#Selfie 17: new moon

It’s been a week since the morning after #Selfie’s opening at Gallery de Boer.  That was such a profoundly good time, rich with love and excellence, risk and joy.  We all of us had about an inch of air beneath our feet as we walked through the space and played together on the roof afterwards.  That felt so good I’ve barely touched the ground since.  Thank you thank you to the 150 and more people who agreed to meet in that space & do marvelous things.  To Ron de Boer, Sarah, Jean and everyone at the gallery who jumped on the #Selfie train and rode it, screaming around corners to the station.  Deep deep gratitude especially to my incredibles who held centre:  david sereda, Coco Love Alcorn, Larry Jensen and Kristan Anderson.  That was fine fine work.

playing in photoshop- me layered & floating between two shots of the same painting.
playing in photoshop- me layered & floating between two shots of the same painting.  I’m frowning because I’m not awake yet- this is about 6am…

#Selfie work continues.  I am compiling the oceans of material I’ve collected from social media, written response pieces, research and documentation of my own process into a book, which is coming along nicely.  We hope to have this published and available by the third week of July – write to me here if you’d like a copy or two.  I’ll keep everyone informed about how that project is progressing.  I’d also like to put a couple of new pieces in before the show comes down on August 1 – they are whispering in the back of my mind, and would like to be manifest.  We’ll see how that goes.

An 'out take' from the last #Selfie shoot before the show.
An ‘out take’ from the last #Selfie shoot before the show.

Much has occurred between last friday and today – a noon-hour concert with david sereda in a church with wonderful resonance, a gathering of friends to move me from country to town, a reclaiming of things I’ve not seen for ten months, a sort and file.  I’ve been especially challenged by the process of coming back to normal sleep patterns – by 19th June I’d become accustomed to a 3-hour sleep then work then sleep then work out routine, like some subterranean sleep cycle experiment.  Mostly back now, but that was interesting.  It got the work done, though, and perhaps more importantly it put me in a place where I was open to imagery and resonance beyond what was immediately obvious.  Love that edge.

Me loving the edge.
Me loving the edge.

Cello is calling me to practise this morning – I have two solo gigs this weekend, and need to build that stamina back.  Wonderful.
Life is incredibly, marvelously rich.

more coming, too.

#Selfie Post 7: Easter

Easter.

Into a cave for three days, where you find the old stuff – the callouses, the excess, the muck and the clog.  You cut it all off or out, and let it go.

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Amazing how long three days can be, when you do this.  Amazing, how it feels to surrender to what you already know…

Test-driving the electric cello on Good Friday.  Mere hours after SweetWater's Seven Last Words of Christ.  I Swear the three of us - 2 incredible accoustic players and cello - levitated the bar together...
Test-driving the electric cello on Good Friday. Mere hours after SweetWater’s Seven Last Words of Christ. I Swear the three of us – 2 incredible acoustic guitar players and cello – levitated the bar together…

That’s only the beginning.

Then you look for the egg.  Or the eggs.  All of them fertile, every one of them at different stages of growth.

Because it’s Easter you can see what every egg has inside of it, and you know you need to choose.  This is easier because you’ve already cut away old stuff, old thinking…

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And somehow you’ve got help.  Ages and ages of help – Jesus, Black Elk, Dendrea, A Mowri Shaman, Eostre, Gaia, Orpheus, your 4th Grade teacher, your old friend, people you’ve only just met, or someone you just spoke to in the grocery line…

It's always good to have a six-toed cat around to keep you grounded & silly.  Thanks, Knuckles.
It’s always good to have a six-toed cat around to keep you grounded & silly. Thanks, Knuckles.

Here we are, all of us.  In the very centre of the human experience.

Lets go up.

 

Oh yes.  And Selfie, the art show, will open on Friday June 20th at Gallery deBoer, 7pm.

I promise:  we will all sing together, and levitate the gallery.

more to come; happy Easter everyone.