MYSTICAL FACTS

 Mystical Facts  15” x 22”

Mystical Facts

15” x 22”

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AQUA

22” x 29”

 AQUA detail

AQUA detail

 TERRA  22” x 29”

TERRA

22” x 29”

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TERRA detail

 Wonder  22” x 29”

Wonder

22” x 29”

 Wonder detail

Wonder detail

 Firmament  24” x 18”

Firmament

24” x 18”

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Firmament detail

MIRACLES

 Pralaya  22" x 29"

Pralaya

22" x 29"

Pralaya means  'dissolution' in Sanskrit, and is the Hindu term for the cosmic night, a period of rest between spiritual epochs. It is during this ‘rest’ that the seeds of the future times are formed. I imagined things circling around as they are becoming formed. The black swan is inspired by the constellation Cygnus. The classical image of Pralaya is of seven sages in a boat being pulled by a giant fish. I don't know why I wanted to connect Pralaya to Cygnus, but after I made the painting I noticed the boat had a black swan for a figurehead. 

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 Redeemer  22" x 22"

Redeemer

22" x 22"

I’ve wanted to paint a lamb for a long time. What I really wanted was to paint the spiral fur, but it’s intimidating to paint the animal that represents God for some people.  Why a lamb?  Such a gentle creature, hardly anyone I know thinks of God that way. In mythology wool is wisdom in matter. A king will have a fleece over his shoulder to show he is a wise person. I love wool. It is a magical substance, even wet wool will keep you warm.

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 Bodhisattva  22" X 29'

Bodhisattva

22" X 29'

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SIGHTS UNSEEN

 Conscience  29" x 22"

Conscience

29" x 22"

This image is inspired The Sermon chapter in Moby Dick. The story of Jonah and the whale is told and there is a moment when Jonah notices the swinging lamp in his berth is tilting but the flame stays upright--as flames always do.  “Oh! so my conscience hangs in me!” he groans, “straight upwards, so it burns; but the chambers of my soul are all in crookedness!”  Many traditions describe the conscience as a flame inside you. This is why we call a moral person upstanding. It is said animals don't have a conscience because they are on all fours, and a baby's doesn't begin to develop until they can stand. It is the reason a criminal is described as crooked and called a crook.

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 Feeling  24" x 21"  Part of triptych  Thinking Feeling Willing

Feeling

24" x 21"

Part of triptych Thinking Feeling Willing

Feeling is part of the triptych: Thinking, Feeling and Willing. In spirit a human being is separated into three aspects: the head and nervous system -thinking;  the trunk and the rhythmic system -feeling; and the limbs and the metabolic system -willing. The head, heart and hands. I chose a giraffe for Feeling because of its sensitive face, though I recently read that a giraffe has a special ‘super-charged’ heart in order to get blood up to its head. In retrospect the awkward posture of this giraffe reflects the sometimes unwieldiness of feelings.  If I were to choose a spirit animal it would be a giraffe- which would mean I’m ‘far-seeing’. In Siena, the giraffa is the symbol for the contrade (neighborhood) of painters.

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 Willing  Part of triptych  Thinking Feeling Willing   29" x 22"

Willing

Part of triptych Thinking Feeling Willing

29" x 22"

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Willling detail

 Dreaming  18" x 14"  Part of triptych  Waking Dreaming Sleeping

Dreaming

18" x 14"

Part of triptych Waking Dreaming Sleeping

 Sleeping  18" x 14"  Part of triptych  Waking Dreaming Sleeping   sold

Sleeping

18" x 14"

Part of triptych Waking Dreaming Sleeping

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CREATIVE FORCES

 Mercury  18" x 18"  Part of triptych  Sulphur Salt Mercury   sold

Mercury

18" x 18"

Part of triptych Sulphur Salt Mercury

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 Undine  Elementals  Undine Gnome Sylph Salamander   16" x 22"

Undine

Elementals Undine Gnome Sylph Salamander

16" x 22"

SPIRITUAL TALENTS

 Adept  22" x 29"

Adept

22" x 29"

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Adept detail

 Initiate  29" x 22"

Initiate

29" x 22"

 Initiate detail

Initiate detail

HUMAN NATURE

 Seven Secret Stones  18" x 18"  sold

Seven Secret Stones

18" x 18"

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 Wiser One  18" x 24"  sold

Wiser One

18" x 24"

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