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How to have fun on your vacation

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Hello people!

I just got back from vacation and boy it was sweet! It was a much needed time to spend with my family. I got about three shades darker thanks to the Florida sun and swimming in the water. I also think I gained about 5 lbs. I was just sleeping, relaxing, eating and overall having a good time.

As a visual artist, and solely focusing on building my business as an artist, there are going to be times you are going to need a break. This past week, I was on break but now it’s back to business, let me tell you how it can be done in simple 3 ways without breaking the bank.

Sleep

Food

Alone time with no distractions

     Sleep , is not just for toddlers and seniors, but just about everybody needs a nap. I know you’ve heard the stats of how much this country is sleep deprived. You not only need it, you want it. A good night sleep will make you escape to sweet dreams in paradise and not necessarily the heavenly kind. A good thing to do before you take a nap is read something fun, that way your brain picks up what you read and you escape to your imagination. The best part is no one will bug you, unless you have good friends in your dream and then you’ll wake up feeling good and refreshed.

Food, unless you are a foodie like I am, you appreciate the flavor of food pouncing on your tastebuds like a jackhammer on cement. I enjoy my food, but if you want to taste something and escape, it doesn’t have to be gourmet. Just go to your local ice cream shoppe and get a sample. Samples are free. Ask the attendant of a flavor that you would like to try or haven’t had in a while. Get the sample and sit down somewhere. Taste it. I love the crumble bits of cookie dough, it’s chewy texture mixed with cold cream. Aah, that’s good. Yum. Or if you hate sweets, you can buy a 50 cent Doritos and taste each individual chip. It’s not free, but the point is to savor the flavor.

 

Last, but not least, is being alone with no distractions

You need to enjoy your own company. Walk in the park and sit somewhere. Look at the birds and gangsta squirrels around you(Just make sure you don’t bring a lot of good with you, those squirrels will eye you down. For true, in NYC). Read a book, write a poem, take note of what’s around you. Breathe. Talk to God, talk to the nature He created for your visual enjoyment. Also don’t take your smartphone with you or iPad, iPod or other distracting device. The point is to live in the moment.

Well that’s it. All three of these ways can be used at home or away from home. The point is to be well rested and enjoy your surroundings.

Stay blessed my loves. Check out my current artwork progress at The Peephole here.

For the love of God and Art

Thru His vessel JB

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How to complete a task in a short period of time

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Hello people!

As this blog post’s title states, we all got time that’s limited. As a visual artist that usually operates under little time to complete artwork, it is very important to define what you want. I will break them into three areas:

1.Planning/Setting a goal

2.Schedule

3.Setting deadlines

Planning is the first part in getting a task completed, you have to write it down in concrete terms. An example of this would be seeing your kitchen sink clean with no roaches or mice ( this is a typical problem living in NYC). The main thing is you have to see or visualize the end result. You do not have to think how to get there (the process) . Just write the thing down.

Next, I would also figure out the materials needed to get the task done. In this keeping the kitchen clean example, that would be getting the cleaning supplies.

Scheduling. Okay, so when are you going to start cleaning? Trust me, when you come back from work and see your kitchen sink with roaches sliding down the faucet, you may not want to do it, because you are scared like dickens.That’s another issue all together. Just know that you are not going to feel like cleaning up. This is why you should put a time to just clean, it can be as little as five minutes a day. Make sure you use a stopwatch or set a timer that can also be found on all smartphone devices. Or just get a timer clock from the dollar store nearest you. Once you set your timer, complete the task during the designated time and when that timer buzzes, you stop. Five minutes is short, but if you break it into 1 minute intervals, focusing on an area of the sink each minute. Make each minute count, you’ll be surprised how much you get done in five minutes.

I, myself have implemented a schedule called Power hour even though when I’m dead tired and do not feel like doing anything, to clean, do art and workout just about everyday unless I’m on vacation ( The workout part, that’s not everyday). It is does not have to be done everyday.The main thing is that you are scheduling the task to get your kitchen sink clean.

Deadline. Yes, for me, time is my best accountable partner because I will never see him again so I need to use the time that I set on my schedule. With the deadline, you should also have a motivation for setting it, is it because you want to have people come to your house and hang out once a month? So in this cleaning example, once a month deadline is the goal.

So that’s it for now. Yes, it can be hard being organized working a 9-5 job and having a daily commute of 3 hours total, but it’s doable. If you feel that you need additional motivation, ask a friend to keep you accountable.

By then, you should get the hot diggity dog kitchen sink clean in a month.

As for myself, if you want to see my power hour routines, specifically with my artwork, please feel free to subscribe to The Peephole for behind the scenes footage of me working on my artwork. By doing this, you will get the chance to see bits and pieces of my progress before I unveil it to the public. I’m generally a very private person, so this is huge .

 

Thank you  so much for reading. Stay blessed!

For the love of God and art

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Thru His vessel JB

 

 

 

Are you checking me out? You can now!

