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Thursday, June 18, 2015

A Brief Interlude - Storytime

I interrupt my regularly scheduled blog post to bring you a bit of a flight of fancy. Story time as I need to get some of these little stories out of my head. So, here is the first of more to come I hope.

There are people who say there is no such thing as magic. Going about their busy lives blissfully thinking that what they see is what they get in life. What a pity, for they may not realize how wondrous and grand the world truly is in all it's various realities. Some say life is an illusion. Others that it is just a routine of matter.

But what if there were those among the human race for whom the natural laws didn't seem to apply. By some queer twist of evolution in some distant past event that created the slightest mutation in their DNA. Poppy cock you say? Well let us entertain that notion for just a bit. In recent years science has been busy with this notion of proving how things came into existence with the field of quantum physics and string theory. An interesting result is that many notions of the supernatural have been shown to have a real possibility of being true.

It is thought that there could be some way in which our brains can some how manipulate these tiny sub atomic particles. That we may somehow have influence over matter. But, how is this possible or is it? Perhaps a slight variation in ones DNA would allow one to easily manipulate matter without much thought or effort. That would be most curious would it not?

On a beautiful sunlit day Cory looked back at his little home in the hollow. It was nestled among the Twist Alders and was kept safe and secure by all the appropriate laws of his land. A curious bit of sadness came over him as he looked at all the decorations for the upcoming Alchemy days. However, he was determined to go out in search of the world at large. A place where no one knew him and a great deal of excitement was to be had. But the great walk about wasn't supposed to be exciting. It was supposed to prepare you for your purpose in life. Each young adolescent male and female in the sixteenth year of their life had to go out into the vast unknown. Lead only by their inner wisdom to guide them to the answer of their life's purpose, they set out alone. How will they serve their communities in life? This was one of the answers they were to discover. What would be their greatest power> That wasn't truly the reason. But, many could not wait to find out.

Cory knew he wanted to go to the school of alchemy. But, did he have the necessary abilities required? Only time and experiences would truly tell. Little did he know that the world out there away from his own kind would be vastly different and dangerous.

Two days have come and gone since Cory left his home in the hollow. Every child is told the stories of the path and the great walk about that they would embark upon. The paths were well documented in the stories. But, no one was ever shown where to go or what to do. That was the scary part about this adventure. Yet, if you listened to the inner voice it would guide each one to a special place.

In front of Cory was a strange looking set of doors. One marked with the glowing image of the sun and the other with the glowing moon. The doorway seemed to glow with it's own energy and little spheres of light seemed to float around with their own intelligence. Cory stood there for the longest time examining both doors and their surroundings. "What am I supposed to do? Which one do I pick?" he thought to himself. Almost immediately he heard a small voice say, "It depends on the path you wish to travel." This seemed to confuse Cory even more at first. Paths, choices but, then he understood the meaning of the two doors. They were powerful symbols in the alchemy world and in his own world of magic. Each one represented a different type of power and destiny.

As Cory stood for a few moments longer which seemed like an eternity, he decided to choose. He slowly reached for the door ...

Ok, my friends, that is the end of part one. You are welcome to create your own ideas of what happened. Which door did Cory choose? How will it affect his life to come? Can you change your mind once you choose? All good questions.

I hope you liked my little flight of fancy. Until next time. Find that bit of magic in your own life.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Alternate Realities

Trying to make a big effort to at least post once a week on ye ole blog. I feel that it is an important part of my process to share what I am working on, my thought process and my overall view of my world. I love how art can be used to express more abstract ideas and also be used to tell a story. Photography has become one of the best ways for me to do this. Partly because it is so immediate and I can go back and manipulate the image in so many ways in a shorter amount of time than traditional drawing and painting. Don't get me wrong, I love the traditional methods just fine. But, I have found that the photographic process really lends itself to my thought process much better. When your ideas come fast and furious, the best thing is to try and get them out as quickly as I can. Then I have to be mindful too of the quality of the finished image.

The finished image comes in stages and that is just fine by me. I can work on a number of images at one time and continually refine them until I am happy with the end result. On that note let me share some of the recent images I have been creating and perhaps the story behind them or at least give you enough to create your own stories.

This first image I called "Distortions". Mainly because I was thinking about what it would feel like to live on another planet or moon of a planet elsewhere in the cosmos. Would the atmosphere distort the way the inhabitants saw their world? You know, the density of the air, the gravity and such things can affect our perceptions. Thus, this image came about because of those ponderings.

