Monday, February 1, 2016

46th entry - the '2016 Time Series'

Time
according to Niche its irrelevant, according to Einstein its perspective. I offer a new theory on an old theory, its mass.

Like in the movie "LUCY" which was a fantastic extreme on theory of what happens to a human brain if we can use more of it, it was a fun film to watch. She uses principals of quantum physics and applied mathematics in reference to this. Take for example a car driving down a stretch of highway, its a simple path one straight line, then speed that car up. Speed that car up so fast it fades into existence as if it was never there at all. To you it might disappear completely but its not,

Time is the thing that gives us definition/meaning. within our own observational experience our personal gravity its a bubble, its moving quickly to some and slowly to others. Time as an element is more beautiful and needed than any other type of energy for it is precious. In the larger scale of all things it is perhaps the most valuable commodity.

Lets take this concept into a more deeper meaning, if we could fathom our lives and how we grow like all of nature grows we would see a sphere. Not like the circles of coming back to the beginning, but imagine a planet. a gravity drawing into it with that nature and preferences

Each of us with our own mutate-able formula and beautiful.Why formula? Everything is a formula, in simplicity a basic "If , Then , Else " , look at the same car now imagine youre the driver coming up to an intersection with a stoplight at it.
If green

Then go
Else see if the light is yellow or red

If red
Then stop
Else remain going or slow down

We of course are not this simple but that is the basis, A multitude of seemingly endless layers of if then else firing off in our minds simultaneously in milliseconds; some so quick we arent aware of them. It happens in all of nature. And much like driving a vehicle, when we become aware of them we can control them to bring about wonderful and amazing things in our perspective realities.

We can manipulate time. Not in the sense of Dr. Who (yet) but in the sense of what we do with it and how it impacts the other elements in reality. We do this all the time, cooking, learning, breathing, making relationships, making babies, sneezing, showering, all the time. Also, how we spend our time effects how others spend theirs as a result. The person who said "wow, walking everywhere is the pitts!" and decided to put two wheels on a seat probably never expected someday we'd be complaining about gas prices or engineering alternative fuel sources. How we choose to control our time is epic and this is true for all of us, simple cause and effect.

Each of us hold, within the palms of our hands (in a manner of speaking), a day that has not been created yet, a world not yet brought into reality. How we choose to care for it is simply up to us. Like it or not it's ours to do with what we wish. By mastering our series of moments and by using the power and caring of choices before they begin to impact a reality is to master one's own formula.

The trick is to be aware of them, to be aware is to be alive.

How we feel is based so much on what we think, what we think thats so deeply thought we forget we are thinking about it at all. Bringing it back to the formula statement I made earlier, the line is this: Thoughts, Feelings, Attitudes, Behaviors, Repeat

The person driving the car can have a happy drive to the intersection, or an angry drive, a sad drive, frantic, peaceful, etc but behind each of these emotional states there were a series of thoughts that lined up to create that. Beyond that an attitude toward the type of drive and beyond that the way they would be driving (angry driver, sleepy driver, happy driver) visible to us in our realities and either making us happier because the song theyre playing rocks or pissing us off because they just cut us off or whatever.

Im not an English major and at the sacrifice of great grammar and sentence structure (Sorry Professor G. Welch) I hope these creative ideas are translating successfully. Please forgive that one transgression. I write the way I talk, and honestly most feel exhausted to catch me when Im speaking passionately about something. I digress, time.

As a kind of kowtow within the vein of this time theme who better to acknowledge than the time lords themselves. Gallifreyan is a Mathematical language using spheres and physics in a logarithm. Each logarithm is represented by a series of concentric rings which can be read from outer to inner. As illustrated in the photographs of my artwork they appear in each of the pieces within this series. Each has a meaning For Example in "One" the rings behind the focal figure read as "Create Your Reality".

