These paintings express my feelings about the west. From what I see, to what I have experienced and what I grew up with as a western TV show or movie. The expression is probably subconscious thoughts that are going on in my present life. There is always something going on in our personal life. Now more than ever, turbulent cultures here in the USA do to COVID and politics.
You may see in these paintings that they have a rough fluid look. You would be correct. It is what makes painting truly fun for me. Painting by site versus some formula or intellectual measure. With the swipe of a brush, I can change a shape by adding to it, or over-paint to subtract from a shape. On a flat panel, it makes sense and becomes believable.
A lot of people tell me that they enjoy the symbolism I use in my paintings. This painting is almost all symbolism. It is about our journey in life, thus called “The Journey”. What a boring life it would be if all of our lives where the same, preplanned or mapped out. For me The Journey is more like an interactive book that is written as we go by our choices and sometimes consequences for our actions.
Life has begun to unfold in grander ways lately as I have embraced Isha Yoga and Inner Engineering with a brilliant Guru or Mystic named Sadhguru. He is very strikingly logical, coming at things in the most practical ways that make him one of the smartest people I have ever come across. Not trying to sell him here, just saying that he helps me to get past most of the trash that used to constantly recycle through my head. Now with less trash going in or coming out, I am able to see things a little more clearly. It is a grow as you go experience.
When I stated my rough sketch before painting this painting I noticed my shadow on the steps and thought it may be a good thing to keep in the painting, my shadow. This is where the title of the painting comes from.
I started writing this book after my open heart surgery last year. Horrible experience I hope none of you ever have to go through. After this, I read my doctor’s book called “Your Heart Manual” about heart health and some surprising finds that he uncovers in his research. From countless researches all over the world, they are saying, sex can help your heart.
In short, I use all Natural Walnut Oil to paint with and clean my brushes. I have been using M. Graham for almost 15 years and have enjoyed all the benefits as have my students. In a time when health counts even a little more, I recommend these paints.
If you can take a moment to visualize with me that we are all part of our universe. The moon affects the tides, even a woman’s menstrual cycle is in line with the moon’s orbit. There is so much happening that is aligning us, or better, that we are all apart of.
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I have some time here COVID 19 wise, so I want to give more of an explanation on this painting than I usually provide. One reason is that I hope when people observe the painting, they see what I do, or am trying to portray. Recently, I was looking at a drawing granddaughter drew and had to have it explained. What is it? Once I was told I totally got it and the drawing opened up to me. It was my back yard. Quite an amazing drawing, so much detail. I needed it explained. Yes, felt a little silly after asking, really, my back yard? I thought maybe I can open up this painting for you by providing some explanation.
Close-ups, there a few weird reflections on mans’ face since the painting was complete today and it is still wet. I will rephotograph again later when dry.
Like kids, we still do not like someone telling us what to do. We are not even sure doing healthy acts will work for us. I understand. This book is intended to make being healthier fun, your choice for life, enjoyable, even pleasurable as you develop a passion for healthy living. You could even say, “loving your self back to health”. A simpler, less encumbered life of doing what is important for you as an individual. You are in charge of your life.