Monthly Archives: September 2012

Bare Feet, Sexuality & Spirituality

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I was recently asked to write a little about how my being devotedly barefoot affects my spirituality and sexuality. So far as sexuality goes, sometimes it seems that it’s all I have, and at other times the freshness and vibrantness of the experience becomes agonizingly ellusive. But being barefoot is definitely at the core of my sense of identity… I go barefoot therefore I am! When I am at my most profoundly aroused I am keenly aware of what it means, in its purest essence and at its most intense, to be forever barefoot. The saddest thing is that at the moment I seem to be taking it for granted, so I struggle to maintain a fresh appreciation of it.

As far as how being barefoot affects my spirituality… it doesn’t. Yes, Hindus go barefoot to the Temple, but for me the spiritual logic of it is somehow disconnected from the act of going barefoot. Shoes are removed at the Temple because no dirt from the outside world is allowed in–this goes for your inner thoughts and feelings as well. In fact, since I am always barefoot, my feet have lots of dirt from the outside world, so not long into my conversion to Hinduism I developed the habit of washing my feet at home before going to the Temple, then washing the bottoms of them off with a wipe before entering the Temple. So, for me, being barefoot is not really part of the religious experience in that way, but I do really enjoy to the fullest being in a religion in which I can simply be comfortably barefoot… like everyone else. LIKE EVERYONE ELSE. Of course, I have to say it’s a real delight to see all those spectacular Indian women with their toe rings and ankle bangles. So, while being barefoot is not a religious experience for me, it is very much a Zen thing in that it keeps me rooted in the NOW! It is practically impossible to be barefoot and not be wholly in the moment. When you are barefoot there is no past and there is no future, there is only the moment, the eternal now.

Get On The Right Thing – Show #3

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Well, show 3 has come and gone, and though there were a couple flubs, overall it went really well. The topic this time around centered around the fabulous b-sides and bonus tracks that have become a treasure hunt among McCartney fans. The material was amazing this time around (though it always will be and has been so far), especially in that the material is somewhat obsccure.

I am getting better at the radio show “thing,” feeling less nervous and less worried about each show. It is live radio… and THAT element sucks for me… I really hate being caught with a mistake… I’m an artist, I’m used to using the hell out of my eraser. There’s NO eraser here! Ugh!!!

The next show will either be a sequel (there are so many b-sides) or it will be on the topic of his father and how he and his music have had such a profound influence over McCartney. That, or perhaps I will finally delve into the deep topic of the strains of mysticism that have always run through his work.

However it goes, tune in Thursday mornings at 11am for “Get On The Right Thing – McCartney Reconsidered with Barefoot Justine” at http://www.growradio.org,

It’s All In the Details

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I’ve really been pounding away at this class and the topic of “Details.” That aspect of my work has often been commented on, which would mean nothing to me as people always go gaga over detailed work, but they also comment on the clarity at the center of the details. The clarity is really the more important part of that… detail without clarity becomes nothing more than clutter and line pollution.

In the past I have had to research other people’s views and lessons on art and art making, always bothered that I seemed incapable of articulating things without the guidance of teachers and artists far greater than I, but for some reason with this I have had LOTS to say. I know what I’m doing and thinking when it comes to the subject of details and detailed art… and of course “CLARITY!” My observations and thoughts are clear enough on this topic that I can trust solely on them.

I may not have many students for this round, but the few who will be there will be in for a BIG treat! I am incredibly excited about this class and figure the groundwork I am laying now will serve SAW, Tom and I, for years to come, as this class will no doubt be repeated.

Somehow I have managed to distil into a 6 hour workshop years of concepts, observations, and techniques into a teachable and actionable class.

This class will be very satisfying not only to me, but especially to my students. I have no doubt they will more than get their money’s worth.

Oh, the class is this Sunday, September 9th 2012. If by chance you are finding out about it for the first time here, go to the SAW site and sign up if you’d like.

http://www.sequentialartistsworkshop.org