Creativity Guest Posts

My Canvas by Rob Omol

Song release typa pic by Ithan Hurd

Rob, to me, is one of the most brilliant minds we have in faith and music. I know you guys can take my word for it but I’d love if you could sample for yourselves to get a feel of his art on behance and soundcloud.

He’s grown as a musician, producer and worshiper and I always get challenged by his sermons or really, anytime he speaks. He’s been a friend and my go-to producer and designer (if you’re a musician or if you need design or animation done, you’re welcome) and I’m so glad to know him.

Rob is engaged to another multitalented friend as fashionista and photographer whose heart beats for God. Her name is Wacu and I tell you, she’d roll out of bed, rock trainers, a skirt and tee and make it chic (did I skip this step in primary school? Teach me!) But that’s besides the point.

We’re here to glean from Rob. So without further ado, I present to you, the main man – Rob.

Enjoy!

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What if I asked you, “What is the most beautiful work of art you have ever seen?”

What would your answer be?

As far back as I can remember, Ive always been considered an artist. As a child, my parents had difficulties trying to figure out where to place me in terms of driving me towards my career because I had great interest in music and fine art.

But interest is just the first level towards the destination called purpose.

What would be my destiny?

I grew up trying to find meaning in my different expressions of art as well as looking for acceptance. At a young age, I achieved a lot in my art, being the youngest choir member ever to grace the CITAM Valley Road altar, a cartoonist who would always get in trouble for drawing different teachers on the blackboard before they came in, and the youngest rapper/singer to be on Young Nation at class 7. Many would say I was heading in the right direction, but what greatly affected my art was my search for identity.

In high school, believe it or not, I was ashamed of my musical art. I felt that those who wouldn’t understand it would embarrass me in front of everyone. I feared being made fun of. I feared not being good enough. I feared man’s opinion. But in all this, my art was growing.

Fast forward to post high school, I began to realize like Moses, that all I had to use was in my hand. My pencil and my microphone. Those items were my staff. But it wasn’t enough. What would be my Exodus moment when I would use my skills for something greater than myself, reaching out and touching people in a special way? What would be my moment of greatness?

Perhaps as you read this you may be asking yourself the same questions.

I found my identity and overcame my fears and hopefully I can help you see something about your own art. Let me share a few things I learnt as I went through my own canvas filled with questions:

I create the art, the art doesn’t create me

Many people in the art industry, whether in music, design or film, tend to have this notion that your art defines you. Is Will Smith is great because hes done some of the greatest movies of all time? No. I see it differently.

We are already great. Our art just expresses a portion of our greatness at the level we are at. Our identity doesn’t come from the art. The art is an expression of our identity. Click To Tweet

That’s how you become original. God, the creator of the Universe, is not defined by nature. Nature just tells us something about who He is.

“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” John 1:4

Light is illumination. Light is His work of art. Light is Life which was locked up in Him and He showed it to us and gave it to us.

Do you give from your identity or do you get your identity from the response you get about what you give?

Good artists Copy, Great artists Steal

When I first heard this quote by Austin Kleon, I was appalled. Why would great artists steal? Isn’t that a lack of originality? You would argue so as I did but let’s look at it deeply.

“What has been is what will be,

and what has been done is what will be done,

and there is nothing new under the sun.”

Ecclesiastes 1:9

This verse confused me even further because it was written in 10th Century B.C. Solomon didn’t have Insta-stories and Snapchat. So, what could he possibly mean? I believe he was referring to the principle. The style of art called Mannerism came from a generation of artists striving to emulate Michelangelo’s excellence. I find that, the greatest person to ‘steal’ from (so to speak) is Christ.

“For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through Him and for Him.”

Colossians 1:16

If we follow this pattern, creating by Him, through Him and for Him, we shall never miss the purpose of our creations. There are things that are already created in the spiritual realm that call for a creative like you to bring it to manifestation.

Where do you get your ideas?

Beauty is in the Image and Likeness

All along, I have been talking about creating something greater than yourself. Perhaps this is the great misconception. Each time we create from a point of growth and consistency, our new works are greater than our former works. I found that if we did not die, we would constantly keep improving our art and creating things that this world has only dreamed about.

So what is the most beautiful piece of art I will ever make? Your followers will tell you that probably when you retire. And someone else will come and make something better.

The reason our art cannot define us but just tell us a fraction of who we are is because we are the greatest work of art in the universe. Click To Tweet

The body, soul and spirit is the most complex of creations yet it is the most personal and most beautiful to God. He didn’t just speak man into existence, He took dust and formed him.

Even the king of Tyre (Ezekiel 28 representing Lucifer) in all his splendor doesn’t compare with humanity’s beauty.

That’s when I realized that the aim is not to make an artistic piece greater than myself. That’s impossible. Rather, I should make an artistic piece that will tell of my greatness for generations to come and somehow, they can find their own greatness through understanding the One who gives greatness – Yahweh.

So again, what if I asked you, “What is the most beautiful work of art you have ever seen?”

What would your answer be?

My answer would be Christ. The image that must be painted on this canvas called Self.

I am a canvas. God is the Painter. Christ is the Masterpiece.

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Didn’t I tell you guys? Rob’s wisdom is always on tap and it’s always a pleasure receiving it.

What’s stuck with me from what he shared is the analogy Rob gave of God and creation. Creation doesn’t define Him. It just tells us something about who He is. I’m carrying that with me as a writer and musician. And Lord, how true that is!

Thank you Rob! I have a feeling we’ll be seeing a lot of him here.

 

Robinson (Robbie) Omol is a Graphic Designer, Musician and Producer. His design company, ROMOL Enterprises Ltd, deals with all kinds of visual graphic work. As a Sauti Academy fellow who’s never one to say no to a good beat ever since he was a kid (dance moves included), Rob set up a home studio where he gets to record his music as well as produce other musicians. He serves as a Deacon at infemi.org and loves random road trips, good food, music events, exhibitions and is engaged to an amazing lady, Lynn Wacu

You can find Rob on Soundcloud, Instagram and Twitter. Some exclusive designs he’s done are also on Behance. Book him guys (as a producer and designer) You’ll be glad you did.

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