Sunday, July 16, 2017

Pain is a Teacher

All things that instill pain are temporary. The more you focus on actively creating an enriched life for yourself, the faster the negative energy subsides.

I'm obtaining a successful art career, a move to Hawaii with Michelle, vitality, financial independence, a loving boyfriend and real happiness. 

Around this time seven years ago, I created this blog with zero understanding of how much it would help me. Writing your thoughts down creates momentum. I don't even recognize or care to remember the person I once was. I was a lost soul.

To protect myself from destructive behavior, I went soul searching, which led me on a beautiful journey. For the first time since I graduated in four years, I hung up my diploma. Proudly. That piece of paper taught me SO much more than how to draw. College sharpened my intuition, woke me up spiritually, brought Michelle and I together, gave me a glimpse of what independence feels like, allowed me to experiment, make mistakes, be reckless, decipher between good and bad people, allowed me to come out of the closet, meet some amazing people and Professors and guided me in the most magnificent ways. UNF was magical and now I have a new magical adventure that awaits around the corner.

Michelle returns from New Zealand in five months (the middle of December). To kick off 2018, we're attending a 10 day meditation retreat. I have no idea what we're going to gain from the experience, but I know it's going to be life changing. Prior to her return, I am going to create ten more pieces for the series. What's crazy is how before she left for her trip, the series consisted of 12 drawings, but once she returns, there will be 30.

I have two weeks to create each piece. This will be a test to see how capable I am to achieve what I set my mind to. I'll be working my other job three days a week, working out four days a week, eating super clean and allowing the Universe to help me create the future I want and dream of.

It's all possible, you just have to believe (in yourself) that it is!


Friday, June 23, 2017

Hoodwinked Drawing

The Consciousness Series #19: Hoodwinked, created 2017, graphite, watercolors and Prismacolor colored pencils.
Real Eyes, Realize, Real Lies.
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Cropping myself into Hawaii until I no longer have to haha
Much Love

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Be Free my Little Birdie

I'm learning to appreciate the journey to success. I feared it for so long. I feared moving away to college. I feared coming out. I feared becoming an artist. I feared that my acne would never clear up. I feared never finding a job. I feared and feared and feared.

You wanna know what happens when you stop fearing? You become a catalyst for growth and the roots begin to nourish your soul. 

I'm growing rapidly right now, by simply loving myself...and you know what? That's the least selfish thing you can do for yourself. This growth requires a substantial amount of solitude. When else would I have time to reflect on my thoughts and formulate new ideas with enriched substance?

Learning to appreciate time is a beautiful thing and having another job has blessed me with this understanding. 

In two weeks, I'm taking a week-long paid vacation and mapping out the game plan. I haven't had this many days off from work in a row, since I got the job 16 months ago. I deserve it. I've worked my ass off and now I get to play, while in a hyper-focused state of mind. 

The Consciousness Series. 

My time to leave the nest (again lol) is approaching and I'm ready to fly off. For good this time. 

Much Love Guys.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Finding the Sweet Spot

I keep seeing the same times on the clock. Someone said to me "that's like saying you look at the sun at the same time everyday." Maybe it is just a coincidence and nothing else. Or maybe not...

111 really resonates with me and I like to think an angel really is whispering into my ear. Every night growing up, we would pray as a family, over the food. My grandmother came over every Sunday and she would always end the prayer with "and may your guardian angel watch over you." She believed in angels. Maybe she could see them. I don't know. She's definitely the most spiritual being I have met to this day. She passed away ten years ago, when I was 16. Mediation is teaching me to sit, breath, calm my mind and focus on the things that matter. For me, this is all flowing. 

Be proud of yourself with each achievement, because every brick laid, is another negative emotion being squashed. 

Life is about focusing your mind on positivity. This is what I want out of life:

To make it as an artist. Independence through financial freedom. To live with my best friend. Flexibility. Spread veganism. The opportunity to attend different retreats and workshops. Vitality. Mental stimulation. To experiment with psychedelics. Wisdom. Get muscular. To travel with my loved ones and meet new people. To fall in love with a man who loves me. Have fun. 


Here's a sneak peek of my next drawing. 