In multiple shapes these glyph appear in layers, like my artwork is layered with seemingly hidden images. This quantum language depicts not something linear like our left to right language but as a whole, the entire statement of an idea at once. I've used a gold element to draw the statements in the piece outward which is seemingly non existent until the light hits it just right, because to me our moments are as such. These 'things' that we might not really notice until after they have occurred and we regard more closely, most of which, hopefully, with fondness. But again that depends on us.

I hope you've enjoyed reading about this series as much as I've enjoyed sharing it with you. Feel free to visit previous entries should you like. More to come soon, thank you for the love.



Sunday, September 21, 2014

45th Entry - 'The Sigil Series of 2014'

Our world is full of things not yet defined by conventional science, not yet understood by our limited comprehension of  mathematics. Even agnostic, and atheist can agree that there is in fact allot more about all things that we do not understand than those things we do.

However there were those before us, whose cultures and societies that reached greatness, that believed in their way the intangible. The inspiration behind this series came from those of totem animals, a belief system in the accordance of nature and the Native American Indians but shared by other cultures through time and all over the world.

These people, believed in spirit guides taking the form of animals. Known as spirit animals, or totem animals, tradition provides that each individual is connected with nine different animals that will accompany each person through life, acting as guides. Different animal guides come in and out of our lives depending on the direction that we are headed and the tasks that need to be completed along our journey.




Native beliefs further explain that a spirit animal is one that is with you for life, both in the physical and spiritual world. Though people may identify with different animal guides throughout their lifetimes, it is this one totem animal that acts as the main guardian spirit.


With this one animal a connection is shared, either through interest in the animal, characteristics, dreams, or other interaction.

This Animal Guide offers power and wisdom to the individual when they "communicate” with it, conveying their respect and trust. This does not necessarily mean that you actually pet or spend time with this animal, more that you are open to learning its lessons.


For some, knowing what is their totem animal is almost an innate process. It’s as if they’ve always known, inexplicably drawn to the animal or having a special feeling for the animal’s energy. For others, they wonder how to tell what their animal totem is. The matter is also traditionally solved easily in a rather common sense manner. 

Here are some questions to ask yourself if you’re wondering what your animal totem is:
  • Have you ever felt drawn to one animal or another without being able to explain why? This could be animal, including birds and insects.
  • Does a certain kind of animal consistently appear in your life? This doesn’t necessarily have to be a physical appearance, it could be represented in other ways such as receiving card and letters with the same animal pictured over and over, unexplained dreams of a particular animal, watching television and seeing the same animal featured time and time again, or, actually having the animal show up.
  • When you go to the zoo, a park, wildlife area, or forest, what are you most interested in seeing?
  • Are there any animals that you find to be extremely frightening or intriguing?
  • Is there a particular animal that you see frequently when you’re out in nature?
  • Have you ever been bitten or attacked by an animal?
  • Have you ever had a recurring dream about a certain animal, or a dream from childhood that you have never been able to forget?
  • Are you drawn to figurines or paintings of a specific animal?
    Each of these hold different meanings, the sight of them believed to carry the sacred weight of symbolic definition its viewer already carries and identifies with, needed or would experience, a sigil or totem.  And with this idea in mind, I waited until a light rain and went to work.
Painting in a light rain using powdered pigments a process i call 'rain painting' where the drops of water saturate the colors creating natural striations and variations in tone, the pigment is dried herbs, minerals, and spices some hand done by me others shipped in from asia and all natural  the pieces are turned by hand and rotated as the rain water hits them using gravity to create form and depth. 

I had to do the background for each with the completed image in mind because during this season the rains come and stop erratically. I had to work while the skies provided for them and did so happily. By each painting in the series is the animal, and its meaning. All of which in this series have touched me personally (as an interesting side, I view 'One' as a bit of a self portrait actually the black capped chickadees here even sit on my head as Im painting or changing bird feeders).

