Firespinning at Martian Culture
Firespinning at Martian Culture
1st Trip to MeowWolf
1st Trip to MeowWolf
My 1st Psytrance Live Painting Event!
My 1st Psytrance Live Painting Event!
Muladhara Dance Practice
Muladhara Dance Practice
MULADHARA: Zelicks
MULADHARA: Zelicks
MARTIAN CULTURE
MARTIAN CULTURE
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Envision Fest: Costa Rica
Envision Fest: Costa Rica
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Wildling Artist in a Winter Wonderland, Part II
Wildling Artist in a Winter Wonderland, Part II
Eco Altar Crew! Scratchouse, ATX, 2017
Eco Altar Crew! Scratchouse, ATX, 2017
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Jody & Topher, Martian Culture Year 1
Jody & Topher, Martian Culture Year 1
MULADHARA: Live Performance
MULADHARA: Live Performance
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Wildling Artist in a Winter Wonderland, Part I
Wildling Artist in a Winter Wonderland, Part I
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Eco Altar: FIRE
Eco Altar: FIRE
Bower Bird Gallery: Animalujah Reincarnation
Bower Bird Gallery: Animalujah Reincarnation
Solo Show Fliers
Solo Show Fliers
Bird Dance Performance
Bird Dance Performance
Bower Bird Gallery: Animalujah Reincarnation
Bower Bird Gallery: Animalujah Reincarnation
Bower Bird Gallery: Animalujah Reincarnation
Bower Bird Gallery: Animalujah Reincarnation
Bower Bird Gallery: Animalujah Reincarnation
Bower Bird Gallery: Animalujah Reincarnation
Bower Bird Gallery: Curators
Bower Bird Gallery: Curators
Bower Bird Gallery: Final Show
Bower Bird Gallery: Final Show
Create Culture: Empire Control Room, ATX
Create Culture: Empire Control Room, ATX
LBJ Museum Art Show
LBJ Museum Art Show
Art Outside Dino-Totem Installation
Art Outside Dino-Totem Installation
London: Chelsea School of Art
London: Chelsea School of Art
Martian Culture Manager: Year 1
Martian Culture Manager: Year 1
Martian Culture: Year 1
Martian Culture: Year 1
Martian Culture Art Experience
Martian Culture Art Experience
Rainbow Paint Night: STONEWALL, SMTX
Rainbow Paint Night: STONEWALL, SMTX
EAST ATX
EAST ATX
TEXAS WILD RICE FESTIVAL
TEXAS WILD RICE FESTIVAL
DuBois Gallery Show 2016
DuBois Gallery Show 2016
SPACE LAB: RITUAL
SPACE LAB: RITUAL
SPACE LAB: RITUAL
SPACE LAB: RITUAL
SPACE LAB SMTX
SPACE LAB SMTX
SPACE LAB SMTX
SPACE LAB SMTX
UTOPIA FEST: SOLD PAINTING
UTOPIA FEST: SOLD PAINTING
SHOP SMALL NOVEMBER SMTX
SHOP SMALL NOVEMBER SMTX
The Good Stuff Community Store
The Good Stuff Community Store
The Good Stuff Community Store
The Good Stuff Community Store
Namarupa Yoga Studio, SMTX
Namarupa Yoga Studio, SMTX
Art Outside: Live Painting with friends
Art Outside: Live Painting with friends
ART OUTSIDE CAMPOUT 2017
ART OUTSIDE CAMPOUT 2017
Nice, France
Nice, France
Kerrville Folk Fest: VIBE TRIBE CREW
Kerrville Folk Fest: VIBE TRIBE CREW
Firefly Gathering: Flagstaff, AZ
Firefly Gathering: Flagstaff, AZ
SPARK AWARD for Martian Culture
SPARK AWARD for Martian Culture
Envision Fest: Costa Rica
Envision Fest: Costa Rica
Envision Festival: Costa Rica
Envision Festival: Costa Rica
Envision Festival: Mural Letter V
Envision Festival: Mural Letter V
218 Halloween
218 Halloween
The House of Eternal Return, NOV 2017
The House of Eternal Return, NOV 2017
Live Painters Love Flowstorm Fest
Live Painters Love Flowstorm Fest
Working on Genny - Goddess Danu
Working on Genny - Goddess Danu
Fire Poi making workshop
Fire Poi making workshop
Fire Spinning at M.C. in Texas
Fire Spinning at M.C. in Texas
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Firespinning at Martian Culture
Firespinning at Martian CultureHere I am in a hand-made costume with my home-made poi, spinning my fire magic happily at Martian Culture in the first year.   Photo by Christopher Paul Cardoza, a photography magician.
