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Pace Yourself.

It been just over ten days into the New Year & what a difference a week makes. Depending on where you are, you’ve probably experienced lockdowns, COVID has taken more lives & the infection rates have skyrocketed, the Capitol building was invaded in the United States and all this occurred within the first 7 days of 2021.

My advice, pace yourself. It may or may not be a worse year than 2020, who knows but know that it is a marathon not a sprint. You want to be in it for the long haul. It’s too early to start feeling sorry for yourself, it’s too early to start complaining, it’s too early to start the emotional rollercoaster, it is too early. Take each incident as it comes be it lockdown, be it whatever is affecting or afflicting you. It is imperative you stay strong, easier said than done, I know but what are the alternatives?

I was told by an elder that the only people that know peace are in their graves, for if you don’t want to be there be ok with trials & tribulations. Life is all about dealing problems on a regular basis, we should however enjoy & cherish the breaks in between the chaos. Remember not a lot of people saw the New Year especially those that COVID took from us, be grateful that you are still here. You have come this far and survived what 2020 had so don’t give up now, keep fighting & I’m sure things will get better. In the meantime pace yourself, we all have a long way to go, the year has hardly started.

The dry periods and the break.

There comes a time when you’ll not know what to do. It hits us all at different times in our lives. You could be bored with your routine, whatever that may be, you could be tired of your work, you could be tired of your environment. You may not even know what it is. Yes it does happen.It’s ok to take a break during these dry periods. You may need to find a new way to jump start things. You may need to be inspired; you may need a change of environment, easier said than done during these lockdown periods depending on where in the world you’re.


Let me go against the grain & say do nothing. People & I myself have recommended bombarding yourself with things that inspire but, things don’t always work 100% of the time especially with art. Trust me sometimes you need a day off, if not several but with caution & with the objective of jump starting things. Let’s call it a lazy day or several. Do nothing.


We’re so used to being busy these days we find it difficult to do nothing. Ask people trying to meditate for the first to time. It is hard, I know, I’ve tried it. I’ve however found that that these dry periods can be a good time to look back & take stock of things that are important to you & to learn to appreciate them. We all move to the next project when one is complete. As a result we tend under appreciate where we’ve come from. We take things for granted. Take a moment to stop creating & look through your work from the very beginning & take time to appreciate how you’ve grown. I’m sure you will smile. I know I do. Dry periods are important to recharge, reflect & value how far we’ve come.

When do you do this? I can’t tell you because we’re all different people chasing different dreams. But make sure you add it to your tool box. How frequently? It depends on what works for you, but please do not over do this. Generally I’ve found that life dictates this period for you, your job is to recognize it when the time comes & when it does, embrace it & try & use it as best you can & not to reject it or see it as a crisis.

Take a break it is not the end of the world.
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If there is love.

You will push yourself and not know it. You will just because it is something you enjoy, the tedious part of your work/vocation won’t matter because “the ends justifies the means”. 

Time will fly by & you’ll not know it, because you’re so into what you’re doing. There will be one more thing you want to try, there’ll be many experiments you need its results.

Ask yourself is there love, maybe there isn’t and you just never asked yourself that question or you are in denial. A lot of us do what we do for the money, which is ok, especially if circumstances require you do so. But please do something you love in addition. I’ve said this in many previous blog posts. Do something for you every day no matter how little. You need it for so many reasons. For you sanity, to have something to look forward to, to get better, do what you love. To have a sense of fulfilment even if it is not monetary and to show love to yourself. Love begets love. Love what you do to show love to yourself. 

Short story I always loved drawing, was told at a young age that is wasn’t going to be financially beneficial to me or my family. So I went to school, got a first & second degree, but my love for art never left even though I subdued it for about 15 years. It was always there. 

Eventually I went back, had to start afresh but that was never a problem. Why? because if there is love, you’ll always know your way home. So I went back and here I am. 

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Be Patient

With yourself it takes time. Be ready to put in the hours into your craft. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Take the criticism that come with growth, develop a thick skin, easier said than done. Especially in a world where trolls exist online. It’s funny that these trolls can’t and won’t be able to say these things in front of you, if the circumstances were different.

Be patient with yourself as you discover yourself and grow. It can be difficult in a world express delivery is not fast enough. Trust me I know the feeling. 

Be patient with yourself because you enjoy what you do, even if it is a hobby. Own you mistakes, it’s all part of growth. You’ll look back at some of them & laugh. I’m sure we all have at some point in our lives. 

Be patient with yourself as you push yourself to your limits. Money should not be the focus, easier said than done. In an age where everything is a subscription based service and no amount is ever enough. Your sanity as an artist is also important so how do you balance things. The need for money and the need for fulfillment is ever strong. Tilt too much to one side & you can get in trouble real fast.

Be patient with yourself, eventually you’ll get there.

The Fundamentals…..