"One", the Black Capped Chickadee: meaning loyal, grateful, hard working, planners, engaging, visionary, unassuming, embodiment of hope and joy, involvement and inspiration. 
"It would be a breach of good manners, an inexcusable ingratitude, to write of ever so briefly of the New England winter without noting the chickadee, the most engaging and characteristic enlivener of our winter woods; who revels in snow and ice, and is never lacking in abundant measures of faith and cheerfulness, enough not only for himself, but for any chance wayfarer of our own kind."
-Bradford Torrey -
(The Rambler'sLease, 1889)

"Two" the Pieris rapae or better known 'Cabbage White Butterflies': meaning  purity and prosperity , metamorphosis, transformation, balance with grace, ability to accept change, being true to one's own self. 

These are some of the most ancient symbols, in ancient Greece their name also meant 'soul' . In Japan they are perceived as the personification of a person's soul, if you see them a beloved family member or loved one is coming to tell you you are loved. 

"We are all butterflies. Earth is our chrysalis." - LeeAnn Taylor



"Three" the Fresh Water Sunfish, meaning: Clever, quick to start, open mindedness, creativity, humility, temperance, intuitive, competition, love of beauty, and awareness. The symbolic values of fish are wide spread through out the world and time. But these 'Sunnies' as they're locally known are so abundant in this area you can hardly visit a lake without noticing their nests close to the shoreline. 


I love them personally and when the babies are older they still stay close to the shoreline to avoid the larger predators, I wade in and let them check me out even feed them (heres a video of me doing just that https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mgVAX0o_CJU&list=UUYq3LBw1q8EnG0l0iIjXfSA )
"Four" the Frog Spirit/Toad Totem: meaning transition due to personal growth, energy, positive change, committing to self, controlling ones own emotions, self control, understanding, empathetic, patience, wisdom through experience, sensitivity, positive patience through self standards. 

These are also known as the symbols for family, and family togetherness. Its believed to be good luck to have one at the family house to ensure a long lasting joyous connection filled with harmony. Which brings us to the final piece in this five painting series . .
"Five" the humming bird: meaning, those who have the humming bird as a spirit animal are invited to enjoy the sweetness of existing and life. They lift others where ever they may go by simply being there and inspire, they are leaders, motivators, inspirational, and/or creative forces. The also mean the ability to find miracles within the every day and seemingly ordinary, hard working, and hope. 


And this my friends, family, fans, collectors, critics and followers is my '2014 Sigil Series' I hope you enjoyed reading about its motivation and inspiration as much as I do in sharing it with you. Thanks for taking the time to read and if you'd like to see the rest of my body of work simply google: Patrick Gorman Pettis, or visit here http://bit.ly/1dfPUhs Thank you for the love






Monday, June 2, 2014

44th Entry - 'The Mosaic Series of 2014'




Solarium made from Caramelized Sugar
 Inspiration can come from anywhere, when you're open to being inspired 
. . .
and even sometimes when you're not.

I was looking closely at the veins in my plants and thought how fantastic these small singular pieces are on this side and that.

Each consisting of their own individual cells each performing a function but the plant itself is as a whole an entirely greater creature. The sum is greater than its individual parts. How much like life is that.

"One" from the 'Mosaic Series of 2014' by Patrick Gorman Pettis

Each of us carry within us as many molecules as there are stars in the sky and more than an estimated ten trillion little cells in our bodies which we are for the most part very directly in charge of and affect. But more than that what of our moments, our experiences and actions, our deeds.

Within the sum of our lives there are facets; memories and preferences, who we are, what we did, who and what we loved, how we were effected and what we affect.


"Two" from the 'Mosaic Series of 2014' by Patrick Gorman Pettis
I tried to imagine that, as a sum of days within a life what would that look like. . . what, if any, total image when its all said and done would a life lived look like, if someone could see it all together, the image of what we leave behind . . . the answer as I was looking at the smallest of plants was 'like a mosaic'.

