I saw this question on Quora, “Is digital painting killing art?” I have quite strong feelings to this question, because I have lived in the art world all my life, and generally have loved it. One thing I really hate about it though, is the arrogance and bigotry that seem to follow most artists, and their movements. Many beloved artists have shown their share of ignorance when it comes to defining what art is. This is a shame! I wish my profession was free from the back stabbing, ankle biting ways of other trades, but it is not!
What do most artists argue about? Technique!
“Her technique is inferior to mine”, “his art is wrongly motivated”, “he just copies and pastes”, “oil painting is an anachronism”, “watercolor is for kids”, “acrylic is an inferior medium”, and the list of crying just goes on!
Wah, wah, wah! Are we talking art or mush?
All art mediums are just that, a mode to accomplish art. Each have their sets of advantages and drawbacks. There is not a one, in past, present, or future, which is superior, or inferior. Art technique, is simply the way an artist chooses to represent their art!
Digital art is no exception. It does not give anyone the ability to produce better art, nor does it lessen the accomplishments of a master. All it does is covers space in an artist’s vision. How that space is covered is the only concern.
So, in digital art, we can capture an image, and merge it with another. Is the same not true for collage, or photo montage? I strongly believe that digital art is capable of fulfilling the dreams of painters such as Salvador Dali, and many other surrealists, myself included!
There are drawbacks!
One good example is that the images in digital art are formed by pixels, and not solid sheets of color. Therefore, enlarging the image beyond a certain point reveals that it is composed of many little squares of color. Not always a bad thing, though it could present problems for some. Another potential problem is that since digital art is not physical, artists would be wise to create a number of backups, to insure the safety of their work.
Furthermore, much of the art world is still a little backward. Artists used to rely on art dealers to market them, much as musicians are marketed by record labels. Many art dealers would prefer to work with expensive physical property, so digital artists might do best to market themselves, or hire a website manager.
This being what it is,
I still strongly believe that digital offers a great future to artists who enjoy presenting their work in cyberspace. The tools are out there to produce quality art equal to the talent of the artist.
there are definite advantages!
1. Ever heard the term starving artist? It is very hard to make good money being an artist. Using physical media, one very expensive piece must be sold at a time, ad someone has to both want, and be able to afford it. This greatly narrows one’s clientele. Digital art may be sold as downloads, so one piece of art can be sold over and over. This opens an opportunity for an artist to pocket a steady income, if they have talent. Sure, downloads are cheap, but in quantity, they add up! I will venture to say that a good artist could make more money on one piece using digital, than a traditional master was ever able to! Van Gogh more than likely would have established great success…um…, before he died, if he was willing and able to market his works in cyberspace.
Just telling it like it is!
2. Art is about much more than money! It is “a relationship to life”, “A science and religion”, “A calling from God”, “A conduit for evolution, physical, cultural, emotional and physical”, “A great psychological therapy, without the need for prescription.” To all this and more, I greatly agree.
What I do have problem with,
is that so many dismiss the importance of getting paid for our services, since we really need to! To have a profession is to offer value to others. In order to stay alive long enough to do so, one must get paid! [not too crazy a concept, huh?] I believe the artists of today stand a beautiful chance of being able to communicate their vision to the entire world, at a price that even a rough economy can afford.
By doing so, they may offer value to billions of people, who really need what they have to offer, but until now, could not afford it! This is a win/win for all. The catch is, artists will have to evolve along with the rest of the world, or have problems. We already do, so what’s to lose? :]:]:]
3. Paints take time to dry, and eventually deteriorate. True statement. Digital is dry immediately, and a finished work will remain as long as the device it is housed in. Say you put your art on a flash drive several times. Unless all copies are destroyed, your work will remain alive, untainted, and potentially viral! Ain’t that great news?!!!
My father, Saant Celia, definitely one of the greatest artists who ever lived, painted in oil. He was very concerned over atmospheric conditions, such as extreme humidity, heat or cold. These could ruin what he spent months to build! I see some of his work today, and it brings tears to my eyes to see it has changed somewhat, due to age. Everything changes, that’s fct, but digital stands a good chance of lasting a very long time, at least as long as cave art. Drives and cd’s will likely be able to be read hundreds of years from now, and be converted to the latest technology, as time demands. Just a thought.