Saturday, May 20, 2017

The Consciousness Series: Fluidity

I've fallen a little behind on my art schedule and I know I've been MIA, but life is busy. I found a Wizard of Oz puzzle on Amazon, as a lightning deal and I couldn't pass it up. It sat on my desk in the box for about a week, until I popped it open. It's a 1,000 piece puzzle, but I figured it wouldn't take me more than two days to complete. I was WRONG. 

That shit took me almost a week, but it was well worth it!

I hung it right above my computer, so I can glance up at it and be reminded that life is a lot like a puzzle, in the sense that you have to find the perfect piece to become one step closer to happiness. The funny thing is how frustrating that might feel, even when you're trying really hard to succeed. The pieces are literally hiding in plain sight, but the more you connect, the farther you'll ascend down your yellow brick road :) You have to be aware that everything will fall into place if you're making moves. 

So because this took me about a week to do, I fell off track with my art schedule. I'm expected to complete my newest piece (psychedelic, alien vibes) by June 3rd, but I've only outlined it. 

You know what's been keeping me really entertained while drawing? Podcasts! My coworker Janine finally persuaded me to listen to S Town and I was hooked. Rabbits was the second podcast that I caught up on and I'm about to start listening to Tanis. 

Rabbits is by far my favorite of the two. It's about a girl who begins searching for her best friend, who mysteriously disappears. The quest to find her missing friend leads the protagonist down a twisting rabbit hole. IT'S SO FUCKING GOOD! 

You can listen to it for free on iTunes under the podcast tab, or on their website. The story is only six episodes deep (each one being an hour long), so you can easily catch up. They post a new episode once every two weeks. 

Without further ado, here is Fluidity coming to life:

This photo (which happened to be the background on my phone for months), played a significant role in the inspiration behind the piece...

She's a Pisces and I'm an Aries, which I thought was ironic. 

Lastly, here's a cute little candid shot from the Fluidity photoshoot:

Much Love!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

The Consciousness Series: Highbiscus

Transitioning from my last piece to this one, felt so natural and effortless. DMT depicts Michelle within a dream, while this drawing takes a step back, embodying the two, while delineating how I conceive a tangible dream cloud might look. 

Prior to having the concept mapped out, I began brainstorming ideas, to capture my muse in a pose that would convey peacefulness and vulnerability. Furthermore; an elaboration on the tropical, psychedelic style was a huge driving force in the inspiration behind this piece. 

The butterfly represents the fusion of the two worlds, as it's flying out of the dream, through the hibiscus and onto her shoulder. It's a representation of myself. I'm learning to evolve 🐛, by chasing my dreams and creating the reality I want. After all, a dream is a wish your heart makes.

Prints available! (click here)

Next drawing up: Psychedelic, ocean themed!! 

Much Love

Friday, April 21, 2017


Life has been crazy lately. I haven't even had time to watch PLL yet! haha It's gotta be Aria and/or Wren...and I want to binge watch The Walking Dead too and catch up on the latest season. I stopped watching when Carol left that Medieval looking place and moved into the cabin on the outskirts of the village.

Tv has not been on my mind lately, as much as I would love to stop and watch my favorite shows. I can barely juggle what's on my plate right now, so frivolous activities were the first to go. Occasionally, I'll allow myself to watch a movie off this free website I use though. I love movies. The latest one being Beauty and the Beast. I thought it was aight. Has anyone seen the new Power Rangers movie? I want to watch that one next. If you're a movie fan, check out this guy's YouTube channel ---> Chris Stuckmann

Anyways, I've been trying to do so many things in my day-to-day life and it's been absolutely amazing. I'm awakening to the realization that you have to HUSTLE as an Entrepreneur. I now make a lengthy and organized to-do list every night, before I go to bed.

One of the most recent changes, is an adjustment to my work schedule, which will take affect in a few weeks. Instead of working three 8-hour shifts, I'm going to work five 6-hour shifts and come in later in the afternoon/early evening. As a section leader with an order to write, this will make my life so much easier and I'll be there more days to work back stock and all that exciting shit. I'm going to tryyyyyy and manage this new schedule of working 30 hours, in an attempt to hold onto my health insurance, but if I get burned out, I'll bump down to five 5-hour shifts instead. Realistically, there's about a 99% chance that's what I'm going to end up doing.

