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Cheley Series

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These pieces reflect Cheley Colorado Camps’ ability to cultivate gratitude for how simplicity can have such a high quality. They are made with water-color, ink, memories, a box filled to the brim with letters and pictures developed from disposable cameras. It would be great to have a platform on which to make good prints of them and sell to Cheley campers and art lovers. I would love to make more of this style.

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Time spent at Cheley Colorado Camps is the most integrative of a person’s life. All of the different creative cravings are satiated in Estes Park, CO. Feeling all of the textures of the Rocky Mountains changes you forever, literally charging you with minerals to come back for more. Cheley has a mentality of responsible adventure, back-boned by the good habits of sustainable living, double-dipped in laughter; all qualities that I strive to incorporate in this art series.

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The piece, below, is from a sea-side cliff in CA, but it has a similar style to all of the others which are inspired by Colorado.CAcoast

I have also explored an oil based, very colorful style (seen below), but do not have the funding to get the time to finish the first piece. It would be beautiful to get some other Rocky Mountains in these vibrant, textured colors.  I’ve started a kickstarter herenotfinishedlongs

It would be great to add color to the following pieces:

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These pieces would do very nicely as print on high quality paper:

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(Mummy Range, above, drawn entirely on actual hike, will post bigger picture).art-00622

(Will find better version of Long’s peak, above).3MTedited

I would like to pull colorful ideas from my photographs of the Appalachian mountains during the self-sustained route 76 bicycle trip last summer. And I have yet to post about my study abroad trips to Antarctica and New Zealand. The main purpose of these trips have been to explore how much one person can realistically do to help sustain earth’s resources.  Moving closer to VCU in downtown Richmond, VA will help immensely with exploration of this topic.

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Breathe and Believe

As the internet becomes a bigger part of our lives, the availability to vulnerability increases. We post things we end up regretting. We may find ourselves fearing the potential for negative response. We gotta keep shake shake shakin it off. If it is difficult to shake it, take notice of your breath and see how you may improve it. http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART00521/three-breathing-exercises.html Get some fresh air! Get legs and get leaves!

Find ways to love yourself so much that even if you get ONLY negative responses, you know that you can still be okay. See only the beauty in the world around you, especially when others don’t. Recognize what you can be doing instead of feeling fearful or sad.

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(I no longer juice, for the sake of fiber, but if you think you feel better juicing, then keep doing it! Do what you believe in, but be open to what others think helps them.)

Pick up crystals that you see in nature. Remind yourself of the love you gave yourself one day by walking in the woods. If you have allergies, intolerance, or food aversion, keeping the crystals nearby during a meal may lower your fear of eating. Although the healing mechanism of the crystal itself is very pseudoscientific ( http://sciencebasedlife.wordpress.com/2011/09/05/crystal-healing-magic-cures-or-just-rocks/ ), if you believe they can potentially help, the neuroplasticity of your mind will respond accordingly. http://www.letslivenice.com/2012/01/neuroplasticity.html

“Neurons that fire together, wire together.” Until next time ❤

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