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This really got my wheels spinning. Been thinking about the Mana concept for the last few weeks. Yesterday, inspired by friend Chati Coronel, I took a blank piece of canvas, nailed it to the wall, and wrote a… statement about life. I wanted to say poem, but it really wasn’t poetic. As part of the journey, a mystical path, allowing oneself to be in a place of discovery, I am happy to run into something like this.

Today I am inspired by roots, dancing plants, and the power of Vegetative Intelligence.

yay big words!

Scott~ Roots. Roots. Roots!

..<<Off to meditate>>..

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Hi there.

There is another benefit this month in Malibu that I wanted to bring to your attention. Another good time for a great cause. Among the items up for raffle you will find…

The Dreaming: Dream Circles.

The Dreaming: Dream Circles

I wrote about this painting recently and it is part of the Shamanic Journey / Awakening to the Spirit World book review. You can find that blog post here.

I will most likely be at this event.

Don’t forget your checkbook. We have more than 100 items to raffle and auction off, including hots sailors and sailorettes.

If you can’t make the event you can always make a donation directly to the Van Ness Recovery House through their website. Van Ness Recovery House Donation Link.

Malibu Barbie’s USO Beach Party

Benefitting the Van Ness Recovery House

ADVANCE ONLINE TICKETS: www.MalibuBarbiesBeachParty.org
$12 Advance / $15 At The Door

Sunday August 22, 2010
11:00 am 8:00 pm

    • Beach Play 11:00 am
    • USO Tribute Drag Show and Competition 2:00 pm
    • Raffle 3:30 pm
    • Sailor/ Sailor-ette Auction 4:00 pm
    • Silent Auction 12:00 5:00 pm
    • Dinner Caravan to Neptune – 8:00 PM-10:00 PM

Please remember to bring a picnic basket. Guests are expected to bring their own lunch and refreshments.

Don’t forget your check book for the silent auction and raffle. Prizes already include a weekend in Palm Springs, a spa massage package, a family pack to California Adventures and Disney Land, and more than 75 other super hot items!
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ADVANCE ONLINE TICKETS: www.MalibuBarbiesBeachParty.org

TO DONATE SILENT AUCTION OR RAFFLE ITEMS:
Call Fundraising Committee Chair Carlos Cortez at (323) 620-8810 or “Contact Us” at www.MalibuBarbiesBeachParty.org
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Van Ness Recovery House

Donate online to the Van Ness Recovery House in Los Angeles at:http://www.vannessrecovery.org/donations.html

The Van Ness Recovery House is a licensed and certified alcohol and drug recovery home designed to provide opportunities to the gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender and heterosexual communities. All services are offered in both English and Spanish.

We provide a highly structured and safe environment, where the residents learn how to make healthy life choices while receiving direct experience with the 12 steps of recovery through an intense schedule of meetings, alcohol/drug education and discussion groups.

The House was opened in May 1973 as a Joint, co-operative effort of the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Community Services Center (GLCSC) and a group of dedicated and visionary members of Alcoholics Anonymous. In 1976, the Van Ness Recovery House separated from GLCSC and became an independent non-profit corporation dedicated to serving the needs of gay, lesbian, bi-sexual, transgender and heterosexual men and women, regardless of their ability to pay, who suffer from the debilitating effects of the disease of alcoholism and/or drug addiction.

The Van Ness Recovery House opened a 20-bed facility on Beachwood Drive in 1973 and became aware of serving its first HIV-infected resident in 1984. The program has since served 1,632 HIV-infected residents. In the past five years, 61% of transgendered clients entering the program have been HIV-infected, 80% of all residents have been HIV-infected and over 86% of the residents have been homeless, having had little or no reportable income of the previous year. Over 2500 men and women have been given a new start in life thanks to a community that cares.

Our goals are simple and straightforward:

•Increase the length of abstinence from drugs and alcohol
•Decrease STD/STI occurrence
•Increase HIV and mental health medication adherence
•Increase the length of free time
•Develop an expanding network of culturally appropriate role models
•Increase employment rates
•Provide safer sex information and empowerment to the populations family/partners
•Create a replicable model program

The Van Ness Recovery Home does not discriminate in services or employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, handicap, sexual orientation or HIV antibody status. We would like to emphasize that although we largely target the gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender community, we also have an extremely high success rate with our heterosexual clients.

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Yeah. This is a good story. For the record Leo is “arty farty” and a HUGE giver. 🙂

Scott

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Suffering from Cerebral Palsy and terminal pulmonary vein stenosis, Leo Haines was so sickly when he was born that he spent the first year of his life in the hospital. Not only did the brave little boy survive but he discovered such a talent for painting that he’s just celebrated his first art exhibition.

Due to his severe illness, which includes intermittent deafness, Leo often struggled to communicate with his family. That was before he discovered painting. With a canvas on the floor and a selection of colorful paints, he began to create abstract works with sweeping blocks of color, not so dissimilar to that of the famous artist, Jackson Pollock, reports Britain’s Daily Mail. Painting became a therapeutic hobby and also allowed him to express himself.

