HE(ART): The Hand that Paints Has a Heart that Gives

Paulina Nayra
Posted August 23, 2020 from Philippines
Blue Bayou
Blue Bayou 18x24 acrylic on canvass Artist: Rahnee de Leon Candaza
Meet Up with the Painter
Meet Up with the Painter: World Pulse sisters Angel and Paulina wearing WP button pin meet to barter (1/3)

I’ve been watching this young prolific multi-talented mother, teacher and painter from the sidelines. Spotted her on March 8, 2019 when she attended the Conversations on Women and Change to celebrate International Women’s Day  with World Pulse sisters  Stella Paul and Karen Axalan in Tacloban and gamely impersonated the voices of celebrities. She didn’t tell us she paints. Until that day when I read an announcement about an exhibit of Jesus paintings rendered by local visual artists.  Thankfully, I was able to catch the last day of the exhibit and there it was, a handsome Jesus Christ, resplendent in white tinged with gold and signed Rahnee .

The pandemic came and the city is on lockdown. How amused I was looking at her pictures with the kids riding an airplane, relaxing at the beach and on a boat in the seascape of Palawan. By using her brush, they had a family vacation without leaving the house. She painted her walls with sceneries that look like real. I said to myself, one day, I’ll have one of her paintings.

That day came. Poring over the posts in the Tacloban Barter Community on Facebook, I chanced upon pictures of paintings to be bartered. One of them in exchange for  canned goods and noodles. Thirty (30) pieces of canned goods and a box with seventy (70) packs of noodles?  “What will she do with all of these? Does she have a store?”, my thought bubble asked.  Without second thought, I chose Blue Bayou, an 18 x 24 acrylic on canvas. It’s an enchanting blue pond with lilies and dragonflies.  I immediately typed “Deal” and fervently hoped I’ll get it. Thankfully, she responded positively. 

I beat the late afternoon rush to go shopping for the goods. I was anxious for my painting. And was more excited that I’ll meet a World Pulse sister, a meeting that was long overdue , as it was stalled by COVID-19.  We were supposed to gather on Women’s Month for WP Kapihan (coffee talk) in Tacloban. I sent her private messages on my way to the supermarket to update her of my whereabouts. As I was picking the different types of canned goods, the questions cropped up again. “What will she do with all of these? Does she have a store?” The goods were packed. I waited. I checked the shelves again to pass time. A beaming young lady arrived with her painting for barter. I couldn’t keep myself from asking the question. “Does she have a store?”

None at all. She just  has a big heart. It turned out that the canned goods and noodles will be distributed to  pedicab  (bicycle with side car) drivers whose meager income during normal times was further reduced to almost nothing due to the community quarantine.   Thus this painting  is not an ordinary work of art. It will always remind me of the compassionate heart of a young mother and painter who uses her brush to feed those who have less. It is an awesome reminder that despite the anxieties that this pandemic brought to humanity, there are angels in our midst.

I know one. She is my World Pulse sister. Her name is Rahnee De Leon Candaza a.k.a Angel Lasona.

#ConnectWomenHealTheWorld 

This story was submitted in response to From Poetry to Paintings .

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Hello, Ate Pauline,

This is such a great post about Angel! It's great to see you two in one photo. Who can forget her during the IWD event? She was/is so charming and talented!

What a bartering success between two World Pulse sisters! I've been meaning to write about bartering communities. Thanks for this post! I hope Angel would post her paintings here. :)

Looking forward to seeing your own painting, too, Ate!

Please join us, Ate Pauline and Angel, at the Encourager Party this Friday (August 28, 2020)! The more, the merrier!

Paulina Nayra
Aug 24
Aug 24

Hi Karen,
Angel is not yet aware of this post.. And I don't paint. I only collect paintings. Ahem. Four days to go to our party. I hope my internet cooperates. And btw, our COVID cases here are increasing. Very sad. Amping mo diha.

Huggs.

Wow, art collector! Yayamanin, Ate. Two days to go to our Thriving Thursday, and you're the trainer! Yes, I hope your internet cooperates. Is a mobile data as an internet source a better option? Yes po, the increasing cases are alarming. Amping pud mo, Ate Pauline. See you! Hugss!

Nini Mappo
Aug 24
Aug 24

A beautifully written story about a creative sister with a generous heart that responds with compassion, by another creative sister with a generous heart that honours others for their contributions, gives them due credit and celebrates their work!