Every life is precious like a jewel, and so I felt that the way to illustrate and express this would be to create these facets, this mosaic image as a cut jewel a marriage of both of these concepts.



"Three" from the 'Mosaic Series of 2014' by Patrick Gorman Pettis














Add to this that once something is done, once an experience is had or truth known there is no undoing it, no unknowing it no way to without serious injury un-experience it. Although we cope and can change and grow even alter the state of our realities those moments without time travel are fixed.


So I wanted to place that within this marriage of a jeweled mosaic. The sculpture of our lives, the work in progress that is only finished when we are. This is how I saw it, the sum of days within a life and what that might look like.

Using a combination of my own home made black ink, charcoal and pencil, I worked organically until each facet was placed and piece completed.


To create your own Black Ink:
½ cup honey

one egg yolk, 
½ teaspoon lamp black, 

What is 'Lamp black'?  Well, before you go hunting for it here and there put simply its the dark thick resin created when a candle (be it wax or oil) is held near to metal or glass. I'm sure if you've ever touched the burnt wick of one you've seen it on your fingers. Lamp Black is available in stores or you can make it yourself by holding an old ramekin or an old plate or really any receptacle you choose over a lit candle, I prefer this method though it does take a while to collect half a teaspoon. 

Mix all the ingredients to make a thick paste, then add your water only enough so that it flows easily, some people will add one teaspoon gum arabic. This item can be purchased in craft and art stores, I'm not fond of the shiny appearance it gives things so I omit this for alternatives depending on what my goals are for the element. This simple formula can be used for a variety of colors, simply purchase or create a pigment powder and substitute that for the Lamp Black. Play with the recipe if you'd like so that you get what you prefer, practice makes perfect. Ive come up with some one of the kind ways over the years and its fun to make it your own way.

I plan on there being three more within this series will share with them as they are released to the public.

Thank you for reading and thank you for the love.

More Later
-fin-

 Mosaic Series of 2014' by Patrick Gorman Pettis

Monday, September 9, 2013

43rd Entry - The Internationally Sold "2013 Warrior + Series"

"Anastasia" From the '2013 Warrior+ Series' Click this text to View them in the Gallery

There are those among us who have endured and are still strong, are still happy. These men and women have used mind body and soul to overcome their challenges and with will and attitude have chosen. They have chosen to have a life rather than let life have them. This makes them more than Warriors, each with their own story each with their own set of wisdom, each leaders and teachers by the example of their lives. This series was inspired by them, those heroes who may or may not have kingdoms, wealth and fame for who they are but are wealthy and powerful none the matter. We know them, and we are them if we also choose to be. 

Each piece is a symbol of the attitudes and impressions within this concept. I will detail them each for you in this entry as best I can but as we know with ideas, feelings and art . . . our language, our words cannot say it all and rarely say it accurately so I ask that you go beyond them. Search within these pieces your own meaning if you can, and I thank you in advance for your time. Each picture in the blog you can click to enlarge for greater detail. The text below each picture when clicked will take you to the gallery for the availability and description of that painting.

"Sagittarivs" Click This Text to see Pricing & Availability


First piece titled "Sagittarivs" . Titled so by the bow in flex position he carries I wanted all three panels to create a much larger and powerful image.The strength to alter our environment sometimes even if it means the world within us requires bravery yes but is also requires action. Within the human heart each of us carry intent and action which expect to bring about a result. Very much like the act of firing an arrow. However, no matter how well are target is struck there are others affected by our actions. Some of whom we see directly, others still we may never meet but through laws of cause and effect like a ripple will be touched by our actions. The braided faces behind the main figure look onto the archer or away in anticipation of exactly where his arrow will fall and what it means to them.