1st Trip to MeowWolf
1st Trip to MeowWolfFor my 36th birthday, all I wanted was a weekend at MeowWolf.  My partner and I drove all day and night, to and from New Mexico, and we had a blast!  Little did I know until right before the trip a friend from our hometown had moved there and worked for this amazing artists co-op, so we even got a short glimpse behind the scenes.  If you love art, adventures, and having fun, then you should visit MeowWolf!
My 1st Psytrance Live Painting Event!
My 1st Psytrance Live Painting Event!DreamTime, Colorado 2019!
Muladhara Dance Practice
Muladhara Dance PracticeMy face and hand after our first dance and full on body painting practice for our Muladhara performance piece.  The colors signify light (white), the 1st chakra Root / Muladhara (red), and darkness of the void (black). 
MULADHARA: Zelicks
MULADHARA: ZelicksMyself and Samantha Beasley performed the first ever live real-time art performance at Zelicks Icehouse in SMTX.  We were accompanied by Dumpster Jedi and his original song, and the digital flow art of Topher Sipes.  It was a one-time performance done outside in the cold of December.  Sam and I swirled smoothed paint onto ourselves and one another's body's as we danced a meditative dance to never before heard music.  The faces of our audience showed stunned/emotional/and excitement at the end.  The applause was roaring!
MARTIAN CULTURE
MARTIAN CULTUREJody Cross live painting before her fire-spinning performance at Martian Culture Art Experience in San Marcos, TX.  Photo by Christopher Paul Cardoza
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Envision Fest: Costa Rica
Envision Fest: Costa RicaThis is me standing with Anderson Debernardi, one of my favorite visionary artists, at Envision Festival 2015 in Costa Rica.  He was such a nice person to me during this entire festival, even when I was having very big challenges.  And he talked to me about how he makes his paintings and was just a nice guy all around.  Thanks Andy!
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Wildling Artist in a Winter Wonderland, Part II
Wildling Artist in a Winter Wonderland, Part IIThis was a photoshoot with Dave Rabbitt Photography in a park near the San Marcos, TX River.  I've always thought of myself as part creature and part human, and I think art should be created more for fun or meaningful issues rather than be taken too serious or for prideful reasons.  It takes practice to stay a lighthearted creature in this oftentimes tough world, but it is possible to heal the world of hurt with light and laughter.  <3 Jody Creats
Eco Altar Crew! Scratchouse, ATX, 2017
Eco Altar Crew! Scratchouse, ATX, 2017Here's the eco-altar crew, party of four, posing after building this temporary altar for the Scintilla/Whitebear/Drrtywulv show at Scratchouse in downtown Austin, TX, 2017.  Left to Right - Megan Polansky (water), Jody Cross (me, fire), Scott Cove (air), and Felipe Gomez (earth).  What a memorable night it was, and the music was FANTASTIC!
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Jody & Topher, Martian Culture Year 1
Jody & Topher, Martian Culture Year 1Myself with Topher Sipes at one of the first ever Martian Culture Art Experience. An award-winning event I created and co-started at Zelicks in San Marcos, TX that is still going today for artists and performers to show off their skills for free.
MULADHARA: Live Performance
MULADHARA: Live PerformanceThis piece was a one time performance.  It was the first live art and dance performance at Zelick's Icehouse in San Marcos, TX.  Samantha Beasley and myself danced as we painted ourselves and one another in a mediation performance dedicated to the first chakra: The Root Chakra or Muladhara.  Visual projections and this image by the talented Topher Sipes.  Music by out musician friend Phillip Balke, aka Dumpster Jedi.  
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Wildling Artist in a Winter Wonderland, Part I
Wildling Artist in a Winter Wonderland, Part IThis was a photoshoot with Dave Rabbitt Photography in a park near the San Marcos, TX River.  I've always thought of myself as part creature and part human, and I think art should be created more for fun or meaningful issues rather than be taken too serious or for prideful reasons.  It takes practice to stay a lighthearted creature in this oftentimes tough world, but it is possible to heal the world of hurt with light and laughter.  <3 Jody Creats
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Eco Altar: FIRE
Eco Altar: FIREHere's the eco-altar FIRE section by your's truly.  As lead crew member, it really was the team together with only 1 hour to configure a cohesive altar that made it happen, and it turned out great!  We got a lot of compliments from folks at this show.  Scintilla/Whitebear/Drrtywulv at Scratchouse in downtown Austin, TX, 2017.  What a memorable night it was, and the music was FANTASTIC!
