I believe Art nowadays, have become more of a ‘for sale’ business adventure. Not that selling artworks are bad, it’s just even then beginners are trying out Art to earn money and forgot the very essence of Art: self expression and the appreciation of creativity. Business is good, but make sure what we, artists, are selling are truly worth it. A month ago, I have the misfortune of experiencing bad side of this enterprise in the very art group I founded when a member just suddenly went ballistic against all my ideas and principles I have for the group. He just want to sell his works, but he’s a beginner who just got a glimpse of improvement and without informing practically created another group of for hire artists and judging me I’m holding ’em back and abandoned them. It was sickening. Suddenly all the values of Kindness in art gone. What an a-hole.
But at the end of the day, my faith in Art remains the same. It’s all about kindness. Yes, I am not a pro and my artworks are not really that good. But I’m doing my best to improve my craft, for what very limited time I can get after office. I’m doing my best also to share whatever knowledge and resources I have to others especially to my friends. And I think I have never ask for a price in my work not that I’m not a fan of money, it’s just I’m not worth it just yet. 🙂
And then came miss Valerie Chua’s invitation:
Honestly, how can I ever refuse a favor from miss Valerie, she’s like one of the most influential artists in my life. My fandom for her art goes a long way back and Valerie is one of the people who kept me pushing without knowing it. The goal of the Creativity x Kindness project is to showcase kindness through Art. One of them is for artists to give back to people by making postcards, hand-painted or printed, for others.
And painted, I did!
Sneek peak WIP on the 10+ postcards that will hopefully cheer up other people 🙂 Got to work 3 cards on one sitting coz Im way behind schedule due to the super hectic workload the past two weeks. And may my psychotic bipolar Snow White-ish diwata @misskjunne forgive me oredi! Haha 😡😍😙. Bantay lage ka this weekend. #art #postcards #watercolours #inks #psychotics
I was waiting for someone for hours (oredi overdosed with barako coffees) when it suddenly rained. Then passed by that sweet like hell couple (magbuwag ra mo haha). So i threw my coffee pallete and released the Kraken, er, tubes. They bled for the #injustice. Lol. Lesson: Inspirations are everywhere, but sometimes they're not pleasant so ready ur weapons! 😈😉😎 #inspireeveryday #postcards #watercolors #rain #art #instaart #bitter
"Klaatu Barada Nikto" (You saved me.) – The Day The Earth Stood Still, 1951 I never tried to win others to start running through my art. Let alone do a proper artwork about running. But I guess there's always a place for first time. This is one of the 10 postcards Im cramming to finish. It will be available for everyone at the Ayala Museum this Saturday. Im always giving my works for free. Im not fond of making others pay for my mediocre skills but if I can put a smile in someone's face through it, then I am a happy rich man. #art #running #inspireeveryday
It was total fun! One of the most fulfilling and enjoying thing I did in a long time. 🙂
My goal was to make the maximum of 10 postcards submission, but I only managed to make nine. The last 5 last were done on a cramming mode. But the other best part of the project is that I got to write messages at the back. They are all heartfelt and some are really pasaway haha.
And here’s a view of those postcards. I wish I scanned them for memories sake but I really hope they reach out to other people to inspire and be kind. Pay it forward, whoever you are. 🙂
Of course, I was not in the Ayala museum last Saturday July 25th because I was in Cebu for my grad studies (and an Abbey Sy lettering workshop!). But I did followed the event through social media! I heard the venue was jam-packed and the postcards reached more than a thousand. What!? A thousand postcards! Amazing. I guess there really are a lot more kind people out there. Faith in humanity restored.
Here’s a few instagram post about how the post card event turned out.
Thanks for being part of @ayalamuseum's #InspireEveryDay. You guys are awesome! We got over 1,000 postcards, a number which we never expected to reach at all. By the time I got to the museum, all postcards were taken! Waaah!! 😭 Thank you a thousand fold. Stay kind and creative!! The world needs more people like you. If you got a postcard, hope you can contact the person who made it and say hi.😀 Thanks to all who sent a postcard, who got one and even to those who waited in line to get in. 😘
ANNOUNCEMENT: We regret to inform every one that we have already closed the line for #InspireEveryDay. Those who will line up after the cut off will not be assured entrance to the museum. We sincerely apologize but also are thankful because all this was made possible by your support. We look forward to being of service to you all in our regular and special programs in the future. Love, The Ayala Museum Team #sooooorrrryyyyy
It feels great to wake up to all your wonderful posts from yesterday's #InspireEveryDay event! We had 4,413 in attendance, which was 1.1k more than last year's! Although it broke our hearts to have turned a lot of people down after reaching maximum capacity, we thank all of you for your patience and cooperation, keeping yesterday's event orderly and safe for all guests. Special thanks again to our dream team of partners @valeriechuaart @jasonmagbanua @newleeroy @armimillare @teammanila @hello_ink @craftcarrot @manilasymphony and @tagojazz for inspiring us and our guests. Kindness counts! Inspire every day! ❤
(c) credits to Ayala Museum and Valerie Chua for their posts. 🙂