"Protonimvs" Click to see this listing as it appears in the Gallery
 As with several if not most of my work, the photographed pieces fail to capture a great deal of the texture in my technique. My collectors will tell you there's much to be said when seeing these in person. I love it when I show my work and people reach out their hands to want to run their fingers across it. Its really one of my favorite things to witness, grown adults with the enthusiasm and curiosity of children, I think thats wonderful. The Second piece titled "Protonimvs". At some point where the warrior was not one yet. The process of becoming a life of empowerment is often painful and joyous at the same time. Becoming aware of ones own self is not always easy, sometimes its the most difficult, and the most necessary because to be aware is to be alive. Within each of us to some extent there is a battle raging, between the caring and the damaging. Alliances are drawn within our own head and contracts made with more lines between them than those in our own hands. We are only dealing with our own selves, our most challenging adversary and perhaps our most dangerous.




 I'm often referred to as a 'green artist'. I think thats a pretty neat assessment. I use only natural inks stains and dyes I make myself out of raw elements and ancient recipes from around the world. I also use nature's dynamics themselves to apply these pigments. Using the wind to spread pigment, or feathers to apply fine lines. In this series powdered pigment was used during a rainstorm then the painting slowly rotated to form natural striations and variation in color. Raw spices such as coffee, cherry, kiwi, orange, henna and black berry were used to create this piece. There is actual plant and herb used in each painting to derive the colors in each of these paintings as a prime pigment for the paintings. 

Each piece is kept pristine by a special formula which coats and protects the piece, preventing aging and oxidation. They are designed to be the antiques of the future, providing that the collectors understand they should be kept out of direct sunlight to prevent fading (most know this however as a common sense - - the sun bleaches color in time even with uv blockers). Anyhow each of these, a few which I demonstrated live to people, use natural inks stains and dyes that I create out of herbs, spices, flowers, fruits and minerals as depicted in more detail along with formulas and recipes throughout this blog.

 Some of these pieces were placed at closed viewing to my collectors. From time to time with specific series over the years, I do these closed viewings for my loyal investors to give them first pick of the paintings they are most attracted to. You will see if you look at the gallery some of the collection has already been sold by the time this entry has been released and the series made public. I am old fashioned in the respect to my work, my vision and my prices. I cannot understand why any artist would stubbornly sit on a piece rather than allow it to be adored in a person's home. That form of compliment is priceless to me, the golden crown of accomplishment. When someone sees a painting and is inspired by it, understands it and loves it for its own sake to make it and in a way me guests of their experience. Yes there are price tags on my pieces but I will often negotiate my prices when asked for the sake of the work being loved and displayed rather than held in my inventory. I have never had to compromise to the point of loss. The value of my work has never depreciated because each painting is one of a kind, there are no duplicates it would be impossible to recreate an exact match for more than a few specific reasons some of which I share, others are secret such as hidden images and specific pigments.

"Icon" Click to see at it appears in the Gallery
Fourth piece, a double panelled painting titled "Icon", drew upon itself the concept that a Warrior though independant is also a representative of so very much. Its easy to understand how although we are individual we are not just one thing one integer one unit  Why? We carry within us as many molecules as there are stars in the night sky within each the power of a sun. We each of us are caretakers of fourty-six to sixty-eight Trillion cells within our bodies. We go in life with the hearts and love of others. Our choices our direction and inspiration is rarely that of a sole purpose or act when we know family, friends and loved ones or passion in life. It is what in turn we care for that we fight to keep together, healthy, happy and safe. It is what keeps us up at night and wakes us early in the morning. What we represent, and where we come from makes us all a type of Icon. Staying in theme with this concept there are over 150 faces hidden in this piece. You will be able to see some of them easily if you look at the figure's chest, others just like the reasons we carry within ourselves, are not so easy to find.


