NYC on a budget

NEW YORK CITY ain’t cheap, but you can find ways to make the most out of your trip without really spending much. So, here are some NYC “Tipid Tips.

Chillax in CENTRAL PARK

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Find a bench or sprawl on the grass – have a picnic, read, draw, write, or in my case, watch the world go by.

METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART

A friend gave me this tip – you can see all the masterpiece here for only a dollar! So, instead of buying an entrance ticket which costs around $25, tell them you are going to give a donation instead. I was a travelling artist and out of work, so a dollar will do 😉

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Check out some Art in CHELSEA

It’s a wonderful neighborhood full of galleries. So if you love modern and contemporary art, this is the place to be, and you get to see it all for free.

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* I will make another blog entry on the different exhibitions I saw on Chelsea 🙂

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follow your art: A YEAR AFTER

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The 1st of JUNE marks a year of my independence, a year of just following my heART…I may not be as stable financially, but I am at my happiest.

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I am grateful to be able to eat food that fills me up with joy, to still be able to ride cabs when needed be, to have my nest that I adore, to have a place in my heaven on earth to create…

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To be humbled by people who entrusts me to do things and also earn from it, to no longer be enticed by retail shopping, to be able to live simply, to hang out and have inspiring conversations with kindred spirits, to be able to realize a concept and collaborate with so many artists…

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To still be able to travel, to have all this time to just follow my he/art, to have supportive friends and family, and to have the privilege to be a full-time heArtist.

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There’s a lot to be thankful for. I feel very blessed.

ARURUTEYNKYUNIVERSE!

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May the fire in me keep burning,

like this clockwork orange skies outside my window.

Follow your ART: UNEMPLOYED vs FULL-TIME ARTIST

Q: “How does it feel to be unemployed?”

A: “Excuse me, I am not unemployed, I am a full-time artist.”

Naks!

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playnting Patrick Heron (08 AOUT 14)

It’s been 6 months now since the day of my independence and a lot has happen since then… I taught myself how to paint 🙂, pitched a concept for an exhibition 🙂, applied for residencies 😦 😐, joined a competition 😦, tried setting up a business :X, followed my heART and travelled for the first time to North America 😀

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playnting slowly unfolding
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It’s hard to achieve the background with water-colour so I tried to create depth by adding black. Playnting Jawlensky (10 AOUT 14)

Not having a regular income is quite scary, but aruruthankfully I was able to set aside some money for my rent till the end of this year (good luck next year), paid all my bills, saved enough to travel, cooked more to avoid eating out,  and took the train/jeepney/bus/tricycle & walked more.

As for my finances next year – BATHALA NA (si batman).

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started this playnting the night before
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then woke up at 5am the next day to continue
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and finished it at 6:30am. Playnting Arthur Dove (12 AOUT 14)

I guess the financial realities of pursuing this path hasn’t fully dawned on me yet. Though, I have experienced trying to find ways to earn money when i lived in Paris as an artist.

It was 2010, my artist residency is finished (no more allowance), i couldn’t just depend on my partner at that time to support us. I also realised that I can’t live on art alone, so I tried looking for a job. I applied for different kinds of work, but one interview struck me the most. It was for a fashion brand and they were looking for a visual merchandiser. I thought, “I haven’t really worked in the fashion industry but I’m a visual artist and I’m also into fashion, so i believe i can do this!” Gave my cv, showed my portfolio and then after the interview, I was told that i was overqualified for the job. The interviewer said, “you will be bored here, it is important that you pursue your art.”

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my playnting process
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doesn’t really look the same but i learned a lot in the process

I needed to earn, so I had to find other ways. The only way i knew how was to create things with my hands, so I started creating accessories, shredded shirts, decoupage letters, art prints and sold them online. That’s when my Rock & Rule shop came about. Our friends became my first clients but then strangers just started buying my handmade goodies as well. I didn’t really earn much but at least I had enough to buy us croissants, pain aux raisins et baguettes 😉

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playnting Camille Pissarro (13 AOUT 14)
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i enjoyed putting details and lines (grass) then brushed it over with water for it to bleed a little

Fast forward to present time, December 2014.