Bower Bird Gallery: Animalujah Reincarnation
Bower Bird Gallery: Animalujah ReincarnationANIMALUJAH REINCARNATION.  Solo show by Jody Cross in Bower Bird Gallery, San Marcos, TX, February 2014.
Solo Show Fliers
Solo Show FliersHere's the nice little fliers I made to promote my solo show, Animalujah Reincarnation, at Bower Bird Gallery in Feb. 2014.  One of my favorite shows I put together for my art.  That space was special upstairs at Bower Bird Antiques. 
Bird Dance Performance
Bird Dance Performance This is a photo of myself and Samantha Beasley after performing a live dance to Crystal Castle's (sounds by Dumpster Jedi) upstairs in Bower Bird Gallery, San Marcos, TX. 2014. The created the dance loosely on the ways male and female birds of jungle move to get their potential mate's attention.  This performance is also based on the cycles of life and death in the animal world.  Kill or be killed, mate or die, survive!  Costumes by Jody Cross and Samantha Beasley
Bower Bird Gallery: Animalujah Reincarnation
Bower Bird Gallery: Animalujah ReincarnationMe having a laugh at my art solo reception night before doing a live performance with Samantha Beasley.  2014Photo by Scott Mitchell
Bower Bird Gallery: Animalujah Reincarnation
Bower Bird Gallery: Animalujah ReincarnationSolo show at BBG inside of Bower Bird Antiques.  The rug in the middle of the room welcomes anyone to sit on it an meditate in the calm quite room.  2014
Bower Bird Gallery: Animalujah Reincarnation
Bower Bird Gallery: Animalujah ReincarnationANIMALUJAH REINCARNATION.  Solo show by Jody Cross in Bower Bird Gallery, San Marcos, TX, February 2014.
Bower Bird Gallery: Curators
Bower Bird Gallery: CuratorsThis is photo of one of our first gallery shows at Bower Bird in San Marcos, TX.  (Left to Right) Katinka Pinka, Cassie O'Malley, and myself, Jody Cross.  Katinka and I were the sole creators and curators of the gallery for a year, we had some of the first gallery shows in our little area of town from 2013-2014.  Twas a blast!
Bower Bird Gallery: Final Show
Bower Bird Gallery: Final ShowHere I am with artist Emily and her partner inside of her amazing paper art display of houses suspended from ceiling to floor.   I had a good year running and promoting this gallery upstairs at Bower Bird Antiques with Katinka Pinka.  It taught me so much about the gallery process, contract writing, organizing, socializing, promotion, and so on and so forth.  
Create Culture: Empire Control Room, ATX
Create Culture: Empire Control Room, ATXLive painting outside back when Austin still allowed live music at night downtown.  Create Culture is an amazing art and music event held in Austin, TX by friends of mine, the main characters are Chance Roberts, Chad Fractala, and Micheal Sanjiwan.
LBJ Museum Art Show
LBJ Museum Art ShowOne of my very first live-painting gigs in San Marcos, TX at a gallery pop-up show in the LBJ Museum in downtown.  Hosted and organized by a friend Jennifer Quick.  
Art Outside Dino-Totem Installation
Art Outside Dino-Totem InstallationOne of my first solo installations built just for Art Outside in 2014.  Only took me about 2 weeks of working only evenings in my back yard to build this thing.  It lasted through several festivals and Art Outsides until the flood waters got to it.  The dinosaurs are still around, retired to my back yard for resting.   In this photo you can see a good friend and I are enjoying the totem and posing as our favorite dinosaurs.  Can you tell which ones we are?  
London: Chelsea School of Art
London: Chelsea School of Art One summer, many years ago during college, I traveled to The Chelsea School of Art in London to take a summer art program.  This is a quick mini sculpture I made in one of the school's hallway windows overlooking part of the city.  
Martian Culture Manager: Year 1
Martian Culture Manager: Year 1Here's the first flier design by myself with wording and background done by Daniel Curry.  Origianally Martian Culture was started by Jody Cross, helped by Daniel, and assisted by Third Coast Visions Members, and held at Zelicks Icehouse in SM, TX.  The event grew from a handful of artists live painting outdoors in the beer garden accompanied by a single DJ eventually growing into wall to wall live painters/vendors/2-3 DJS or live bands/and a pop up gallery, once a month on a Sunday night.  
