FLOW: a steady, continuous stream ; a state of being completely immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of an activity.

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TRIPPING BILLIES is part of my series, FLOW.

The inspiration for the painting came from the song by the same name by The Dave Matthews Band. The name “Tripping Billies” came to be when a band member’s girlfriend told Dave Matthews that his band sounded like “a bunch of hillbillies tripping on acid”. The band thought this was hilarious and named this song after it.

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We were above

You standing underneath us

We were not yet lovers

Dragons were smoked

Bumblebees were stinging us

I was soon to be crazy

 

Eat, drink and be merry

For tomorrow we die

‘Cause we’re tripping Billies

 

We’re wearing nothing

Nothing but our shadows

Shadows falling down on the beach sand

Remembering once

Out on the beaches we wore

Pineapple grass bracelets

 

So why would you care

To get out of this place

You and me and all our friends

Such a happy human race

‘Cause we’re tripping Billies

 

We are all sitting

Legs crossed round a fire

My yellow flame she dances

Tequila drinking oh our

Minds will wonder

To wondrous places

 

So why would you care

To get out of this place

You and me and all our friends

Such a happy human race

Eat, drink and be merry

For tomorrow we die

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