Stargazer

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a gaze at the beyond
gone too long
a thousand light years
away in a song

‘Stargazer’ is 18×24″ (46x61cm) acrylic on canvas

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Serendipitous

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fortuitous creations
spontaneous elations
synchronistic  relations
require a vision
inspire  hope

It is often necessary to seek joy in the simple things. There is always excitement in nature, in being surprised by a sunset, a chance meeting, or an inspiring idea. As a painter I find connection with a positive feeling within. 

‘Serendipitous’ is 12×12” (30x30cm) acrylic on canvas.

 

Gleam

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light and music
visions and verbs
transforming movement
shimmering brilliant
glowing vibrant

‘Gleam’ is 11×14″ (28x36cm) acrylic on canvas

Homeostasis

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interdependent
equilibrium
in equipoise
stabilized
unified
whole

‘Homeostasis’ is 18×24″ (46x61cm) acrylic on canvas

“Geometry is a visual form of harmony: the harmony of parts with each other and with the whole. The world is composed of diverse and contrasting elements. It is harmony that restores unity to the contrasting parts and weaves them into a cosmos..”
– Jonathan Quintin

Loose

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letting go
unattached
scattered
here and there
high and low
opened free

‘Loose’ is 16×20″ (41x51cm) acrylic on canvas

Tempus Fugit

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compressed moments
fastly forming
moving swift
multiplying short
gone quick

‘Tempus Fugit’ is 24×30″ (61x76cm) acrylic on canvas
(the phrase tempus fugit means time flies)

Not Nothing

I’m not a Buddhist or teacher, just a nature loving creative artist, but the philosophy of interconnection and impermanence has always interested me as having real pragmatic value both in my life and in my art. It is meaningful and coherent. Some have construed it as personal oblivion or the realization of nothing, but It is not a nihilistic philosophy.    

“This view of enlightenment as oblivion is completely wrong. It is foolish. It is breaking the basic law of the Buddhist worldview of inter-connectedness, which was ­Buddha’s great revelation. This inter-connection is freeing; it can free us from suffering. There is no non-interconnected thing. There is no nothing. That is the simple hub of his teaching. There is no such thing as nothing…”
~Robert Thurman, from his book ‘The Jewel Tree of Tibet’

As ridiculous as it can seem to argue about nothing,  Nothing, the complete absence of anything, has been a matter of philosophical debate since at least the 5th century BC.
more on that here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nothing

In Les Misérables, Victor Hugo contrasts universal negation with universal affirmation:
“All roads are blocked to a philosophy which reduces everything to the word ‘no.’ To ‘no’ there is only one answer and that is ‘yes.’ Nihilism has no substance. There is no such thing as nothingness, and zero does not exist. Everything is something. Nothing is nothing. Man lives more by affirmation than by bread.”

Yes, phenomena and things are empty of independent existence, or existence inherently apart from anything else, but that does not mean they don’t exist entirely or are meaningless. I am means “I exist” as my true natural self in the Self, and not “I am nothing.” The individual expression of the One is an important aspect of self-realization in my opinion.

I went to the mountain to find further clarity on the subject, as I am always seeking a better understanding, and wrote down the following poem.

existing in
existence
being true awareness
and the breath of all life

rhythms
of the planet
as one beating heart
consciousness-ING
across time and space

not nothing but
everything relative
and changing
transparent
in original mind

the universal Self
finding home
in itself fulfilled
and unadulterated

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Aggregation

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a cluster of elements
in disparate belonging
associatively living
finding connection
forming as one

‘Aggregation’ is 11×14″ (28x36cm) acrylic on canvas

Apotheosis

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cumulative practice
culminates
in steadfast attention
pointing skyward
looking beyond

‘Apotheosis’ is 20×20″ (51x51cm) acrylic on canvas

Directions

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here and there
to and from
around and around
strange courses
unfolding
finding
home

‘Directions’ is 24×24″ (61x61cm) acrylic on canvas

Early Spring Mountains

The mountains are slowly awakening into what will be another wild summer. This time of year is especially peaceful. The views are always fresh. They teach me everyday is a new day to learn, find meaning, and celebrate life in some way. There will always be the mystery. These pictures are from RMNP in Colorado last month.

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Crepuscule

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neither dark
nor light
both in sight
at the point
of not quite

‘Crepuscule’ is 20×20″ (51x51cm) acrylic on canvas

Crepuscule is a poetic word for twilight.  Perhaps most commonly
heard in the Theolonious Monk composition Crepuscule with Nellie

Spheres

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celestial bodies
find repose
with ancient suns
still moving
and revolving
in the dark
spaces of infinity

‘Spheres’ is 18×24″ (46x61cm) acrylic on canvas

Autumnal

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sub-conscious origins
appearing
not by choice
but through
intuition
and attention

‘Autumnal’ is 12×12″ (30x30cm) acrylic on canvas

Signals

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cryptic signs
prompting
action
communicating
nowness

‘Signals’ is 20×20″ (51x51cm) acrylic on canvas

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Inversions

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beyond good and evil
beyond love and hate
beyond all opposite

seeking nourishment
and substance
at the source

‘Inversions’ is 16×20″ (41x51cm) acrylic on canvas

Tranquility

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calm before
the storm

space between
the noise

coolness beneath
the fire

a songbird above
the crowd

‘Tanquility’ is 14×14″ (36x36cm) acrylic on canvas

Conundrum

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no answers
only ideas
feelings
transition
mystery
imagination
and wonder

‘Conundrum’ is 12×12″ (30x30cm) acrylic on canvas