Me and nature are homies for real. I love going out into the woods and mountains. Getting back to the foundations of Gods creations. Being in awe of the uninterrupted vision of the countless stars. Clean air, trees, dirt and space. No cell phone service or distractions from the socialized hustle of life that intrudes on relationship. Thank you Lord for every moment! #hoodtothewoods#godscreation#cityboy#mountainlife#camping#ojai#naturelovers
Mountain top sunset curtsy over Topa Topa ridge.
Sometimes I miss my Santa Barbara nest and her ocean view sunsets. Yet God’s perfect plan brought me to Ojai. My Irish rover soul and Hungarian gypsy heart helped navigate me here. With help from a few earth and celestial angels too.
About once a week my ass gets walloped. Emotions of overwhelm double overhead. Living in the unknown and starting completely anew is rough sometimes.
Yet every wallop is followed by a wow. A holy wow, reminding me of my sacred vow. The promise to trust my heart and keep following my amazing grace paved divine path.
This post Thomas Fire Santa Barbara exodus and seven month journey through a desert of unknowns is often clearly marked with miracles, like this little pool. A baptismal font tucked under a cathedral of orange trees. A simple oasis and altar where I stand face to face with Purusha, the unknown realm of pure divine creative potential, promising “I do” til death do we part.
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@lissiemusic's stop in Rochester was the perfect cap to a whirlwind, madcap weekend. She even played my favorite song of hers, #ojai . And had @twinkletones shredding by her side. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ #wouldrecommend
Bottom Picture - Happy Valley from Beatrice Wood’s home, 1994, Oil on canvas.
After a delightful day hanging out with Otto and Vivika Heino in Ojai, they set us up to meet Beatrice Wood at her home the following day. Unfortunately, Beato got ill and did not want to get my pregnant wife sick so I did not get to see her art. She was so kind and sweet to me and told me I could hang out and paint on her property. I made the bottom painting that day. It’s a view from her Upper Ojai Valley home of Happy Valley with Nordhoff Ridge in the background. I learned a lesson that day: never use a Chinese water color brush with oil paint. Thinner - slurp
Top Picture - Topatopa Mountains behind Crooked Creek Ranch - 2018 - Pastel on Sandpaper - I made this yesterday for our friends who we stayed with in Ojai. They now own both of these paintings. This is near their home. Ojai is mystical beauty at every turn and bend on any road.
BTW - if you’ve taken the time to read please check my son’s IG page @varesceramic - perhaps he’ll be the next Otto Heino
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It’s been 3 years today since we met for coffee. I asked to see your eyes behind your sunglasses. They were a striking shade of turquoise but I saw past them and into the most beautiful soul I have ever known. I love our journey. Our laughs, ours tears, our silly language. In you I have found a home I never knew, one I find unconditional love in and one I can show all of who I am unapologetically. I love you @nineteen.eighty
Every Frame A Painting, #Framez from a surrealistic short, The Untitled Portrait Of Red, homage to “Youth Illustrated” by Renee Magritte.
Captured on @kodak_shootfilm 7207 250D S16mm film with Arriflex 416 and a mix of Panavision vintage S16 Auto-Panatar Anamorphics and Ultra/Super speed sphericals and Primo Zooms
Special thanks to @lex0003 for all the support and @panavisionofficial for drilling holes to panavise 4 kinds of 7 lenses for me. Film processed and dailies created at @fotokem_la
When Dir @simeonhu and I first started the prep, we went through a book of Magritte’s paintings, a trip to LACMA and The Strand on Broadway for surrealistic visual inspiration researches. Painting, as a translation of memories to evoke mystery, hides another thing, we always want to see what is hidden by what we see.
Insane production design done by @sharon_vn @walking.eagle_
Thanks to prod: @ramsee_thegreat @nowahsarc @liamlischak and Ojai Film Society for making this film a reality.
Finally kudos to my incredible cam team: @andrewlersanlin @maximerakam and amazing GE team: @jacklillian6 @acebuck12 @imnotreallycoolwithcvs @starzak_starcommand
Very cool to see this small belfry take shape at St. Barbara Monastery in Ojai. I made a few of the knee braces and did the original drawings. Can’t wait to see the bells in place. #timberframe#ojai#customwoodworking
“Be sure to keep your light bright and shining. You never know just how many people you may be a lighthouse for. You never know just how many people find their way home in even the wildest storms, because you are there.” Thank you for this reminder, @cleowade. 🙏🏼🌱
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