Here's a preview of the current drawing I'm working on:

Sorry for the awful photo quality. My phone case sucks and blurs my photos, which is why I have a new case on the way. I'm finally getting a wooden case! I've always wanted one :)

I'm scheduled to complete this piece on the 24th. I have so much more to do, as well as import the photos into iMovie and create another YouTube video! 

I've found it's super important to eat insanely clean when you're working nonstop, to keep your brain alert and focused. Well, actually all the time, but especially when you're working 60-80 hours a week. So what exactly do I do?

As an Entrepreneur, everything depicts the outcome of my life right now. So essentially, I consider everything productive (that contributes to my art career, health, mind) as work. As soon as I wake up, I jump on my trampoline for five minutes and get the blood and oxygen flowing. Than I make a smoothie and a green shot mixed with matcha green tea, before laying out in the sun. Than I juice, oil pull, do dishes, work out (I've been slacking and only going to the gym like 2-3x a week), draw/film, do photoshoots for social media, meal prep, chores and run errands (mainly to FedEx and the Post Office these days), shop on Amazon, make a protein shake, blog and I've been getting in a groove of stretching for an hour every night. I met a really cool (and fellow vegan) guy on Instagram who introduced me to Terrence McKenna, so I've been listening to his speeches while I stretch. His mind is fascinating. Plus he helps me zone out, as I'm falling deeper and deeper into the pain of each stretch, making it more bearable. 

I want to get to a point where this all just becomes effortless and natural. That's why I can't wait for the day when I no longer need another job to support myself financially, so I have 25-30 more hours a week to dedicate to myself. That'll be a chapter in my life I greatly look forward to. I just need to stay focused and give it time, because that day is on the horizon. Future Lifestyle/Travel Blogger and Artist here I mothafucking come!! 

Stay focused y'all...and if you're not focused enough, GET FOCUSED! Time is of the essence :)

Friday, April 14, 2017


Learn. Grow. Repeat. 

I have two subscribers, which kindaaaaa makes me a YouTube Celebrity. 

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Creating my Reality

THANK YOU for all the birthday wishes! 

26 is going to be the most vibrant year of my life...until I turn 27 hehe. My bday was so productive. I drew from midnight (made a wish), through the night and put my pencils down around 7AM. I slept till noon and than made a smoothie, laid out in the sun, drew some more and than met up with coworkers to celebrate at The Cheesecake Factory. 

Among the generous presents I received, I was gifted a crocheted succulent, handmade by my super talented friend Arielle.

For an entire week leading up to my bday, she worked on this art piece, which makes it that much more special. She gave me a piece of her heart and I'm so grateful. Not to mention this plant drinks essential oils, rather than water, making my room smell so good! 

This mat literally just came in the mail a few hours ago. I purchased it in an attempt to heal and release the tension I have in my shoulders, neck and lower back. So excited to use this acupressure mat everyday! :))

So what have I been up to lately? I've been clocking 60-80 hours of work a week, for the past month or so. Doing photoshoots, edits, drawing, building my social media, retail job, etc. My next big venture is YouTube--which will consist of time-lapse videos of myself drawing. 

I finished my most recent piece yesterday, which will be the focus of my first vid! 

The mind is an extraordinarily powerful tool and one of the many facets it's equipped with, is our ability to dream. Dimethyltryptamine aka DMT, is the source of this, which is released in the pineal gland and allows us to dream at night. Sleeping has always fascinated me, because that's where my mind becomes psychedelic. 
Often times, dreams would frighten me as a child, due to the sheer obscurity and utter bizarreness of them. They got so intense, that I began wetting the bed as a kid and I had to sleep in my sibling's room, on the floor. However; over the years, I've learned to embrace them, rather than forcing myself to wake up. Night terrors and nightmares are not my fondest memories as an adolescent, but they taught me how pure and unpredictable the mind can be. Free of second-guessing, ego and shattering societal norms. 
I titled this drawing 'DMT' because I wanted it feel as if you're watching my muse within a dream. Almost like a Kodak moment. Michelle is teleporting out of a magical conch shell and onto a tropical island, where she'll find the key to her happiness. (Hawaii, obviously) haha 

On a random note, Michelle referred me to a practicing Shaman, who was giving free readings. So I hit him up and this is some of the information he sent me:

I think it's interesting and fun, plus I really connect to the Nine of Water description. I didn't get a whole lot out of it, but I had nothing to lose! 

