Hey everyone!

Sorry for the much overdue blog post. I have been insanely busy building a stockpile of paintings for the Electric Love festival near Chilliwack. I will be vending an art booth and would like to have a decent selection of pieces to better my chances and be a successful booth owner.  This means many hours of playing with paint and different techniques/styles.

I have a month to prepare for Electric Love and am bringing more than just paintings to the event. I have started making buttons and vinyl decals to cater to more people. The festival scene is a great place to network and build my brand. This could prove to be lucrative as well. There is room for growth here and this market might be the perfect place for me to expand and flourish as an artist.

What’s funny about this is I actually manifested a job working at festivals last summer in the States. The only problem was, I was working for someone else. I felt like I was suppressing  my own dreams and taking the easy route. The knowledge gained from working with Liquid Dreams helped me understand the requirements for being a vendor. Now I can take these new skills and improve my own presence as an artist at these amazing events. It’s really exciting to broaden my talents and embark on this adventure in becoming a successful artist.

from canvas to wall…

I am eager to turn my art into a grand scale and start practicing my style in murals. I believe once I get more comfortable with murals the possibilities are endless in the art game. The idea of travelling and doing art to sustain that lifestyle is extremely appealing. I know now what I have to do to achieve greatness in this field. Time to start practicing on some big walls!

I’m not going to start tagging public property, but I do want to get some sheets of plywood and experiment. Some of the art I’ve seen throughout my travels has been beyond amazing. It’s time for me to step up and bring my best self to produce some quality mind blowing art.

Check out the latest works of art I have completed over the last month.  Please comment below to inquire or just give some feedback to this new style I’ve been practicing.

Thanks for reading!

ONE LOVE,
JonnyD

 

 

The Oregon Eclipse Music Festival

Hello everybody! I’m coming to you from Washington State with my new copilot Desiree. I have a partner in crime from El Paso, TX and she is ready to take on #VanLife with me. We met at Lightning in a Bottle and have stayed really close ever since. We just finished attending the Oregon Eclipse Music Festival near Prineville, OR. There were 65,000 people gathered for this once in a lifetime spectacle and we both feel blessed to be there for the event.

The Beautiful Desiree

In the middle of oregon…

..An assembly of sensational souls from far and wide to celebrate the full solar eclipse by raving for eight straight days and nights. This is longer than most weekend festivals and an eight-day event is pretty tough on a person, especially if they’re new to the scene. Dez and I had arrived two days early for our Volunteering positions we acquired months earlier. We also stayed an extra two days for a total of twelve days off the grid with the van.

Here’s our camp spot for the festival. (notice the dust)

The early entry was a disaster as the computer systems failed while signing people in. This created havoc with the eager festival-goers trying to get into their camping spots. It also made for extremely long lines for both the vehicles coming in and the people standing in line waiting to get their wristbands. We were in the van for two hours waiting to park, from there we stood for another five hours to get our wristbands and enter the grounds. I was okay with this due to the reason we received free wristbands for volunteering. Others however were a little short-tempered from travelling and having to wait in line.

After the check in we were able to score an ideal parking spot for the van in the car camping section. This was helpful when trying to locate our campsite when it was dark and full of other vehicles. The grounds were very busy with all sorts of festival people dressed in their finest. I was really impressed with some of the costumes and group themed outfits.

The festival
The dust in the festival was hard to deal with.

one of the biggest festivals in the usa.

The Oregon Eclipse boasted some fantastic structures and art installations. There were designers from all over the globe putting their own special touch into the event and it showed. There were people who came weeks in advance to make this event possible and I thank each and every one of them.

While volunteering I got to help set up some of the lights with the production team. This was cool because I got to learn something new and meet some great connections. Hats off to all the production staff at the Oregon Eclipse, there was so much hard work put in to make that place come alive, much respect to all who pitched in.

The music was awesome, the stages and lights were insanely good, the vendors and food trucks were top-notch, the lake was refreshing but somewhat questionable and the air quality was not good, in fact it was horrible. Honestly with the smoke from nearby wildfires and the forest dust, I felt bad for people who didn’t have some type of dust mask or bandana to help save their lungs over that eight-day span.

Dusty festival grounds

The weather was challenging to say the least, the air was thick and it was really hot during the day and it cooled off substantially overnight. This was a true test to the patrons of the festival to see how well prepared they were. We had no issues other than having to clean the dust off the solar panels two or three times a day.

