Manila, Philippines – For many, due to the community quarantine imposed by the government to combat COVID-19, this has been the longest work-from-home arrangement we’ve dealt with – almost two weeks now and counting!
As we adjust to this new normal, albeit only temporarily, we all know – by heart – we shall persevere.
Filipino visual artists, in particular, refuse to succumb to despair nor defeat. In the four corners of their homes, they’re still up and about – doing what they do best: making art.
How do they do it? Let’s hear it out from them.
“Now we have a lot of time in our hands, focus your energy on that artwork that’s in the work-in-progress stage, watch videos on how to improve your art style, and share your tips and tricks in vlogs targeting the young artists.
Also, watch the news to know what’s happening, and pray everything will be all right.”
“Meditate in solitude amidst these trying times and pray to the Almighty for the deliverance from the deadly virus the whole world is fighting today.
“Also, let’s create at least one artwork per week.”
Discover further your artistry by looking deeply through your experiences.
The situation we’re in, right now, can add up to your sensitivity and depth as an artist.
“I spend my days in prayer and by painting and sketching.
“To provide people some needed rest from all the terrible news, I share my new works online.
“Also, creating and selling art enables me to raise funds to donate to various causes that address the shortage of food and medical supplies.”
Meditate, contemplate, and create. As artists, it’s our job to respond or react to what’s happening around us. Be it political, religious, or environmental.
Now is the best time to unleash the creative genius within, but first, wash your hands.
“Time is essential to every artist.
During this crisis, where everyone is stressed and worried, artists should use the power of art to convey a strong message of hope, healing, and solidarity to everyone.”
Photo: Brian McGowan