As I was preparing for Gratifly yesterday, painting my CD ornaments to hang in the woods of Avalon, I realized I was doing the work that I was meant to do. I painted those old CDs with love, using acrylic paints that I had basically received as gifts and donations from friends, rather than having bought the paints new. I often pour too much paint for what I need for a particular design, and then feel the need to use up every bit of that paint if I can so that it is not wasted. So ultimately my art is not created through something I envision from the get-go, but is merely a process of working with what I have. I think that is absolutely wonderful, because these days I am distressed by the waste we burn through. I will continue trying to discipline myself and inspire myself through what I feel is one of the biggest lessons we all need to learn right now, and one I know will resonate throughout Gratifly and other festivals like it: Work with what you have.
Gratifly family, I can wait to spend the weekend with you. If you see CD shaped art pieces spinning in the wind, know that they are for you!! <3
Gratifly is creeping up on me, I cannot believe how distracted I have been. I look back fondly on the memories I made almost a year ago with these amazing people at the first Gratifly. I dove into a life-changing experience, having no clue what I was doing and honestly being confused about everything in my life. I cannot wait to revisit this festival with a more focused and open mind, eager to learn, in a few weeks<3
Whenever I want to disappear and wish I was no longer part of this earth I go to nature. Gradient desert sunsets and bright moons make me grateful that I am still alive… Because when everything hurts and people let you down the moon and stars will still be there for you (at In The Middle Of No Where)☪ॐ❂
I’ve been hurt so bad and I still love so hard. I admire my heart for that.
Be like water making its way through cracks. Do not be assertive, but adjust to the object, and you shall find a way around or through it. If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves.
Empty your mind, be formless. Shapeless, like water. If you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup. You put water into a bottle and it becomes the bottle. You put it in a teapot, it becomes the teapot. Now, water can flow or it can crash. Be water, my friend.
Here’s a happy couple we met right before Outkast performed Sunday night at Counterpoint. This was taken on the other side of my boyfriend’s psychedelic lollipop rage stick ;D
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