Nest we have one of my circular images that I have been playing around with. There are so many ways you can manipulate the image. I immediately thought of Alice falling into the rabbit hole and then this image also made me think of Wonderland in the Peter Pan stories. So, I call this one "Falling Towards Neverland". It is warm but also kind of dark and mysterious. That is what a lot of my dreams seem to feel like these days.

The third image is another science fiction themed idea. I love the idea of cosmic creations and perhaps a little bit of extraterrestrial activities. "The Birth of a Sky Flower" is born. It is a cosmic event that tends to create a great deal of energy and distortions in our reality. Maybe it is also the transcendence of our planet into a higher plane of existence.

Last but, certainly not least we have one I call "In Another Place and Time", which gives me a feeling of a tranquil rural scene on some other earth like planet somewhere out there in the universe. I love creating these illustrative style photos. I have been following a few photographers who have been going this route with their photography and it makes me feel happy and like I am with kindred spirits. I hope you enjoy my little vignettes into the worlds I imagine.

Have a great rest of your week and a beautiful weekend. Thank you for stopping by.

Thursday, June 04, 2015

Home At Last

I have to say that this week has been a magical one for me in so many ways. After a good amount of rough and tumble years trying to sort things out with my life. It feels like I am finally finding myself at a good place. It feels like coming home after a very long trip and a deep breath of gratitude taken as I sit down in my space. Can you just sense the peace and calm that seems to permeate the atmosphere?

All of this is thanks to a purposeful journey to find my authentic self as a Creator being. You know, an artist type? Yes, it feels good to know who I am and who I am hoping to be. It was a long time in birthing but, it was well worth it. I have been practicing a daily gratitude process. To simply declare that I am thankful for all I have, for every moment in my life that has lead me to this present time. Here I sit or stand and I am who I am and that is awesome. Now I can share my inner vision with the world if the world wants to see it. That is the freedom I think most of us really hope for at some point in our lives. No matter where I am or what I am experiencing, I am who I am and nothing more or less. I know who that person is and no one can tell me different. So, on that note. I would love to share some more of my art with you.

This first image was taken while I was eating dinner at a local eatery. The flowers were sitting on our table. Most people look at them and don't pay much attention to them. But, I just thought they were so sweet and really gave me a feeling of connection to my environment. I love the painterly treatment.

Here is a fun photo manipulation that I have been experimenting with lately. I do a mirror image type reflection and then add a few elements in addition to some textures and post processing. I call this one the "Tree of Life". This image just felt so magical. I can just image coming up upon this tree on some long walk up a mountain trail.

The next image was taken after my last photography class of the semester. It was just beginning to rain. I thought how fun it would be to take some photos through the windows as the rain made little splashes and drops. It created a very impressionistic kind of feel. I then decided to enhance that by the post processing I chose.

This one was taken as I waited to pick up my guy after work. We were on our way to a final Friday art hop at a local studio building. There are lots of artists who open their studios one night a month to show off their latest works. I have some friends there and also a few of the customers who buy art supplies at the store were I work, also have studios there. It is an alley that connects two major streets in downtown Cincinnati. I wanted to give it an old world feeling.

Well, that's it for the art part. I hope you have enjoyed your stop here. I love comments and feedback as long as they aren't mean. So, feel free to do that if you are so inclined.Have a great week and weekend upcoming.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

A long Break from Posting

Hello out there in cyberland. It has been well over two months since I have posted anything on my old blog. I am currently gearing up to launch my photography career in a big way and have been busy taking classes, printing images and clearing out the old art to make way for my new venture.

I am so excited about this new direction in my artistic life. Redsicovering photography after a several decades break is quite refreshing. I have always loved the idea and potential of photography as an artistic medium. But, due to my vision limitations never really thought about pursuing it as a fulltime art. Well, as I began to delve deeper into the medium, I realized that I have never let my vision limitations stop me before. So, why would I think this was any different.

I am finding a lot of encouragement, support and good advice along the way. So, I would like to share a few images with you. Recently I have been exploring mobile photography using the Iphone 6s and have taken a  course to get me aquainted with many of the options available for both taking the image and processing it afterwards. It has opened up a whole new creative avenue for me. This process gives me the chance to bridge my earlier painting and drawing days with my current photography skills. This is beyond exciting to me. So, without further adeu.

