It is a wonderful weekend when it is filled with framing and printing of one's works. Thank you to all those who purchase my works. Above is a picture of "The Passing of Secrets," very well framed.
I had no awareness, that while working on a series of great yoga teachers, that one of the great living yoga teachers woud soon pass from our world.
His New York Times obituary is here (you may need a subscribtion to see it).
Thank you, Iyengar.
Yoga brings great satisfaction and equal health benefits for those who practice it regularly. In America, the practice of, and popularity of yoga increases every year.
My work above acknowledges TIrumalai Krishnamacharya, who is attributed for popularizing yoga in America. The generousity of his soul and the impact that he has had on my loved ones, as well as many Americans, is not insignifcant.
My work above is my tribute to this great teacher.
Above is my latest work entitled, "Iyengar's Harmony." In yoga, Iyengar is a well respected guru. His techniques and philosophical teachings had a goal of perfection and a complete harmony of the mind, body and spirit. He stated, "health is a state of complete harmony of the body, mind and spirit. When one is free from physical disabilities and mental distractions, the gates of the soul open."
Above is my homage to Richard Hamilton's work, "Just what is it that makes today's homes so different, so appealing?"
Do you remember the first time you experienced Art? For me, it was a library book, most likely on Pop Culture Art, that had Hamilton's work as an example. I was probably around the age of seven.
Most Art historians will agree his work was one of the first examples of "Pop Art." I so enjoy the contemporary references that are detailed in the links above in reference to Hamilton's works. And as one who loves Pop Art, his work is most special to me.
In my work, we are, as well as in our relationships, our homes and even child rearing, impacted (if not directly influenced) by the Internet. No longer is our home a sanctuary from the outside world, but its once secure boundaries fail with the inclusion of WIFI.
Also, never have we been more aware of information and sharing of the same; we can instantly answer questions and return answers. Never before in the history of mankind has knowledge been less restricted to the common man and woman. Literally, we are on top of the world. We live in a golden age of knowledge.
My work has a few references that will not be evident in the image above. L.C.R. Licklider was one of the founders of what would become as we know it, affectionately, "the Internet." My psychedelic rendition of him dominates the living room window. His image, rightly so, is web emeshed. He wrote, in 1960, an academic article, entitled, "Man-Computer Symbiosis," Again, this was in 1960! Is it comforting, or not, that really nothing has changed in the last 54 years? For me, the comfort and challenge is the same, a ying/yang that recognized both our opportunities and losses.
And of course, any reference to Pop Culture and the Internet would not be complete without a reference to creator of the Internet, Al Gore!
Just what is it that makes today's homes so different, so appealing in 2014?
I'm very happy and proud to support my local arts center, which provides many opportunities for education, awareness and encouragement of the Arts in my hometown . As a member of the Downtown New Port Richey Gallery, I often participate in the many opportunities the gallery provides to display and sell local art. The theme for this month's show is "motion" and I chose to enter my work entitled, Wanting to Fly (click here for a better view of this work). Part of the sales from this work, as well as any prints purchased during this month of August, will go to support this fine gallery. If you would like to make a purchase, please contact me at email@example.com
Forty-five years ago this evening my parents woke me from a restful sleep to watch to the first men on the moon. I remember watching the event, in my pajamas, on our family's Admiral black & white television set. I thank my parents for waking me and giving me this memory.
When Neil Armstrong died a couple of years ago, in response, I created this work above in the honor of his memory. In my research (which I always conduct when creating such works), I discovered that the team took with them a symbol of peace, a gold olive branch, and left it there. I included it my my work.
I honor the bravery of the men and women who made this event possible and specifically those of Apollo 11. Thank you for your service to our country and our world.
Above is my latest work which is entitled, "All is Fair in Love and War on Mars." If you like my work, please share and if you are interested in making a purchase, please click here.
All is Fair in Love and War on Mars
Fear of Execution
The Look of Love
The Art of War
Mar's Dust, Red
I am proud to have my work, Balerina Dreams, included in the advertisement for the Morean Arts Centers, 96th Annual Members Show. The Morean is the hub of of those passionate about the Arts in Tampa Bay and offers training and support for all artists.
I hope that all will attend the opening of the Members Show on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 5:30 p.m.
Six is a series of works I completed during the winter of 2014. Surreal in nature, these six works explore timeless and familiar archetypal themes that resonate. In addition to the biographies of various Surrealists, whose life stories I was reading during this time, I was equally influenced by Max Tegmark’s book, “Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality.” In it, the physicist theorizes that all existence, life, and perceived reality is a mathematical structure. These equations, such as the “golden ratio,” are repeated throughout our universe and in nature.
For me, the story that weaves together the Six was not apparent until the last. It is my hope that you, my viewer, will discover your own story.
