Saturday, June 20, 2009
I 2005/2006 I participated as a volunteer in a couple mural projects in San Francisco's Mission District. I became interested in the mural art because it is one of the coolest most beautiful attributes of the neighborhood. Murals within the streets and alleys attract artists and admirers from all over the world. It truly is a magical creative place full of culture, vibrant colours and history. Once involved as a mural tour guide with Precita Eyes, the leading creative organization of the Mission, I became acquainted with Laura Campos. She and others at Precita Eyes were my first mentors who taught me to take art to the streets and alleys, to the community. They showed me how I could make a difference by organizing and collaborating with people of different backgrounds to create masterpieces using the city as the canvas. Our work, and the work of those amazing artists before us have affected the Mission and the world in such profound, positive, beautiful ways and have sent a message of devotion to a Higher Purpose and to Peace and equality for all. My experience living in the Mission and volunteering opened my eyes and heart to the vocation which calls me still, years later, which is Public Art and Urban Planning; working with groups to bring creativity, love, light, respect, tolerance, compassion, activism, and so much more to our local neighborhoods and the world on a broader scale.
There are many other beautiful murals in Horace Alley besides the photos on this page. These are only the murals I participated in.
These Photos were taken at the site of the Horace Alley Mural Project. This location was chosen because Laura Campos and other neighbors were frustrated with crime and believed their efforts to make change could restore some safety by replacing desolation with beauty that would and did attract neighbors and passers-bye to frequent the alley. The more paintings went up, the more people walked by, said hello and thank you, and the less trashy and seedy the alley was. She and other neighbors chipped in money to purchase paint and supplies and they began to change their reality. Groups such as the "I Have A Dream Foundation", an after school program for young girls painted their version of a popular view of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge and a California Red Wood. One neighbor allowed Gerome Spruill, author of "Chocolate City", also an autistic artist from the organization, "Creative Growth", to paint the characters from his stories on his warehouse. I was blessed to participate in Gerome's Project, the young ladies' projects, and Laura and I painted a colourful, spiritual piece about unity and social tolerance as well.
I am very proud of this work, learned a great deal, and enjoyed it tremendously!
Thank you Laura and Precita Eyes for what you shared with me and for shining a light to my path and life's work!!!
Posted by Laura at 11:18 AM
Thursday, June 18, 2009
I am an Artist. I do make a living with my creative pieces. I am really living today, not simply surviving, but forging ahead in each moment with an understanding that everything I have known and lived through has made me stronger, more compassionate, and ready for this new moment and the possibilities with in it. An artist must be very courageous. She must live in faith, for unlocking the doors of the mysteries of emotion and memory, the past, dreams of the future, by diving into herself with the hopes of coming out of the dark personal abyss Alive must be her reason for Being. She can never look backwards on her journey, for the past no longer exists. She may look forward but the future has not happened and it is holding on to dear life by a thread to what magic is alive in this moment which is a gift called the present. An artist is a reflection of God, of a Higher Power, energy, or Life Force. This Force creates an entire universe within a split second when thought and feeling collide with matter and an explosion of colour, of various shapes and forms recreate the world as a new reflection. I am a wealthy woman. Wealthy women are able to share themselves for they thrive in abundance. Payment for an artist is the growth, no amount of money or fame will give her the approval and recognition she desires and needs, although a means for livelihood is important. The artist must find approval within herself, must consult the committee in her mind or tell them to fuck off which ever is necessary, she must KNOW that she is The Creator, must let go of the fear of being too small and insignificant to affect the world in a positive and beautiful way. She must know that she is accomplished in her work for she has walked through her own darkness and from that emerged into the light with a self portrait in hand, a hungry belly, and authenticity. Artist's shine a light for the world and pave a road for truth seekers.
I am employed, although I look for a job in a society of failed economies and greedy money grubbers, for I am at work at my Life's Purpose. There is no failure, no mistakes, no judgement or condemnation, and like some of the most interesting and beautiful art in the world, seemingly mistakes make the piece unique, make the piece come a live in a way that is unplanned. I am learning that God is in the uncertainties.
Posted by Laura at 5:12 PM
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
This city is rough, spread out, impoverished, desolate, and even harsh and violent...
yet I find it to be one of the more eccentric and lovely places rich in cultural diversity, Nature, Art and creative expression all over the place, and full of some of the most humble amazing people. My life in LA has been a pretty short, yet hard road, but is the road of Self Realization and my growing awareness of Divine Love and Compassion. I have so much to learn and even in this fast paced city...I am in no hurry.
Posted by Laura at 1:35 PM
Sunday, June 14, 2009
When my life changes before my eyes is there a reason? If what I believed to be real, everlasting, and pure is not, than what is? Will I survive the change even if what I thought was mine is taken from me? Who will I be and what will my life look like once the storm subsides? Am I the storm? Am I wrong? Even with so much fear within me there is a balance for my faith and courage are that of a Warrior . Acceptance is the key to my peace of mind. The answers may or may not come in time for me to get my way, to get what I think I want. That must eventually be okay for me to proceed on my vision quest. I am always human and allowed to go back to feelings of shame, guilt, resentments, anger, hatred, fear, victimization...and when I am ready there is a gentle and loving WAY OUT. I am blessed and may I be willing to choose the middle path, to be open, to follow the Good Orderly Direction in my life. May I be willing to be present here in the Infinite Now one moment at a time.
Posted by Laura at 1:53 PM