March 28, 2012
I’m very happy to have this out in the world. I’ve been going at it for a week straight I’m finally at peace with this. I started it, like many pieces, months ago, and I just recently have been hit with a giant dose of “just do it” so I picked it up and got back to work. I don’t know what force has been kicking me in the ass to work with such focus. Perhaps its the quickening of 2012 or subliminal Nike ads. Perhaps something happens when you become an Uncle. All I know is that I’m thrilled with how things have been going recently.
This self portrait was made at a time when I was contemplating how I could put my powers of imagination to good use. We so often create destructive images of ourselves in our mind to the point where we can’t bear to see ourselves in the mirror at times. I wanted to create an image for myself that would inspire me when I saw it. Not something that would give me an inflated ego but a version of myself somewhere down the road at a place where I would like to be. In this case it is a place of balance and harmony between my outer and inner reality. To one day be truly awake.
I know that there is much to be done between now and this place that I’ve envisioned, but the Egyptians didn’t call it “The Great Work” for nothing. The effort that must be put forth is great but so are the rewards while walking along the path to true freedom. To me, this image is a reminder of that work that lies ahead.
March 19, 2012
Some shots from Ka’s most recent show this past Friday at Legion in Williamsburg. If you haven’t heard them play live here’s the next best thing.
March 18, 2012
I just realized that I never showed these to anyone. I got the message today that its about time that they see the light of day. These are some diagram illustrations that I created to teach people what being a personal photo organizer is all about. Apparently there’s a lot to know.
March 13, 2012
This is from a series of photos that I took while I was on my recent trip to Mexico. I was taking long exposure photos of the stars which were crystal clear almost every night. Having that view is a privilege I was truly grateful to have. My partner Brooke was taking pictures with her camera as well. I decided to turn the camera away from the heavens to see what she might look like in the starlight. She was viewing photos on her camera and the light illuminated her in a really special way as the stars displayed themselves perfectly behind her. We did a lot of variations until coming to these two shots. They’re about 15 seconds exposure. As the shutter was open I counted out the time as Brooke raised her hands up and down like she was making a snow angel. I really enjoyed the way that it blends her into the rest of the shadows and makes it all the more etherial. Below is another shot from the same series. Many more shots from the trip on the way.
March 10, 2012
I’m really happy to be able to share this with everyone. This has been a really good lesson in persistence and discipline for me. When I started this piece I don’t think I really understood what I was getting myself into. Just incase you’re thinking about doing anything remotely like this in watercolor I have to recommend that you reconsider some other medium. I tried to convince myself of the same thing early on in the process of this piece but had gone too far along to do anything about it. I have come to realize that there is something in me that just loves doing things the hard way. This painting became so overwhelming that I just gave up and put it aside and thought that I would just move onto some other things. It seemed like the easier solution at the time but recently I realized how much of a block this piece had created in my own personal work. It was really unhealthy to have this unborn piece waiting under a pile of papers. In a way it was blocking me from moving forward creatively. So I decided to put it back on my table and work on it till it was finished. So after many hours here she is. Today is also a special day because it is also the birth of my niece, Sloane. Happy Birthday to her!
The piece was the first painting that I started after getting back from the Amazon and working in my own studio. Its based on the anatomy of my own eye except I’ve taken away the edge of the iris to represent a removal of limitations that I have created for my own life. At the same time it becomes the eclipse with the moon in front of the sun with light radiating outward. Looking back it was a time in my life where the elements were aligning to set the stage for where I am today. Its funny how much my aesthetic has changes in the past 3 years. As I was completing this piece I thought about how this looks nothing like my current style of work. Its not that I don’t like it, its just different. I’m happy to have incorporated more color and vibrancy into my work. I consider this a new slate. Now I understand that in order to get to this point I needed to take the time to clean it.
January 26, 2012
Here’s the latest project for the Dream Love event coming up on the 11th at the Meeker Street Market. Another nice unfolding process from this one. I got wicked sick in the middle of its creation which it made it an extra bit of a challenge but challenges are always a welcome experience in my book. It was funny how the original style wound up getting resurrected after I thought it was completely shot down during the first round of revisions. It just goes to show that you never really know how things will turn out. Enjoy!
January 03, 2012
For those of you who have been checking things out with Golden Drum, you might have noticed some posters that I’ve been creating. Its a nice quick turn around type of thing for an organization that’s obviously near and dear to my heart. It makes it a lot more like fun and a lot less like work. These two are posters for our community events that we host once a month. We invite the most talented chefs, musicians, yogis, speakers, and artists to create some really special events. I’ll be shifting gears to create more posters for dream collective as things get started up again. For now enjoy these! Here’s the invite to the facebook event page.
We’d love to see you! Peace.
“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 1929 -1968