Citrine, Selenite, Angelite and Fluorite on my great-great-aunt Dixie's old embroidered table runner. I laid these stones out in Tennessee while the moon made us slip into night and then day again. Setting intentions and bringing familial and celestial vibes into the studio.
August 6, 2010. (This completes the other half of the painting I posted last week, painted in New Orleans in February of 2014)
My beautiful and talented powerhouse-of-a-woman friend Deva Mahal just released her single 'Run Deep' off her upcoming EP. Run don't walk to her website www.devamahal.com to download and stream this gorgeous song! You can also check it out on Spotify and don't miss her stunning performance on YouTube 👏👏 go goddess!!
August 25, 2011 @lizbedi 💜 (detail of a larger painting from 2014)
Work in progress 🌿
Detail of a painting I made when I first visited New Orleans during Mardi Gras in 2014. I moved here a month later and haven't looked back. This is the hand of my dear friend Chris.
I wrote this post but not the metaphor. If you know who did please tag. (Scroll through to read the whole thing)
There is no rational defense for the carnage wrecked by the white supremacist KKK trash last weekend. They are repugnant human beings poisoned by a dark and twisted belief system grounded in pure hate. If you're defending them or making excuses, think about your place in history and the term we all learned about in school..."Nazi sympathizer". Because history will remember Charlottesville and the utterly shameful reactions that some people have had. If you've supported Trump thus far despite everything else, it is time to disavow him. He has crossed a very real line and will go down in history as a villainous president who pandered to the KKK. His behavior is unacceptable. Will you go down with him or will you use your powerful heart for good? (Image and text from @koliber.waz)
🙏💜🙏 "They tried to kill my child to shut her up. Well guess what - you just magnified her."
Progress is an incoming tide. "We can't lose hope because we ARE hope."
We have a lot of work to do, starting with ourselves. Look in the mirror and dig deep, actively battle your implicit biases every day. Know our country's history and the horrors we have relentlessly put black and brown people through to bring us to this place. We have never been a "post racial" society, but I believe a unified and mutually celebratory nation is possible if we stand strong together, doing the difficult work on ourselves and holding each other accountable. Share your resources, donate to active grassroots causes, vote in elections big and small, call your representatives, make art, spread love, use social media to share information, have conversations. Put your bodies on the front line whenever you can to protect those for whom it is significantly more dangerous. Speak up when you witness discrimination, do not allow hate and fear to overwhelm you or our society. Be informed and discerning of the information you receive. Stay positive (I'm struggling with that right now). Be active in your life, treat others with respect and love every single day, stand up for each other; those small moments multiplied millions of times over could move mountains. Intentionally live with a heart that is big enough for all people, and share that with your family and friends who need to be pushed to do the same. My heart breaks for Charlottesville and for our country that has always been so broken. It is high f*ing time to embrace the f* out of equality and realize we are better and stronger when we are all given equal opportunity to thrive. Imagine that. (Image by @cleowade)
Sleepless with sickness over this. I'm too tired to formulate words but this is a pretty accurate depiction of my thoughts right now. We need to be better. Hate cannot be allowed such a platform.