Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Be the Change & Living Proof of a Better Way!

Watching this video today of Xavier Rudd performing this song really moved me, and reminded me of a recent coming together of a group of old friends in a florescent lit hospital bedroom.
This Song, Better People,  reminded me of why certain people have come to be such a central part of my life:  And how such a seemingly random group of people have all come together to be inspired by each other over a long period of time.
At first, I felt that I was the only thing that they all had in common; but then I realized that each one of us was the common denominator and primo genitor for everyone else within this small group of men and women; All from different age groups, backgrounds, professions, ideals and eccentricities.
Funny, I thought how different we all are: How our interests, pashions and talents differ so wildly between us. Pausing to reflect, I realized the one thing that binds us all together.  The common thread is that these people are all leaders in their own everyday lives, and living proof of a Better Way. Yes, some of us are ivy league educators, successful business people, doctors, artists, politicians, musicians, etc. etc.  But what remains when stripped of our talents, titles and egos is: The resolute and constant belief in a kinder, gentler and overall better way of living.
All mentors to me in this singular way; I remembered something that my mentor, Andrew, lying below me on his bedding, told me years ago when I was first discovering my ambitions, passions, talents and personal voice. "....Its just not enough to be successful, passionate, talented, and hip and progressive: You must embody the change that you want to see in the world and lead with your own life."
Change is effected by personal example, and indirectly and surreptitiously inspired upon others without their conscious knowing that they have been inspired. Be the change that you would like to see in the world. The mark of a true leader...

Featured Artist: Jonathan Zawada

Jonathan Zawada's series, Over Time was at Prism Gallery in LA in winter 2010. He used graph data modeled in 3D to create these beautiful technicolor oil on canvas landscapes. 

Friday, May 25, 2012

Do the lapis dance


Photo of Anna Pavlova

Peter Simon Photography

By Dennis Stock

Happy three-day memorial day almost summer weekend! This weekend in Boulder is the Creek Festival. I think I am the only person in Boulder who loves it as much as I do—that's because it is the weekend I moved here! My three-year anniversary. What a lovely weekend to celebrate.
There's a lot to celebrate. The sun is shining, weather is sweet; makes you want to move your dancin' feet...
Mini stay-cation starts now! Move to the groove of your heart :)

P.S. There were a lot more beautiful photographs that I wanted to share with you. Unfortunately tumblr and pinterest do not always (in fact, hardly ever) have sufficient data about the copyright behind images. We never post art without giving the artist credit. 

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Featured artist: Mara Friedman

These beautiful acrylic paintings are the work of Mara Friedman, who lives in Oregon but spent a lot of time in Hawaii's island of Kauai. She focuses on honoring the strength, grace, and beauty of the feminine.
Through her work, she shares her deep appreciation for the exquisite beauty that surrounds us all.
You can view her other pieces or buy original artwork on her small publishing website, New Moon Visions.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Much in Little

By Yvor Winters
Amid the iris and the rose,
The honeysuckle and the bay,
The wild earth for a moment goes
In dust or weed another way.

Small though its corner be, the weed
Will yet intrude its creeping beard;
The harsh blade and the hairy seed
Recall the brutal earth we feared.

And if no water touch the dust
In some far corner, and one dare
To breathe upon it, one may trust
The spectre on the summer air:

The risen dust alive with fire,
The fire made visible, a blur
Interrate, the pervasive ire
Of foxtail and of hoarhound burr.

Monday, May 21, 2012

how to flow like water

Yesterday, Sunday, I spent the day in Granby, CO at the hot springs with some friends. There were 20 pools, and I spent the day lazing around, napping on and off, soaking, and daydreaming. Being landlocked, I have to actively seek out the calming effects of being by the water, and it is so beneficial.
My grandfather, a sailor, used to say the ocean cleared the cobwebs in his head.
The water goddess carved the earth as we know it. The mountains and valleys, the rivers and land.
Like air, we need it to survive and we are made up of mostly water. But to flow like water, we need to create conditions where we empty ourselves out from time to time and fill back up. That means diving below to find out what is hiding there and letting it go. After all, the trick is to surrender to the flow!

Photography by Carrie Jordan

Photographed by Bruce Weber
Styled by Alex White
June 2008

Photography: Justin Chung. Fashion Editor/Stylist: Marcus Allen. Model: Heather Sands. Hair and Makeup: Julianne Laney.

By Toni Frissell, c. 1939.

"Lady in the Water"  by Toni Frissell. Published in Harper's Bazaar in December 1947. 

Monday Fun: pieces of passing moments

Some images from the past week—dutch tomatoes: African trade beads with a brilliant red hue, about 200 years old;  My beautiful friend Camille enjoying the sunshine on a grassy knoll; a butterfly wing found on the side of a hiking trail; My home-made chandelier; A feather drawing~feathers symbolize freedom to me.  
Inspiration in all formations! Happy monday :)

Thursday, May 17, 2012

beach love story

I'm crazy about this batch of outtakes from Free People's May catalogue shoot. I love the hand-made look of all their apparel, the flowy, sheer textiles, and the millions of bracelets. 

Lost in the forest

Loving these beautiful images by Ulrika Kestere. They take us to another place!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Dreaming of Brasil!

"The indigenous Surui (or Paiter) Indians have lost much of their forest territory to clearing. But recent research has shown that reserves established for Indian peoples are providing significant Amazon forest protection. Indigenous groups make up less than 1 percent (700,000) of Brazil’s population, most in the Amazon region."

"An aerial view of the Amazon Basin reveals the cursive meandering of the Itaquai River. The headwaters of the Itaquai and the adjacent Jutai River are situated in one of the most remote and uncharted places left on the planet, home to some of Brazil’s remaining pockets of isolated indigenous tribes."

"Verdant Pantanal Lagoons dot patches of elevated forest during the wet season in the Pantanal, one of Earth’s largest wetlands. Mammals such as jaguars and monkeys retreat to the forests until waters recede, feasting on fish and other aquatic life trapped in shrinking pools." (National Geographic)

"Rainwater-created pools provide oases between sand dunes in northeast Brazil. The region—subject to devastating droughts—is the second most populous in the country, extending from Maranhão in the north down to Bahia."

This post is about BRASIL! Where the lungs of the earth, the amazon rainforest, is partially located. 
My dear friend Ada (I call her Otter) lives in Sao Paolo, Brasil's largest city with 10.9 million people. I am in the process of finangling a way to go there this year to visit her, hear the sing-song portuguese that I love, and see everything that beautiful, diverse, GREEN, place has to offer! I think I will need more than the 10 days I have allotted myself. 
All photos and excerpts are from National Geographic Travel, always guaranteed to give you the travel bug.