What a fun 4th of July at The Casa Marina in Key West!! I was there and participated with face painting and henna at this event put on by The Key West Rotary and what an extravaganza it was! It was hot but beautiful in sunny Key West with delicious food, drinks, sand sculpture music, activities for the kids and the whole family in anticipation of the fireworks on the beach ! I had a steady line of sweaty but eager faces to be painted and bodies to put henna on! I especially appreciated the sand sculpture of the Liberty Bell.. a Philadelphia historic attraction and a reminder of my Philly roots and home of CrazyFaces FacePainting and Body Art!! Thank you so much Key West for a beautiful day:)
So here I am again sharing about my time spent in Cuba. Its been such a learning experience for me and deepens my gratitude for the simple luxuries in life which we can easily take for granted in the United States. I also feel that what I’ve experienced after losing everything I had in the Florida Keys during Hurricane Irma is somewhat connected and equally profound… appreciate everything.
Cuba,as I’ve mentioned before… is sort of like entering a time capsule in a sense….. life there is simple and certainly less evolved than United States mainstream living. Its most definitely a mindset and lifestyle adjustment and very grounding. I went more prepared the past times I visited as opposed to the first trip. I knew how limited particular resources are so I brought things that were important for me to have during my time there,books to read, protein snacks, specific personal hygiene items, etc. Theres no Wal-Mart, or CVS, etc if you forget something , so make sure you have it or quite possibly go without. Whats there is there, and its not much. It offers an opportunity to realize that you can get by on less. Those necessities we think we need, maybe they are not so necessary after all. I,personally,although a minimalist, do have level of comfort of living preferences,but recognize that I can let go of my attachment to them and still be happy.
When I travel to Cuba, I go to Cienfuegos , specifically Castillo de Jagua,Cuba. Its beautiful….. yet basic… very basic. It would be described by US standards as poverty, maybe it is,I prefer not to label it. I know that when I wake up there in loving arms,it really doesn’t matter. When I hear the chickens outside at 6am I feel a sense of comfort and peace. Its the simple things that I can find appreciation for and stay in that heart centered space. Its not about things, its more about energy… the music, the smiling faces, the generosity,thats what is most special to me about Cuba.
I see Cuba as a place that offers the idea of simplicity to me.Although, I should add, in that simplicity nothing about Cuba is easy,starting with getting there. To get there from Key West which is only 90 miles from Cuba…. we must fly from Miami,about a 3hr ride from Key West …go figure. After flying from Miami to Santa Clara, its about a 2.5 hour car ride to Cienfuegos. The car ride is always a fun experience with me and my love in the front with the driver and the family that is there waiting to greet us piled in the back seat.Its squishy and close but I love it. Its all about family in Cuba, which is a shift from life in the US. Something I am learning to adjust to and embrace as I’m used to a more independent lifestyle.
I’ve heard about people that have visited and found the scarcity of everyday comforts in Cuba to be problematic. If you go there expecting the everyday luxuries we take for granted in the U.S., your in for a big shock. I love learning about different cultures and truly it has helped me understand and connect the pieces from the experiences I’ve had through opportunities with my face painting and body art in the Philadelphia area and South Florida. We sometimes think of others differences as less than because perhaps we don’t understand another’s reality. I’ve visited and done face painting and body art events in areas what would be labeled depressed areas in Philadelphia but came away having some extremely beautiful connections because of it. I can say the same about Cuba, I could be turned off at the lack of my normal everyday comforts, its not for everybody, but my own heart centered personal reasons keep me going . Through this I learn to appreciate it and be more grateful for every blessing in my own life. In the U.S.,I can go to a grocery store and select that I want to eat based on what I’m in the mood for, that is not happening in Cuba. Perhaps in touristy areas but I have not visited such places yet. I do recognize that much of our food supply in US grocery stores is a “product” rather than a natural source of nourishment, so theres a commercialism piece lacking in Cuba which I find fulfilling in many ways. On another note,I can go to a store and buy clothes I love and feel good in the U.S., not happening in Cuba either. This tech world we live in in the US… mucho limited in Cuba. As in, if I want to connect I must find a WiFi friendly area and pray to connect…. probably slowly. Imagine a world free from materialism and capitalism? No billboards, strip malls, chain stores, restuarants , etc… thats real life in Cuba, I personally think its wonderful as things or outside resources like that never bring true fulfillment anyway.
In closing, for me Cuba has brought me to a deeper state of acceptance, compassion, love and patience . Its definitely helped shift my perspective on many topics and of course bring me to a deeper appreciation for this life and the blessings in it. I feel grateful and appreciative while I’m there for the simplicity of life, happiness just because and focus on everyday tasks. Life is what it is, go with the flow and be happy.