Encouraged by his grandmother, Marianna Thomas, herself a local painter, Leo began to paint up to five times a week over the last two years. “It began by getting him to recognize different colors and mixtures and shapes. Now it is his favorite pastime,” said grandfather, Brian who added: “I suppose you’d call them impressionism — they’re definitely inspired by his choice of colors.”

Full story via Terminally Ill Boy Becomes an Art Sensation – Tonic.

As promised (if a little late), the Dream Gatherer, which I call Dream Circles. This exercise came out of Awakening to Shamanism, chapter 6 ~ Dreams.

In Awakening to Shamanism, the Path of Direct Revelation, Carol Proudfoot-Edgar:

“…We also construct “dream gatherers,” usually using natural materials in the landscape where we are meeting. Dreams are a doorway into another world, and the dream gatherer is the door. Think of the wreaths that people make Christmas (Yule, Winter Solstice ~Scott) and hang on their doors. There is a circle within the wreath. The dream gatherer is made from things from Nature and has a circle that represents the doorway into the dream world. These are then placed somewhere close to each dreamer and used to entice the dreamer and the dream spirits to join one another in mutual collaboration.”

I personally wanted to create a safe circle of communication for the dream work. This particular piece would be for two dreamers.

Dream Circles, by Scott K Smith. 12'' x 36'', Acrylic on Canvass, Paper Machete, organic materials (stones, vines picked respectfully).

"The Guardians" Spirit detail in "Dream Circles.

Aside from the obvious circles with the connecting pathway, there are three spirit guardians between the portals. The feathers are made from the under feathers of a Redtail Hawk, in blue, white, gold, and purple representing their protective and insightful energies while one journey’s in the dream. These guardians mind the pathway to and from the world of dreams, casting illuminating light on the message for the dreamer.

Dream Circles is one of the paintings that will be appearing in the August, 2010 show, downtown Los Angeles.

I hope to see you then.

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On Monday I journaled out another leg of my Tarot Journey. While I was looking for a great card to represent the Tower I came across the artwork of Melissa Launay.

I don’t know what it is about her composition but I can’t stop staring at her work. It reminds me of being a child and the power that books, illustrated children’s books, had over me.

The paintings remind me of my early day care, this early pre-school shaped like a beehive. I wonder if it is still there.

Anyway. I thought you might like to take a look for yourself.

~Scott

(Site Excerpt)

Where the Little Creatures Live.

BIO

Melissa Launay is a London based artist and illustrator known for her delicate and intricate style.

Her original compositions are inspired by nature,evoking a mood of other times and dream worlds into which one can escape.

Influenced by the elegant lines of Japanese prints, the luxurious colours of arabesque and Indian motifs, the use of gold in Byzantine illustrations and the flat impossible perspectives of medieval and early Renaissance art, her meticulous work sensitively touches on the descriptive, avoiding the too specific expressions of commonplace reality.

via Biography | Melissa Launay.

emotional frustration
inability to vocalize or express

wanting to scream
punch
break things…

How did I arrive here from a childhood memory of flowers and the smell of grass, lemons and the past?

Ever just feel like that, like you are going to explode out of your skin and nothing you do makes this intensity any better. A burning that suddenly rises up beneath your skin, clenching your heart, your jaw, your hands into fist, your eyes into raptors.

A voice inside howls, I REQUIRE FORCE! Friction! Agitation! Eruption! Maelstrom.

Only painting helps. Only hands to paper and brush, drawing reds and blues across canvass. Sculpting. Pressing. Kneading. Releasing.

Days like this drive me to the brink of insanity and then I paint, and then release.

My mother said that one of the first things she taught me when I was a kid was to express my emotional self through art. If I grew frustrated, angry or upset and I couldn’t find the words for it I would sit at the table and paint or draw, in some fashion visually express myself.

It worked then. It works now. Taking home a 30 x 30 canvass. I feel a face coming out of a snow blind whiteness, out of paper, out of me.

Let’s see what that looks like.

Scott

Hi there. Just a short note to remind you that I am participating in the September 10th Art Walk, in Downtown LA on Thursday September 10th.

Rowan Gallery Space
*I’m right in front*

460 S. Spring Street

Los Angeles, CA 90013
WWW.ROWAN-LOFTS.COM

6-10 pm

Additionally the paintings will be up for 5 days after in the gallery, after the event.

You can link to the event on Facebook at:

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=110289124171

The bulk of the work can be seen here or at the facebook site however keep in mind that most of the images are works in progress. I want to save the wow *I hope* for the drop of the final veil.

Aurora”

There are just tons of galleries, artists, performers and specials in the Old Bank District on the Art Walk. To learn more about the Art Walk follow this link:

http://www.downtownartwalk.com/

*Art walk is always free*


Be well,

Scott K Smith

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