I'm honored and thrilled to be participating in these upcoming events, and so psyched to share them with you!
Art opening @ Actual Cafe, Oakland, CA
Community-based Actual Cafe takes "local" to the next level. Really psyched to be part of this group show representing my 'hood! Massive prints and little originals (on recycled local materials, of course) on display May 11th - June 6th.
May 17th - 21st:
Symbiosis Gathering, Pyramid Lake, NV
Teaming up with Shakedown Gallery for this beautiful celebration, alongside a truly staggering list of musicians, artists and visionaries. Gallery with original art, prints, and live painting all weekend with the ECLIPSE!! <3
July 12th - 14th:
Camp Bisco 11, Mariaville, NY
The goose is loose! Joining the beloved vending crew of amazing Hudson Valley artists and crafts-people once again, as we bring the smiles to one of the wildest parties on the east coast. More original art, prints, and live painting.
August 5th - 11th:
7 Day Painting Intensive w/ Alex & Allyson Grey, Wappingers Falls, NY
A transcendental opportunity and intimate week of study with visionary masters Alex and Allyson Grey. On the beautiful grounds of CoSM.
Visionary Painting Intensive 2012
August 16th - 19th:
Rootwire Music and Arts Festival, Logan, OH
Join us in a gorgeous woodland setting for this profound convergence designed to inspire and ignite the heart and mind! I'm so pleased to be part of this extraordinary line up assembled by the lovely members of Papadosio.
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Hopefully you can make it to one of these spectacular occasions, check out the work, and get a big hug and a high five from yours truly. Thank you for reading this, and thank you for believing in the art. It means everything.
If you want to support what I'm doing, please consider stopping by the online shop!
Much, much love!
p.s. - woohoo! :D
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An explanation of some of the symbolism in the Fawkes painting:
At the bottom we see dual goddesses - this is Ma'at, the winged deity of harmony, justice, and truth. When one dies, so the ancient Egyptians said, their heart is weighed against a single one of her feathers, and having lived a life of integrity, passage is granted to the next world. If the heart is heavier, it is eaten, and it's owner condemned to purgatory.
Those old Egyptians had a pretty strong moral code (and an understanding that people weren't perfect) so there were ways to atone. Being kind to each other was high up on this karmic list.
On either side of Ma'at are symbols for "Shanti" (peace) and the sacred mantra "Om".
Moving up from the center, we see our living heart, which, having viewed the atrocities of mankind, sheds tears of compassion that flower into (the hands of) action, aided by consciousness blossoming from a pineal seed. Above, the pearl of wisdom dispenses nectar when light is filtered through it - these nectar droplets are distributed through information grids (such as the interweb) to feed the hungry blossoming consciousnesses. The central message of the the nectar is "YES".
In the margins, neurons have begun attaching their synapses to an Akashic matrix. As the little guys attach, they're electrified with the energy of universal interconnectedness. Feeding on the vast grid, they are excited in a new way. More and more neurons (just like the ones in your head) follow suit. A flood of nourishing divine energy into our physical reality begins.
On the left Ganesha, a remover of obstacles, blesses this union of happy neuron and divine matrix with a mudra of protection. In his free hand he offers prasad, tasty sacramental treats for budding boddhisatvas.
Above the eyes of the mask are paisleys, decorated with the beacon-eyes of enlightened teachers, emanating their light of truth. The paisley shape itself is a very old symbol of abundance.
Above it all, "The Peacekeeper" throws his hands up in rapture. Having glimpsed his noble destiny, he dons the one true crown. The fierce, owl-like eyes of an angelic denizen of a holy-fire realm can be seen. This alien angel visits and guards him.
He is surrounded by a multitude, enthusiastically on their way, and ragin' it peacefully as they go. They are going to the big party, the moment, the funeral pyre, the bonfire, the Orgasm, the Self, The Festival.
They are listening to very good music.
Through the eyes of fear the group can, sadly, appear like some heathen mob, maybe coming for the castle gate; the eyes of love reveal simply a benevolent celebration.
You are invited.
To those whose hearts cry out for positive revolution, Fawkes's visage can look like potential, participation, real democracy, and inherent human morality. It might look like something we can do right. A grinning buddha. A friend.
The choice and the work is ours. Like Fawkes, out of a violent past we can become something more. The warning is merely that we might wish we did.
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Bless up to Guido Fawkes, and shame on those who tortured him. Bless up to Alan Moore and the groovy shit he channels.
To all brave teachers and all hard workers. To altruistic tricksters.
Bless up to Anonymous & Occupy & all the Love Tribe. May we do our best, and may our best serve the highest good.
Do your best. Smile. Believe in each other.
SHANTI SHANTI SHANTI