4. One of my favorite perts concerning digital art, is that it opens my sphere of communication to anywhere the internet can. Right now this means Planet Earth. I have so much to say, and so little time to do so. It’s wise to embrace what extends your life!
digital art is not for everyone, and that’s fine. It does offer some great advantages to artists.
All I really ask is that those who wish to judge an art form become well acquainted with it, before they speak a word. It is common of humans to abuse what they don’t understand and therefore dismiss what discomforts them. We artists are not common people. Accept all and think for yourself!
My last post was very short, while this one may be quite long. I hope you enjoy, and get something from it. You will see a lot of my latest art here. Remember I said I needed to take a break and refresh. This is what it has come to…
Election Day!, Save our country!, “Bad Hurricane, how dare you cost me $90!,
“You want to save our world? Better give me some money, before it’s too late!” By the way, we have the best spaceship to Heaven, and we are offering it for the very low price of $5000,000,000, but we have payment plans available. Don’t let our bad economy stop you from getting it all!
Well, it’s really not we, only me. Hey, make your payments available to
and God willing, Heaven will be yours! :]:]:]
After an unholy butt load of that crap, and seeing that I really have something to say, I retired to my art for inspiration. Unholy summer of un stained panties and swimwear! There is so much more than something to say. I’ve got some things to show. Yes, I have more than one:]:]:]
I am an artist
to qualify, I am an artist
My physical form changes constantly, such as life and reality…
I am not at liberty to play games on you, though I would love to play them with you. Consider me as The Green Man In contemplation. My world is new, and I’m hoping that your world is too. Otherwise, sail off…
I invoke the power of a great lantern to light my way. Together forming this lantern, we are a god/goddess. We become the holiest of holy, by transformation into the unholy.
By this I mean, facing reality. There is nothing in this world that can help us get our lives straight, unless it is ourselves! The Gods and Goddesses are merely icons, until we incarnate them! Get it?
Without pseudo reasoning for a mentor, our focus often turns to “Death.” Are we really not fearing an ending for a greatness not begun? Where was I when I needed help? I’m hoping to instigate answers to these questions.
The universe has bestowed us with gifts such as love, which in reality is an embracing of self, and lust, which keeps it all moving. Furthermore, we have everyday life as a reality check. Going back to love, embracing self is embracing all. Just think about it! We are beginning a journey. Hope we are all together.
Regardless of style, art is a science of symbolism. It has been used from primordial times and up to the present, to concentrate bands of perception into usable and potent aggregates.
In a well done painting, the awareness of a million years is condensed, and reincarnated in the present moment! We can see this in every art revolution that’s ever existed. Test this yourself. Observe and contemplate the art of different periods of history. Within each, the unchanging element can be found, and more! The art of every civilization and time period provides a window to that place, both in what it shows, and what it does not.
My point is that art is the most potent of all magickal tools, as well as the prime tool for social evolution and communication. Tarot decks are perfect examples of all I have inferred, yet it gets so much deeper! Art controls society completely!
You want to buy a home. Where will you wish to live, and what style of house would you wish to live in? Did you determine all you needed to from personal experience? You want to join a religion, list the motivators. The list could go forever, but doesn’t need to. Symbolism creates reality! Artists are architects of symbolism.
There are days when it may get difficult to understand these things. It probably would be better to say, that when things get rough, it becomes somewhat difficult to identify with the greatness of “true being”, and our purpose in this amazing continuum. It’s really just our ego’s feeling hurt, but these things will pass in the wake of transpersonal glory.
Every year, and every day of my life, the evidence builds!
I take a humble kind of pride in the knowing that everything is The Great Continuum, and I am doing my part. This Divine Fractal expands and contracts in sensuous waves within the peaceful stillness of eternity. Jellyfish wisdom?
