Five years ago, I went through an incredibly difficult separation, which carried with it unexpected and lasting negative repercussions. To say the least, it was a total clusterfuck, and it sank me. It knocked the desire to write and make art clean out of my body. In two different fits of sadness, rage, and confusion, I broke both of my hands. Without a doubt, it was the darkest internal time that I've lived through. - I eventually had the good fortune to encounter a woman who gave me incredible support and encouragement from her uniquely non-judgmental and accepting perspective in this darkness. She helped me see that I was not in fact a villain, reminding me that I was of value, and even offered herself as a canvas in the hope that I would resume my creative life, something that self loathing made me reluctant to do. - This post is for her. This is her back with just a couple of the many spontaneous Sharpie drawings I put on her as I worked my way back toward sanity. In the last two and a half years, I've made a new body of work, called Notes to Self - only some of which have been seen here - that were very much a part of my resulting healing process. I'll share more of them soon. But for the moment, I wanted you to see how I was helped, how both kindness and art saved me. My eternal thanks to her. - #damienjames#drawing#markers#chicagoartist#sharpie#blackandwhite#resist#meditate#meditation#chicago#skin#body#erotic#eroticart#kindnessandcompassion#abstraction#healing#openheart#forthearts#broadcastinglove#arttherapy#artistsofinstagram#bodyart#eroticart#writtenontheskin#thankyou#beauty#love#gratitude#graffiti#photography
*(Link in bio!) Today is day #9 of my 10-day Patreon pledge drive. I'm currently 52 patrons strong with ONLY 1 MORE DAY to go! My goal is to reach 100 patrons in 10 days, so every day of this pledge drive I'll be honoring each album I've released over the years... "My Hero, The Enemy" is album #9, and it's my latest studio album. This project started as a collection of songs I wrote as my excessive touring days were starting to feel numbered, and I was tempted to release them all as a solo album. I didn't have a grand vision for these songs because they felt much more like diary entries to me. But instead I invited co-producer and drummer extraordinaire, Matt Bogdanow, on board to put our collective production ideas together – and suddenly the album became larger than life! It started out as a bi-coastal recording project (by way of Vermont & LA) and we finished things up once I moved out here to LA myself. "My Hero, The Enemy" features some of LA's finest musicians and some of my dearest musician friends to boot, and we performed the entire album live one magical night in at The Chapel in San Francisco last year... Which brings me to... My forthcoming Live From The Chapel album & video "rockumentary" (due out in December!) will be my 10th album release, which is why I'm honoring each album throughout this 10-day pledge drive! 10 albums is a lot of music, and patron support has made it all possible. There's a lot more to come, but I can't do it without patron support... You can learn more about Patreon and become a patron yourself at the above link in my bio... Special thanks to everyone who worked on this album: Monique Citro, Lisa Piccirillo, Matt Bogdanow, Glen Nadeau, Glory Reinstein, Myra Flynn, Mike Tuccillo, Ben Cassorla, Jane Boxall, Leah Katz, Matt Fish, Natalie Williams & Eric Hanson!
thanks to Ally Varitek for making this week #ngforthearts week!! I’ve loved performing since I could babble, and North Gwinnett has given me a place to express myself as an actress. I’ve been so blessed to have worked with so many of the talented kids who’ve passed through North’s theatre department and I would not be the same without them having influenced and challenged me. Acting has very literally given me wings, and I am forever grateful for that. That’s why I am #forthearts. 10.20.17
I know it hasn't been long, but this week we're #tbt -ing to 5 years ago today: a homecoming performance by Huey Lewis & The News! Tomorrow's homecoming performance comes from Kool & The Gang. Who would you rather see?