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.
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!
Wow! This image is so beautiful to me. It easily could be my favorite painting! So what is it? It was based on a dream in which this object was the tutorial for “In The Beginning”.
What that means, I’m really not sure, but I see it to apply to so many things! In a nutshell it represents the formation of something new, and yet undefined. I believe my site here is the epitome of this! I’ve often told my commenters that this isn’t just my site, but something we build together. This is how I want it to be!
For now though, I want to take this to another level.
This shape is almost formless, yet threatening to become something. I see it as a possible stage before the evolution of anything. Art is the manipulation of lines, rays, curves, and space. Before this can occur, something must allude that it can.
Within our minds, shapes appear, and from them the generation of universes! Once again, I will state a little acknowledged truth. Whatever we dream about, we should be able to paint, perform, or in some way replicate without flaw. Why? We create all of the dream characters we have. So, we really know what they look like. Our problem is knowing ourselves! If we can’t face what we are doing, or too lazy to try, then of course, we will find it hard to replicate the images in our heads.
Surrealism to the rescue!
This is the purpose of automatic drawing, accidental art, psychedelic art, and exercises such as ” The Exquisite Corpse”. All these are merely an attempt to access our own personal power. It’s a great mystery that we find it so hard to do this, but it’s the case! It appears that our minds are reluctant to being understood, even by themselves.
This is why we imbibe in all the ways we do. Life outside of the “Free Flow”, it painful and basically pointless. Within the “Free Flow”, all things are in reach, and life makes sense. Surrealists look at the initial outflowings of reality, and attempt to stay with them, because we seek maximum reality! Not being dead is far from enough, we wish to experience life first person.
I pay careful attention to my dreams. Even though I seek to find meanings, this is not the ultimate purpose of dream work. Being, in dreaming, conscious, and acting with sobriety will bring the truth to fruition. We really need to understand that we are
dreaming all the time we are alive. What we gain from our dreams, and our entire experience of life, is as much as we are willing to engage in it. Outside of the dream is only birth and death, if even that! The rest depends on our clarity and fluidity. We have to accept life as being a dream to wake up and learn how to live it.
There are some really sharp individuals in the world! They used to intimidate me greatly! What I found is that these people live consciously in their dreams, so they have full access to their own minds. Though we might think so, they probably don’t personally understand us at all, but they respond to images in a way their dream directs.
It is imperative that we all act in such a fashion.
Getting back to my painting: what thoughtforms does it provoke, what is it telling you? This polymorphic form could become something tangible with the slightest hallucination! I’m thinking soon of creating sculptures of images such as this. I would love to feel this image with my hands. Would it be hard and cool, warm and soft, rubbery, slimy, smooth or rough? Just this image alone could yield possibly ten sculptures, all appearing the same, yet feeling different.
A new perspective!
Could this not be a pillow, a chair, a sex toy, a window, a toilet, a vase, a garment? It could be anything! My challenge is to make it into as many things as possible. It would have so many applications in modern living rooms, as wall art, in bed rooms, bathrooms, and offices. It could be a flowerpot.
For those of you dedicated to self sustaining lifestyles, think of it’s awesome potential in an urban vegetable garden layout! See, in many cities, it is actually illegal to grow produce in your front yard. In some places, it’s illegal to grow your food at all!
There is no law I know of against floral art!
This could be a nice vegetable growing container, and even a hydroponic, or aquaponic system.
I’m going on and on about this so much to give value to an idea I have concerning art. Let me call it a theory. By reducing an object to it’s most primal form, we can expand it’s awareness to the upmost potential. What was once a cool concept known mainly by hippies and psychology students, can now become a part of ordinary life for many. The benefit of this is that as long as the form remains truthful to itself, there will be a transmission of awareness to all exposed to it. It really doesn’t need to matter why.
NLP devotees take heed! These images are very powerful. Unlike hand signs and what not, such images translate directly to the mind, and root themselves quickly. Connect an idea to such an image, and it will be lodged in every part of the mind provoked by that image!
As a tool in hypnosis, attaching a suggestion to this image will drive that suggestion to anywhere in the mind the image stimulates!
Now, follow me carefully here…
By increasing the points in the mind the image stimulates, you will increase also the potential of that image to induce massive changes to thinking, and society as a whole. All that needs to be done is to apply the image to as many points of life as possible, and then attach a suggestion to it.
Right now, I won’t even bother to tell you why,
Use the force for the benefit of all!
Please try these techniques out in your art, psychology, NLP or whatever, and let me know how it goes. I would love to collaborate with like minds!
Connect with your dream imagery… Purify by simplifying it… Expand it to the max!
There are thousands of dream dictionaries, dream oracles, and works on dream interpretation. Most of them are influenced by symbols used in psycho analysis, or the studies of collective conscious. On the lower end, [in my opinion,] are those ” One Million Dreams Revealed!”, kind of books and online programs. That being said, I caution the student of dream interpretation to avoid snubbing any of these, as they each reveal some very interesting things on many levels.