Yes, I am no longer employed, but now I am my own boss.

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PLAYNTING postcards by JK N O W A V A I L A B L E

(ayos ba sa segue?)

The “playntings” are not professionally done bien sur, these are not exact replicas of famous paintings. I’m still a student being taught by the masters from the art book i use as my guide. A work in progress… Playntings and not paintings because i am not a painter, same as i don’t dare call myself a photographer, though i shoot my own photographs that i use for my collage. I also choose not to sign my name on my “playntings,” not just yet, perhaps at its proper time. Naks!

And so the images on these postcards are part of the journey of following my heart. A testament that – Yes! Monsieur job interviewer, I am pursuing my art.

So, send me a message here or on my ROCK & RULE Facebook page (link on the right), if you are interested to avail a <JK Playnting Postcard set.> It is the perfect christmas gift to dreamers and doers, also a way to get in touch with loved ones by sending them a handwritten heARTfelt letter, and not to mention a great way to support independent artists.

HAPPY HOLIDAZE!

FOLLOW YOUR ART: c’est ma vie, c’est la vie.

I WANT TO LIVE SIMPLY. I WANT TO SIT BY THE WINDOW WHEN IT RAINS AND READ BOOKS I’LL NEVER BE TESTED ON. I WANT TO PAINT BECAUSE I WANT TO, NOT BECAUSE I’VE GOT SOMETHING TO PROVE. I WANT TO LISTEN TO MY BODY, FALL ASLEEP WHEN THE MOON IS HIGH AND WAKE UP SLOWLY, WITH NO PLACE TO RUSH OFF TO. I WANT TO NOT BE GOVERNED BY MONEY OR CLOCKS OR ANY OF THE ARTIFICIAL RESTRAINTS THAT HUMANITY IMPOSES ON ITSELF. I JUST WANT TO BE BOUNDLESS AND INFINITE.

I read this on my friend’s fb page and realized – hey this is me!  This is exactly what i am doing. I am living the dream now and i can’t believe that this could happen this soon 🙂

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Evolution of a playnting [04 AOUT 14]
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The most difficult playnting i made. It may look easy but Picasso’s lines and shapes are precise.
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It took me quite some time to finish this. Made several erasures of the pencil drawing, but i’m so happy with the result. Hands down, my favorite playnting so far!

One time a friend asked me how it feels to be unemployed, i answered “i am not unemployed, i am a full-time artist.” 😉

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Lovin’ the colors of this Kirchner

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using the ART BOOK as reference [05 AOUT 14]
 It’s a monday morning and everybody i know is rushing off to work or to school, and stuck in very bad traffic. And here i am, sipping my coffee and eating my breakfast, thinking whether i should paint or fix my next follow-your-art journey.

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i kinda like the one in the middle as it is
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putting black outlines [06 AOUT 14]
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i love how “black” adds more dimension and depth to the image

And so I stay cooped up in my atelier painting, cook myself a meal when i get hungry, take a nap when i get tired, watch a good film in my bed with surround sound, read a book till i get sleepy, and hopefully by the end of the day, not shell out any money.

Maintenant, c’est ma vie. C’est la vie.

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Related Readings: 

HAVING YOUR OWN SPACE – https://theartofeveryday.wordpress.com/2014/09/19/follow-your-art-the-importance-of-having-your-own-creative-space/

QUESTIONING THE PROCESS – https://theartofeveryday.wordpress.com/2014/08/26/follow-your-art-questioning-the-creative-process/

SELF-TAUGHT ARTIST – https://theartofeveryday.wordpress.com/2014/08/16/follow-your-art-opening-thyself/

DISCOVERING PAINTING – https://theartofeveryday.wordpress.com/2014/08/05/following-my-heart-discovering-painting/

BECOMING A FULL-TIME ARTIST – https://theartofeveryday.wordpress.com/2014/06/12/independence-day/

ART PORTFOLIO – http://jazelkristin.wordpress.com/