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Is Digital Painting Killing Art? : My thoughts

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!


So,


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!



Artist At The Edge Of Magic


Greetings All!


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


Sam


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:]:]:]access-and-transcend


So I’m drawing the “Ice Curtains” to politicians right now, this is about me!ice-curtains


I am an artist


to qualify, I am an artist


At the edge of magic!artist-at-the-edge-of-magick


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…the-green-man-in-contemplation


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.lucifer


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?baphomet-rising


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.deaths-head-moth


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.Tantric Reformation


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.point-of-no-return


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.The Weave


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!

The blowout of self-sodomy
The blowout of self-sodomy

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.

The undefined spaced in control
The undefined spaced in control

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.under-the-bridge



 Hope all had a happy Halloween. Autumn blessings to you!autumn-fire


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Art, Symbolism, Wormholes, And The Shape Of Things To Come


 

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.The Weave


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.Rites Of Fall


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”.View of The Cape Fear River from the River Walk


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.Tantric Reformation


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!”A Winmington Night


I feel I live in strange times.sleeptest


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.Clown Show


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!worm hole sentinal


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.Marshland Along The Alligator River 4 11 16

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.


Wormholes,


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!

Facing The Illuminator

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!”

Catching Souls In Bottles : Art And Voodoo

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…Egyptian Vase


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!



5. Transforming the state of the world you live in!Astral Surfer

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!


To many, this whole thing will sound like mumbo-jumbo, but are they thinking clearly about this art? Have they tried it to the ends they desire? For the more spiritual, I guarantee you that spirit catchers work, and not only for selfish purposes. Anyone can use this transformational art, to produce physical changes, and usually fast!


Perhaps some strict adherents to the Voodoo religion might be disturbed by my non traditional reference to, and perspective of the creed. I truly wish to offend no one. This post is mainly for those who find art to be their spiritual practice, and use their skills to adapt what awareness the world has accumulated, to that goal. My wish is for all who read this post to find something, or many things to take from it.


How Do you make spirit catchers?SPIDER GOD


There are many ways, though they all include the same strategy. First, an object either created or recycled must be designated as a vessel. Simple spirit catchers are often made from glass or plastic bottles and jugs, suspended on tree branches, railings, window sills, etc. This kind of spirit catcher is usually used for protection of property, surveillance, and to harvest desired energy patterns of passers. Spirit catchers create vacuums, somewhat like contained black holes, designed to attract specific energy outflowings. More complex spirit catchers are created just for harvesting a single energy frequency. Many of these are quite beautiful artworks! Some examples of these are of course voodoo dolls, elemental vials, paintings and sculpture. Each of these require different skills and materials. Now spirit catchers can even be made as programs in the cyber world, using music, images, NLP, and hypnosis. I will not discuss the making of voodoo dolls, as this knowledge is already widespread, at least on a superficial level, and there are experts on this craft who could provide the specifics.


I use hand made or recycled containers, adorning  them with art and symbols of of the energy I wish to harvest. Often, I make the containers from materials shared by that particular energy form and object, and myself. For example, if I were working for someone who bakes, I could make a spirit catcher from dough. [Dough can be used as a clay substitute, except it cracks when drying, so is an inferior in some ways. Needs more work, such as painting and varnish.]


Anyway, the main point is to choose your art to match your need. High voodoo and hermetic magic have complete languages to help with this. I suggest that everyone interested adopt or invent some terms and imagery.


Paintings and sculpture make excellent spirit catchers! The challenge is for the artist to provide the correct spiritual imagery. There are many great books to gain reference, but I will endorse none at this point. You should be able to gather all you need from your life, should your magic be sound! Think hard about the situation, and decide what you feel needs capture. Begin a painting with stream of conscious imagery. Flesh it in later with potent facts, and psychological information. Cover it with relevant detail and beauty. Perform your rituals. Let your baby eat:]


In reference to making a decline in things, Aleister Crowley said it best as, “killing the babes before they are born.” This means to kill the idea before it can bear fruit. In reference to creating an incline, I say “set a plate of bread, and cup of wine, for the newborn king!” Think of this as pouring gasoline down a path, close to a small but growing fire.

We all should know this implies a great blaze, and anyway, a historic progression. We are creating microcosmic elements potent enough to induce great changes in the macrocosm!

This post is a primer for many activities and posts I will bring on later. It may seem simple, even perhaps lacking instruction, but really it’s all here. I can’t wait to see some feedback from those who get it! Those who don’t, that is also ok. Pursue your art with passion, and soon you will. To all, Light In Extension!