Forgetting is remembering pt. 2 .... #wip
@fela3.0 asked me to tag his sketchbook... here's a little reminder to believe in magic. ✨
Forgetting is remembering ... to be continued ...
Mood board. 📌
For everyone that's worried about the future of our children's hearts and minds, I encourage you to go out there and #volunteer. Be a mentor. Be a light! Help them, show them creativity, science, love and whatever you have to offer. There are many volunteer organizations out there! If you're in #nyc, I highly recommend @nycares. They have awesome projects with children. Personally, I take comfort in knowing that it took one vote to make this decision, meaning that all of the calls, protests, emails and care of people helped pull at the heart strings of those decision leaders. This tells me that we must keep going. #hearourvoice #betsydevos
Soul speak ...
Happy place 😊
This is how a human being can change: there’s a worm addicted to eating grape leaves. Suddenly he wakes up, call it grace, whatever, something wakes him, and he’s no longer a worm. He’s the entire vineyard, and the orchard too, the fruit, the trunks, a growing wisdom and joy that doesn’t need to devour. #rumi #nowallnoban #refugeesweclcome
Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world. All things break. And all things can be mended. Not with time, as they say, but with intention. So go. Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally. The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you. #lrknost 💓
Moving through the bad news of today (on top of the sh*t from yesterday). Working really hard to keep my heart space open even though my heart is breaking for humanity and our planet. #nodapl
Working through some of the blues of today... #vignette
Behave badly. Well-behaved women seldom make history. #laurelthatcherulrich 🌸 These stickers are for the @womensmarch in #NYC. They are a collaborative project with another awesome female friend of mine, @ffaber! I'm marching for the divine feminine that is Mother Nature and all of of the ways she tries to keep us together. But she is hurting and running out of patience. #climatechange is real and we do not have the time to F^%K around with questions if it is real. Whatever *your* reason is for marching, it *all* matters and I hope to see you there. 🌿❤🌿
Getting closer with these ... not quite there yet, but ... thisclose ... (p.s. Moments after I took this, I realized I had resin in my hair... don't worry I think I got it out ...)
Meet your edge and soften. @tarabrach often talks about this and I've spent the last year or so really embodying it. When discomfort arises, I do my best to pause and *feel* into the moment. In this pause, I (sometimes) find the courage I need to face things directly. Last year presented many difficult conversations with lots of people, around lots of topics, but when I met my edge (truly showing up to challenging-wtf-moments) I was ultimately able to soften into a different space. Often kinder. More patient. Feeling into the painful place, made me remember my own humanness and vulnerability; as well as that of others. Here's to hoping we can all embody a bit of this in the coming months. 💞
Chair views continued ... #wip ... the next step includes a layer of #artresin
Inner landscaping with @nycaligurl 🌌🎆🌿
While this year was a real doozy, there were many beautiful moments and those are what I choose to hold onto. That said, I think it is important to acknowledge the pain and difficulty because this allows us to appreciate the brighter moments that much more. For me, personally, my biggest accomplishment was truly giving my artwork the room to be whatever it wanted to be. For many years, I had a lot of self-esteem issues (and still struggle!) but painting is a space for me to play, dream and has helped me with this tough nut of self-love. Ironically, it used to be the biggest place of judgement - not wanting to add glitter because one person hates it, and wanting more of something else because another loves it. Creating with these intentions in mind is difficult and can make you feel like shit because often you're not even expressing your true self! These days, when I paint, I check in with my intention. Am I painting something because someone else liked it? Or because I want to explore a feeling? Most days I just want to imagine a world of hope, love and beauty. I have also used art to help me process the very sad things that are happening in our world. Some days are easier than others, but when I am free, truly free, I find that *I*. Am. Okay. I realize that it's not so scary to hang out with me - to truly be with myself, in my body and in this world. So the more I can learn to love myself, the more I hope this work can radiate outwards. Because I believe if we could all feel into our inner goodness, our whole world would be brighter. Again, it's important to remember wise discernment and not be complacent or accepting of cruelty, but I think we can balance open hearts and work through the collective fear-space we are all in. Let's be here for one another. Here's to 2017 and continuing to explore this. And a giant thank you to @conartistnyc for creating such an open and safe space for all beings. 💫❤💫
Let go. #vignette
Moving in and out of worlds ...
