Summer calendar of events

Here are a few of the things I'll be doing this summer. Hope to see you out there! 

Enchanted Forest Festival
May 30th - June 2nd 2014
Mendocino, CA

Colorado Alliance of Visionary Art group show

Opening June 6th 2014
Skylite Gallery
Denver, CO 

Sonic Bloom
June 19th - 22nd
South Park, CO

Gratifly Music and Arts Festival
July 24th - 27th
Avalon, SC

Alex and Allyson Grey Painting Intensive @ CoSM  
August 3rd - 9th
Wappingers Falls, NY 
(followed by the Full Moon Gathering on the 9th)

You are what you eat.

it's easy to understand that you are made of the stuff you eat. Your bones, skin, eyes, guts, and mind all originated as food, and that is actually what happened.
Take things a step further and look at the food. Food comes out of the dirt, or the ocean. Sunlight shines on the earth, and plants come out of it, and then you eat the plants. (Or you eat the animals that ate the plants. No one's here to judge.) So, it's very simple: Sun + water + dirt = plants = you. Follow me here.
So there is no part of you that is not made of the earth. Just one step back, and you are Sun, water, dirt. The minerals and molecules and energy go in your mouth, and voila, you're you. You are what you eat.
So then, what are you?
Who are you?

When you think, "I'm me," what's going on there? Have a look at that. (...whenever you like - it's free to look at all the time, and you don't have to ask permission).

Let's say that you think to yourself, "holy shit, am I the planet earth, having a thought?"

I submit to you, my love, that this is in fact the truth, considering that the squishy, amazing stuff - your brain - which is having that thought, is essentially composed of nothing else but the rain and dirt of the planet. Another way of saying it is that the rain and dirt are having the thought, through you.
...we can of course include the sun and stars and comets and intergalactic dust in our consideration, since you're made of those things too, in which case you might think, "holy shit, am I the universe having a thought?"
..but that's a big one. Let's start small. It's a little easier to sink your teeth into the 'you are what you eat' one.

This is one part of what it means to wake up, my love. It's part of who you really are. At least I think so. It makes sense when you think about growing out of the earth and being made of it, instead of just walking around on top of it.
You are so important. All of this is for you!


Thanks for such an amazing summer everyone! We are fueled by an overflowing abundance of creative outpouring, legendary smiles & connections, dancing together under the moon, and divine moments of truth.
Time to go through all the photos and nostalgically bathe in warm and creamy reminiscence. Ah, autumn... 

Some recent updates: 

- Started a "collaborations" section, featuring some of the combined efforts with beloved fellow painters.

- Updated the "found wood" series with some happy dimethyl-muppets.

- Check out this fun morphing gif my good friend Ben Ridgway put together of the 'skulls' paintings.

- And I'm delighted to be featured on Huffington Post, in Jacob Devaney's eloquent synopsis of his time at Symbiosis Gathering!

"Space Pussy" :P -  live painting from Rootwire 2013

Stay tuned kids, more good things to come!

"Enchanted" collaboration

10' x 6' mural painted with
fellow artists Derek Heinemann, Jonathan Solter, Dela Artist, and Seth McMahon over 4 days at this year's Enchanted Forest festival in Mendocino, CA.

It was a profound experience to get to create with these
amazing friends under the loving canopy of the California redwoods, such a beautiful event!

Gallery wrapped stretched canvas prints of this collaborative piece are available through the site:
Ships free inside the US! :)

Drawing with devotion @ CoSM

Join us for an afternoon and evening of art and connection at CoSM on August 10th! 

Why paintings are better than rims

Generally speaking, rims (for your car) cost about as much as most original artwork does. Here's a little list to sway you the next time you're trying to decide which one to go with...
Why paintings are better than rims:

- Paintings are a longer established status symbol, since it looks like you're into status symbols.
- You don't have to take your paintings to the car wash once a month and spray them with a de-greasing cleanser.
- Paintings get more interesting the longer you look at them. Rims are just shiny.
- An artist can live for about a year on what you paid for your rims... so you got rims, and an artist died.
- You sound more intelligent when talking about your art collection than you do when talking about your rims collection.
- Rims use gas, a non-renewable resource. Paintings use your mind. 


Another little dubstep mix for the soul


Value these feats of the psyche very highly

I've recently and slowly begun digesting "The Portable Jung" edited by Joseph Campbell. (Campbell is must-read for you young and budding western philosophers, by the way, if you're unfamiliar with his work. "Sukhavati" is well worth a watch if reading doesn't fit into our technology-saturated day.)

There's a passage in the foreword where Campbell points out that "nature cares nothing whatsoever about a higher level of consciousness" and that society "does not value these feats of the psyche very highly; its prizes are always given for achievement and not for personality, the latter being rewarded for the most part posthumously."

...which is poses the question: why would you work on yourself? I can't think of a single worthwhile instance of societal or monetary reward for the practice of being nice ..maybe the Nobel peace prize... but come on. Selfishness, greed, ignorance, and intolerance are still so laughably front and center in the business and political world and so clearly holding us back as a global community. The little guys, however well-meaning, must commit daily environmental horrors to barely keep up (think of how many plastic packages you opened today, in order to simply eat). Exceptional kindness, open-mindedness, and compassion should be an absolute requirement for leadership, wealth, and power, and those things aren't even suggested. The individual has seemingly no reason for pursuing any internal accomplishments, and the whole world is (still) burning because of it. That I'm perhaps one of the nicest and most intelligent people you know is completely terrifying, isn't it? :P

Well, fuck that. Let's change it then. It is over due. Change it from within. You'll have to be the beacon, but all you have to do (really) is take deep breaths and have an open mind. It's a practice, just do your best every day. You have my humble blessing, in any case, dear Lightweaver. I can't pay you jack shit, but you have my blessing. ♥

New prints:

"Flaming June (Remix)"   
12.5"x17.5" - $20    
printed on 100 lb gloss paper

"Bitch I'm a Unicorn"  
** limited edition of 25 **
signed & numbered
14"x18" - $55
printed on sustainably produced archival paper