Sunday, November 29, 2015


I have completed my painting. I am calling it "Fall, Dance of Samhain." It is 18" x 24", acrylic on board. Here is the basic progression of the piece from germ idea to completed painting. The colors are pretty close, a little glare from the lighting.
initial drawing, pencil on paper Sept 2015


drawing layout on board

first painting session Oct 2015
second painting session Oct 2015

third painting session Oct/Nov 2015

Finished painting Nov 28, 2015
 


Sometimes you see things ~ I mean in the way of vision ~ The ken arrives in your mind, and the realization of truth blossoms in the heart. My soul weeps in recognition of what is and the vanishing of what was; ever and forever walking forward, in all forms, flesh and spirit combine to be ever walking forward into the warrior mind of all there ever is or was; for I am that.
I love you, like no other, said the I am that I am. I am that, and you are I, and I am you. And, that is all there ever is. That ever and deep place where the mind of god resides. Likened to a deep pool of quiet water, wherein we can rest in the shade of foregiveness, and the sunlight which dapples its surface is where my lords light abides. I reside in the green bowers of the aromatic cedar, oh ancient ones whom have seen many days and nights through the passage of time.
Ancestrally, we each must carry our own torch, creating a path of light that flows through the darkness. These torches are never extinguished, and can be used as signposts in the navigation of the ancestral stream  to acquire the knowledge and tools from our ancestry.

“Time is an illusion that once realized, is lovingly embraced, none the less.”The ‘point of poise’ entails balancing polarities so that all mystery is revealed to consciousness. It is to find the center between two extremes and maintain a state of mind undisturbed by any mental or emotional storm. In the stillness and silent questioning of the mind that is left behind, all truth resounds.

“Only when we know our solitude to be different from our loneliness can we be whole enough to honor another’s place.”
A mental seed desire implanted by the conscious mind into the subconscious for incubation and gestation, later to emerge as a new creation in your life affairs. The process of seed into catalyst, and the self-sacrifice of one form to bring into being a new form, and the characteristics inherited because of this transformation.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015


I have been working on my new piece. Have gone through a couple color corrections to achieve the correct vibration. Using dioxazine purple, cobalt blue, cadmium red deep, turners yellow, burnt umber on a gessoed masonite panel. This is my first time painting on panel, very smooth, takes the paint glazing well ~ as opposed to painting on canvas, which can give a rougher texture and perhaps uses more paint.  
There are three female figures depicted, amidst fall leaves and two birds. The birds started out as ravens, but became firebirds as the piece began to be worked on. It works. To set the vibration of the red/orange birds I used the burnt umber. Originally, they were in a cobalt blue space. It worked but didn't set well with me. The deep brown has grounded the piece, bringing to mind the color of earth with autumn leaves strewn upon it.
As promised, I have been taking a photo after a painting session and will post the progression when the painting is complete. I look forward to thanksgiving weekend and have four days to work. I hate that I can only paint on the weekends, which makes me feel like a sunday hobby artist. Fiddle-dee-dee. Since I have limited space in my apartment, my studio is my bedroom too. I literally sleep with my art. 

Yesterday, I was busy contemplating my navel, thinking about time and space... yeah I know, deep subject, but one which I entertain often. I found myself suddenly tumbling free in space, unattached, untethered to time and the grounding of our every day reality. It was a realization that we are ever walking forward into our lives, we cannot know what will be presented to us, thus we are actors, continually creating our world. This brings to mind the teachings of Don Juan Matus, where he teaches Carlos Castenada how to perceive and act within the Nagual and Tonal. 

There are two “parallel” worlds that comprise the universe — the world of material objects (tonal) and the non-material world (nagual). We communicate with the world of matter through the so-called first awareness, i.e. the one which is carried out through the sense organs of the physical body. To become able of cognizing the nagual, one has to develop the second awareness, that is, clairvoyance.

“The tonal begins at birth and ends at death, but the nagual never ends. The nagual has no limit. The nagual is where power hovers.”  “For the nagual, there is no land, or air, or water. Therefore, the nagual glides, or flies, or does anything it can do in the time of the nagual, which is not related at all to the time of the tonal. These two things do not intersect.”  “The tonal and the nagual are two different worlds. In one you talk, in the other you act.” ~Tales of Power, C.Castaneda~

I don't know that I would want to totally hold on to that concept of reality/non-ordinary reality ~ peak experience ~  all the time. It would be really weird and then you may feel like Buddha or Jesus may have felt walking the world. Catching a glimpse once in while keeps it real.

Love ~ C