I have always loved and admired jellyfish. They are so beautiful and delicate. I see them as organic fractals, or individual “bing-bangs” pulsing with the tide. In spite of their great vunerability, the jellyfish is still one of the most successful species on earth, and probably have a great future! Why?
For one, they can be deadly predators without a passion for hate. Even if the jellyfish had a high IQ, I doubt it would make much trouble for anyone who left it alone. It likes to eat, and will consume whatever it can.
Secondly, jellyfish are highly adaptable to most any environment. Pollution may actually aid their success, by creating an environment rich in organic matter and a multitude of protein rich organisms. Wouldn’t it be cool if we could do that?
When a jellyfish washes up on a beach, or gets plowed by a passing boat, the other jellyfish don’t get depressed and whine about the futility of life. They eat, reproduce and die, like everything else, but do so without huge psychological problems. This is another reason they find it so easy to succeed.
In this lowly organism, the meaning of life is completely established, at least for now. Within their physical appearance, and their very nature, profound wisdom abides!
Now, about the “Great Intellectual Jellyfish”…
Several months ago, I had a MRI. Though I was prohibited from photographing my brain, I got to see it, and absolutely fell in love! For the first time, I saw the real me. It was a delicate creature, composed mainly of cholesterol, bathed in an inner ocean housed in a flesh machine. I was, and still am, in complete awe! This creature designed my life. It determined how long my hair should be, what I would eat, drink, or smoke, how I would react to whatever it’s decisions were. It decides how much of it’s awareness it should share with me, and in reality, what my life will be about.
This is the really cool part…
For that moment, I was in complete communion with myself. I could see my brain, looking back at me, and it was able to see it’s creation. It was also able to tell the deep love I had for it. From an MRI, I learned true self love! Get one if you can! They are very expensive, but of all the personal development tools I’ve tried, it was the best so far. By the way, if you do get one, and want the pic, you probably should click your cellphone without asking! I did, and they told me no. [they kinda suck!] Partially joking, as I know they have their rules to protect their business, and that should get some respect. Never the less, this is me, and they should feel the sting of a thousand nettles for holding such a personal picture from me. I still plan to get it!
So in this post, I am sharing with you my most recent art, and the inspiration behind it. Soon I will return to my social and political engagements, as there is a lot to be addressed! As of now, please contemplate the beauty and power of art, and employ it in your life as you see fit.
To all who view my site, I’m sure you’ve noticed that lately I’ve posted very little. This is because I needed some time to rediscover me, and the crazy wonderful world that inspires my posts! Election day is coming soon, and the closer it comes to being here, the less I wish to speak about politics.
This is a site for art, and artistic expression.
I have shared with all of you, my views on politics, and so for now,
It’s time to move to bigger and better things.
All the same, please don’t forget to vote! In this new world, ideas matter more than ever! Voting in my opinion, is less about the candidates than it is what they have to offer you. Please keep this in mind! Let me give you a silly example:
You read “The Philosophy Of Joe Schmow.” Finding it greatly inspiring, you followed his posts and political campaigns, etc. Later, your enthusiasm is dashed against rocks, as you hear that Joe is a complete fraud! Joe is a liar! Joe is a money hungry nutcase! Joe is really Jane:] the list goes on… Now Joe is campaigning for the very things you wish for yourself and your country. Ask yourself if Joe can prevail. Will he? Invest in your future. The faces are just icons. Support the visions closest to your own, and afterward, do your part to bring them to physical reality!
In future posts, I plan to continue with the themes of art and magic. I plan to offer ideas concerning mind expansion, consciousness extension, life extension, personal development, and much more!
I would love your input here. What are your dreams and concerns? What is your vision of the future? Look deep into that eye looking into your deepest being. What is there to say?
Until next time,
Love, Love under will.
I have as of lately, started a few experiments with “Stream Of Conscious Art”. It has been some time since I’ve used this technique, but the time seems right to return. I see this art as a visual journal of the mind. It is a great form of divination and meditation, in ways closely related to dream interpretation.
