Found some accidental encouragement today. Thank you!
We draw in bright colors in the sunshine with the city below and the next day we welcome the rain. Enjoy what you can of the process, and give as much back as you've got. Maybe the feeling of drawing together is worth more than any picture you'll draw. (Photo by @rjshaughnessy )
My friends and I are going to take some chalk and go draw some love letters to important women in our lives on the helipad overlooking Griffith park from 4pm until sunset, come join us if you want to draw. If you can't make , feel free to leave a love letter below! @rjshaughnessy@joannaewing@danaboulos@heyanacoto@laurenbeyda
Good luck being yourself today.
And what will you do about it
The feeling of finding ten dollars was worth much more than ten dollars
Drawing on leftovers
Now more than ever
We are more connected than ever! Don't take it for granted. Don't let it wear you thin. There's value in this gift. Not just for you, but for the world. For everyone. Why not go out and unlock all the smallest strangest commonalities , or examine all those quiet differences between you and your neighbors. Find the key to your lock. Find the rhythm section in need of a songwriter. Find the teenage version of yourself in need of a pat on the back or the eighty year old with grand wisdom to share. You've got more to offer than you give yourself credit for. You've got wild stories and unique thoughts. You're you! The one and only you! Introvert or extrovert, this can happen on a street corner or anonymously from the comfort of your bedroom. You're already holding your phone in your hand why not use it as the perfect tool it was designed to be. Take five minutes and find that lonely stranger and let them know we are here together. Shout it into the air! Today could be the day you meet someone who changes everything for you , or maybe you'll become that someone for another. Bit by bit. Piece by piece, this is how we grow. Dont run away from it. Don't sleep though it. This is your life, our life, go live it!
Tattoooosday watercolor edition. @sososteph and @mikedtattoo got together and made this beautiful thing come to life. Couldn't have drawn it any better myself!
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Life advice from a small gold rabbit
Thanks to @driftwoodandtheappletree for tagging me in this photo of what was no doubt a glorious quest. It was lovely to write and draw all over.
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Chewing gum at the top of the world.
Sharing Sundays! @iwanstwnn and @sayaardi80 live far away from me, and we've never met, and yet here we are making art together. Go explore their world to see the original photo and ask questions about his life and become friends!
From a bench on the sidewalk I watch an elderly couple in matching outfits, hunched and slight, buying leftover discount flowers from a small stand at an open air market. They are sharing the bundle, they say. A flower for him, and one for her, back and forth until they've assembled the perfect dozen. The kid at the stand doesn't hear much of their conversation. He's busy unloading fresh bouquets from five gallon buckets in the back of a passenger van. The couple are only concerned with the slightly irregular remainders. Orphan flowers looking for one final home. As they shop, they speak in sing song voices, talking as much to themselves as to the rest of the world. "I can't believe there's flowers we don't know about yet," the husband declares as he pokes his wife with the stem of some wild yellow something or another. "Smells like spring" she says. "It's not spring yet." "It'll be spring soon enough," he tells her. "It's spring somewhere." She adds, and they laugh and begin to list countries and cities where it still probably feels like spring. By the way they describe these places you can tell they've visted them all over the years. They add the yellow orphan to their bouquet. One by one they build their hand, smelling each and every flower along the way. After ten minutes or so they bargain the young shopkeeper down on the price and I watch as they walk off together, arm in arm. At the crosswalk in the distance, they stop and listen to a college student playing mountain music on a fiddle. They slow dance to her song. It is not a slow song. She finishes. They applaud, exchange a few words I'll never know, and drop the yellow flower into her fiddle case. They thank her and disappear around the corner. Once they're gone she smells the flower, breaks off the stem and tucks it behind her ear. She plays a song I've haven't heard before. It sounds like spring.
Painted a birthday mural with some stellar adult children today. Lots of color, lots of love. Thanks to @kdalmeida for snapping the pic of the work in progress !
Imagination exploration. Drawing Motivational Creatures on photos by @rjshaughnessy
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I like my heroes mellow
It's been raining all day in Los Angeles. Much needed, earth nourishment, but heavy enough to flood the streets and send the trashcans stumbling up the block like a herd of evening drunks. We get most of our rain in a two month stretch at the top of the year. It's nice weather for writing, drawing, reading, telling secrets and drinking tea. I heard on the radio there's heavy snow coming down in tiny towns around the world. Seen pictures of forts being built, angels being made. Further south folks are going swimming for the entire afternoon, playing frisbee in the ocean tide with big old shaggy dogs named Bear and Gus. I wonder what the weather's like where you are, and how you'll go about making the most of it. Will you swim in the snow, or dance in the rain, or cuddle up in a nice warm blanket for nap on the grass in the glow of the sun? Or maybe it's one of those days where you don't even notice the weather at all, because you're just too busy trying to keep your head up. However life is treating you, hot or cold, wet or dry, know that it will one day change, whether you want it to or not, and with any luck it won't be long before you're looking back at photographs of some strange frozen winter expedition, smiling and wondering how you ever even made it through. Best wishes, allowing the weather to change without changing who you are in your heart! (throwback snowy sunset pic by @rjshaughnessy )
Light through the clouds
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