We’ll be celebrating FREEDOM in Key West this 4th of July at 24 North AND the Casa Marina in Key West Florida at 2 events! CrazyFaces will be at 24 North
for the Stars and Slides Party from 1-4pm and then later at the Casa Marina for the 33rd year, the 4th of July Picnic is a Key West tradition for generations of locals and visitors alike. Live local music, the All-American Picnic, family friendly games, along with a spectacular view of the fireworks, makes the picnic the place for you, your family and friends to spend July 4th. Doors open at 5pm for the 4th of July Picnic, and runs until the end of the Fireworks Celebration. CrazyFaces Face Painting and Body Art for parties and events of all kinds in Philadelphia, Miami and Key West www.jennifermontgomery.net 610.764.0853
I’m so excited to have recently worked with my new Iwata Revolution top feed airbrush at a body painting event near Philadelphia ! I have always worked with bottom feed airbrushes, still Iwata though. I especially loved the top feed as I used only the amount of product I needed and could add more as I went along. The make-up flowed very smoothly out of the airbrush and offered coverage as expected for each body paint color. I am so excited to work further with these Iwata Airbrush tools. I also found the cleaning process fairly simple ad straightforward as I wiped the leftover make-up from the cup and follow through with cleaner sprayed through the airbrush.
I can’t wait to use this new airbrush when I body paint at Fantasy Fest in Key West this year in 2018. I use both airbrush and traditional brush and sponge techniques when body painting. I can get best result for fine lines with a brush but like the airbrush for other techniques and effects.
To book body painting in Philadelphia, Miami and Key West for Fantasy Fest, contact body painter Jennifer Montgomery at 610.764.0853 or visit www.jennifermontgomery.org
Create Your Life with Vision Boards in Key and Philadelphia!!
Fun news…….. I am offering Vision Board Workshops and Parties!!! These are really fun for adults and teens!! Part of my life as an artist is creating my life how I prefer it to be . We all have the power to manifest the life of our dreams.
I’m hosting a vision board workshop in Key West on July 8 !! This event is by invitation only . If your interested, message me and I’ll send the invite, theres only 2 spots left for this date ! Let’s manifest ! There’s info about vision boards for manifestation at www.jennifermontgomeryart.com
I have availability to do this in July in the Philadelphia area on July 21 & 22- please contact me if your interested:) 610.764.0853
I’m so excited about an event I’ll be body painting for next week in Central PA called PA Rally on the River Pennsylvanias Premier Biker Party taking place at Splash Mountain! I’ll be body painting designs from on interested partygoers each day from upper body to full body designs! This event will feature bands each day and themes including “Fantasy Fest” similar to the annual Key West event that body painting is the focal point of. As Key West Artist and Fantasy Fest body painter, I am super excited for this !!! Please visit the links for info on the event or contact me, body painter Jennifer Montgomery for more info . Call today 610.764.0853 or visit www.jennifermontgomery.net
CrazyFaces Face Painting & Body Art took part in a body paint project in Philadelphia PA by a team of 3 magical artists that airbrush body painted a group of men blue for the for this amazing opportunity but 3 awesome body artists were.
Netflix show Arrested Development. I was not there to body paint was happy to pass along this gig and continue empowering women with art opportunities …. there’s power in makeup and glitter. I was so happy it was a success and felt the energy of the day through pictures and gratitude messages for the body paint opportunity. Here are some images the represent the love for art and Philadelphia 🙂 For body painting in Philadelphia PA , Miami and Key West FL contact Jennifer Montgomery of CrazyFaces FacePainting and Body Art at 610.764.0853 or www.jennifermontgomery.net
So its Wilmington Flower Markettime again!!! This week Thursday, Friday and Saturday May 10-12 at Rockford Park in Wilmington , DE. I’ll be painting faces and doing beautiful henna body art . Proceeds benefit children charities in Delaware. This is one of my favorite events!!I’m really hopeful that the weather cooperates this year and brings us sunshine!!!!!I’m looking forward to more art, glitter and happy faces!!!
Fantasy Fest Bookings!
Book your 2018 Fantasy Fest Body Painting and Zombie Bike Ride Make-Up Appointments NOW! Less than 6 months to go for another spectacular event in Key West!! Save your date TODAY. 610-764-0853
Here we are in April… time for Springtime face painting and henna fun and events!!!! Here are some upcoming event dates that I’ll be doing face painting and henna! Looking forward to all of them:)