Automatic art is definitely one of the better known forms of stream of consciousness work, though there are many more. My psychedelic phase, while following The Grateful Dead, yielded some miraculous results! However one reaches a “stream of conscious state”, the results are direct impressions of awareness, yielded from the subconscious and unconscious mind. Every time I get there, I’m loving it!
Sometimes the journey is scary, while at other times erotic, or just very informational. It is always though, extremely enlightening. Beautiful art is the physical benefit.
Stream of consciousness art has a lot in common with the zen practice of zazen. The difference, if there really is one, is that the mental imagery while practicing stream of consciousness art is recorded. In zazen, we acknowledge these images, and then let them pass. I believe these two practices work well together. By painting our mental imagery, we are releasing it from unconscious control. Said another way, we are liberating our thoughts.
One would do well to practice zazen previous to beginning a stream of consciousness painting. It’s relatively safe, and 100% non toxic:]
Digital art opens many great possibilities for this project. Yes, I know it’s not for everyone, but I like it! In art, I respect the speed of media in relation to it’s accuracy. There are drawbacks and benefits to any artist’s medium. Digital art is all about pixels, and this can be a drag to the artist when attempting to travel deeper into a work. It is annoying to see a beautiful image turn into a bunch of colored blocks. Even here though, there is new terrain to work with. It’s benefits are that your “paint” needs no drying time, yet can be removed with a click, if need be.
Digital art is great for getting fast results. In stream of consciousness painting, this can be a very good thing, especially for certain applications.
If you use your art for purposes of divination, speed is usually important. Similar to a tarot card reading, your painting is like a shuffle of the cards. Of course, it will take longer, no matter the medium you use! Oil painting is great for refining images to their highest accuracy, but it dries so slowly, that I’m not sure who’s concerns have time for that. Acrylic is awesome, but still has some drying time. Pen and pencil work well, though often lack ability to create an artwork in full. These are things any artist will need to come to terms with when choosing a medium.
Personally, I prefer acrylic or digital, for creating stream of consciousness art, because I get the speed I need to “catch the spirits”. I can work at it from that point on, adding media as I see fit. I see digital art as the evolution of the pencil. It flows quick and dry, and can be easily erased.
While artists of the past have made many pencil sketches of one subject, digital art can do the same, in less time, and with more advantages. Ultimately, mixed media is the way to go!
Let’s create a painting!
1. Try to silence your mind. It probably won’t be long before you are immersed in a world of verbal and visual chatter. Catch these images as quickly as possible, kind of like a frog eating flies.
2.Put the images down fast, and reflect on them slow. Each one will likely inspire another great image field.
3.Contemplate each succession of images very carefully, perhaps keeping a journal for notes. You may choose to evolve your images into surreal constructs, or let them remain abstract. Your purpose in painting will determine this.
4.You really don’t need to create a background for your painting yet. This will occur often enough, by it’s own means. The important part is to continuously clarify all images you find. Bring them to life. Let a theme develop from the interactions of the images within.
5.As the theme of the painting comes closer to a conclusion, you may choose to ‘polish it up”. By creating a greater sense of realism, your work will transform from psychedelic or abstract, into surrealism. Let me caution not to rush this process, as the concretion of a reality often closes the doors to further subconscious imagery. Better not to pick the fruit until it’s ripe!
6.Knowing when to say when, is an important skill for any artist to develop. Take pride in your creation when it reaches it’s fruition, and just let it be what it is.
I think that many times, the best art is hard to categorize. Perhaps you wished to paint a surreal painting, but you find it beautiful and complete, a wonderful abstract painting. When you can see the work is done, I say leave as is. Nothing can be gained by trying to change a turkey into an eagle. If it’s a turkey, let it be! After all, it came of truth from your own mind.
Now, I am not saying that you should be lazy, and avoid the challenges your art will offer. If you know the painting is incomplete, continue until it is. If it shows signs of needing greater physical clarity, give it that. Learn the language of your subconscious imagery, and respect it. Love it and develop confidence in it as you should have for yourself, and it will return the love.
Stream Of Consciousness Art is actually an exercise in developing self love, and connecting with your higher being.
