Writing

Below is a selection of art-related writings that can be read along with more writings on my blog.

Contact with Havalah

11/06/2019

A FEW MONTHS AGO I EXPERIENCED a waking “vision” which, I now better understand, was more than what it seemed at the time. At the time it was what it was, and still is, but I didn’t even consider it enough to bother to write it down. Hence, I don’t know exactly when it happened, but in linear time it was some months ago. Over the months that progressed up until writing this now, information came into my awareness which, to my surprise, relates to what I experienced. This prompted me to make the oil painting shown above and also write this article...

Growing a Coral Reef (in the garage?!)

4/21/2019

ON 11-28-2018 I WAS SWIMMING in the tropical Caribbean waters off St. Croix in the Virgin Islands when I caught some underwater images in digital form of a very vividly alive coral reef ecosystem. Since I couldn’t at that time take up permanent residence on the reef (I very much wanted to), and since I don’t have the means or expertise to have corals as pets (some lucky people do!), I settled for growing a reef by hand on canvas with paint. Since (very reluctantly) coming ashore and returning to my garage-turned-studio in the drought-stricken landscape of Southern California, I have begun painting those corals and that reef, with the visual aid of the watery digital photographs I brought back with me on a nifty memory stick and my own memory to (re)boot....

Of Pineals and Peacocks

4/30/2018

I CREATED THE OIL PAINTING ABOVE IN August 2009, in the wake of an exceptionally vivid lucid “dream” within which I came upon a gigantic suspended cocoon-form grasped by several human-sized mantis-like insects. As I tend to do within these hyper-realistic “dreams”, my dream-self procured a camera with the intention of photographing what I was encountering. As I inched closer, several of the giant insects gradually faded into peacocks. I did not advance my approach anymore, as this increased the liminal fluidity of what I was seeing, making it more difficult to capture on camera. Obviously I awoke to find no such photographs on my camera roll....

The Joshua Tree Lifecycle: Many Years Growing

10/28/2016

JUST BEFORE THE RAINS CAME this late October, I found myself completing a series of paintings I have been occupied with creating during the past three years. Joshua Tree 5, the life-size, 3-dimensional painting of a Yucca Brevifolia at its peak maturity, was completed on October 27, 2016, outside my studio in Ojai, California. This completion marks the end of a pursuit to artistically interpret and depict the growth cycle of the Joshua Tree, a unique and now threatened species native to the California desert. The painting’s completion occurred just in time to bring its 8′ x 6′ frame indoors (now crammed in the corner of the living room behind my pearlescent Gretsch drumset)–for as I write this, drought-stressed Southern California is receiving much needed rain from the heavens...

Hornworm Arrival!

9/27/2017

WAY BACK IN JUNE I posted pictures of my lush summer garden in Where Are the Tomato Hornworms When You Need ‘Em? In the post I lamented that even with an over-abundance of garden finery, there were no tomato or tobacco hornworms to be found. Most often the hornworms of my gardens of the past were of the tobacco classification (Manduca sexta), being primarily distinguished from the tomato variety (Manduca quinquemaculata) by their red-orange horn, verses a blue-black one. The caterpillar in Big Bug I is thus technically a tobacco hornworm....

Big Bug IV (The Static Fly Paradox)

7/3/2016

AS THE IMPENDING HEAT DRAGGED IN the closure of June, I found myself attaining the completion of not only a significant painting, but conclusively a series of paintings which I conceptually began in summer of 2012. Immersed in the rising temperature of summer amplified within the confines of my studio-garage, my activated sweat attracted a buzzing fly as I finalized the last of the Big Bugs series...

Cockroaches, Coca Cola, and Human Evolution

6/12/2016

HOW IS THE COURSE of humanity’s evolution enhanced by the cockroach? Could such a universally loathed and commonplace vermin present itself to be a stepping stone towards greater human development and knowledge? Of course! Most people detest the inevitable fact that where there is human activity, there are cockroaches. And it seems the more human activity in one place, the greater the potential for there to be even more cockroaches. And since life is overall a symbiotic process, we, often in unrecognized or unexpected ways, benefit from cockroaches as well...

After Death: Into the Great Beyond Through Painting

6/8/2016

THE DEATH OF A PET often strikes one as intense as the death of a fellow human. There are distinct differences and consequences, but the feeling of loss remains the same. In my experience, a pet is an extension of oneself, a living spirit animal that one takes care of and integrates into daily life. It is both a part of oneself and an independent entity; it is separate and utterly dependent. The relationship a pet owner develops with his or her pet is often as transformational as a relationship with another human, if not more so. After all, animals are people too....

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