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Take something that’s broken
and try to fix it.
Don’t get overwhelmed.
Start with something small
like the thread of busted seam,
or the knobs on an old radio.
Maybe something that you’re not even sure how to fix.
Open up your tool kit
and give your house a once over.
I’m sure you’ve got something that could be working better
and if not, what’s going on down the street-
A crack in the sidewalk?
A hole in the fence?
Have you ever mended a fence before?
Give it what you can,
when you can
and use it as an excuse to learn more
about fixing things.
Once all the small things around you
get patched up
and put right,
set your sights on learning how to fix bigger problems
like an abandoned car that’s lost its will,
or a relationship that doesn’t want to give back,
or a community where no one seems to know each other anymore.
They might not be as easy to stitch up as a busted seam
but if you aren’t willing to get out there and try,
When you’ve been hurt / or worked or worse / been told your truth’s a lie and cursed / it’s hard to find a light or lining shining in the dark. And so it seems those golden beams / that lift up others hopes and dreams / weren’t meant to reach or meet the needs / you keep inside your heart. Yet here you are alive aloud / and standing tall where others bowed / with broken bits you’ve braved and battled / battered tattered raged and rattled / rallied back and raised your fist / to tell the world that you exist / that no one’s going to steal your voice / or shake your faith / or take your choice / or make you feel you don’t belong / you’ve come too far / you’re way too strong / you’re made of those who came before / forged from stories long ignored / a roaring chorus / sure and grown / you’re a source of hope / let it be known / you walked through the fire / you shattered the stone / you’re the picture of power / and you’re not alone.
What a blast it was painting in Washington DC yesterday. The experience of putting up these monuments to love is becoming fully collaborative and like a dance or song it’s as much about the process as the finished piece. It’s refreshing to see little kids use colors I would never consider and it’s rewarding to watch adults who don’t regard themselves artists get to pick up a brush and leave a mark on their city. Thanks to everyone who joined in to help bring it to life and to my friends @instagram for allowing me to be a part of their #kindcomments campaign. I’ve tagged some of the photographers and artists in this gallery, I recommend exploring and making new friends. If I missed you, tag yourself below! If you’re in DC you should stop by and check it out. Pics of the finished piece and kickoff party will post soon. Jumping on a plane now. Anyone have any walls worth painting in Pittsburgh next weekend? Send a note to email@example.com let’s make magic!
Thanks to everyone big and small who came out today and helped paint. It was a truly collaborative experience and certainly wouldn’t have been possible without everyone jumping in and getting covered in paint. I’ll post a full gallery shortly but here is one of my favorites, me and a small yet seemingly invincible child named Gaia .
Hey Washington DC friends! Tomorrow (tues) starting around noon I’ll be painting a mural at Union Market. If you’d like to come out and paint together I’d love to see you. Noon until the mural decides it’s finished. Bring a friend. Let’s color love and empathy and inclusion and diversity all over the nation’s capital! Also if you have fun places to see and visit and paint while I’m here, send a message! Pic by @ps_arts
Los Angeles friends and families. I’ll be painting a mural tomorrow inside an airplane hangar in Santa Monica as part of the annual @ps_arts “express yourself” charity fundraiser. @ps_arts is a wonderful organization that provides arts education for underserved communities and they are putting on an amazing event with me as the artist in residence. What an honor! I believe they still have some tickets left so go check out the link on their page for all the info. Stop by tomorrow starting at 11a with your kids/friends/dogs/neighbors and paint and share some joy. Love to see you!
You’re a powerful poem / you’re a song and a smile / you’re a wish and a wonder / you’re a miracle child. Some friends and I painted pastel poetry on the walls of Chicago this week. Here are some of my favorite photos of the day. Follow the tags to make friends with the artists and photographers who joined in.
Yesterday in Chicago a bunch of lovely people gathered to help me paint messages of love and hope on the walls of the city for the #kindcomments Campaign . If you’re in the area today, stop by 1611 N Damen in wicker park around 2:30/3 to see the finished piece. We will be there celebrating until around 4p, then off to DC next! Pic by @hannahhmae___
Chicago friends. I’ll be there tomorrow to paint some messages of love and understanding on the walls of your city. With this week starting as it has, I hope to be able to share some small bit of light in the darkness. If you’d like to come out and color along, talk, think, feel, laugh, cry or watch from afar I’ll be at 1611 n Damen ave in wicker park starting tomorrow after 2p. Thank you.
Had a great day in Dallas Texas celebrating the #kindcomments campaign with a lovely bunch of humans. Next mural is in Chicago on the 3rd and 4th if you want to come paint and play! Details soon! Each stop we will be celebrating a local charity as well as a local artist inspiring change. @trusted_world is helping to supply long term hurricane relief and rebuild efforts and is definitely worth supporting. Follow the tags to explore the artists, families and magic makers who helped bring this to life.