Stargazing and other musings.

Spiritual Horizons series

Have you ever been in the wilderness at the ocean, mountains or desert?  I spent time this summer experiencing the vastness of the lands and skies of  Taos, Santa Fe, Sedona and our Sonoran desert.

“StarGazer” is a piece that is rich in symbolism and the theme of the renewal cycles of earth and the interaction of the basic elements; Air-Water-Earth & Light in depicting the vastness of the heavenly bodies.

Mixed Media work Wood-Resin-Steel & Light. Created while listening to Lida Husak, Hillsong, Bad Suns, The High Violets

10″x10″x3″

Spiritual Thought

When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which You have ordained,
What is man that You are mindful of him,
And the son of man that You visit him? Psalm 8:3

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” A Pool That Restores”

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This is a mixed media piece, 60″ x 23″ x 2.5″.
Alligator wood, combining atmospheric translucent resin casts.  Steel legs; one side 18″ wide tapered  to 12″  with a 34″ height. The other leg is 10″ wide and not tapered.  Steel has a blue-gray and brown patina. A white oak leg brace with cast resin is being added to the 10″ leg for additional stability and incorporate phosphorescent luminescence. 

Translucent layers of resin mixed with pearlescent powders; dark blue, green/blue, iridescent blue and royal purple interlaced with layers of copper and gold . Spirit beings are  floating over a darkening sea, perhaps souls translating into new beings, being drawn into a New Earth.

Another perspective from the “edge” of the resin cast. Smooth to the touch, and when I run my hand over the edge, I can’t help but notice that my mind takes me to memories of surfing.

I had a clear vision of how to cast the piece, how the layers could flow. Looking vertically, it mirrors water. Looking horizontally focusing on the edge of the cast, you can see a wide panorama of sky, or a long ocean wave. I realized how smooth the piece has become as the edges have been burnished and the resin is liquid glass. There is a lingering aroma of Alligator Juniper. The whole work invites the viewer to engage with the work and not just with your eyes but through touch and smell.

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Working from the Inside Out

Wood-Resin-Steel & Luminescence
Wood-Resin-Steel & Luminescence

I keep focusing on light in and on my work. The light and background in this photographed is a polished steel box, with a very dark patina, almost black. The light comes from a LED light bar hidden by a steel light hood. Beautiful background to photograph this piece entitled “Canyon Spirits”.

I was inspired by the atmosphere of lands and skies of northern New Mexico and Arizona, combined with memories of living on the ocean. For a color palette, I use several shades of blues, greens, purples, coppers and pearl white. Favorite woods: Mesquite, White Oak,  Cedar, Hickory and Walnut.  This piece is re-purposed wood, not sure of the hardwood but once carried trains throughout the south west.
Welded a steel stand for this piece in the form of a classic surfboard shape and finishing the stand with a pearl white resin layer and then add a layer of clear aqua phosphorescent. http://www.stor-ybox.com to see my online gallery. This piece is sold but I have others.

You’re blessed when you get your inside world-Your Mind and Heart put right. Then you can see God in the outside world. The Message

People are like stained – glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within. Elizabeth Kubler Ross.

Sacred Places-Sacred Light

Light Sconce1 Fence Standard e-mail viewAs the story goes, the creation of light was the first command given by the Creator.

“Light serves as a powerful metaphor of knowledge, clarity, warmth, spirituality. In art light can serve as a stand-in for the experience of higher states of consciousness. Artists through the ages have appreciated the attractive properties of light and incorporated its qualities into their works. From the reflective gold and jewels of Byzantine mosaics to the changing atmospherics of the Impressionists, from the dramatic chiaroscuro of the Baroque painters to the electrically powered pieces of contemporary artists, each era has found its own articulation for the divinely originated illumination.” Richard Bledsoe

Somehow the small cross sections  in this series, seemed to enclose vast tracts of sky and earth. They held a sense of great distances and the interplay of atmospheric conditions within the translucent resin casts. Clouds meet air and land near the sea. The smell of creosote, a natural desert plant in imbued in the wood a former railroad tie with years of service in my desert landscape and formerly a header in a territorial arch that once was part of my home/studio.

Light comes from two sources, a hidden LED light source which in turn radiates in the various layers of the piece that were cast with pearlescent and phosphorescent powders. An internal glowing light, a light from within is created with the phosphorescent layers, blues-greens and aqua colors.

There is a sense of reverence in the land around Taos; New Mexico, and Taos is an inspiration to my new work. My studio is both for the creation of my work, and is is a sacred space as well; working as an artist is a religious rite with me at time.I hope that my pieces  evoke a sacred feeling and can be hung in sacred places and created for prayer and meditation where you might feel the shadow of the spirit of God himself.

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A Kingdom Temptation

CloseupEdgeEarth meets Heaven

After fasting for 40 days and 40 nights, Jesus meets Satan in the remote wilderness. After several  providing several temptations, Satan brings him to a mountain and the rest of the story is presented in Matthew 4:8-11

Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”

10 Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you,[d] Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’”[e]

11 Then the devil left Him, and behold, angels came and ministered to Him.

The transluscent layers on one of the sides of the piece was created from multiple cast of resin, some clear casts, some layers showing colors and shapes that depict floating clouds and desert rain showers, sunlight, land and sea masses from earth and transcend even deeper to the depths of hell. My imagination takes me to the Kingdoms  describe in the passage. High above the valley below, I can see the miles and miles of earth, sea and air and the kingdoms promised.

