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.
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