Progress! This is a custom diptych commission I have been working on and I am SO JAZZED!!! Each panel is 36x48” and they will hang together to fill a long wall. The twist? In the future, this wall will change and the paintings will be hung separately on either side of a doorway so they also need to work as standalone paintings. Mission Accomplished!! 💪🏻💃🏻🌈🙌
🔙 “Younger Daze” 🔜
Build. Destroy. Rebuild.
💁🏼♀️I’ve mastered the art of bouncing back. Now to master the art of not having to!
I always find myself wishing I could go back to my “Younger Daze”. Life’s upsets were not having the donut I wanted or not being able to choose a pizza topping. As I got older I wanted nothing more than to give up adulting & just go back to being a kid. Some of us grew up faster, with more responsibilities than a kid should have. Maybe it’s the time we feel we missed that we try to go back to, but never find. The more I grew up & mastered life experiences one after another, I realized I wanted to go back to my “Younger Daze” because I couldn’t forgive myself for who I had become. I was no longer carefree, sweet or innocent & I couldn’t admit any of it, let alone forgive myself.
When we are younger we will give anything a shot, say what we mean and we forgive ourselves until it becomes a condition not to. Forgiveness is the only thing that resets us. We need to forgive ourselves before anything. Forgive for not knowing better at the time. Forgive ourselves for giving away our power. Forgive for past behaviors. For the survival patterns and traits we picked while experiencing trauma. We need to forgive ourselves for being who we needed to be in those moment. Life is like riding a bike when we were younger. To keep your balance you need to keep moving.
When I was a kid I thought I’d just figure stuff out. You know, become something and that would be it... that would be my life. Thankfully that wasn’t the way. Not for me anyways. I think that I, we, just have to keep becoming. We change, we grow. We are molded by love and trips around the sun. It takes a long time to build (or rebuild) a soul. We get older, maybe wiser. Even better, as we gain a little grace. But we don’t ever finish, we don’t have to...
🙌🏼 We begin, and be, and begin again. I think that’s the gift of living, the chance to start over again and again, better, stronger and with more love & respect for ourselves. It’s not the days when we were younger we want back...
It’s the “Younger Daze” of being fully authentic and true to ourselves. #liveoutoflove 🤘🏼💚
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I don’t know what’s more exciting: y’all completely clearing my shop’s shelves (Thank you thank you!) OR discovering this GIANT chicken of the woods while foraging. Let’s just say that my joy is TOO MUCH TO HANDLE. 🍄
Chicken of the woods, this particular variety being Laetiporus cincinnatus, grow at the base of oak trees and display delightfully vibrant orange and yellow overlapping brackets. These polypores come to fruition around here in late summer-early autumn and get their name because they taste like- you guessed it! -chicken!! We harvested this 8 pound beauty, cleaned her up, gifted a few portions to friends and cooked the rest up for three delicious meals. Y’all- these go for $25/lb, so it’s felt like a gourmet restaurant up in here all week! 🍄
Check out my stories to see our discovery, procurement, processing, cooking and overall excitement over this incredible mushroom!! Have you ever found chicken of the woods or another amazing forest find that made you this excited??
Our family LOVES hearing from the beautiful friends Amalia, or “Lia” as she is fondly known, made during her blogging years. Did you maybe attend an art retreat together or do a special art challenge with her? If so, please reach out to us!
Since Lia no longer can communicate because of her FTD diagnosis, we love keeping her beautiful personality in the forefront of our minds in any way we can.
You can reach out to us on this IG account, the Artjunk Facebook fan page, or e-mail us at email@example.com. ✨
If you feel comfortable we’d love to share your stories or shared artwork on our page to continue to spread Lia’s true personality and light with everyone.
💕 xo, Maria, Amalia’s oldest daughter.
Friggen honor to tattoo fellow artist @marevaladytattooer !!!! Thanks so much girl!!! It was such a pleasure to meet you! 🖤
Also an extreme honor to tattoo on the same leg as a @kellydotylovessoup!!! Thanks again @masstattoocon for putting on an amazing show! This weekend friggen ruled!
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FRESH PRINTS: meet the artist
Gail Barry works predominantly in clay but enjoys experimenting with other media.
Gail has lived in Medford since 1979. She expanded her interest in clay by beginning an association with Mudflat Studio in Somerville as a student, volunteer and then studio monitor. She has take a variety of classes, including raku and soda firings and fires most work to cone 10 in gas reduction or oxidation kilns. Gail displays and sells pots at the Mudflat Gallery in Porter Square, West Medford Open Studios and Hourglass Gallery in Melrose. She works out of a clay studio in her home and continues to strive to improve techniques and to develop a "voice" in clay, while enjoying the creative process in its entirety.
Please stop by Jerome Streets Studios this Friday during the opening reception of FRESH PRINTS to see this work in person and chat with Gail about her process. #cyanotype#photography#bostonart#bostonartist#westmedford#medfordma
This week I had the best experience painting in the sunshine alongside my fellow @urban.art.museum artists at a wall in my home city.
I also got to celebrate our work today at the Fiesta en la Calle block party and enjoy the community.
My joy is seeing people interact with my art and I love that our walls will be living in my city for a year for people to experience.
Check out my stories for photos of mine and some of my fellow artists’ pieces!
And if you have a wall that needs some mural love - hit me up!
“Futility Island,” protest installation, not signed by artist but sponsored by MIT Committee on Climate Change, that appeared sometime in the past few days on McDermott Court on MIT campus. The title and use of PVC pipe reference the nearby, also recently-installed “Futurity Island” (see prior post). MIT is in the midst of several controversies involving accepting funding from sources that seem to undermine its own ethics. This spilling pipe emanates from I.M. Pei’s Green building, home of MIT’s Dept. of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences, a relatively small MIT department that includes some of the world’s top publicly-funded climate researches as well as some labs and fellowships funded by the oil and gas industry. The building is named for a co-founder of GSI/Texas Instruments who made his fortune largely by selling Digital seismology tools to the oil industry. EAPS is raising funds to renovate the Green Building, and recently announced plans to accept a gift from Shell to renovate the building’s vintage lecture hall. Here are some pics of the piece as well as some lecture halls and some flyers spotted in the elevator.