Normal Dan (and Kozy) Kitchens
kozyndan This is supposed to be a wall tapestry (it's huge - almost 3 meters across) but I brought it along on my #hike with @lisamnguyen in Bear Canyon today because this artwork of ours, "The Prime Creator" (a part of the larger mural piece "An Ode to California"), cries out to be in nature. These tapestries @society6 are making are such a good deal for the quality of the final product! #AngelesNationalForest #kozyndan #Society6 1d

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kozyndan Directly after finishing that amazing commission painting, @kozykitchens dive straight back to work on this amazing series of #ceramic crystal #sculptures at @echoceramics. This woman is on FIRE! So inspiring to see her so inspired! #wip 2d

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kozyndan @kozykitchens putting the finishing touches on this beautiful new #painting for a collector. #acrylic #wip #kozyndan #whaleshark #nudibranch #wave #mantaray #animals #ocean #dream 3d

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kozyndan Still floating through the ether... #mushroom and #nudibranch by @kozykitchens for June show in Japan at @paulsmithdesign in Marunouchi, Tokyo. #trippy #shroom #seaslug #painting #acrylic #kozyndan 4d

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kozyndan More of @kozykitchens' #trippy #nudibranchs and #shrooms for her upcoming show in Tokyo. #acrylic #painting #art #kozyndan 6d

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kozyndan @kozykitchens was shut up in the other studio room yesterday and I didn't even know what she was working on, but I found out this morning it was way cooler than what I was drawing (as usual)!!! #mushroom #nudibranch #painting #wip 1w

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Normal Dan (and Kozy) Kitchens
kozyndan There are spots throughout the world at which it's so natural to connect with the Universal whole. In these places, one doesn't even need to try; just sit still and listen to the infinite sounds in the silence. #meditate @lifefotos #MoroRock #Sequoia #freedom #Sierras #mountains #staywild #EarthDay #California 2w
  •   marsvan This is a fantastic shot! 2w
  •   katiecrewe Just wow. 2w
  •   strandpower Amaaaaazing. I dream of you taking a portrait of me someday!! 2w
  •   kozyndan @strandpower we owe it to ourselves to make that happen! 2w
  •   lifefotos The moment I just needed to be with nature as it showed up for me- free free free nice and warm, no jacket, no umbrella, just warm 2w
  •   masonnk All your photos are so beautiful and inspiring, but this one takes the cake for me! WW! 2w
  •   raphbeau @artkro criss de belle rochseuse 1w
  •   cboyz303 Wow! :) 5d

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Video Dan (and Kozy) Kitchens
kozyndan I had only met @lifefotos a couple times before I volunteered to go to #Sequoia with her. There are few things like a road trip to fast track the bonds of friendship, and wandering in magical places like the #Sierras help ensure that a person is cemented, at least in some small way, into one's long term memory (Each of my trips to Sequoia in the last month has moments I will remember clearly for the rest of my days). I learned a lot from @lifefotos - we share so many of the same faults, and yet she transcends them to give off a radiantly positive vibe. By the time we sat alone atop #MoroRock, the Park had worked its magic on us, leaving us very comfortable and free to communicate and understand. #friendship #nature #California #SeekMagic Music is Build An Ark's "Sweet Thing Reprise" (an all time favorite track of mine). 2w

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kozyndan I think this is the same mom and cub #BlackBear pair @itsafeeling spotted across the meadow the first time I came to #Sequoia. Upon my third trip to the Park and to #CrescentMeadow, I finally got a good close, prolonged look at some bears. Super cute! #California #nature (interesting factoid: almost ALL black bears in the Sierras are not black at all, but some shade of cinnamon, brown, or blond, just like these ones I photographed.) Thanks so much to @lifefotos for getting me back up into the mountains for more days of exploration! 2w

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kozyndan #Sequoia just keeps calling me back. 3rd trip there in a month. Every time some new magic is given to me. Even if I happen to end up along the same trail, it is all new. The second time along The Lakes Trail I thought we would again not make it to a lake as the trail from The Watchtower to #HeatherLake was snowed over. Thankfully @lifefotos (my road trip pal this time around) wanted to to tramp off trail into the wilderness to see the view from the top of the next peak. We are similar in always being propelled by a desire to know what is around the next corner. Despite a voice in the back of my head asking me if we'd ever find our way back, we pushed on. We were about to turn back and try to find our way back to the Watchtower when I caught sight of this lovely little alpine lake, Heather Lake. It was a moment of very honest and pure joy. What a spot to have a snack, and warm ourselves in the sun! #California#nature #alpinelake Photo by @lifefotos 2w
  •   lifefotos SOO MUCH JOY 2w
  •   lifefotos thank u, Dan! 2w
  •   kozyndan @lifefotos uh no, thank YOU!! 2w
  •   celeste_ramos_ How long are you treks? What beautiful spots! 2w
  •   kozyndan @celeste_ramos_ It's only about a three hour hike from a parking lot to reach Heather Lake. Easy peasy! 2w
  •   po13701 Absolutely splendid!! 2w
  •   shldrss Is this twin lakes trail? And was this from this past weekend? I'm hoping to go out before mid May.. 2w
  •   kozyndan @shldrss no this was the Lakes Trail out of Wolverton (it passes Heather, Emerald, and Pear Lakes). 2w

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Perpetua Dan (and Kozy) Kitchens
kozyndan @lonelyteardrop may not have intended this #LA hat as a commentary on California's severe #drought, but considering the role Los Angeles had played in sucking the water from the Colorado River, the Owens Valley, etc., it's apropos.🏾 2w

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Normal Dan (and Kozy) Kitchens
kozyndan Arranging a bunch of @kozykitchens' #nudibranch #paintings for a tshirt design. Do people want to wear sea #slugs?? 3w

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kozyndan #outtake from an #underwater shoot with @djshiva for her upcoming debut LP "The Art of Allowing" being put out by @alphapuprecords. Follow, listen, let it flow. ∞ 3w

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Normal Dan (and Kozy) Kitchens
kozyndan @Copicmarker #doodle planning for painting on a body. #sketchbook #pattern nonsense. 3w

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kozyndan Weeeeee!! @kozykitchens enjoying her first trip to #Sequoia National Park. 3w
  •   dopolous Yay!!! Big trees!!! 3w
  •   po13701 A metaphor for your anniversary?? Two trees growing so close together for so long? 3w

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Normal Dan (and Kozy) Kitchens
kozyndan Even @kozykitchens cannot resist the primitive call of unspoiled nature. Returning to our primal selves, even if for just a few moments in special places, removed from the shame our culture forces down our throats and twists our mind with, goes a long way to fill that inexplicable hole in our souls (even in the freezing cold of the snowy Sierras!). Far better than the buying the newest gadget, or trying the latest hipster restaurant, just walking around in natural things as our natural self is enriching beyond measure. #Sequoia #California #dream #staywild 3w

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kozyndan I don't have words. A stupid tiny square picture on our dumb iPhones cannot possibly do justice or help explain the overwhelming majesty of the things @kozykitchens and I saw today. This is the view adjacent from the #Watchtower in #Sequoia National Park. It makes me understand why John Muir claimed the #Sierras were our cathedrals, our wonders to contribute to the world and fought so hard to have them protected. I cannot possible explain this #beauty, this grace. I am not a religious person but after walking for more than 4 miles in snowy pine forests (epic in their own right) to be rewarded with this experience of just sitting quietly and seeing something so far beyond what humanity has ever, could ever, create tells me that there is God in every natural thing of the Earth. #California #perfection #nature > #humanity What a way to celebrate our wedding anniversary. The backcountry calls now! 3w

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