What do you want to get good at? coding, photography, art, sports, etc you name it, the best way is to master the fundamentals. Note the word “master”. I believe a lot of people don’t do this, most are adequate not masters. For example you want to be good at art, there is no getting round it, you have to understand & master these core fundamentals:

  • Color
  • Composition 
  • Value
  • Form & Structure
  • Brush work
  • Perspective 
  • Values

The truth of the matter however, is that it can take you years to master each one, let alone how they combine in your work. Just being good at them is not just going to cut it in the long run. You have to dedicate your existence to becoming a master & understand that you’ll never be perfect at any but continually strive to be. From experience I think you’ll have things you’re great at & others you are good enough. My advice focus on your weaknesses.

Focus on the fundamentals, become a master & then you can start to bend & break the rules in whatever you are doing. Your images in drawing for example will work because there is a core basis from which your art is grounded. 

It shouldn’t feel like work though, I think if it feels like work something is off. For all intents & purposes you should enjoy the challenge, the experiments & realizations as you forge ahead. 

Realize however that from time to time you need to go back & relearn the basics. Even if it’s  just a reminder, there is always something good about looking at things from the eyes of a novice.

How can you do this you may ask? become a teacher. You not only help the student but yourself because the act of teaching takes you back to the beginning that you may find difficult to do on your own. Hope this is helpful to someone, don’t take the fundamentals for granted, don’t. 

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My Confessions……

I’m not a writer, not by a long shot, so bear with me when reading my blog. The whole purpose is to communicate with my readers. I try to convey what I know to those who care and hopefully they can learn from me, or even teach me something in the comments section. 

I really tried avoiding writing a blog on my website when I first started I have to admit, but I think it’s imperative. Surprisingly it hasn’t been that bad. I’ve been doing my best and so far so good. I hope it’s helped those who have taken time to read it. Thanks a million, you know who you’re. 

I have made a lot of mistakes in my blog posts but I guess it is essential for growth, as Denzel Washington said in one of his speeches; it is ok to fail but make sure you “fail forward”. I definitely think I have done that looking back. There is still much to do but I think I’m getting a hang of it. I think the quality has gotten better and readers have been able to benefit from it from time to time.

It hasn’t been easy I must admit. I think it is just natural to want to spend time doing the things you really enjoy. In my case the artistic stuff. I think however that the blog allows me to connect on a different level that is also essential. I won’t lie I don’t enjoy it as much but we all have things we don’t enjoy but we have to get good at for our own benefit for example finance. Don’t get me started on that it is critical and the moment you make a conscious decision to get good at it the better for you and those around you.

So not to take too much of your time because I understand that there is so much online that competes for our most valuable resource, time. I want to say a big thank you. Thanks for bearing with us while we grow and get better.

The Isolation….

So the quarantine messed up the whole world. It’s no different for us, we can’t shoot, period.  So it has been impossible to produce new images. Instead I’ve been working on old images from my archives. I’ve been doing a bit of compositing as well as you can see in the images in the art section of the website. 

These images are however limited in number, I mean the reason they’ve ended up the archives is because I felt they weren’t the best images at the time, hence they were archived. 

Covid-19 has changed the whole world as we know it. It remains to be seen how things are going to turn out. It’s weird going this long without even being able to go to my studio. I guess that is the period were in, we just have to make the best of it by acquiring new skills and knowledge in the mean time.  

I think coming out of the quarantine an improved person will be the ideal although it won’t be easy. Psychologically the isolation has taken its toll on everyone. We need to all keep in contact with our loved ones and take care of ourselves physically, mentally and spiritually. Be it through video conference calls with family members, friends, praying, meditating, exercising, whatever helps. Just do it. Be kind to yourself.

This period has put a great deal of things into perspective for me and a lot of us in general. I’m sure we all value our freedom a lot more; the importance of our health care institutions can’t be overstated as opposed to entertainment in general, such as sports in general which has been nonexistent. As we deal with more important things. It has also brought a lot of us together albeit online. We all need each other at this point for comfort and company. For parents who are away from their children, I feel you please stay strong.

On a brighter note various countries have started easing lock-downs thankfully and things are slowly but surely getting back to normal. We are however a long way off what used to be normal if we’ll ever get back to that. But at least it is progress.

For those that have lost loved ones, please accept our condolences. For the rest of us stay safe, where your face masks, wash your hands regularly (for 20 seconds) and maintain social distancing especially in public spaces.

Covid-19, what you need to know.

The world is dealing with Covid-19 at the moment, so I thought I’d share this informative video. I also think it is important that we all try to maintain a good emotional state and try not to panic. Easier said than done I know but I think it is important that we do our best in this trying times.

A big thank you to the experts and the producers of the video.

Covid-19

Wishing everyone all the best during this trying time all over the world. I believe we will all get through it. Be safe, stock up at home if need be, wash your hands regularly and if you have flu-like symptoms, please self-quarantine and help reduce the spread of Covid-19. Finally for those infected my prayers are with you and yours.