40 Days and 40 Nights

The Mystery of Days
The Day
The Mystery of 40 Nights
The Night

 

 

I continue to be drawn to the themes of the cycle of life that center on renewal and rebirth and drawing on contrast between light and dark  in my artwork. I recognize that these are “esoteric” conversations but I am musing at the what is described as a “mystery” in a biblical sense.

The creative process compels me to a spirit of surrender, I know who my enemy is and surrender is the process by which we  succeed.. As Steven Pressfield  put’s it :

“Most of us have two lives. The life we live, and the un-lived life within us. Between the two stands Resistance. ” and “The more important a call or action is to our soul’s evolution, the more Resistance we will feel toward pursuing it.”

Surrender allows me to fuse my thoughts  into the ultimate source. It is space where our lives are coordinated with God’s plan for us. I let go and let mystery of God take over.

My latest mixed media sculptures depict the vastness of nature inspired by summers trips to Taos, Santa Fe and Sedona.  I call the pieces Terraforms- depictions of the desert southwest, where the viewer can have an experience of skyscapes and landscapes that make up the desert and forests of northern Arizona and New Mexico. I add the memories of the ocean of CA, Baja, Hawaii and Alaska coastlines into the works, my time surfing, fishing and diving.

40 Days and 40 Nights

Mixed Media 24″ x 6″ x 10″

Wood-Resin-Steel & Light http://www.stor-ybox.com

The Mystery of the Resurrection

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Resurrection, renewal, rebirth and the cycle of life are themes in my artwork. I recognize that these are “esoteric” conversations but I am musing at the what is described as a “mystery” in a biblical sense.  Knowing who God is a daily dying of yourself, its a surrender for sure.  Each day brings its own theme to the process of life and death when compartmentalized in a 24 hour period. How do we measure life? By the year, decade or generation. It makes a difference. In the maddening pace of current life, life can be measured in a day vs a decade.

My latest piece’s depict the power of nature in a miniature setting. Often I think of my pieces as #Terraforms, depictions of the desert southwest,where the viewer can have an experience of skyscapes and landscapes that make up the desert and forests of northern Arizona and New Mexico. Then I add the memories of the seascapes of CA, Baja and Hawaii coastlines. It’s a heavenly vision for sure.

Spiritual Horizons

 

 

Spiritual Horizons View from a New Earth
Spiritual Horizons
View from a New Earth

 

A new series of mixed media pieces inspired by Land-Sky-Desert and Oceans entitled” Spiritual Horizons” and will be shown at New City Studio on First Friday, October 3rd in a group show entitled Land and City for more on the show visit https://www.facebook.com/newcitystudio

The mixed media pieces incorporate re purposed wood, casts resins, steel and light which have been my favorite media for the past few years.

This is my first time showing pieces incorporating phosphorescent powders in my resin casts. The effect is an eerie light emitted best seen in a darkened setting. Light is a central theme of my work and unlike previous works which concealed the LED light source, the new pieces incorporate an inner light energized by sunlight or other light sources. Unlike previous “steel boxes” housing my cast pieces, the steel stands take a secondary role, supporting the smallish landscape vignettes, yet notice the archetype in the shape of the stand.

Spiritual Horizons were inspired by my summer travels throughout the southwest visiting and observing deserts, mountains, skies and ocean vistas.  I have vivid memories of a critique from my two person show a year ago. Art critic and fellow artist Richard Bledsoe  mused “Light serves as a powerful metaphor of knowledge, clarity, warmth, spirituality”. My use of light as a media comes through a vastly different source from a year ago. Richard also observed and commented ” Somehow the small cubes seemed to enclose vast tracts of sky and earth”. That is the influence of land that I live.  www.stor-ybox.com

All the best

 

 

A Spiritual Journey

Three summer excursions this year to Sedona -Taos – Santa Fe provided inspiration for a new body of work and spiritual renewal. Started by re-purposing a piece of re-purposed wood and thus brought new life to a dead and lifeless discarded entity. Rehabilitation of life and the cycle of renewal continued in the back of my mind.

The dead wood was reborn, not as part of a truss system in a building or bridge, but used as media for a new suite of work entitled “A Spiritual Journey”. Journeys in my mind are about trips to places, the notion of going somewhere with a start and a finish. Journeys have a start place and a finish place whether it is to a big city or vacation. Journeys are expeditions and excursions that creates memories and it is these memories that can come back to life in a tangible form. I have a thought that I am able to suspend time for a period of time and capture the land and sky from memories of the recent past.

So what is a spiritual journey? I like to think that my art is a visual marker, the explanation of the unexplainable. Creating images to depict an invisible God have been a theme for decades now. This new body of work remembers distant memories of exploration of remote areas of Mexico, especially the Baja peninsula. Water is such an important element of my work- as is light. Light is life and in each piece, light plays an important role. The mystery of the elements are portrayed in each piece.

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