Bias undermines the effort to understand the subconscious language.
Simple dream dictionaries interpret dreams 1. according to authors opinion, 2. the opinions of a peer group/segment of culture, 3. according to myths, folk lore, and allusion. They provide good collections of cultural symbolism. I used to love reading these mainly for the pictures. Still do! I would dwell on the images in the books which frequently entered my dreams. My opinions on the interpretations taught me a lot about where I come from, and relate to the world.
Psychology based dream interpretation systems offer a wealth of rich symbolism and roadmaps into the unconscious, and often are quite on point! This is proof that careful research often yields great results. These kind of studies require both in, and out of the box thinking. For this reason, I cannot recommend Freud over Jung, just to give a classic example. Though their research lead each into nearly opposing directions, they complimented each other greatly. My perception of their work is that of an illumination of the mind in the micro and macrocosm.
Religious symbolism plays a great role in creating subconscious imagery. These images are culturally constructed versions of collective conscious icons.
Collectively seen objects become collectively viewed pictures.
The origins of these icons being the result of our primal impressions of self and world, they continue to evolve when we do. They are the dream entities of a culture, and the parents of future dream entities. We can reduce these to the conscious and subconscious mind.
In music, there is an interplay between sound, and the spaces between sounds. This interplay gives birth to rhythm. What we have really done in creating music, is to manipulate a phenomena we witnessed in nature to serve our subconscious vision.
Many new creations arose from the music we created. Dancing, concerts, festivals, battle hymns and more filled the air. Music lead to cultural movements and revolutions! Shamanic trances connected dream worlds together, both past and present.
The Conscious And Subconscious Mind!
I recommend that every student of dreams writes their own dream dictionary! They could use all the meanings they find in others work that they feel apply. I say this because definitions of dreams have to be so subjective that your best data will always be your own.
As far as schools of dream research, feel free to choose one that works best for you, and it may be your own. Please check out the writings of, 1. Fredrick Peris, 2. Carl Jung, 3. Calvin S. Hall, Jr, 4. Sigmund Freud, 5. Alfred Adler. These folks have defined the study of dream interpretation for a long time! I think it is fine to choose any school of thought on this matter, as long as it coincides with your thought process. Honesty here is very important!
I have an idea of my own to include here, and it has been my preferred method. This is a method best suited for lucid dreamers. Within the dream world, we have guides, though we have to invoke them. They will guide you to the meaning of your dream. Having your own dream dictionary, as well as journal, will speed up the process. I must say, that this technique is much slower than most. Usually. The accuracy is 100%!
Dream guides are found while dreaming, or in altered states. Once invoked, they will set up a strategy for the meeting. What I like about this, is that you get your dream explained to you, by itself! You will not need further interpretation. All that’s needed is supplied! The drawback is the necessity to have a strong background in lucid dreaming, as well as invocation.
Dream guides come from a place overlooking, but not inside of dream reality. So to speak, they are with the guys who write the script, except that they stand alone. They are interpreters. Dream guides may be invoked in dream states, or in conscious reality. I usually invoke them by painting.
My surrealism almost always begins with hypnagogic imagery. By asking a question, I am soon to be delivered an image, video, etc. By painting, or deeply imagining the image, a dream guide appears. The rest is personal. My paintings are gates to expanded awareness, by which I may access a present state in heightened awareness, and bring it home to reality.
Picture a Charcoaled head, glowing in it’s embers, facing it’s shadow. The sun shines on all, but points specifically to the head. Within the sun, an abstract phoenix symbol, indicating renewal through the process of contemplating the head, which is also a brain, jellyfish, and mushroom cloud. It’s shadow below connects with the waters of the subconscious. lips emerge from the waters, a periscope looking straight into my psyche. To the left, a dock harbors the questions of the waking mind. A figure reaches to the sun.
The whole scene comes across as under water. The periscope emerges from below the scene, “The Eye Asking Why?…” Note the separation of lips above and below.
Can you see the separation of mind states, as well as objects in the painting? If so, you must understand the apex, uniting the duality. It always comes down to the apex, where all contradictions are unified. The sun rises twice, and the head sinks again. Works of the mind continue to go down, seeking rest but finding excitement. Son of above, is sun of below.
Going through a period in my life where I sense a strong division between my conscious and unconscious mind. Recovering from an illness, that division has been somewhat breached. Questions arise, regarding my self concept, and plans for the future. The head appears sleeping, though facing it’s shadow. An abstract phoenix of golden luminosity within the sun, corresponds to the internal glow within the head. There is renewal here! I am trying to “paint” myself back into health, and meanwhile, aspects from my shadow world are observing my intent. The dock covered in objects of every day life stands over the subconscious and astral, while they are below my conscious perception, yet there to perceive. My gut instinct coaches me to wake up, study and evaluate every day life carefully.
Please try using this model along with your personal dream dictionary. Let me know how it goes!
p.s. Painting will be posted as soon as fully complete:]