Pave your own path in life and stop at nothing until you're truly happy...

Much Love Guys.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

I'm 26

Today I turn 26 years old. I've been on this planet for 9,490 days. In that time, I've learned a thing or two. Every single experience, every soul I have encountered and every action I have taken, has shaped me into the person I have become and the man I am becoming. 
There's an intense urgency within me, to drop knowledge on this world using my gift to draw, as the platform to do so. Our world has so many flaws at the moment, which need immediate attention and healing. We live on a beautiful, magical planet...which we're killing. 
My favorite scene from Moana is when the ocean separates and she returns the stone back into Te Fiti's heart. We have to heal Mother Earth, which begins with exposing ourselves to the injustices occurring here and than understanding we no longer want to be apart of that evil. Going vegan is the only way our society will survive, until one day it'll be too late and the evil will have spread far enough, like cancer infecting a body. The food and dairy industries are the Satan of this world. We've allowed a physical, tangible hell to manifest on our own soil. 
Holocaust #2 is happening point-blank in front of us and we must end it. Just because we can't communicate with animals directly, doesn't mean they don't feel and experience suffering, any less than you and I do. Yet we continue to support this sinister behavior, by eating their body parts & dairy products, further funding a corporate demon that's treating our animals in the most disturbing and barbaric ways imaginable. 
That's why the term "Kosher" was invented. For the people who's ancestors suffered in the first Holocaust, but want to turn a blind eye and not feel guilty about supporting this one. Slapping an extra stamp or letter on a pretty package doesn't erase the tears and misery that soul endured. Watch the documentary Earthlings and you'll witness just how identical the suffering is. 
So let's wake up as a collective whole, regardless of religious/spiritual beliefs and close this dark portal that's been opened up once again. For our health. For our animals. For our plants. For Te Fiti. 💚

...It's been an extremely turbulent journey, leading up to this new outlook on life, but I love the new view from here. 

Much Love 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Chasing My Light

I am so in love with life, you guys! EVERYTHING is manifesting all at once and I know this is just the beginning of it all. I'm so grateful. 

Because I'm so preoccupied with a bajillion things now, I don't have time to doubt myself anymore. I'm simply putting my determination into motion. I was at the gym at 5 AM this morning!

Here's a second preview of DMT:

I decided I'm going to dedicate a tab on my website to Michelle and title it 'MUSE'. She is the most gifted writer I've ever met, who's able to capture an audience's attention in a way that I cannot. Her words are so heartfelt, captivating, wise and humorous...all at once. It's a profound experience when someone's writing has the ability to make you cry and feel such intense emotions. 

Inching closer and closer to my YouTube debut!!! AHHHH!!! I love you 2017. Much love guys!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Finding my Key

When doors begin opening up, take a moment to look back on how far you've come, before continuing forward. 

My life is beginning to blossom and it's an amazing feeling! I'm falling deeply in love with my career and I know this insane passion and drive is going to take me to a type of happiness I'm unable to even comprehend or imagine. 

I specifically remember the day I discovered Rachel Brathen (aka yoga_girl on Instagram) when I was a sophomore in college. She had 17K followers and it was the first time I saw photos of Aruba. I laid in bed and marveled at her page. I became enamored by her beautiful, tropical lifestyle and thought to myself "I'm going to have that one day too." 

I have extremely high expectations for myself, in all aspects of life. I never want to stop growing! I'm currently in the process of creating a YouTube channel and it's something I've always wanted to do. :) This chapter of my life is coming to an end and I'm replacing it with something extraordinary on the next page! 

My yellow brick road is FINALLY leaving the dark forest. I can see the light. ☀️ I just want to run into it, embrace it and never let it go. I'm ready to embark on this adventure and spread my wings. I found the key to unlocking doors...all I had to do was look inward and grab it out of my heart. 🗝

Much love!

Saturday, March 25, 2017

My Yellow Brick Road Part 2/2

Than I stumbled upon my senior-level professor, Louise Freshman Brown. My Glinda. The woman I had the honor of taking three classes with, who approached me shortly after the semester started and whispered that I have the ability to draw people. Louise detected the magic within me, years before I did. Thank you for transforming your classroom into the building blocks and foundation of my life's work.