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Hello people!

For the first time ever in my art career of 7 years,  I am showing my work behind the scenes! The only caveat is that you would have to subscribe to The Peephole and see it. Since early last year, I have taken a break from art mainly to focus on building a foundation for business. However as an artist, I realized that you have to have a balance of building your business and making art. You would have to do it at the same time. However,. I do not regret the time because I was able to network with other artists, business people and get a few mentors to help me get on the right track.

In terms of getting on the right track, I have set up a weekly schedule which includes committing to make every art every day for 40 minutes except during vacation.  As a result, it equates to roughly 5-7 pictures a week until October 1, 2016. That’s about 53 pictures total. Even with my week off vacation, that still gives me some lee way to slack off a little if I’m tired or doing it again if the drawings does not come close to what I have in mind.

I’ve have started this week and have made 4 drawings so far and it will make 5 this week once I finish one tonight. I’m pretty excited and looking forward to completing overall a total of 40 series drawings by October 1, 2016.

Until then, I can least give you an update of my progress, but if you really want to check me out, subscribe to The Peephole today, click here for the link. Thank you and God bless you!

For the love of God and Art

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I’m working on art again!

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Hi people

I’ve finally decided to do art again. I miss doing it. Why haven’t I been doing it? I was putting all of my focus on business. You see you have to find a balance between promoting art and making art. I found that balance. I’ve also got to continue to sharpen my skills.

Like my Spanish, but that’s another story.

So yes starting tomorrow or later on August 1st, I start making the 1st of 40 works of art. I finish my 40th on October 1st. It’s going to be fun and this time, instead of hiding my progress, I’m going to show my journey. Bits and pieces.

To follow along, you can sign up on Peephole and you can sneak peek a little of my art in progress. This would be a good thing to do, because guess what , I’m also moving this blog. So if you want to follow along, I suggest you sign up under the Peephole tab.

Thank you and I hope you’ll be checking me out soon.

For the love of God and art

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Thru His vessel JB

art testimony party was…..

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A SUCCESS!

 

Hello people,

 

It has been a looong while since I wrote a post. I’ve been so focused on building my new business that involves artwork and it’s definite this time. I spoke with many people, including being involved in groups, mentor online groups and focusing my time on God more than ever. Out of this, now every month, I commit three hours a day without distractions to talk with God. This used to be every year, but I need to talk with God every month on top of my reading His Word and going to church. Life can be so crazy some times and the next thing you know, it is gone.

Last month, I had my art testimony launch party and it was an success, everyone enjoyed what was shared and valued the nuggets that was placed.  Here are a couple of pics from the event:

 

Almost every guest that came to the event got a complimentary painting , which is what you see above. These paintings were based on the theme of the art testimony itself, which is boldness. So I had the guests choose three colours that reminded them of boldness. Even if a few chose the exact same colours, no painting was alike because this was done through the Holy Spirit.

I’m so excited to see what else God has in store and I’m looking forward to building and encouraging others around the country with God through the visual arts. Thank you for reading.

 

For the Love of God and Art

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Thru His vessel JB

My testimony is my heart

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hi people!

I know it has been a while since I posted anything on this blog. I’m currently focusing on another venture now and as a result, this blog has not seen any “ink” in 2 months. During this time, Ive just been putting my focus on God more so than before , because I’m hearing Him a lot more clearer.

Although I have not made any physical art in a while, as a part of my series’ making works, I felt that what is the point of making art if no one appreciates it. I know of course I do and the Lord, but in this fallen world, I know I can’t do this on my own. There are a lot of negative forces that are just symptoms that there is a god in this world and its not Jesus.

My testimony is in the heart of Jesus and we need to work so Jesus’ heart can be seen. I’m going to be sharing my testimony later this month in a live painting fashion. So we can impact lives not just positively , but show the power of God.

I’m grateful to be living, but I’m alive, alive to show the works of God through the arts.

If you live in the NY, NJ area, you can email thruhisvesseljb@gmail.com for more information. I’ll love to meet you in person .

 

For the love of God and Art

Thru His vessel JB

 

 

For a Single Purpose -Start it off new – (Josiah) #8

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Do a “Josiah” and start anew!

The Isaiah 53:5 Project

Hello people!!

I know it has been forever since I have posted a post. It has been super busy for the past 6 weeks for me, so I apologize for not posting sooner. Today we will follow up with the life one of the youngest Kings in the Bible, Josiah, who became one of the kings of Israel at 8 years of age.

Above. Josiah III. (2013). 28″ BY 44″ . Collage on ply board. Thru His vessel JB. For a Single Purpose series.

In the book of 2 Kings 22, we find Josiah named the King Of Israel, he was just 8 years old when he became King. With the support of his mother, he followed the Lord with all of his heart and obeyed the statutes and destroyed any old semblance in altars that did not represent God as the God as Israel.

As a single in Christ, or…

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