The Breath of the Drowned
fish out of water
water from a rock
another day dawns
The Love of the Tetraplegic
flock of rhinoceros
object of birds
sunset, far way
The Song of the Aphasic
song of the universe
the caged bird sings
the sound of fins
a crying child
The Sight of the Retinopathic
the astrologer’s insight
the golden equation
the mathematician’s deference
eyes to see
but see not
The Vision of the Dead
drowning in life
at the bottom of the sea
first breath of air
The Surprise of the Seer
I'm proud to say that my work of Six is complete. I plan to share my work very soon in the next couple of weeks. For those who have been great encouragers, I say, "Thank You!"
I am currently working a series of six works that I hope to complete in April 2014, at the latest. This is my first attempt to process six works at once. I look forward to sharing the project with you, once completed. I am excited and am so enjoying this process. nmp
During this time of the year around my home in Florida, there is often fog that creaps in during the afternoon (my term for this is, "Christmas Fog"). Today a fog warning was rightly issued. I took this image early this morning while on my walk. It is the view from the bridge on main street New Port Richey, Florida, that overlooks the Pithlachascotee River (or as the locals call it, "the Cotee River").
The image was taken with my iPhone and I used Snapseed for processing. nmp
This is my latest, freshly printed and wanting to be framed and displayed….
The dreamer sleeps. During his sleep, he dreams of searching for Love, and finds himself on Mars. nmp
As humans, we always have a place for sentimentality. This one is rich beyond measure. Happy times when hugging and touching are taken for granted and our memories of "Trouble" make us very happy.
Above is my work, "Psychedelic Obama" which is part my psychedelic series of works (which you may see here).
As a student of theology and one who has studied the life of Jesus Christ for years, for me Martin Luther King lived a "Christ-like" life like no other American on a public stage in the 20th Century.
One year ago America's first African American President was re-elected for a second term on MLK Day. The parallel of these two events occuring on the same day was truly, mythical.
Central to this work is the face: the red, rich lips and placed like a sacrament on those lips, is the ballerina in the dream. She has a doll face, which is scary, unreal and a bit, freakish. The blue heron, photographed by me a few years ago, is the second primarily element: there is so much rich detail and beauty in this bird and yet is placed in relation to the ballerina to appear she is being eaten by the beautiful bird. The owl was selected early on and placed at the point of the face’s eye: wisdom, knowing, seeing all with a majestic wingspan. The juxposition of the two penguins (which for me are very humorous) are seen flying in a balloon, again placed at the face’s eye. I think they must be part of a child’s story called, “The Flight of the Flying-Balloon Penguins!” They are humorous and disarming. The trees are part of another image: that is, the main elements without the “face” are part of a hidden, complete work, unseen in this work, the visual one where the dancer, penguins and bird all fit within it as well. For me the bird tattoos on the face are like a rich tapestry and is a backdrop for the theme of birds, flying and danger and emphasize the themes of flight, danger and beauty.
The process of creating this work was very difficult. I had just finished the “Passing of Secrets” and was feeling very good about it; also many had expressed that they liked it, which is always a big boost. But the demons of doubt were strong. I found it very difficult to concentrate and did not feel compelled to begin with blocks of color, which for me is often a creative starting point. So I just started going through images and stopping at the ones that drew me in. I started collecting the ones that did draw me in not knowing how they would interrelate. During this process I decided that I did want to use the sleeping woman and tried to fit her into a back ground with a general landscape setting (such as a lake) but that did not feel right. In Photoshop, I manipulating her face, changing the perspective to what you see in the work. Once the face was placed, filling in the entire screen, I then knew I had the base of my work. Another key moment was the placing of the ballerina in the mouth; even before that I knew I wanted the ballerina to have the doll face, which for me gave it a scary, dead disturbing image. The balloon was also selected early on but it was taken out and put back many times. The penguins made me smile. I found them during my search for elements and initially liked them but was not sure they would be part of this work. Eventually, I liked the way they were obviously looking at something and I knew they would be looking at the ballerina and also would give balance to the blue heron. Early on, the blue heron was more full bodied, but after playing the with size and placement for a while, I increased the size to the point of where it is now; also, I knew that the heron would interact with the ballerina in the form of “eating her for lunch” and also bringing balance to the tattoo bird on the face doing the same thing. This created a real world/ unreal world balance that I liked. At one point I had the all the elements where they are now and I knew it for placement and interaction of the elements that it was finished. I then did close inspection where I go around and look at the work in a high resolution and made several corrections and ran it through some filters that increase the color richness and contrast. Afterwards, I was very excited to have it completed and knew it was done. I was glad and happy at the results.
I see this work in an exotic location where “surreal” would be at home: it is rich in color, dreamlike, exotic, bizarre, and multi-dimensional. For me, it would be something that reminds the viewer of dreams and the fears that come with our dreams and what might happen if we face and overcome them.
I wish I could print this effectively on a heavy, medieval tapestry and hang it in a great castle.
I believe the concept of the work is one of dreams and of the unconscious, and perhaps, universal nightmares. The ballerina in the dream is watched, judged, vulnerable and in danger; recurring themes of escape and flying away are present. But in the end, we must face our internal battles and dance.