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Mark Allen is a professional photographer, artist, designer, writer, and astrologer based in Venice, CA. For inquiries into art, photography bookings, or design needs please contact markallenconcepts@gmail.com

SVQ Day 1 - Joshua Tree

SVQ Day 1 - Joshua Tree

Yesterday I left behind my home in Venice Beach my friends and I colloquially refer to as, "Voodoo House," because of its mystical and spiritual nature, reminiscent of New Orleans and the ethereal world beyond. Moving to Venice was fairly spontaneous - a road trip I took in 2015 out to LA turned serendipitously into a move - syncronicities I couldn't begin to explain. I lived with one of my best friends from my studies at Pepperdine University , a beautiful and sweet Japanese girl named Kura Katsuragi. Unfortunately , her much older Parisian boyfriend also lived with us. I wasn't aware at the time, but he turned out to be incredibly emotionally and verbally abusive towards me, hurling constant insults and threats towards me when things didn't go his way. I loved living in Venice and exploring all the art and culture in Los Angeles, but my I reached my threshold of patience and needed to escape my toxic home environment.  

 

On the macro scale, I feel many in the United States can relate to this experience with our hegemonic orange leader. Limits have been reached and tensions are high.  Our challenges call for creative solutions, and so I decided to pack up my earthly possessions and take a road trip across America and visit the spiritual vortexes and art cities along the way. Ironically , I'm taking the return trip I had planned to take in 2015, but two years later and after drastic physical , spiritual, and emotional transformations. 

On the macro scale, I feel many in the United States can relate to this experience with our hegemonic orange leader. Limits have been reached and tensions are high.  Our challenges call for creative solutions, and so I decided to pack up my earthly possessions and take a road trip across America and visit the spiritual vortexes and art cities along the way. Ironically , I'm taking the return trip I had planned to take in 2015, but two years later and after drastic physical , spiritual, and emotional transformations. 

I'm going to miss my Venice home. For the first time , I had my own yard and took this opportunity to learn gardening. I grew kale , arrugala, tomatoes, sage, oregano , peppers , thyme, rosemary, lavender, corn, and broccoli- most from seeds. It was incredible to witness the transfiguration of life right before my eyes. The complex data stored in tiny seeds respond to the earth, water, and sunlight to shoot forth from the ground and bring green life to the surface. I wish you all could taste the majestic flavors of my Voodoo Gardens - a boldness you can buy in a supermarket.  

I'm going to miss my Venice home. For the first time , I had my own yard and took this opportunity to learn gardening. I grew kale , arrugala, tomatoes, sage, oregano , peppers , thyme, rosemary, lavender, corn, and broccoli- most from seeds. It was incredible to witness the transfiguration of life right before my eyes. The complex data stored in tiny seeds respond to the earth, water, and sunlight to shoot forth from the ground and bring green life to the surface. I wish you all could taste the majestic flavors of my Voodoo Gardens - a boldness you can buy in a supermarket.  

Fortunately, the single unit back house of the property is opening up in a few months - so I plan on returning to this mystical abode. In the meantime , I decided to seek refuge in my art and traveling - seeking to heal the emotional damages of the past and moving forward in a bright and beautiful direction.  

Fortunately, the single unit back house of the property is opening up in a few months - so I plan on returning to this mystical abode. In the meantime , I decided to seek refuge in my art and traveling - seeking to heal the emotional damages of the past and moving forward in a bright and beautiful direction.  

Using my vinyl cutter, I created stickers to cover my car. Words read "LOVE TRIUMPHS" and "FEEL THE BERN" along with Bernie Sander's visage, seed of life designs, pineapples, and a speckling of patriotic stars. To say the least, I decided to go all out.  

Using my vinyl cutter, I created stickers to cover my car. Words read "LOVE TRIUMPHS" and "FEEL THE BERN" along with Bernie Sander's visage, seed of life designs, pineapples, and a speckling of patriotic stars. To say the least, I decided to go all out.  

I already received two letters on my windshield. It's encouraging to see people's responses before my trip had even begun. 

I already received two letters on my windshield. It's encouraging to see people's responses before my trip had even begun. 

I left for Joshua Tree first , and arrived at nightfall. My friend Lana Hearst highly recommended Pappy and Harriet's Pioneertown Palace. It was more magical than I even expected.  

I left for Joshua Tree first , and arrived at nightfall. My friend Lana Hearst highly recommended Pappy and Harriet's Pioneertown Palace. It was more magical than I even expected.  

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The building was built by western filmmakers in the 1940's, and more than 50 movies had been filmed there during the western film hay day. I felt like I was in a movie and became inspired by the atmosphere.

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The small Sunday night crowd was all in character- cowgirl hats abounds - beer in mason jars - bar keepers with a country accent charm. 

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I sat by the fireplace and relaxed , feeling free and alive - ready to create and explore.  

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I'm inspired to film a movie here, Neon Western. 

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After the bar and beer, I went to Black Rock Canyon Campground. I whipped out my small tent , air mattress, and blankets. Venus and the Moon were shining bright behind the cloud covering and I could feel the mystical healing vibrations of this ancient land of Joshua Trees.  

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I awoke at 3 am to high winds wildly rattling my tent. The noise and activity became too much so I packed up my things and finished the night off in my car. The moans of the winds lulled me gently to sleep. I experienced a strange lucid dream state, unsure if I was awake or asleep. My vision quest has begun. 

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I woke at sunrise and left the camp in search of caffeine. Luckily there was a Starbucks less than a mile away. I got out my watercolor supplies and began to paint, channeling the energy of the land inspired by the beautiful structures and forms of the listless Joshua Trees.

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I got out my equipment and used my coffee lid as a water basin for my painting. A kind older woman in brightly colored knit hat and sweater was sitting next to me. She noticed my impromptu water dish and exclaimed, "Well THAT was creative !" 

"Thank you!" I responded , making fast friends.  

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Her name was Suzanne and we began talking about art and politics. Her Aquarian spirit was immediately noticeable and I could tell this was more than just a chance meeting.  She's a creative coach who is from Northern California and is a traveling nomad as well. She shared her experiences and creative insight and became an oracle/ guru of my vision quest. Her words were inspiring and I'm sure our paths will meet again.

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I'm off on my way to Phoenix and Sedona, going to check out art galleries and the natural beautiful of our universe. Stay tuned for more, and thank you for reading. Be sure to check out my art gallery and fuel the adventure by acquiring a piece of art and fueling the adventure!  

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SVQ Day 2- JT to Sedona

Mark Allen's Spiritual Vision Quest

Mark Allen's Spiritual Vision Quest

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