Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Pathfinder by Craig Kosak

Pathfinder by Craig Kosak

The graphic precision is balanced by the drips and splashes of paint. There are points of extreme control and at other points, the paint is allowed to display its natural attributes of liquid and color. The wolf and the raven are iconic; their symbolism becomes enhanced by the symbols at the bottom of the painting. It is a painting that talks of mysteries and secrets. Both animals are connected through an orange cloud that appears to trail the wolf. The wolf gazes into the void with intent. The wolf will be the first to claim the space ahead and the raven will follow. The wolf is indeed a pathfinder.

To Internalize a Conversation

"Conversations cease when we learn to discover the joys of internalization."-Acharaya Mahapragya
Even when no words are spoken there is still a conversation that takes place. This internal conversation exists within ourselves. A wave of constant questions that we must explore to understand who we are. internalization initiates a conscious understanding of self. There are some questions that only you can answer.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Discovering Your Life's Purpose

Discovering your life's purpose isn't about realizing what you need to change. It is not a moment where you throw away your past as useless. It is a sudden epiphany where you realize why you needed your past experiences. It is a moment of understanding where you realize what your life has been teaching you. At every point of life, you were aware of your life's purpose. It does not exist as a piece of conscious knowledge, yet we always find ourselves in situations that teach us what we need to know. It is only in hindsight that we realize that we learned something important. Our new understanding changes our life. If you throw away your past then you also disregard all of the wisdom that you gained through your experiences. A new life is created for those who have learned what they needed to learn. They have moved on because life wont allow them to stay in a situation in which they cannot learn something new.

Vines by Paul Ranson

Vines 1902 by Paul Ranson

Painting and decoration merges together in this beautiful image by Paul Ranson. The structure is abstracted and is partially symmetrical. If the image was completely symmetrical then it would lose something. A repeated image would easily fall into the realms of being solely a pattern. The image contains enough differences to be an interpretation of a real landscape.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Religion and the Dalai Lama

"I don't want to convert people to Buddhism — all major religions, when understood properly, have the same potential for good."-Dalai Lama
At the core of all religions is a loving compassionate God or essence. A powerful love that is sometimes misunderstood. I believe that some people feel Gods love and they become so overwhelmed they begin to believe that this love is only meant for them. They sometimes deceive themselves that God hasn't enough love for everyone, or that God's love must be received according to a set of rules. Does it matter what religion or belief system, you use to receive God's love?

The Art of Paul Wright

Kissing by Paul Wright

Tomatoes have a very simplistic form. It is very difficult to create an interesting image when using a subject matter with such a basic shape. Paul wright succeeds in creating a wonderful image. This image really shows off his technical skill. The visible brushstrokes soften the image and yet he still manages to capture the smooth surface of the fruit. Capturing how the light hits the surface defines how we view the texture of that surface. He has captured the light with such precision that his brushstrokes can be soft and lose and you can still identify the tomato as being smooth and shinny. 

Self Portrait Seated by Paul Wright


Saturday, June 5, 2010

The Waterfall by Franz Marc

The Waterfall 1912 by Franz Marc

I've read the blaue reiter almanac. It contains some of the writings of Franz Marc, he talks with passion and conviction. Through his eyes you can see the wonderful spiritual essence of painting. He is optimistic about the direction of art in the future. He writes about the difficulty of giving a spiritual treasure to the world, and how spiritual treasures are not fully valued. When I look at the artwork all of his ideas fall into place. His paintings are indeed spiritual treasures. In 1998 this painting of a waterfall was bought by a private collector for $5.06m. I'd like to believe that Franz Marc would be dismissive of the financial price of his work. I'd also like to believe, that he would derive greater pleasure from a blogger who recognizes the importance of his work as a spiritual treasure.

Yes and No

 "The oldest, shortest words— "yes" and "no"— are those which require the most thought."-Pythagoras
We can speak constantly and avoid saying these words. Yes and no are the pillars of integrity. When we speak these words, they are definitive. They are the end of a conversation or argument. If I asked something of great importance, yes or no is the reply I would desire. If asked, 'Do you love me?' I would desire a clear answer delivered after great thought. It isn't enough to say words that can be interpreted a number of different ways. To avoid the question by speaking words that are not yes or no, would perpetuate the experience of being asked the same question. These words allow a new conversation to form, and the word that is chosen becomes the foundation of that conversation. Answers allow us to move forward.