Martian Culture: Year 1
Martian Culture: Year 1 Here's another flier design by myself with wording and background done by Daniel Curry.  Origianally Martian Culture was started by Jody Cross, helped by Daniel, and assisted by Third Coast Visions Members, and held at Zelicks Icehouse in SM, TX.  The event grew from a handful of artists live painting outdoors in the beer garden accompanied by a single DJ eventually growing into wall to wall live painters/vendors/2-3 DJS or live bands/and a pop up gallery, once a month on a Sunday night.  
Martian Culture Art Experience
Martian Culture Art Experience I also perform with fire!  This is me spinning fire poi at Martian Culture in SMTX the first year. 
Rainbow Paint Night: STONEWALL, SMTX
Rainbow Paint Night: STONEWALL, SMTXAfter I left my job running Martian Culture, I hosted and managed a pop-up live art and gallery show at Stonewall in San Marcos, TX. It was a wonderful evening and fun new experience in downtown SMTX.  November, 2015. 
EAST ATX
EAST ATXThe first year I participated in E.A.S.T. or East Austin Studio Tour in ATX.  This was a gallery dome set up at a friend's place.  Another good time was had by all.
TEXAS WILD RICE FESTIVAL
TEXAS WILD RICE FESTIVALMe working on a painting at the annual Texas Wild Rice Festival in San Marcos, TX.  This festival is now called Mermaid Splash.  
DuBois Gallery Show 2016
DuBois Gallery Show 2016The DuBois Gallery is a rotating pop-up gallery headed by Darin Wood in San Marcos, TX.  This is a fun photo of a few of us looking COOL.  Wish I'd got more of the art show inside, but the lighting was tricky for a point-n-shoot camera.
SPACE LAB: RITUAL
SPACE LAB: RITUALOnce a month Space Lab had a show we called RITUAL.  One of the most fun art and music events in San Marcos, TX during it's time.  (Ritual now held and KIVA).  This is one of the first fliers for the event.  Listed on it are the DJs and other goings-on for the show.
SPACE LAB: RITUAL
SPACE LAB: RITUALOnce a month Space Lab had a show we called RITUAL.  One of the most fun art and music events in San Marcos, TX during it's time.  (Ritual now held and KIVA).  This is a photo of me painting right before we got shut down by the city for disobeying fire code ethics. We had a great run while we lasted, and did alot of partying, but also a lot of teaching, creating, and community events.  I LOVE SPACE LAB
SPACE LAB SMTX
SPACE LAB SMTXMe wearing a dinosaur mask I made for Halloween the year before, laying underneath my Dinosaur Totem II sculpture I made for Art Outside years ago.  
SPACE LAB SMTX
SPACE LAB SMTX The original Space Lab of San Marcos, TX!  Here's a photo of myself and my family at a solo show I did in February 2015.  The crazy painting of a tiger face behind us was a commission for a friend. 
UTOPIA FEST: SOLD PAINTING
UTOPIA FEST: SOLD PAINTINGThis is the painting I sold from Utopia Fest 2016.  I was live painting there and this gentleman and fellow artist, Eric Holland of Swan Percussion, asked if I'd sell him this painting.  I said YES, and this is the day he picked it up!
SHOP SMALL NOVEMBER SMTX
SHOP SMALL NOVEMBER SMTXHere's a photo of a couple of friends who came to my in-home gallery, THE BLUE GALLERY, in November 2016.  I sold so many art gifts that day.  Turning your home into a gallery once in a while is so much fun!(Left to Right) Garie Borden, Ronnie Borden, myself
The Good Stuff Community Store
The Good Stuff Community StoreThe Good Stuff Community Store and Art Market opened May 2017, and I joined right away.  Located at 173 S LBJ in San Marcos, TX.  This is a photo of myself with my mom and our friend Mary on the night of the grand opening.I currently am showing my gallery art there this year (2017) and have both originals as well as prints for sale.
The Good Stuff Community Store
The Good Stuff Community StoreThe Good Stuff Community Store and Art Market opened May 2017, and I joined right away.  Located at 173 S LBJ in San Marcos, TX.  This is a photo of myself with my mom and our friend Mary on the night of the grand opening.I currently am showing my gallery art there this year (2017) and have both originals as well as prints for sale.This is a silly photo of myself with my friend Topher in front of one of my art displays.  