I have begun several series during this great artistic revival. This is one that deals with my notion of a world after the poles have melted and a great deal of the earth is under water. My Apocalypse series usually involves water or ice invading everyday places. Here it has flooded a local grocery store.

Here I was playing around with the same theme but putting obsticles in the road.

This image was a fun experiment with an app that creates circular morphs of objects.

Here I am showing a few of my second series of images I call Urban Mandalas. They are all created from images of local landmarks, buildings or scenes. I love the geometry and fantasy of these. This one is called The Great Hall of Akashic Records.

Another in the Urban Mandala series called Cautionary Tale.

A mobile shot of a hillside that I see every morning when I catch my second bus to work.

Here is an example of my merging my painterly past with my photographic present thanks to some amazing post processing apps.

Finally, another Urban Mandala image that gave me the impression of M.C. Escher's world. So, I call this one Dreaming of Escher.

Well, I hope I have made up for not posting for a bit. I am working on getting a website up and running too. Just bought a domain name through Google and if I can figure things out, you will actually see this post. Thank you for being patient.

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Urban Runes: Sigil the dance of light and shadow

Hello and happy Sunday March 8, 2015 to all of you out there. I wanted to dedicate this post to the idea of light and shadow. Today and actually this weekend, we are commemorating the 50 year anniversary of the march across the bridge in Selma Alabama. This march symbolized the struggles of minorities getting equal rights in our country. It was to me a struggle between the forces of good and evil or shadow and light.

So, the rune that symbolizes that the most for me is Sigil. It is seen as a zigzag and remids us of a lightning bolt. The scar on the forehead of Harry Potter was that of a sigil or lightning bolt. It represents to me the ability to face ones fears. To overpower the darkness by shining our great inner light. To let truth shine forth from the darkness of deceit and lies.

A friend had posed an interesting question. "Ever feel left out on life?May sound like a strange question but I'm just wondering.thoughts anyone?" This was the question posed and it got me to thinking what causes one to feel this way. For me, it is the overwhelming feeling of hopelessness in the struggle for what is right and fair in the world. The shadow of destruction looming over our planet and how helpless one person can feel. I realized that the darkness is a feeling of isolation. Me against a cruel world. But, it is the power of we that takes us out of that dark corner. As an artist, I draw upon the power of we to help me define my place in the world and that even my small voice matters when it is combined with other voices. I am the little rain drop that falls into a river and then has the power to cut through mountains. Art is the greatest non violent form of protest. We as artists can illustrate how negative events and actions are affecting our lives. We can often illuminate those dark corners in peoples lives to shine a light of truth. 

This image I shot over two years ago, always reminds me of the power of light. Though we may be surrounded by darkness there is always light somewhere to guide us to a safe place.

Thank you for stopping by today and may you find your light and let it shine. The world really needs that right now.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Happiness is a new doll.

One of my big obsrssions of late is that of collecting fashion dolls and action figures. It all started as a means to create some fun scenes to photograph. Funny though, I have yet to actually create any of those scenes. But, that's another story. So, I have been collectiong these little plastic and rubber people now for several years. I am hooked. I love creating stories for them and it is a bit of a childhood I never had and desperately wanted. Now as an older adult, I can choose to play with dolls.

The above pictured is one of my recent and prized gifts to myself. I call her Claudette and she is a Phicen Super Seamless doll. She has a nicely articulated internal stainless steel skeleton. This allows for more realistic posing and movement. Her skin is a silicone rubber which gives it a flesh like feel. The possibilities for dressing her are endless. Her proportions are more human like too than those of Barbie. She came dressed in the skimpiest of bikinis/

This is a rather artsy picture of my Harley Davidson guy. He is a Ken doll and there are several versions of him. I currently have two. Not as posable as a Phicen but, I still love them.

My superhero collection has begun. I am trying to create fun situations and stories for our beloved heros too.

Yes, I even have a Wonder Woman figure. So, my new collecting mania has begun. It is supposed to provide me with endless possibilitie and hours of fun. Finding different figures to collect is also a great deal of fun.

Have a great week out there one and all. Keep safe from the foul weather. Peace.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Angular Obsessions

"Imaginary time is a new dimension, at right angles to ordinary, real time."