Nichiren Buddhists possess a scroll of sorts, called a Gohonzon. Upon it is written “The Mystic Law Of cause And Effect. Devotees keep the Gohonzon on their altar, and use it as a focus in their chants. They are cautioned to treat the Gohonzon with the respect that they would show themselves, as it represents their very being.
I recommend that you treat your art the same way. It is you in the highest sense. It is creation from yourself to the world.
Celebrate your miracle with love!
You will see a lot of symbolism in this post. Matter of fact, symbolism is the prime focus here. This is more than the images commonly occurring in art though. These symbols form a language which can be used to describe progressions in a way words would often fail.
Transformation and reformation are ultimate truths of reality. All things and beings arise and decline by the enabling of energetic configurations. We could call them “grooves”, as they offer a mold of form and passage for all things. The woman or man enabled to mate, will. The mating will become the “groove”, for a new human form. The soil is a “groove”, for raindrops to become a spring, which will surely in time and space become a river.
Two examples of arise and decline
There is a third principle here though. What arises is born of a decline. All things exist eternally, but cannot do so in the same time and space. This should be obvious.
The river has a beginning and an end. It arises from and returns to it’s source. This will never change, but the river cannot arise and return from the same time space, except in one way. This has been called “not doing”, or “not happening”. This phenomena truly exists, though only in abstract realms. I believe that they do so in static universes, which in our reality are geometric abstractions. The “law of this land” is “The Perfect Circle”.
There are many accounts of events that seem to have come full circle, but in “cause and effect reality”, these are really spirals. Energy in motion will follow geometric pattern, as it is magnetized to do so. The thing is, without the incorporation of “static reality” aspects, it’s form will remain unclear. Even then, reality in motion will remain so.
The attempt of the artist,
is to create a symbolism wide enough to incorporate sacred geometry, time and space. My father did this in his work, and following his legacy, I do it in mine. My ways are different, but this is me, a spring filled by a mighty rain! Forever, “The Perfect Circle!”
The sane are often ignorant, and the wise, often insane! I live in a world that seems too full for an extra thought. Signs of destruction plague my vision. I walk into the night air smelling sulfur and burning plastic. The climate grumbles in successions of atmospheric wars, each promising to bring on a new reality. Thunderstorms intervene.
What seems hopeful to me, is that from all historic accounts, this has always been the norm. Not saying I like it, but respect that this is the groove I’m flowing in. It has made me, and summons my actions!
I paint a dark green forest, flowing to the right for miles. After awhile, it pales, going from spring green to yellow, finally to red, soon riddled with brown and black. Each of these colors has it’s stories and memories, fantasies as well. I need to fill them all in on multiple canvases.
These are the thought forms, memories and conditions of my life!
All this time, I long for a nice home in an infinite woods, filled with surprises and exciting ways to pass my time. I’m longing for a beautiful and enlightened woman, with neither a care for convention or hygiene, to occupy this endless woods with me. I look forward to days of growing our own food, and playing like children in a magic meadow, and seeking fulfillment outside of “Progress Hell!”
Without time spaces, my dream doesn’t have a chance. Right? Check this out! Symbols have an effect on reality. They produce changes, little by little, within time frames which might seem static. Sooner or later, I will be lead back to a place similar to where I came from, by the spiral.
have earned the fascination of scientists, science fiction fans, and new age philosophers alike. I won’t pretend to know enough about quantum physics and deep space to offer more than thoughts on the amazingly interesting topic of wormholes in relation to space-time travel. What I do know from careful observation and study, is that wormholes do exist, and right here in physical reality! They are not easily seen, as it takes a long time to observe their actions, as well as a healthy knowledge of “cause and effect”. They follow the same basic laws of physical reality that everything else here does. They are portals between reality potentials. The best I think I can simply describe them as, are a form of lightning, which bridges opposites, or polarities. Due to my knowledge of “The Law Of Cause And Effect”, as well as the magickal motto “As Above, So Below”, I hypothesize that:
physical reality, as concrete as we know it, is just a thick place in absolute energy configuration. Therefore, the same laws of reality I’ve observed here, are at work in the “Great Continuum” as a whole.