Namarupa Yoga Studio, SMTX
Namarupa Yoga Studio, SMTXThis is me with Jason Lobo, owner and instructor at Namarupa Yoga Studio in San Marcos, TX.  He commissioned me to paint Durga for the studio space and this is delivery day on September 1st, 2017!
Art Outside: Live Painting with friends
Art Outside: Live Painting with friendsHere's just one photo of me with two other talented artists at Art Outside Campout 2017.  Emari D, Jody Creates, and Dice goofing around in between live painting for the festival goers.  
ART OUTSIDE CAMPOUT 2017
ART OUTSIDE CAMPOUT 2017Here's some originals hanging in the AO Campout Fest Gallery in Sept. 2017.  What an honor to have my art shown with so many other talented live painters and artists!  This year's fest was def one of my favorites out of all the years I've been going to Apache Pass, TX.  
Nice, France
Nice, FranceThis is a photo of me doing this painting next to the Mediterranean Sea in Nice,France.  I completed inside the city at an Irish pub called BLUE WHALE.   
Kerrville Folk Fest: VIBE TRIBE CREW
Kerrville Folk Fest: VIBE TRIBE CREWThe Kerrville Folk Fest has been around for over 50 years.  This is one of the first years they allowed live painters around the staff stage!  This is the tent for VIBE TRIBE CREW run by two amazing female artists Steph Stone Perry and Aurora Joleen.  Here's the gallery they set up in camp, it withstood Texas flooding in 2015. 
Firefly Gathering: Flagstaff, AZ
Firefly Gathering: Flagstaff, AZMe with a few lady friends while I'm live painting at the intimate Firefly Gathering in Flagstaff, Arizona.  Loving friends mean everything.
SPARK AWARD for Martian Culture
SPARK AWARD for Martian CultureHere is a couple photos of The San Marcos Arts Council awarding me with the first city's SPARK AWARD.  The SPARK award was given to me for starting something new in San Marcos, TX.  The event was Martian Culture Art Experience: a monthly event for local artists and art vendors to get together with live music and live painting, fire performances, DJs and even a pop-up gallery.  Only 3 years after starting M.C. our little town has exploded with new art galleries, art co-ops, markets, and similar events!  
Envision Fest: Costa Rica
Envision Fest: Costa RicaHere's a photo of the Envision Gallery Sign in Uvita, Costa Rica in 2015.  I had the honor of painting the letter V you see here.  Each letter is painted by a different artist.  Mine has a local bird inside of it. This country has art inspiration everywhere! 
Envision Festival: Costa Rica
Envision Festival: Costa RicaA vision of the inside of the gallery from the top where I was painting the sign.  One of the coolest galleries I've ever seen at a festival.  Made almost entirely out of bamboo!
Envision Festival: Mural Letter V
Envision Festival: Mural Letter VEnvision Festival: Costa Rica.  Here's a close up of the letter V in ENVISION.  I painted this up on a bamboo scaffold above the festival gallery entrance.  It was one of my favorite things to do at this festival!
218 Halloween
218 Halloween218 Co-op Gallery invited me to join them in dressing up as some kind of super hero (I was STORM from X-Men) and hand out candy to kiddos all day, and steer folks inside to check out the gallery.  This is me with a few of the co-op art members.    
The House of Eternal Return, NOV 2017
The House of Eternal Return, NOV 2017Inside MeowWolf is an art exhibit of extraordinary brainteasing.  Not only did they fit an old 2 story house inside of the space, but something is amiss there.  The family who resided in that house has suddenly disappeared, and you can choose to solve the mystery, or just look around at the alien landscapes taking over the ordinary!  This art exhibit filled me with child-like wonderment and awe, and has left me feeling inspired to create my own creatures and other worldly art!  
Live Painters Love Flowstorm Fest
Live Painters Love Flowstorm FestWe work hard, we work late, we boogy and we paint!  Live painters at Flowstorm 2018.
Working on Genny - Goddess Danu
Working on Genny - Goddess DanuJody Creates at Flowstorm 2018
Fire Poi making workshop
Fire Poi making workshopSitting with Nick Pryde making fire poi at his awesome workshop at Flowstorm 2018.  I paint, I learn, I spin fire!
Fire Spinning at M.C. in Texas
Fire Spinning at M.C. in TexasI have been a fire-dancer since 2004. Spinning fire poi is thrilling and I love it!
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