Late night thoughts and cicada songs...
Dreaming of better places... where healthcare is seen as a right, where we take better care of our planet and each other, where all are welcome. Where we understand that we are all connected and when another person suffers, we suffer too.
To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive. #robertlouisstevenson
7 minutes of my brain -- for today's #morningpages I painted instead.
It's always bittersweet when my work finds a new home, but I am very grateful that these two lovely lands have new homes! I have tons of work available, so if you're interested in anything send me a message. Or I'd love to do a commission of a land just for you! 💌
The #detail of a #moment. My recent paintings have been really loose because I have been exploring ways to move from my mind into my body -- out of thoughts and into feelings. Away from to do lists and *into* everything -- feeling the heat; the fear; the rawness of missing; the air of possibility. #fromthoughttofeeling
Continually letting go and loosening the grip. Sometimes this process is messy.
As I remember it... #cranemountain
#loveislove ❤️💜💙💛💚 #pride
Remembering Washington and playing around with new mediums with one of my oldest friends @dandeena_schadle. #pastel #quicksketch ❤️🎨
Send some snail mail love! These will be $20 at the @conartistnyc #postcard show next week! 🐌💌
Dancing light ...
This 9x12 painting on paper with acrylic, pen and watercolor is available for $35 (+ shipping). DM if interested! #artsale #originalart #originalartwork
My brain after two days of amazing meetings ... #sketchbook
Another sneak of this giant mess of a piece that has been taking over my kitchen. Truthfully I'm a bit stuck, but I'm hoping it will come together!
Today I ate pistachio pudding ...
Temporary street art (while I photograph them)! I'm so happy these pieces have new homes. Yay!
For Ashley, with love. 💓 @ashleylinguine (sorry it took so long, yay for art trades!) p.s. don't mind our kitchen light/this iPhone snap. The piece is much prettier in person!
Just some late night flame throwing 🔥 ... #resin #process #wip
Another #vignette of this large piece that's taking over our kitchen, but it's starting to come together! Can't wait to share the whole thing! #process #wip #detail ... btw join me next Friday @lprnyc for my first @artbattle! #artbattle
#detail of a new #resin piece. These pieces are always an exercise in impermanence and patience because the ink and alcohol alchemy move ever-so-slowly and dry very differently then when applied. I've learned to let each layer fully dry before adding the next. Only moments of this first layer will appear in the final. #wip
From the #sketchbook ... these are some shots of scenes for the #100dayproject. Follow along @lands_layered
Another #vignette of a large piece I'm working on... it's looking a bit too crazy to share the full thing, but soon. #detail #wip
Rainy day activities ♥ #wip #detail of a much larger piece
Moving through the feelings of a triggering holiday. I'm grateful for all of the amazing mothers out there, but holding a space for those who have lost them too soon. I was listening to @ingridmichaelson's latest album and one of her songs broke my heart in a way that can only let in the light. Thank you for that. 🌷➰ #vignette and #wip of a much larger piece in progress
Rooftop party #details. From a character, to a friend... meeting new neighbors while painting on a roof -- @rodeoactive @anashabc we all have to have a rooftop party soon!
Getting back into it...
The past month or so ... moving my way through it all.
New studio vibes... 🎨⚡️
Current mood ... #wip
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. 💫❤💫