When Non-Artsy People (Try To) Make Artsy Stuff

Last January 27, I took the challenge of making “art” for people who commented on my Facebook status for the year 2014. It was a way to push myself to ‘create’, even though I don’t see myself as a very creative person.

Having said that, I’m pretty sure I’m going to draw objections from family members (especially my dad’s side). I come from a very artistic family, actually. When I was younger, I drew a lot. I have several sketch books lying around our house, and I drew because I was into watching anime in my elementary years. I took art lessons, and up until today, when my younger sister needs illustrations done for her homework, the role of ‘artist’ usually falls on me.

The first artist who made an impression on me was my late grandfather. He was particularly adept at drawing the Power Rangers for me and my brother. I remember being so impressed because he drew them without needing a reference. My cousins, on the other hand, are into all sorts of performance arts: singing, dancing, acting, modeling, etc.

I’m a reluctant performer, so my creative outlet over the years have become the pen and the camera.

Which brings me to this post about a non-artsy person trying to make artsy stuff. Let’s get to it!
I was able to message these people and I asked for songs that make them happy.
This is what I got mixing some lyrics and my photography. :)

1. Jessica Chong said “I’m in”! (This is the Stuff – Francesca Battistelli)

2. Luigi Ferrer said “I’m in”! (Sky Full Of Stars – Coldplay)

3. Regina Pato said “I’m in”! (Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop – Landon Pigg)

Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop_Ging Pato

4. Dani Go said “I’m in”! (Be OK – Ingrid Michaelson)

Be OK_Dani Go

5. Kate Florentin said “I’m in”! (Holding My World – Kristian Stanfill)

Holding The World_Kate Florentin

6. Abi Limpin said “I’m in”! (Steady My Heart – Kari Jobe)

There you have it.

The reason why (I think) I don’t consider myself artsy is mainly due to the fact that I am outnumbered by legit artsy people. Most of the time, I feel like I’m playing around with art, but my wonderful, beautiful friends are actually studying and garnering awards and putting up shows and making a living out of it (and making the world better in the process!)

Case in point: two of my girl friends have set up this Interactive Installation called THE IMPOSSIBLE PLACE. (Which you should totally go to!) I’ll most likely be there, and I can’t wait to tell you more. You’ll remember Sandra Dans and Pauline Lacanilao from this post celebrating Day of Valor. Artsy people making legit artsy stuff.

And make sure YOU don’t forget to keep creating, yeah?
Hope you’re having a great long weekend (at least here in the Philippines).

Abiding in joy,

Najee ♥

PS. Canva helped me make the ‘art’ above. I’ve posted them also in here. :)
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