Our dusty bike

the eclipse took place..

On Monday, August 21st. It started at 9:30 am and was a total solar eclipse by approximately 10:05 am. Desiree and I decided to watch the eclipse from the middle of the lake on a floaty we bought just for that reason. It was amazing to see the sun disappear behind the moon and reveal a golden ring of fire around it. Here’s a quick video shot with my phone as I did not want to bring my good camera on the lake.

seven days and ready for some rest…

like I said, this was an eight-day festival and we’d been on site seven days by the time the eclipse took place. Tired and ready for some rest, we took a few nights off from partying to recover and rest our bones. This was wise and I am thankful I have such an understanding woman by my side.

Desiree and I in our finest festival gear!

We saved our energy for the last night and had an amazing time dancing in the forest with our friends! The vibe was bittersweet when the festival ended as many wanted to go home but at the same time, stay in character at the festival.

Like I’ve said before, festivals are a great place to come and express yourself without fear of judgement. People can wear pretty much anything, or nothing in some circumstances and feel more liberated than ever. It’s a unique environment compared to everyday normal life where people are constantly being judged for who they are. I am hooked to the sensation I get when I am immersed in the loving culture of these gatherings.

That winds up my festivals for the summer at six (so far) and I am happy to end on such an epic phenomena. From here, Dez and I are heading North to Port Angeles to board a ferry headed for Victoria. We will then tour the island before heading to Vancouver and back to the Okanogan valley. I am excited to introduce Desiree to my family and friends even though she’s super nervous to meet everyone lol.

Sorry for the delayed post, I haven’t had service or wi-fi for almost two weeks. I will keep you up to date on my travels and hope we can cross paths soon! Thanks for reading and don’t forget to sign up for the newsletter!!

OneLove

Jonny D

Golden sunset at the end of the festival.

 LIB 2017 – LIGHTNING IN A BOTTLE MUSIC FESTIVAL

It was a last-minute decision to attend the LIB 2017 music festival in Bradley, California. This was a gathering of peaceful souls who all came to let loose and free their spirits. I met so many people, it was amazing. It’s hard to compete with the connectivity you feel when going to a festival like this. It really is a step in the right direction for humanity. You don’t get people approaching you and making friends in everyday life. Society has mastered separation and it’s unfortunate. I like the feeling of togetherness and unconditional love I get from festivals like this.

Purchasing an early entry ticket for an extra $60.00 was well worth it. I scored a campsite that was way closer to the entrance gates than most others who arrived Thursday.  Also, I had my bike which made it even faster to get down to the party. It was challenging finding a level spot to park Da PeaceTrain as the majority of the camping spots were on sloping hills. I was the first one to start a second row behind the campers on the main road. It wasn’t long before I started a trend, the area I chose filled up really quickly after I set up shop. It was so random that we made a small community of 4 single guys. We all became friends and I will stay in contact with them for sure.

The LIB festival…

…boasts some of the most creative stages and theatrical venues. There were all sorts of places to get lost in and enjoy the shows. Everything from burlesque dancing to fire throwing and speed dating! I was also told by some veteran LIB goers that this year was the best year to come. There was actually water in the lake this year as California has experienced heavy rain all winter and most of the spring. This made for a nice place to cool off as it was very hot during the days. Apparently the lake was a mud hole for the last three years. I was lucky enough to meet a friend who I nicknamed Little Bear and she had a floaty for us to use! We were joined at the hip for the last 3 days and I feel very fortunate we met. It really was incredible how many people I talked to  and had an amazing connection with.

I found out about several other upcoming festivals that would fit right in to my lifestyle on the road. I will have to keep selling my art to sustain this pricey habit, but that shouldn’t be too hard. Also I will look into volunteering or working for the festivals to get a free ticket and even better camp spots. I met a few people who work for companies that build the stages and work for the vendors. Shouldn’t be too hard to line something up in the future.

For those of you who have never…

…attended a music festival like this, what are you waiting for? The time is now! There are lots of big festivals and even smaller ones all over the world that will be sure to fill your musical needs! It truly is transforming to attend one of these events, you’ll never regret it! With that said, I’ll wrap this up. Don’t ever be afraid to play like a kid and dance like nobody is watching. It’s liberating and can make an impact on the way you treat others and YOURSELF!!

Hope to see you at one of the upcoming events!!

ONELOVE

JD