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44 Days 21 Paintings 5000 Miles and Living in a Van

So I haven’t blogged in a while, but trust me that’s a good thing… I’ve been painting my ass off! The places I’ve been and people I have met have been truly incredible! I’ve seen people I haven’t seen in years, met people I’ve never met, and shits blowing my mind. Everyday is completely different. I’ve officially driving a tons of major cities, rural dirt roads, windy roads, beachy roads, I guess you could say I’m becoming a badass van driver 🙂  I’ve always enjoyed traveling but there’s always something nice about going home and just being lazy sometimes. I’ve had to put that desire out of my head. I no longer know days of the week, or even what date it is. I’m very disorganized, my van is a wreck, my hair is becoming dred-locked. Shaving my legs has become a luxury. Home cooked meals have never tasted better. And yes, I’m pretty tired.

But what keeps me going? My models! They’re so brave! Some have modeled in 45 degree weather, some have de-robed withing 30 mins of meeting me. Some have had to walk through National monuments in their undies painted up. I have a love for humanity more than I ever have! I’ve had my van hit on the highway, the cops called on me, shitty weather,  an allergic reaction to bananas while driving and I’m still happier than I’ve ever been! Some people have been weirded out that I have used craigslist as one of my methods of finding a model… but I’ve been very pleasantly surprised. I posted an add in South Carolina because it’s one of the states I did not have connections in. I had two gals who are friends and co-workers reply and ask to pose together. “Of course” I said! We met at the Angel Oak outside of Charleston, which for some reason that day, was PACKED! So we left and went to another potential spot, this seemed fine. My models pastie and pantie up and were about to get started when we here in a distance, ” What the hell, honey there’s a bunch of naked girls outside! Call the cops!” . Or something along those lines. After dealing with the bible belt police already in Savannah, GA we decided not to risk it. My model Lea, said “If you’re willing to go for a drive, I know the perfect spot” and I responded ” That’s what I do these days, take me there!” We arrive an hour later at the Old Stafford Church Ruins. This church was built in 1750! That’s 100 years before Oregon was even a state!  It was burned down in the American Revolution and what was left behind was STUNNING! It was drizzling outside so I had to build a canopy to paint my girls underneath in the parking lot. I told myself that I wouldn’t paint bricks on this trip because its been done A LOT in body painting. But for this one I just had to! And since they were bricks we could do a whole photo shoot trying out different spots all over the ruins.

All in all, I love the way this one came out, I love my Craigslist models, I love South Carolina, and I LOVE LOVE LOVE this project!

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Almost Getting Arrested for the Sake of ART!

I met up with Benji Schwimmer on Tuesday morning at my hotel in L.A. We took a few minutes to get to know each other, but it was obvious that we were best friends maybe even family in a past life. Our plan was to paint the iconic Randy’s Donuts in L.A. which Benji was super down to do. Before we left he said “Natalie, in the future when you come back I’d like to commission you to paint me in front of the Mormon Temple”. You see Benji was raised Mormon. He was a loyal and active member of the church for 27 years! But there was one thing in the way of him being fully accepted in the church… Benji is gay. And the Mormon church sees that as just another “problem” or “sin” that needs to be fixed. Benji for that reason is no longer a member of the Mormon Church. And in my opinion any church who doesn’t accept you for your race, gender, or sexuality is no church for me. So I said, ” Benji! Screw the donut shop we’re going to church!” And that’s just what we did! We arrive to a beautiful temple covered in signs that say “everyone is welcome here” which did not end up being the case. We took a tour with Elder so and so, where he proceeded to tell us “We believe everyone is created equal” and  “we’re all the same in the eyes of the lord”. I wonder if he thought I was possessed by how hard I was rolling my eyes? Anyways, next we gathered our supplies and headed out in front of the church to paint. And not even 10 minutes later we’re kicking kicked off the lawn, and notified that the cops have been called as per request of the President of the Temple!! Hahah, little did they know that they added the key creative element to this piece, how did I not think of this!!?? The fence! Not that we were kicked out we had to finish with the fence in the photo. I love symbolism. I hope you enjoy this piece as much as I do, the story makes it even better! The paint job isn’t perfect, nothing is, but that day was priceless, I now see that this project is definitely going to evolve. As long as I continue to be open and making it about the model. That’s the best thing about body art!! 2 creative minds are better than one, Love you Benji!!

 

 

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I’m Leaving!!!!

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100 Bodies Across America !

Looking for tips for my 2015 project!! 100 bodies all across America!! If you want to model, sponsor, or just general ideas, let me know!! xoxo Comment below or send me and email at natalie100bodies@gmail.com