I know that this is a premise, and respect it as such, but it’s a good one! At least for now. I somewhat conclude that the way wormholes behave here, in this 9 to 5 world, in the same way they behave everywhere, or at least pretty much so. After all, I learned to see and recognize wormholes due to their scientific description. Before I had any experience with quantum physics, or space science, I had observed the phenomena, but couldn’t find the words to describe it.
What truly amazes me is that so few have observed this phenomena and cared to study it deeply! Why not?
When you see a wormhole, it probably won’t look like a long tunnel of whirling energy, surrounded by woods and flowers:] What you will more likely see is a place in your life condition that doesn’t seem to match with usual reality. You may enter this wormhole or not, by entering this place of new perception, and cultivating silence there. Very rapidly, everyday phenomena will change, and you will find that life becomes something entirely new! Of course, what has changed the most is your outlook and perception.
I strongly believe that perception itself is the true portal. When I say this, I am not suggesting that the proverbial “unpercieved fallen tree”, never existed and never fell! To do so would be to underestimate reality outside of one’s ego. We would be doing the same to conclude that what we know about reality, is all there is to it. Even so, it would be sad to dismiss our impact on the great continuum. Every being has perception, and therefore is a conduit of reality. We are wormholes!
As I say this, I must emphasize that we are not alone in this. Unicellular beings, animals, plants and fungi all possess the ability to be conduits. In the greatest sense, everything is a conduit for everything else. Crystals are great agents for linking perceptions with reality! Though many will “boo boo crazy hippy guru” to that comment, how many of them have tried it? Conduits are everywhere! Those who disagree, yes I’ll say it, are ignorant.
The main way they are ignorant is twofold. First, they disvalue the power of reality to exist in all things. Secondly, they disbelieve in their own power. For those people, I recommend that they, “go home and rethink their lives.”
So lets check out the cracks in our supposed “reality shields”, and locate the conduits that are here, waiting for us to accept our own evolution!
Before all else,
open your mind to understand that all of your nightmares originate inside, and not your physical life. Once you free your mind, you are completely free! The Illuminator challenges us to display our nightmares up front, even to the point of wearing their gore for all to see, and then going beyond them.
When we take a good look inside, many will notice a strange and terrifying place, inhabited by legions of intelligences in constant conversation and display, horrifying visuals and ominous landscapes. Of course, we are likely to find great beauty and angelic beings as well.
Some will believe that these voices are coming from the outside everyday world, and they will likely be deemed insane. Sadly for them, they will probably not reap the benefits of their illumination, due to a slight but serious misunderstanding. In a certain way, they are right, as the “dream of the universe” feeds our inner reality. Their problem is that they take the voices at face value, instead of interpreting their messages as guides to discovering higher reality.
For example, it is very easy to dream of a dead relative or friend, and then begin taking their advice to multiple questions on the basis that you believe they “are in Heaven now”, so must know the answers to everything! It is true that they existed, and so not only were, but are, a part of the world. It is also true that you receive their energy vibration because they are a part of you! If they were not, than without extreme rituals or heightened awareness, you would not recognize their voice.
In any case, they are, and always will be their part of the universal plan, but cannot speak for the entire universe! Neither can you. What you can do is spend your life gathering awareness, which is what we all do, like it or not, and extend this awareness forward through time. This is also why you have voices in your head:]
Now, by rectifying the pains of the so called “infernal voices” within, so may you purify your life of past errors which held you back from experiencing the joy and wonder of being alive. Now, this is not an easy job, and I’m not sure that anyone has completed it, though some come very close. I make it an everyday practice, which is one reason why I carefully study my dreams.
Facing The Illuminator
Keep looking within, past your life experiences, beyond the physical, astral and spirit worlds. Take reverent tuition in each before you pass them by. Leave gifts for all who you pass, but don’t stop until you reach a place of silence. Look at the world now from this place. Study the patterns of existence, and study yourself. I will not discuss what illumination you will find, lest I forge a lie from truth. I also will not speak the name of The Illuminator. I hope you won’t either!
