Holy Shit!!!! 😭😭😭😭
It took me two hours of shooting time to make this massive butterfly painting with my body, fingers, toes and oh- brushes sometimes! Which btw, two hours prior I had no idea I was to make a butterfly .
The point of the last shoot for #TommyTinkerForever was easy.
1) pour paint all over my body
2) not make it look like brown blob of shit (swipe left for before / after outfit shot). Finished, the producer looked over it- still drying- and I still covered with paint in places you never ever want to have paint and casually asked me if they could hang it at the CBC!?
And I said to him instantly: « Absolutely NOT!! dude, I’ve LAID on it!!! This isn’t my best work.
Last night, on my way to the Creators Network Party at the CBC- I shut my own mouth. Was I ever so glad they persisted and didn’t listen to me. I was completely moved.
Like that song you put on repeat.
Like surfing the best wave of your life.
Like holding your baby for the first time.
And I was reminded of this quote by my teacher Francis Weller : « many works of art are not pretty, but they are powerful and touch us in a deep way. Coming to our experiences with an appreciation for its dark beauty opens us to seeing it in a vastly different light. It invites curiosity and even affection. »
To my son Tommy for helping me see the beauty in the not so pretty and for the power of art & story to making me see it in a completely different light.
And fuck it, I take back.
This is the best work of my life.
Love you in acts of bravery, always.