Hello my friendly followers out there. I thought I'd post a little tid bit about my love of photography. One of the things that many photography teachers will tell you is that it is always a good idea to look closely at your surroundings. You learn to develope your artistic eye. One thing in particular is to look up.
That is what I do a lot of is look up at the buildings in the downtown of the city where I work. I love seeing the layers of buildings placed one in front of the other. But, what I am truly obsessed with is angles. I enjoy seeing the interplay of the different angles and values of light. It is like a symphony of shapes and colors to me.
The above shot is one taken while I was waiting for my ride home one day not long ago. It was late in the day about 5:40 pm. As I stood there I looked up across the street and noticed the striking angles and values that the late day sun created. That is one of the things I love about photography, the little discoveries one makes. Even better is now it is immortalized as an image on my computer and here on the blog. 
Next time you are out and about look up and see what you can see that you hadn't noticed before. You just might discover something amazing. Until next time my friends. Peace.

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Urban Runes: Tiwaz the Sky God

The Urban Rune I would like to discuss this time is Tiwaz, the Sky God. It is usually symbolized as an arrow which can also sometimes be seen as a spear or literal arrow. I find this rune to be one that doesn't appear very often. In my earlier explorations of the Runes I always looked at this Rune as embodying the essence of strength and courage. Though I suppose it can still be taken in that context, I have since realized a deeper connection with Tiwaz. In the element of the sky it is the domain of intelligence, escoteric knowledge and the like. So, I began to really think about what this magical symbol means in my own life when it shows up.

I borrowed this defenition from as a great jumping off point to the meanings I subscribe too. "Honor, justice, leadership and authority. Analysis, rationality. Knowing where one's true strengths lie. Willingness to self-sacrifice. Victory and success in any competition or in legal matters.." The knowing where one's true strength lies is the really important attribute for me. Often times Tiwaz will show up when I start doubting myself, my abilities or my truth.  Even the willingness to self sacrifice is an interesting concept for me as well. As a member of the artistic community I know all too well the sacrifices we make for our art and the ability to create and share it with the world. Of course there are numerous examples of artists suffering for their art. But, I don't think that is necessary. What resonates with me is that in order to quinch this passoinate desire to create we sacrifice parts of our lives that non artists don't understand. Many times we are alone in our studios existing in our own little worlds in order to coax something, anything out of our creative consciousness. The hope is that this will lead to some form of success. Tiwaz offers that as a reward for our sacrifices and hard work.

In it's negative or reversed aspect it can make " One's energy and creative flow are blocked. Mental paralysis, over-analysis, over-sacrifice, injustice, imbalance. Strife, war, conflict, failure in competition. Dwindling passion, difficulties in communication, and possibly separation." Yes, most of these attributes in this position are ususally accurate for me except and a big eception and that is war. Thankfully I am bleassed with not having to experience that in my daily life. The reverse of Tiwaz is usually symbolized as an upside down arrow.

So, when you begin to see arrows appear in your life, think of the attributes of Tiwaz and see how that desribes what is happening in your life now. It gives us pause to reflect on this energy flowing around us and maybe how we can direct it to our best benefit.

Hope you have a great week ahead one and all. Thank you as always for taking the time to share my little inspirations with you. Peace.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Urban Runes: Ehwaz the Horse.

In this issue of Urban Runes we will look at Ehwaz (M) or the horse as it is symbolized. The simple version is it is a rune of movement or moving. So, for my image I chose the leading lines of tail lights from cars to emphasize the idea of movement. In my interpretation of this energy it means taking action or moving towards something. That something can be a goal, or even a physical place.

When Ehwaz shows up it is usually a very angular M shape. It means get moving or act now towards a goal or whatever you have been hum hauling about. The time is right to move along. The universe needs us to be moving in order to direct our energy towards our desires. That is a simple law of physics. An object at rest remains at rest unless acted upon by an outside force. But, an object in motion can be guided by gentle nudges in the direction we need to go. This allows the universe to put coincidences in our path to help us achieve that which we desire.

So, remember if Ehwaz shows up in your life, move. Lest you be broadsided by something you don't want. Move so that the universe can direct you towards what you are trying to bring into your life. Go with the flow. Just move.

Have a great week everyone. Hope you have some fun along the way. Peace.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Urban Runes: Hagalaz or Hagal Loss and Destruction

Hagalaz or Hagal is a rune that many fear to see appear in their journey. It is translated to mean hail. We all know how destructive natural events like hail storms can truly be on our environment. That is the essence of what this energy represents. A destructive force in our lives. Of course this can come in many ways. But, I look at this particular rune as a cousin to the tower card on the Tarot. It does represent destruction but, from the clearing away we can have a new start. When I see Hagal appear in my spiritual journey, I pause to reflect on what needs to be destroyed in a spiritual sense or even literal one in my life. What do I need to let go of in order to move forward or grow as a person.

