for me, with my unwavering great faith of our Redeemer, I'm happy to proclaimed that I emerge victorious and undeterred than ever. Thank you Lord Jesus and amen.
Likewise, I am so grateful for having this skill where I can share the beauty of my pieces to those people who appreciate art. And this made a great deal of impact for me as well as a means of livelihood, specially this crisis time, at the same moment, a spring board for me to share these blessings too. In fact, some of my paintings,were even offered for a trade/ barter in exchange for some canned goods and noodles to be distributed to needy tummies from the neighborhood, most are pedicab drivers that are greatly affected by this pandemic. Thank you dearest Maam Paulina for your very kind heart. And you may read her story too.
My babies birthday cakes last July, and these September were all a product of barter--- a portrait for a baker friend in exchange for a yummy and beautifully decorated cakes. (Thank you for the Barter Community , a very resourceful initiative coming from our folks in the city.) That's the sheer beauty of going cashless. You unconsciously received more than what was bargain for. The joyful delight and amazement, wondering and praising each other of how nice, beautifully crafted it was, it's totally priceless! Several times that our cupboard was filled, and a breakfast wasn't skip, all because of these personally hand-drawn portraits in exchange for tray of eggs, vegetables and other necessities, all of these shared around in the neighborhood. One time, I did a portrait of a businessman who offered disposable masks and faceshields in return, which I gladly oblige and even distributed some of it for some homeless friends roaming around in the downtown area. What a great way to celebrate more of what life can offer to this heighten crisis!
Magically, I am happy and proud to create something wonderful.
And all these, I owe from " The Redeemer."
Thank you very much for reading my story.