Some botanical worlds in progress. I can't wait to reshoot all of these new pieces on my good camera! #wip
Reflecting on the interconnectivity of #climatechange, #soilhealth, #desertification, migration and war. Imagine this much-too-simple-and-missing-many-layers-version-of-a-very-real-problem: You are a farmer that loves the land. You love growing things and watching the miracle of plants and how graciously they give when cared for. Over time, you become a farmer that meets the demands for agricultural needs, not to mention still providing for your family. Each year the demands get harder and harder and more confusing and the land you so loved becomes fickle. For she is overworked and tired of all of the chemicals you feed her. Not to mention the sun keeps beating. Each year it gets worse and hotter (and we all know how we can feel when we get too hot!) and demands increase and land decreases and then one year the soil gives in completely. Seemingly overnight it becomes a baron desert, exhausted. And you are broken like the earth. You've heard there are other places where you can start over. But you've heard that will be difficult because there are so many people like you and fear is taking over them. But you go anyway, because you have nothing to lose. It was already taken.
Exploring the layers of my inner landscape. More to come. #theworkisneverfinished
Moving through it. Literally. Sometimes I wish I wasn't such a feeler because in moments like this the pain is unbearable. My heart aches so badly and I'm afraid. It's difficult to navigate this uncertainty. But as a feeler I also know that joy will return in as long as I keep my light. So here's to letting our light shine brighter than the m-fing Griswold house. 🌟🌟🌟🌟 We can do this. The world needs your #love. #imstillwithher #election2016 #dontgiveup #electionresults #notmypresident #allthefeels
Channeling my 7-year old unicorn and @lisa_frank loving self. Train doodle. #digitalart #digitalpainting ✨
Once again, daydreaming about #Iceland.
Forests and sands 🌾🌲🐚#wip
Lots of little scenes from the past month of so ...
Let's explore 🌲🌲🌲
Remembering #Iceland and the way it made me feel small because of the all-encompassing landscape.
I'm excited to share that I have some prints of my paintings available! They are printed by @artifactuprising and look awesome! I'll also be having a studio sale soon! Email me if you're interested in seeing what's available! 💌 firstname.lastname@example.org
Join us for a night of art, drinks and helping the homeless at the @lovecraftnyc bar next Wednesday from 8-11:30 pm. I'll be sharing some work with fellow @conartistnyc artists, including @andreacook @bree_chapin @wizardskull @narcossist @whitegrlart and others! $5 entry fee and 1 drink min, goes to support helping reduce homelessness in #NYC. 🌉❤️
Join us at @conartistnyc for a discussion on the merging of technology and art. My work is part of the #so1o show with @meuralcanvas. People have asked me how I feel about sharing my art in a digital frame. It's an interesting conversation and I see all sides, but *for me* I think it allows the artist to explore different ways of sharing their art. For example, since they are photos, you can zoom in and out of areas or explore videos. Not to mention, the frames themselves are really awesome. A person can own an entire gallery of artwork! Perfect for those cramped NYC apartments. Hope to see you tonight or Friday for my solo show!
This was one of those days when I was trying to recreate something else and needless to say, it did not work, but I'm happy with this and think it's going to be a nice background to a new land. Sometimes you just have to move forward to move through.
September beach vibes. Alternate caption: painting in the wind is hard! Lol
I'm excited to share that I'll have my own solo show @conartistnyc! It will be a combination of new and old artwork and an exploration of sharing artwork in a digital way. My paintings will be displayed using the @meuralcanvas. Join us on 9.21 for a panel discussion with other artists in the #so1oart show and for my show on 9.23 from 6-9 pm! Hope to see you there! #conartistcollective #conartistnyc
Stand still. The trees ahead and bushes beside you are not lost. Wherever you are is called Here, And you must treat it as a powerful stranger, Must ask permission to know it and be known. The forest breathes. Listen. It answers, I have made this place around you. If you leave it, you may come back again, saying Here. No two trees are the same to Raven. No two branches are the same to Wren. If what a tree or a bush does is lost on you, You are surely lost. Stand still. The forest knows where you are. You must let it find you. - David Wagoner
Letting my 7-year old self play.
Aurora worlds ... Waiting for these water colors / inks to dry is certainly an exercise in patience. #wip
Evening gardens ... Almost finished ...
Sending wishes!!! #heartstringconnections
Friday night mischief for the #sparklepartners. #heartstringconnections
The process of a treasure hunt of kindness. Coming so soon! ✨🌿❤️🌿✨ #heartstringconnections
A #vignette of an icy world in progress... ❄️☄❄️