Welcome to Turtlenosedsnake. I hope this finds you well, and enjoying your travels through the world of wonder and infinite distraction we call the internet. How long has it been since you took a deep belly breath & checked in with your heart, butt and feet? Now might be a good time? Ah! I feel better, too.
Winter! This morning it was -18F at breakfast time, which is actually pretty cold. Now it's more like -5F, which is my cue to exclaim "Bikini weather!" and carry on doing whatever I was doing, under all that wool and down.
Who ever knows what will come next? While I was in Scotland last Fall, I made a series of lithographs of the mudras of the directional Buddhas at Edinburgh Printmakers. Originally, the images grew out of my meditation practice & interest in bringing traditional Buddhist visual forms to life. These five images have become a starting point for 108 Names of Now, a collaboration I am working on with my brilliant friend Elana Langer.
The weekend after Thanksgiving, including of course Black Friday, we deployed the first-ever incarnation of the Pop-Up Inner Beauty Bar & Spa, in White River Junction, VT, featuring a full menu of non-products, inner beauty elixirs, and collaborative treatments. It kind of flickered between Temple, Lemonade Stand, Bazaar, and Kindgdom of God on Earth. More of that, soon.
Some of my paintings & works on paper are available for sale, here.
Ready for a fun fact? Here is an article from National Geographic Traveler about my time studying thangka painting at the Thangde Gatsal School in Himachal Pradesh. And another? I'll be in Indonesia, traveling & collaborating with my amazing friend Ajahn Cittapala this coming March.
The next class I'll be teaching is Finding the Deeper Grain: Meditation and Art, at AVA (Lebanon, NH). This will be a two-day intensive on February 1 & 2 (a Saturday & a Sunday). We will explore various possibilities for finding the connections between improvised image-making and formal sitting and walking meditation.