I am not heaps good at keeping my social media etc up to date, nor blogging. It has been a while but!
Chaos keeps our existence interesting and in check. A reminder that we are merely passengers on Spaceship Earth, hurtling through infinity on a tether attached to a continuous nuclear explosion 109 times larger than our own vessel.
It’s gonna suck farts for many for a while yet. Look to the stars and remind yourself, this existence is a miracle, but nothing amazing comes without a hardship. Without the struggle the good times would not be worthy.
It has been a dream of mine for a while to live the “van life” (and eventually the tiny home life), predominantly as a means to reduce my footprint, reduce my reliance on the grid and a big step forward in providing the greenest art I can muster. The Beniisquiggles Empire will be running solely off solar!!
I welcome my new home/art studio to be, Geneveive. Nissan Urvan from the 80’s.
Now seems to be as good as time as ever to pursue this as I join many in the loss of a “day” job. I have never renovated a van nor wired up a system in my life, my trade as a boilermaker/welder can only prepare me so much for the manifestation of wooden objects. Over the past few months I have been educating myself otherwise with the wealth of information the inter-webs provides.
This project is currently consuming a lot of my time, but hopeful I shall be able to recoup this once she is liveable again!
You can follow her sporadic makeover on my IG stories - Benii (@beniisquiggles)
To actual art shit!
I recently released prints for my “Simple Living” illustration. I felt this current predicament we all find ourselves in rather suiting.
This illustration was inspired by a bumper sticker I used to see during my daily commute on a ferry across the west arm of Kootenay lake, deep within the mountains of British Columbia. At the apex of the journey you would find yourself situated with a skyline of white peaks, dancing in the reflection of the waters surface. Ra had usually disappeared beyond the mountains in the town I was residing in, Yet at this last fleeting moment his rays would bounce off the peaks, with a sexy and warm hue glowing!
I’d share these evenings with a diverse crew of mountain folk and backpackers boxing tree saplings for tree planters to find homes for in the summer months.
A beginning of another chapter, being completely new to the region and knowing of no-one, this oppy gave life to an amazing bond I shared with a few crew I met there. Our mutual love of mountains and sliding down them grew together.
I now had my riding crew, this was to be the beginning of a DEEP and wonderful winter...
“Live simply, so others may simply live”
Regardless of what context you accompany with this sentence, I think it is one from a page everyone could care to read more often.
This has been an evolving philosophy for myself and something I draw inspiration from to fuel my forever growing minimalistic and sustainable lifestyle. Enjoying this journey’s process and hopeful these seeds continue to be nourished by those future paths I will cross.
A hunter bringing in his meal to the table with his best friend and their little wood cabin. Capturing some essence of a simple lifestyle.
I started dabbling with varied styles for the smoke/cloud that I am continuing to develop. I also wanted to enhance the depth of the forest with sunbeams piercing through the trunks, something I am not completely stoked on was my execution of this, but allows room for improvement!
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Enough from me, please, as you were…