“The Illuminator” is a description of a great and beautiful force and being, the nature of which is shrouded in amazing displays of phenomena. To some, this being is pure evil, [the sadly misinformed], to others, a god or beautiful angel, but the mystery of The Illuminator cannot be solved by words. To witness is the only way to know.
How to witness The Illuminator?
The outline is formed by “the shrouds of phenomena.” Look at it this way… The place where reality is no longer spoken of, or matched by description. Even the self melts away. All becomes a deep and personal love, without a focal point. Noone to think, to place or take praise or blame. Life goes on as usual, though nothing will ever be the same again. Spirits speak, bills come in, holocausts and romantic nights happen, but they are just part of the shroud of an eternal light, guiding the beloved, and this is you!
When you meet The Illuminator, present your perfect offering!
Offer no sacrifices, except for one, that being yourself! By this I mean to promise to keep the name silent, and to live a life “under the lamp”. You will live a normal, humble, but guided life, beyond the agencies of thought, emotion, and reason. You will follow your bliss as all do, yet better, as you offer it all to the light that guides phenomena and pattern.
To end this post, I offer a poem!
“Gone are the days of wondering what to do. Where I will go is where I will go. My anthems are simple and humorous, for what need is there of rationalization? My food is delicious, just as my bed feels great, and all between are just a slide. As for passions, there are many, underneath that wonderful tree, a chorus of “Merry Christmas!”. Pleasures of the flesh are my obvious miracles, though I seek to be a saint, offering myself to the light in all I do. Keeping a little secret in all I do. Becoming aware that I am a miracle! Spirits clothe, and rub me to orgasm, now I am the zero before one!”
To many people, the bathroom is one of the most neglected rooms. Some may see it as the ugly room, where “yucky” stuff happens. My opinion differs. The bathroom is in many ways the most intimate room of the entire house. Bathroom wall art, and art in the bathroom anywhere, allows for a deep communication between chosen symbolisms, and the self. Hiring an artist to add their magic to your bathroom, or doing so yourself will provide a great service to your state of mind, and home environment.
Here are some Ideas I have for bathroom wall art and bathroom design.
Use of mirrors
Mirrors are extremely potent tools for developing nuance in a bathroom. One of my favorite concepts in the creation of a surreal bathroom, is to mount mirrors on opposing walls. Full length mirrors work best. The results can be quite awe inspiring! For the few who may not have ever seen the effect of two mirrors reflecting into each other, check it out! I prefer the walls on which the mirrors are hung to be plain white, or for a more exciting effect, white, and the mirrors bordered in black lines formed by geometric shapes, or even entwined dragons. If you really want to add some wild to the scene, have one white wall with black designs, and the other wall black, with white designs. This will cause a wild vortex of reflection!
Mirrors add visual space to a room. This is most important as a design feature in small bathrooms. You want to create a space of intimacy, sensuality, and fantasy. So of course, you won’t want your bathroom to look like a closet. If your bathroom is well mirrored, the next step is to add decoration or furniture to areas you wish to decrease in expanse. Objects placed near the mirror will add desired confines.
2. Bathroom Furniture
If your bathroom is fairly large, consider placing an artistic bench or chair in an area you wish to decrease in visual space, and add a place to sit and contemplate as well as dress.
In a small bathroom, your toilet will probably also be your dressing chair, so choose well, or build your own. I’m not a fan of white toilets, especially the standard kind. Your toilet should be very easy to clean, low maintenance, and somewhat erotic! In color, black and flesh tones work best. They should be a pleasure to sit on.
In large bathrooms, dark wood, or black iron towel racks would be another useful item to “shrink space” in a functional way. In smaller bathrooms, hand towel racks should be placed near the sink, and a hanger for a full body towel, near the tub. Preferably easy to reach, and out of plain view. In any case, a towel chest would be nice to have. It should be out of plain view, yet beautiful. Looking into it should provoke a sense of curiosity.