"The Green" Click to see this painting in the Gallery

This is the Fifth piece titled "The Green". Its one of personal significance as a two piece installment. Keeping in mind that the series is dedicated to those everyday heroes. That there are those among us who have chosen to have a life rather than let life have them. These men and women using their strength and self and inspiration to power them through difficulty, and hardship, even doubt and this makes them more than warriors. The inspiration for this piece was chosen because within each of us there is a moment when we know the suffering of being 'new'. And so within each warrior heart there comes a time when all at once to be good at so many things, and so bad at others. To know so much and not know what to do with it. To have so much passion and so little direction, its an ache not so much of being lost but of longing and this is the state of being in the green. 
"Enough" Click to see this painting in the Gallery

 This sixth piece has gotten a great deal of attention and review. One can never predict which in the collection is going to do that and I'm always surprised to see how many will gather around a certain concept that trines their own personal impressions. There comes a time, when we choose and it can happen in an instant. When all of the past and the suffering of complications can no longer affect us. Within the warrior heart that moment is when we have had enough of it. It is a moment of clarity, of forgiveness and self acceptance where even if what happens next isn't perfect its the 1st step toward a new now. That moment, that split second of feeling is what I wanted to capture in this painting.


"Choisis" Click to see this piece in the Gallery
 We each make our choices. Some do so without thinking, carelessly and void of awareness. Some make them so that each step is planned with risk, reward and balance in full mind. They choose so that eventually they arrive at a great center. At this center is home. For centuries the labyrinth has been a symbol to exercise the value of judgement. Anyone who has done it can understand that doing what you have to do now so you can do what you want to do and be where you want to be later is not always easy, some times its downright painful. However the reward is a sense of self priceless to ones being. A graduated soul who can through experience share that wisdom with those also in the mazes of their own lives. I demonstrated my use of fruits and herbs in the pigment of this piece to a few friends who were kind and curious enough to spend a weekend at the summer house and watch me paint. How fun it was that they were really entertained by the fact her eyes are made from black berry and her lips, cherry. Coffee and golden rod make her hair and skin. I dont normally paint in front of a group so this was special. I find the creative process is stunted when I have to answer questions on how this works or the oxidation process of raw vegetation or what to do to get powdered azurite and turquoise. It could easily turn from creating a painting to giving a class but in this particular instance it was really quite wonderful and a happy experience. It was fun sharing certain techniques like using evaporation rates to cause a crackling. I might even do it again sometime soon.

"Totem" Click to see this painting in the Gallery
The eighth and final piece is titled "Totem". I felt it as an appropriate closing of this circle. This piece was also reviewed by Ms Shelly Gave, Art Contest Curator for "Tallenge, Literally Earth's Largest Talent Platform" for its texture, technique and color composition. You can see a snap shot of that here: http://twitpic.com/dc0f9p .

With 'Totem' I felt it important to state that each of us have a divine council. Loved ones, heroes, angels if you will, ancestors, those we admire who we reach out to in times of need. Be them in our presence or long parted from our world they are carried within us, their advice, and love guiding us. These souls are our totem, to remind us we are not alone. 

Thank you all so much for taking the time and reading, the concept and vision behind the work is what makes it so important to me. So the opportunity to share this with you is really more precious than there are words to explain it and for that I am grateful. Stay tuned for the next in this years creative works a series titled "Alchemy". In the meantime stop by any time and filter through the previous entries theres recipes for home made inks and natural paints, also other concepts from work this year and in priors. More later . . . . . . . :)


on my 'painter's perch' working on "Icon" from the '2013 Warrior + Series'

Monday, April 8, 2013

42nd Entry - 2013 Past Life Series, Part Four

 In my world, things are not just things. I believe in the symbolic values of objects and images, once assigned they can inspire a wounded soul, change a stale attitude, renew a tired traveler or motivate. A candle, a bird, a cup, the number three, throughout time there has always been an allocation of spiritual assignment to so many things we encounter commonly and daily in our day to day lives. When placed together a certain way they form a kind of mathematical statement, a visual sentence.

