The weakness of the creative individual is that they will make an aesthetic, a fascination, or rather an art-form out of their philosophical and psychological search. This can often displace the energies of their psyche, removing the friction and “selling it off” as entertainment. I am guilty of this in songs like “Shadows” and “Rise and Fall.” Luckily, in tandem with these sorts of expressions, were authentic and indescribable experiences of the unconscious psyche, which cannot be transmitted or displayed for any audience.Read More
After meeting an art collector in November, who critiqued and encouraged my work, I setup a the easel and got out the oil paint. The revolving forms, which I had invented in summer 2016, became of interest again.Read More
For many of us who hope to remain civilized, aggressive energies can seem unruly and terrifying. For various reasons, including being highly sensitive, I’ve had a sort of emotional allergy to anger and confrontation. I’ve had to recognize that the primal energy of aggression is very natural and can be accessed consciously in a positive way.Read More
Often we hear: “You have to go into yourself.” This new age phrase touches on the history of mysticism and contemporary psychology in which contemplation and self-reflection is essential. While, it can be easy to romanticize “going inwards,” in practice a prolonged solipsism is often painful.Read More
April is of course a transitional month, as winter moves into spring. The weather was no doubt chaotic and unusual; this seemed to effect me greatly. Further, it perturbed and baffled me slightly to notice how, despite a bodily fatigue and mental tiredness, interesting and sustaining compositions continually arose.Read More
I woke up in the middle of the night to a vision; it was a grid of luminous green dots with little bits of yellow poking out. Beholding this sight, I felt a sense of numinosity. That morning I did a little sketch, knowing that I would have to produce a painting based on this mysterious design.Read More
There are two painters I currently admire above all the rest, although there are many examples enduring works of art. The first is Paul Gauguin, who painted actively in the late 1890’s. The second is Sandro Chia. I attended Chia’s first exhibit in New York City after a decade, at the Marc Straus gallery this late winter, early spring 2017. On display were a couple dozen affecting and mature paintings.Read More
The new Father John Misty album, “Pure Comedy,” is a professional collection of songs brooding of Post-Modern neurosis. I could spend the entire essay focusing on the lyrical content, which bloats the extensive track-list, but there’s so much complexity in his world-view that it may be best to either take it or leave itRead More
This blog post documents the developments in my interest in what I call the "Revolving Form." All images are taken from a sketchbook which was maintained between January 9th and March 19th, 2017.Read More
Nigredo roughly translates to “blackness” or “blackening,” and in alchemy was considered the first stage toward the ultimate goal of obtaining the philosopher’s stone. Initially, Calcinatio is the main alchemical operation in which the chemical ingredients (or prima materia) first must be refined and cleansed by intense heat and burning, that would result in a blackening of the material. The desired result was to burn away any imperfections or alien substances, to leave behind only the purest of substances.Read More
I first picked up the guitar and began singing when I was twelve years old. Something about the honesty in folk and blues music inspired me to find my voice.Read More
I have been established as a dweller among the shining ones; and the underworld has been opened up. I have divided the heavens, I have passed through the horizon, I have traversed the earth. I am borne away by the mighty and shining ones because, behold, I am furnished with millions of years which have magic virtues.Read More
I call these forms mandalas, since they revolve around a center-point, although they are not traditional in any way. The moment in which I spontaneously create these forms is always unique and irreversible.Read More
The fascination with the Chinese hermits went from curiosity at an intellectual level to an experiential understanding which was brought about by practicing both in daily life and in seated meditation. Once the experiences starts to unfold you begin to see the many layers and scales to these truths. It's something so simple but we come from such complex and built up conditions that breaking these down can be extremely difficult.
I'd also like to note that in a very simple way the practice can be summarized by discipline, concentration and wisdom. It's something that closely relates to psychoanalysis, but with a dash of Taoism and quantum physics thrown in there. I'd also like to mention the wisdom comes from paying close attention to ourselves and slowing down. This involves a meditation practice where we engage with ourselves and aim to develop a more aware perspective.Read More
My art is a search for something; I’m digging around. It’s like I’m gardening, in an intraterrestrial place, like a cave. You see, I’m digging for a well, then it caves in and I fall over. There, I discover something unexpected, even revelatory.
My art is not merely a search for aesthetic sensibility or beauty. Although I love materials and colors, the search that I’m doing is much more internal; it has mystical qualities.Read More
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In order to bring a more comprehensive scope and even more depth to the study of the archetypal dynamics at play in politics and social movements today, we must recognize the role of the archetypal Feminine. The social turmoil and divisive politics in the United States and Europe, all of which terrify, yet also excite and stir change — as seen in movement and countermovement, progression and reaction — are all contained within the most essential and primordial archetype of all: The Great Mother.Read More
If we begin to observe the mind closely, we will see that it tends to emphasize the negative. My discovery of this was subjective and expressed poetically above. Interestingly, in the scientific literature there is vast evidence for a “negativity bias."
I have been collecting and archiving sketchbooks since I was twelve years old. But this is the first time I ever filled a sketchbook so fast! All of this was created, just in December.Read More
Whether you are a watercolorist, oil painter, abstract acrylic maniac, sketch-book filler, or a novelist, short-story dasher, essayist, poet, fellow blogger, or a songwriter, musician, producer, these two keys ways of sustaining inspiration will surely be of help!Read More