Well done to you two :)

Paulina Nayra
Aug 26
Aug 26

Dear Nini,
It’s because we are World Pulse sisters. We lift each other up, don’t we?
Hugggs

Angel Lasona
Aug 25
Aug 25

Omg dearest sister Ambassador Ma'am Paulina, you just touched my ❤️. Been juggling the half of me of doing all those indeed, mother-teacher-artist-vlogger and most of all, a sister! Never it felt so good to be of little help wherein my simple obra will ease some hungry tummies specially this time of pandemic. Been planning to visit women inmates, as well as sisters in the women's shelter, yet due to this present crisis, we're not able to do so. My heart is full and I'm very thankful for having good hearted persons like you dear Ma'am Paulina for supporting my cause. We've been distributing essentials like masks and faceshields too for our homeless friends around. With prayers, we will all combat this battle and will emerge victorious. Amen. ❤️

P. S
My hugs to all my World Pulse sisters out there.... ❤️❤️❤️
Special mention to sisters Karen, and Mhe Ann.
God be with us all.

Hello, dear Angel,

You juggle a lot of things, superwoman! We love you. I miss you! Please post your paintings here. It's the artists' time to shine on the current World Pulse Call for Stories: https://www.worldpulse.com/raise-your-voice/poetry-paintings

I hope you can join us at our Encourager Party, too. It will be this Friday, August 28, 2020, 11 PM Philippine Time. I hope you're free that day so we can all have a happy reunion on Zoom together with other World Pulse sisters!

Here's the link to register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMsceqprDMsGdebtkqOBIcsbN0FJuL...

Paulina Nayra
Aug 26
Aug 26

Your name here fits you to a tee. Not all angels have wings. While some use bows and arrows to shoot hearts, the Angel I know uses her brush to reach out to other hearts. Please take care sis.

Tamarack Verrall
Aug 25
Aug 25

Dear Paulina,
I loved this story from start to finish. Those photos, and then the generosity and true action that World Pulse sisters dream up on their own, shown here how it gets magnified when our intentions and actions meet. And how magical, the way that art was so central.

Paulina Nayra
Aug 26
Aug 26

Yes, Tam, the centrality of the art is magical and so does our sisterhood. Thanks for reading my story. You are always encouraging.

maeann
Aug 27
Aug 27

Dear Ate Pauline,
wow i'm so happy to see both of you kahit sa picture nalang muna :) Thank you for sharing us this wonderful, very talented Teacher Angel, being a very creative painter touching lives and connecting women in her community. Both of you rock :) hope to see you one of this days.

Paulina Nayra
Aug 31
Aug 31

Hanggang Zoom lang muna tayo which we can do often. Enjoy your vacay in Ireland. What a great place to have a honeymoon again.
Yes, World Pulse sisters rock.
Hugggs.

Andrace
Aug 29
Aug 29

Hi Paulina,
This is super cool. Thank you for sharing the impact your WP sister, Rahnee, made on you. You both are Celebrities. What a heart of gold to think about others. Together, we can heal the world.

God bless.

Love and hugs,
E. J.

Paulina Nayra
Aug 31
Aug 31

Yes, Andrace. Kindness is the new cool, according to a WP sister. Yes, together, we can heal the world.
Please take care.
Hugggs.

lemonadelemon
Aug 30
Aug 30

So nice picture and very talented. Stay save sisters ✌

Paulina Nayra
Aug 31
Aug 31

Thank you and you, too, take care.
Hugggs.

Isata Kabia
Sep 07
Sep 07

How beautifully narrated, and as you said, Paulina, what a beautiful heart.
We really have seen the most humanity during this pandemic, and what a great exchange between sisters. Thank you for your art and your heart, Rahnee!

Paulina Nayra
Sep 09
Sep 09

Thank you very much Isata. You're right, this pandemic is showing us the essence of humanity. And for once, all nations are beset with this health issue and compassion will go a long way in easing the pain and discomfort that COVID has brought us.
Take care Isata.
Huggs.

ANJ ANA
Sep 08
Sep 08

Dear Paulina,
Thank you so much for introducing Angel Lasona and her great big heart. Such an inspiring both of you. Amazing
I wish i could get her masterpiece in my room someday and be part of her generosity <3 <3
#ConnectWomenHealTheWorld
Love and hugs, Anjana

Paulina Nayra
Sep 09
Sep 09

Always welcome Anjana. Angel will be happy to hear this.

Huggs.