For example: think of bread, wine, a cross and the number 12 or poker chips, a roulette wheel and a flashing neon sign, maybe a tomato, garlic and oregano - - these mean things assembled in our minds, in an order they produce a larger image a definition that as a whole is much more detailed and in depth and greater than the items themselves individually.
Art, to me, is very much the same way. These symbols when looked on in such a way, with this awareness directly and almost instantly effect our reality. How? It just does, we are designed on some level for this. Try something, if you'd like. Imagine you are thirsty, now think of a cool bowl of lemons, imagine pulling from the bowl a fat plump bright yellow lemon and placing it on a cutting board. In your mind cut the lemon in half then hold the half above your open mouth and squeeze it, feeling the sour wet touching your tongue and capturing it. 

If youve done this immediately you will notice your mouth began to salivate, producing enzymes specific to that image, your body has reacted as if it was really happening, you have with your mind set off a physical reaction that was not there before, you have changed your reality by that stimulus, mind over matter. 

This is happening to us on some level constantly, even while we sleep, and if we become aware of what is effecting our reality to some extent we can alter those stimuli and that is really quite powerful. To be aware is to be alive. Something beautiful can be so much more than it being pretty once we dive into the reasons why we are attracted to it and what it means to us. I use this in my creative process for every painting and the Past Lives Series I do each year is a great way to illustrate that.

As I mentioned in a previous post, once the tincture is applied faces and images appear within the palms and I am simply there to take note. The piece in a way paints itself and most of the time I am there much like a secretary taking dictation. I think this happens to allot of people in any creative realm, the story writes itself, the notes begin to play, the room comes together, the piece just makes sense and flows. Each of the paintings in this series hold letters from the actual person's name but they are re-assembled so that when I go public with the painting the person's identity is protected. I got this idea from Anna Madrigal in Armistead Maupin's 'Tales of the City' and thought it was a lovely idea.

While painting Esme Barde one of the first faces I saw was a male indian, I just loved him, though a small image as highlighted in the photo. One of my favorite Indian Tribes are the Pomo, they lived in the Sea Ranch California region undisturbed until the year 1812. The Pomo life was engorged with philosophy holding highest their ideal "Do not do anything you do not truly want to do". Their environment made so few demands in that area they could even enjoy saunas living on a rich diet of salmon, crab, abalone, clams and mussels along side sea otters in the fog shrouded coast line.

Along that concept the background of the piece was developed. Orchids were later added because to me, being an ancient flower, they represent a timeless beauty, an ancient formula that still works. I used the number 4 (four orchids) as a way to balance the piece, in contrast to the Pomo tribe who would simply burn their house if it was dirty and build a new one. People with a Life Path number 4 are the worker bees of society. If your Life Path is a 4 you are determined, practical and hard working.The number itself is that of cerebral order, "a place for everything and everything in its place." Home is their haven, and if their home environment appears sloppy and unkempt, it effects them.

"Past Lives of Esme Barde" part of the 2013 Past Lives Series
Those who have a '4' influence know great ideas live and die in their heads. They have a strong sense of right and wrong, are very honest, and value honesty in others. Fours' dreams are based in reality and they never question that you will have to work hard to make them come true. Loyal and very dependable, they make an excellent friend or partner, and usually have just a small circle of friends they trust completely. A spiritually connected person with a 4 in their life is capable of so much beauty and will often have a business dealing with beautiful things where they can share that insight in their loving way. There are even more details that I could get into what the color blue means, what the color rose means etc but I feel some of them are so personal I'd be embarrassed to share them. The main point is that each painting goes beyond a layer of images it involves also a layer of meaning.

This is consistent with my entire body of work. For example, with "Past Lives of Alan Eddy" before the palms went down on canvas I thought of
the person they belonged to and what a huge heart he had for those around him. I've often thought that a loving heart is like a home with many rooms. If this were the literal case surely this man's kingdom heart would be a mansion. A mansion with great windows allowing the world around him in all of its green to meet gently the world within. There is a love for life and laughter combined with a child like enthusiasm for fun and so I imagined inside of this mansion children would be playing.