Lastly (for now), my brother @ramblinmannino aka my advisor. The soul I resided in when I was at rock bottom, who patched me back together and helped me rediscover the person I was meant to become. ❤

Start surrounding yourself with exceptional human beings, people who elevate you, push you out of your comfort zone and encourage your growth. Keep your distance from everyone else. You're destined to encounter dozens of flying monkeys and maybe even a witch or two, but just throw some water on that bitch and laugh at your haters. They haven't discovered their yellow brick road yet and want to knock you off your own path.

One day you'll look back on your adventure and realize all you had to do was click your heels three times. But where's the fun and inner growth in that? I can't count the number of all-nighters I've pulled over the years, in order to meet deadlines...or the countless times I was left in tears by temporary defeat. Sometimes when we're in the darkest places, we find the brightest light.

That light exists! It's in all of us!! I can see the tiny shimmer of hope now and it's glowing brighter and brighter. No matter where you are in life, understand that you can overcome any obstacle or circumstance. All you have to do is work hard enough and get back up every time Life knocks you down and you call it the wicked witch.

My Yellow Brick Road Part 1/2

Being an artist in this world is so difficult. It's the riskiest major to choose from in college for a reason. 
The moment little 21-year-old me walked into my advisor's office (unknowingly at the time), I knew I was taking the first step on my yellow brick road. You may not notice how significant the choices you're making are right now in the present moment, but they'll all make sense eventually. Everything happens for a reason. Listen to what your heart is telling you to do. 
Just like Dorothy, I want to find my rainbow through the tornado called Life. Hawaii is beckoning my heart, just like my heart was being led into that office years ago. Something is there that I have to find. Maybe it's this weird word people talk about, called happiness. 
But what's true happiness, at its purest form, if it can't be shared with others? I'll never understand people who horde their success and riches, instead of raising the world with them. #greedisevil #DavidRockefeller
I won't get there unless I create a team. I need my scarecrow, tinman, toto, Glinda, lion, etc. Each so different in possessing their own skills and qualities, yet a key factor in Dorothy's adventure. Mich, thank you for being my toto. My best friend and light--grasping my hand as I went through some extremely dark forests in life, without ever letting go. 

To be continued...

Thursday, March 23, 2017


I have been more productive these last two weeks, than I ever have in my life. My heart feels like it's exploding with the excitement of endless possibilities that are at my fingertips. I finally feel like my dreams are within reach and I can't wait to grab them and never let go.

I'm elated to announce that my Facebook art page just hit 1,000 followers!! 


As my way of showing gratitude for all the love, I'm giving away a free print from The Consciousness Series! It's my first giveaway and I've been looking forward to this moment for so long now. 
All you have to do is 1) follow my FB page @JeremyManninoArt 2) share your favorite piece from the series and 3) tell me why you resonate with it and I'll pick a winner. :)
The contest is now LIVE for the next 72 hours! Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favor.

Within these last two weeks, I completely revamped my website and altered my marketing strategy. I want to use all this abundant creative energy surging through me, to connect with as many people as I possibly can! I'm embracing my photography outlet and I just can't wait to show this world what I have to offer!!! 


Hello World

It feels good to be alive. I don't say that enough. I'm here to help change this world and I would have given up on my special purpose here on Earth if I decided to return home early. Promise me you'll never give up. Seek help if you're suicidal. We all contain magic within us and it needs to be spread across the world. This world is facing a very real war. Our planet is dying and we need to be warriors of Mother Earth and protect her. Our animals are being tortured, our foods are poisonous and evil cannot win. This world must go vegan and legalize marijuana in order to heal. The Universe selected me for this mission and I have to wake the world up through my art. It's my turn to shine. I'm ready...because I no longer fear life, I love it and I'm learning to embrace every single moment. 


Saturday, March 18, 2017



(For this year)  

The moment I discovered what Ayahuasca was, I became fascinated. The search to learn more about this foreign medicine led me to different websites and YouTube videos, where I stumbled upon people's testimonials and documented trips in Peru. For example:

Ayahuasca is an Amazonian plant mixture that is capable of inducing altered states of consciousness. Ranging from mildly stimulating to extremely visionary, Ayahuasca is used primarily as a medicine, typically in a ceremonial session under the guidance of an experienced drinker.