3. The Bathroom Floor
Bathroom floors are an important consideration. Hard wood floors are a bad idea! Floor your bathroom with ornamental tile. It’s nicer to look at in a bathroom, easy to clean, and will not be damaged by moisture. Black and white checkerboard works well. Opulent patterns are superb! Some bathrooms may look great with solid white or black floors. I discourage color here, as it gets too organic. The ideal bathroom should appear somewhat sensuous, yet sterile, making you it’s organic compliment. Get it?
Ok, back to wall art
There are many considerations for fine bathroom wall art. Please note that any art in a bathroom should be well insulated from moisture, and easy to clean. Failing to do so will result in moldy, cracking paint. Use a good polyurethane, or other waterproofing agent to richly coat all bathroom art, even if the effect is to look rustic. Here are some ideas…
1. Angelic, and or cupid like scenes
2.Nudes. I love the sensual approach in all things, but that’s me.
3.Graffiti- This is a good, low cost solution for those who like some vulgarity in their bathrooms. You can easily do it yourself, and there are no rules!
4. Abstract designs- especially if you know what you are doing, and trying to say, are excellent!
5. Simplicity- vintage dolls, fruit baskets, cartoons, puzzle pieces, land or waterscapes. That kind of stuff:]
6. Religious Art- works well for those who want it to…
I’ll say it again!
All bathroom wall art must be insulated from moisture. Bathroom walls can get moldy. We have to clean them often. After a while, the paint begins cracking, and we have to repaint our bathroom. It’s much worse to replace a piece of fine art. Take heed! You should be able to towel wash it with bleach water weekly, with no harm to the art. It can be done, and easily, but we have to take the correct steps to insulate our art.
Bathrooms should not be “poop closets.” If they are, sooner or later, all of your house will become the same. I’m speaking from experience! Make your bathroom a sacred space for you, just as you should your bedroom. If need be, make a journal regarding your desires for an ideal bathroom, and implement them.
Lets take an honest look at what you will be doing in your bathroom.
You will bathe. This will probably be one of your best contemplation spaces, so make the most of it. You will relieve yourself here, and should be able to do so in full sensuality. You will probably have sex here, once or many times. Most will masturbate and fantasize in this sacred room. Design well, as some of your peak experiences will happen right in your bathroom.
Please don’t neglect your bathroom on your artistic path to illumination. It is one of those places where the important things happen. The shape of your bathroom will be deeply reflected into your everyday life. It will affect your love life, career, social well being, and so many other aspects of your journey. Take it seriously, but in fun. Build a bathroom you will love to visit!
Let me tell you right now, that all great art is voodoo! It is a practice of assembling material symbols to the construction of spiritual goals, and the transformation of the physical, through reality manipulation.
Today I am writing about a specific form of ritual art. This is the art of making spirit catchers. So first, let me define what a spirit catcher is…
Spirit catchers are often made from jugs, bottles and other containers. These are the sort that the public know most about, but are far from the whole concept. Spirit catchers can be made from any physical material and form that captures a piece of individual consciousness, and transforms it to the desire of it’s architect. At this very moment, millions of spirit catchers are orbiting virtual space, like planktonic spider webs!
You can use spirit catchers to transform your reality in many ways including:
1. Improving your mental and physical health
The first step to improving health is de patterning behavior. Behavior patterns grow in time so rigid as to prevent energy flow to the mind and body. Because of this constriction, life shrinks, and finally ends. Spirit catchers are ideal tools for cracking open suffocating shells.
2. overcoming addictions
use some spirit catchers to drain habit energy, and others to draw vitality and stamina. Elemental bottles are great for this.
3. Finding new friends and lovers, or reinforcing bonds with old ones
In addition to elemental bottles, I suggest using spirit catchers specific to certain nuances. This is fun work for an artist
4. Defeating enemies
One example… Keep a ventilated jar containing a black widow spider. Feed her live bugs representing your adversaries and problems. Make the jar a beautiful home she will be happy in. I recommend plastic, as it is shatterproof. This is safer for all involved!
As I’ve mentioned before, many forms of spirit catchers transform social consciousness constantly. This has been true since the “wall art” in caves, to wild feats of cyber technology. That being said, a great painting is just as potent as any of these. This is why I said that all great art is voodoo!