"Past Lives of Alan Eddy" part of the 2013 Past Lives Series
In communicating this visually in the window where outside and inside are both visible there is a boy playing with a toy airplane smiling. I absolutely adore this image, really it came from itself and looking at it sparks a sense of mystery as well as a kind of joy. Even while painting it, I couldn't help but want to let the little guy out to play in the garden of what seems to be an ongoing landscape. Life is fun, and can be uncomplicated even though it is complex and needs maintenance, it can be enjoyed and celebrated just because.

 With "Past Lives of Bane Stott" the approach was more technical. One word kept running through my mind, 'Light'. The several variations and symbols of this concept combined with the science of light. I wasn't going to paint a light bulb or a sun, though both are great visuals for the word 'Idea'. I wanted to go beyond light for just light's sake and get into what it means within the layers. Imagination, ingenuity, the speed of light and travel. Once I widened my net of imagination these just fell into place. To every sunrise, the dawning of a new idea there is the setting of an old one. Within redefining ourselves the rising of our new level of being eventually outshines the setting of our old ways. This happens in ways sometimes so small so tiny we live on not even noticing them, and yet on their molecular level it is an event which is epic. Rayleigh scattering describes the elastic scattering of light by spheres which are much smaller than the wavelength of light. There is a mathematical statement for this:
Where in this instance, intensity is the letter 'I' where I0 is the light intensity before the interaction with the particle, R is the distance between the particle and the observer, θ is the scattering angle, n is a refractive instance of the particle, and d is the diameter of the particle. This in a way is the mathematical statement on how we are able to see a sunset. Its such an unconventional way to think, art and math have always been imaged on opposite sides of the brain but I dont agree, I think math can be beautiful and be used to explain beauty in a way unique to its own methods.

Math in its way can be seen as the method to determine solutions to a concept. A light at the end of a tunnel in the land of 'how is that possible' or 'how can we do it'. So in a matter of logistics I immediately pictured a lighthouse, funny enough before that I pictured a motley's crew of engineers lost in a sea of thought and it just made sense.

Adding to that the spiritual relevance of light I wanted to include, like I often do, some sacred geometry. What is sacred geometry? In the ancient world certain numbers had symbolic meaning, aside from their ordinary use for counting or calculating these carried even more emotional value than the numbers themselves. Traditional wisdom holds the universe to exist because of a profound harmonic order. The contemporary faces of Sacred Geometry are called: Design Science, Fractality, Invariance-scale Physics, Phi Recursiveness, Hyper-Harmonics, Self-Similarity & Quantum Geometry, you can look any or all of these up if you'd like there's plenty of research available on them. 

"Past Lives of Bane Stott" part of the 2013 Past Lives Series
Without boring the crap out of those who aren't interested in it or have a math phobia, basically Sacred Geometry is the art-science dedicated to study and applications of symbolic shapes, patterns & numbers that constitute the language of nature & consciousness as a universal code of creation. In this particular instance it's relevance is the Metatron Cube is depicted in that black and white illustration. This shape represents the grid work of our consciousness and the framework of our Universe. Alchemically represented it is the symbolic matrix in which everything is contained in our three dimensional being. It reminds the observer that there is more, still so much more out there to be discovered. Which then led me invariably to include the compass. Even a vacation where you get lost can be be fun but it isnt so much when a person loses their way from their dreams and goals. Variation and pleasant distractions welcomed of course, however, its always safer to take a light with you along the way.

 Thank you so much for reading this entry. I really hope you've enjoyed it as much as I have in writing it to you. Its not easy trying to make sense of the madness which is otherwise known as my creative process but I do hope you've had fun in witnessing my attempt. Although each end result is different every time, these are the layers that I place lovingly into each piece and maybe so that brings you just a bit closer when you look at one of my paintings or makes you look a bit longer. If it does that then I'm happy to have shared it with you. I'll have just one more update on this series next week, so feel free to stop by and take a look. Until then, more later.