The main ingredient of this jungle tea is a vine, Banisteriopsis caapi, which like the tea itself is also called Ayahuasca (which means ‘vine of the soul’). The secondary ingredient is either chacruna (Psychotria viridis) or chagropanga (Diplopterys cabrerana), plants that contain a relatively high amount of the psychedelic substance DMT.

Upon ingesting, the medicine purges the body through vomiting and purifies the mind through the psychological experiences or visions. Although not unique to Ayahuasca, there are many fascinating reports about people who have been healed from comprehensive problems, like addiction or depression. Ayahuasca brings unconscious and seemingly other-worldly processes to the surface, which enables you to work with it while the effects last.

The primary ingredient of chacruna and chagropanga is a neurotransmitter found in every human being and plays a key role in all kinds of extraordinary states of awareness. This neurotransmitter is called dimethyltryptamine, or DMT for short and is found in the brain, blood, lungs and other parts of the human body. There is strong evidence pointing towards the pineal gland (located in the center of the brain), as the main factory of human DMT. Apart from human beings, DMT can be found in every mammal and in a variety of plants, like Ayahuasca. 

Basically, every time you go to sleep, a part of your brain produces this chemical and the product that we endure is our dreams. DMT is the drug which causes your dreams at night. How cool is that?!

This is why I felt compelled to transition into my next drawing, which is titled DMT. 

I feel like my brain is moving faster than it ever has before and I need to write all these scattered thoughts down, so I can see it in a physical format and proceed in a more focused manner. 

So I decided my next step is to create a YouTube channel!! I'm officially going to begin filming myself as I draw, from here on out. I'm so excited to use this new platform, as a way to connect with new people and get some more exposure. 

Speaking of exposure, my brother has basically become my Advisor and he told me to boost my FaceBook photos. I initially was going to invest in a scanner, printer and Photoshop, but realized very quickly that I'm getting ahead of myself and that's not the wisest decision to make at this point. Instead, I boosted each drawing from The Consciousness Series for 48 hours and specifically chose the audience that would see each piece, based on other pages they like on FB. For example, when boosting Mushroom Forest, I targeted every person who likes Alice in Wonderland and psilocybin mushrooms (amongst other things).  

The promotions ended last night and I got very good feedback. I ended up spending $75 ($5 on each drawing) and didn't get any sales, but I know why. This test run revealed A LOT, simply through the people's reactions. I'm going to heavily promote the drawings that got the best feedback.

But before I do that, I have a few things I need to change/fix. These are the things which I believe, didn't create any sales over the last two days. 

  • Landing Page
  • Sales Copy
  • Lack of Promoting 

I'm changing my landing page, which is currently Etsy. Etsy forces the buyer to create an account in order to purchase an item from a shop. That's a MAJOR sales killer. So instead, I'll be creating a shop to buy prints directly on my website. Plus, this will look more professional. 

Next, I'm going to add sales copies on each of my drawings, to engage with my audience. I'm in the midst of writing one for each of the drawings and explaining what each piece means/represents to me, why I was inspired to create it, how I thought of it, etc. There's a story behind each piece, which gives it significance and value, extending beyond the visual.

The more deeply people connect with my art and what it stands for, the greater the chances they'll want to make it a part of their lives. 

Rather than purchasing all the equipment I listed above, I'm going to continue photographing my art using my DSLR camera and I bought Pixelmator to use as my photo editing software. 

Once I finish creating my new landing page and sales copies, I'm going to continue promoting. Once I hit 1,000 likes on my Page, I'm going to hold a contest. I'm going to engage my followers (as a way to celebrate my 1K), by asking everyone to share their favorite piece from the Series and once the contest ends, I'm going to randomly chose a winner and ship them the print they shared. :) 

I'm just trying to balance all of this out. Filming, drawing, learning how to work Pixelmator, my camera, YouTube, work, blogging consistently, yoga, meal prepping, marketing research, posting to social media daily, meeting my deadlines, etc.

Lately I've been telling myself to just relax and enjoy this beautiful process. I'm in the middle of a massive change and I know my life is about to catapult into greatness. #LevelUp

My business cards arrived and I love them :)