No, really. What's going on right now, folks?
I hope you're making good decisions.
I hope you're feircely loving your family and friends.
I hope you're taking advantage of your freedoms.
I hope you're taking good care of yourself.
I hope you're loved.
I hope you're safe.
I hope you're healthy.
And I certainly hope that you're not shaming anyone.
And I hope that you're not making decisions based on fear.
And I hope that you're not hurting anyone.
And I hope that you're not pushing people away.
And I hope that you're not driven by hate, intolerance, greed, or ego.
I hope that you're using your powers and talents and heart for good things.
I hope you're using your time wisely.
I've had to redesign my life a little. I had to reorganize and redistribute my energy. I feel I have a lot of work to do in these psychotic times we're living in. I live a privileged life, and for that I'm beyond grateful. I truly have a deep sense of my good fortune. I don't want that to go unnoticed. But day to day, I read the news. Day to day I watch social media create bigger gaps between us. Day to day I have to provide a safe place, and assist people in their physical and mental wellness as a massage therapist. Day to day I'm feeling more and more compelled to create art which supports the vision of the world in which I want to live. Day to day I fear more for our people and our planet. And, day to day I feel I'm spending more energy.
What am I doing about that?
I take care of myself. I'm making good food choices. I'm prioritizing excersice and rest. I'm surrounding myself with positive, progressive thinking friends. I take time to turn off the news. I play with my dog. I'm trying to get plenty of sleep. I'm keeping my home tidy. I'm being smarter with my money. I'm seeking humor. And I'm carving out the toxic shit.
What am I doing to feel proactive in my world?
I was one of the hundreds of thousands of people who marched on January 21st. There was no singular reason why I went. There are so many things I'm willing to stand in solidarity for. I'm glad I went. It was a powerful time. I felt less alone, and helped many to feel the same way.
I'm making calls to my state representatives.
I'm having conversations with friends and neighbors who have different beliefs than mine.
I'm being extra kind and curteous to strangers.
And I'm making art.
I'm currently waiting for tests copies for an 8x10 poster I created. I should know by next week if the colors are right. When they are, they'll be for sale. They will be sold for $20, and will be a continuous Pay It Forward Art piece ($6 for printing, $6 for shipping, $5 to the ACLU, $3 to support the artist).
There's a faint watermark over this image for copyright purposes ...
The colors speak for themselves. "In My House" means your personal house, as well as your nation's house, the White House. The images are transparent. Transparent is what I believe we, and our leaders should be. The fist is a symbol of solidarity, unity, strength and support. It is also a symbol of resistance in the face of violence. The peace sign is solid, and in the background because peace should be the force which drives us. The other symbols are for the things we're in solidarity for. At the top, we support science. We support ALL people: we stand for gender equality, Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Jews, and Atheists. There's a safety pin. The Native American hope symbol is rising behind the fist. And a dove flying "right" for peace. I feel a rebellious "punk" style was fitting because we need to step out of our comfort zones right now. And punk just does that for me!
As always, I'm exceedingly grateful for your support and look forward to reporting back with more news from the art world!
Big love, all.