As with any destructive force it is initially upsetting. But, once the dust clears we just move on. This particular energy encourages us to leave the rubble behind and start fresh. That way you are not taking any baggage or damaged parts with you.

My challenge to you out there is to see if you need to clear away anything in your lives that may be holding you back or that you feel buried under. Once you can walk away from the destruction, you will feel free and liberated.

Have a great weekend out there and thank you as always for stopping by. I hope you find my humble words inspiring in some way.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Urban Runes: IS Part 2

This is the second installment in the urban runes series. I wanted to say a few more things about the rune IS. Winter still has a strong grip on my part of the country. So, the influence of IS prevails. One aspect of this powerful symbol is that of caution or waiting and listening. It is a time when we need to be patient for the seeds we have planted earlier in our lives to have a chance to build their roots into the earth. It is a time of rest and reflection.

The image I have shared here also cautions to stop and smell the roses. When you feel stuck or anxious, go within and listen to your inner voice, your heart. What are you not doing? What do you need to do? How can you bring more love, light and peace into your life?

I used to hate getting this rune in a reading or when I do my daily pick. But, now it reminds me to stop and listen. Why do I feel stuck or frustrated? Ice is a great teacher. We often times can find great beauty in winter and the ice. IS is no different. We can often times find great beauty in the silence.

My hope for you all is that you can take time to listen to your inner voice. Spend some quality alone time with yourself and love yourself. Let your light shine and feel the peace that emanates from within. Until next time. Thank you for visiting. Peace.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Transformation In Progress

"Transformation literally means going beyond your form." - Wayne Dyer

Transformation is a process. Sometimes it is a slow and all consuming process. Other times it can be quick and relatively painless. We are all under a state of transformation in one form or another. Most times we are not consciously aware of the process. However if one is in a personal spiritual practice, our attention can be gently guided to experience our trans formative process. It is this later state that I have been in for quite a few years. I have noted the spiral like cycles that my life and spirit evolves and changes. This is many times reflected in my art. 

I have found myself at an interesting fork in the road. I am making big changes to how I create art and what is important to me. My spiritual practice or process has been a silent partner for most of the time. Not always evident in my work. But, I have decided to make a more concerted effort to change that. I would like to choose projects that will help me evolve as a spiritual, creator and human being. Maybe as an added bonus, inspire others to seek their own truth. Hey, that's what a spiritual journey and practice is designed to do. Help us seek our own truth. That which is self evident to ourselves. My truth is not your truth. How I travel in my spiritual journey may not work for you. That is the cool part about this whole thing.

After long and careful consideration, I have decided to dedicate this blog platform to expressing my journey a bit more fully. To share my insights, observations and the occasional poetic license in addition to my images. To those coming here expecting dolls, sorry. That is in the past for me now. I am moving forward with different interests. You are welcome to continue to follow along. I would love that more than anything. But, if not that's OK too. I have lost a few followers along the way. That is what happens.

The above image is my first idea. I am in the process of creating a series of images based on the Runes. Runes are an ancient Celtic alphabet used for divination. Many use them  to aid in spiritual journeys as well. I first discovered and fell in love with Runes back in the 1980's. I find their energies very comforting and usually right on as to what sorts of energies are surrounding me at any given time. So, this first image is of the Rune IS or translated into ice. It represents a few different ideas. One of my favorites is of preservation. Preserving something for the future. In a more negative context it can mean stuck or frozen. 

IS has also been paired with the idea of waiting out or the time that the earth remains fallow between harvest and spring regrowth. It is the symbol of winter. So the three long shadows across my path are a triple IS. I am acutely aware of three things. I can often times be frozen by fear to move forward. I can feel stuck where I am and not motivated to move. But, the best one is preserving all that is good. Taking with me only that which will serve me in the future. Stashing the good stuff and using it as needed.

There you have it. My first offering. I may see this symbol more frequently. It is usually represented as a vertical line I but many shamans allowed a variety of positions for all the symbols and it was a matter of diving the meaning.

My wish for you is a great year ahead of spiritual discovery whatever your truth may be. Feel free to share your experiences. I love hearing about other peoples  journeys. Thank you for being a part of my life and for your friendships. I truly treasure them all. Until next time. Peace.