Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Small Victories!

Hey guys.

How is it already August? This year has flown by (thank goodness). I'd be lying if I said this year was exciting and action-packed...but 2017 has been incredibly healing. I'm making moves to continue turning those pages, which will lead to the next chapter of my life. Some chapters aren't meant to be read aloud and that's completely okay.

So guess what? I have exciting news!!

Last week I shipped out six Garden of Weeden prints to different Dispensaries around the country.


Two to Cali, two to Colorado and two to Vegas. On Saturday, one of the employees at the Denver Dispensary reached out, to inform me that they framed and hung the drawing in their lobby area! They also hung the handwritten note and a business card next to the drawing! AHHH


I live for these moments. :) Moments that manifest from working hard, reaching out to the unknown and receiving praise and positivity. Creating something yourself, from the ground up and seeing little achievements, is so gratifying. 2017 has also taught me to not give up, even when you want to throw the flag in and call it quits. There's no other option, but to silently win.


Michelle has already been in contact with new Au Pair jobs from Hawaii, Colorado, Australia, Canada, etc. The goal is to photograph all the shoots needed for 2018 when she returns from New Zealand and before she leaves again on her new adventure. I'm determined to pump out 25 new pieces for 2018, allotting me two weeks for each one. 

I'm learning that success takes ample amount of work and the more pieces I have in the Series, the more likely it will reach the masses and take off. If everything goes to plan, this series will grow to 55 pieces by the end of next year!! Than it's off to Hawaii to start my next chapter, titled Aloha


Much Love.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Guardian


The Consciousness Series #21: Guardian, created 2017, graphite, watercolors and Prismacolor colored pencils.


We live on a beautiful planet, that we’re destroying…one soul at a time. Our animals have become nothing more than objects, who are raped, caged, beaten, immobilized, force-fed, mutilated, hung, gutted, electrocuted, ground and packaged for human consumption. The FDA doesn't care about your health, quite the contrary. These animals contract illness and diseases, running rampant in factory farms, which than enter our system when consuming their body parts. The pharmaceutical industry is a multi-billion dollar industry, which depends on the food and dairy industry, to profit off the sick. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the average Pharmacist salary is $106,410 annually.

Speaking of numbers, roughly 56 billion animals are factory farmed every year. A number so insanely large, that my mind is unable to grasp it. That’s over 153,000 animals slaughtered everyday. That’s equivalent to killing almost every resident in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on a daily basis. Their blood and waste seep into nearby lakes and than enter our water system. Remains are used as pet food (ironic, huh?) and gelatin. Gelatin is a protein obtained by boiling their skin, tendons, ligaments, and/or bones with water and it’s used as a thickener in candy.

Unfortunately, six corporations own more than 90% of the media in America. Television, radio, magazines, etc. This control ensures GE, Viacom, Disney, Time Warner, News-Corp and CBS that you see and don’t see exactly what they want you to. Enter the fear-mongering, lies, brainwashing, distractions and political nonsense.

But there’s a simple solution to reverse the carbon footprint that we’ve already imprinted onto Mother Earth…by incorporating more organic, plant-based foods into our lives! Mass animal suffering will cease to exist once we stop supporting it with our dollar. Plants are medicine, not pills. Heal yourself, heal this planet and be a guardian for the voiceless.

Michelle was shot up into space, received new keys to reach enlightenment and now it’s time for her to travel back down to Earth and take a closer look. To be continued...


Time Lapse Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xh4pNKAsL4

Next Drawing: https://www.jeremymannino.com/form

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Gravity

The Consciousness Series: Gravity, created 2017, graphite, watercolors and Prismacolor colored pencils.


Drawing #20! Wow. I’m smiling from ear to ear as I sit writing this in my little studio, because I’m blown away that something as simple as a conversation below the stars with my best friend, could manifest into something so meaningful. Each piece is a visual reminder of how much this journey has transformed me. I am no longer the same person or artist that I was when Michelle and I created this series back in 2013. Over the course of this time, life has knocked me down and made me feel the lowest of lows. However, this series has always given me hope through escapism, creating some of the highest highs. 
All the still life paintings, landscapes, nudes, art critiques, all-nighters, commissioned portraits and hundreds of hours I’ve dedicated to this craft, led me here. To this exact moment where I’m overjoyed and proud of what I create.
I am truly blessed to call Michelle my muse and best friend. We first met in high school Biology and Jewelry class. Unbeknownst to us, the Universe had every intention of reuniting us once again, by placing us in the same college. While living in the same dorm Sophomore year, we began hanging out regularly and doing art, while listening to her Grooveshark playlist. I realized she wasn’t like most other girls. Her free-spirited personality, beautiful mind, hilarious sense of humor, loyalty and unshaken confidence was one in a million. It’s no surprise that she would become my biggest supporter and creative outlet. 
This piece reminds me of all the hysterical 4-hour road trips we took together, to and from Jacksonville. One day I hope this series catapults us into a position where we’re given the opportunity to travel the world together and spread our message to everyone. This series is an intertwined story of myself, Michelle, hope, growth, love, sweat, tears, passion, spirituality, injustices, dreams, beauty, darkness and the unknown.
Michelle was levitated up into an alien spaceship in Hoodwinked and now she’s soaring through space and discovering the next key to enlightenment. Now it’s time for her to meet someone with an important message. To be Continued...

Much Love!