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Posts tagged “Digital Collage

a modernistic memory | trails and portraits

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years ago
it felt like yesterday
the last trail and the relinquishment of a modernistic memory.


a rewind | sunrise and chakra flowers for meditation

“Sometimes our thoughts and feelings take us places we can no longer go … However, in the waking sunrise of a new day, we can, in our meditation, understand our thoughts anew and find places full of insight, rejuvenation, and tranquility”. ~ Walter Smith

In keeping with the pursuit of tranquility and the essence of Zen that I focused on in my recent video entitled “Experiment: Zen Meditation | Landscapes for Well Being”, here is a rewind of a collage with the same theme from 2009. My next post: “variations | sunrise and chakra flowers for meditation”. As in all my pieces in the variation series, I am using this image as a starting point to reach a new compositional insight.


With Friends

Life in memory …
with friends
a cycle of instances
– Reggie
that touch the past
like fine strands of silk
– Bob
nothing is forgotten
alive in delicate remains
– Robert
moments really did happen
here with you
– Judy
in this life of memories
your bodies gone
– Frankie
found again in thought
visited through Spirit and Light
– Zina
your lives
my memories
together …
Friends Forever

There is a beauty in the inter-connectedness of life and experience. We remember friends who have passed away. Their spirit, their laughter, the things they shared with us … as if it was only yesterday.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond | Inner Space

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Sometimes going “Beyond” is a reflection of who we are, and what we can discover about ourselves, when we take that important step inward to our quiet, inner, space.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond | Horizons

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The Horizon. A view just beyond. We follow it to our dreams and aspirations. It gives us a place of peace. And projects meaning into our lives.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond | Design

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Beyond imagination, are the creative designs in which we can find ourselves.

This theme is energetic, bold and fluid. A design onto itself.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Beyond | Landscapes

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What a fascinating challenge this week. It provides so much leave way for the artist to convey a multitude of ideas and concepts on the theme. Beyond can take you many places. For my first entry, landscapes and beyond. All images here are digitally remastered to make the journey that much more exciting. From shore lines, to expanding sky, to mountain vistas … we step just beyond the ordinary.


Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 in Pictures | Art

This week’s photo challenge is coming to an end. I thought I would include a few more images I created in 2012.


Weekly Photo Challenge: My 2012 In Pictures | Grandchildren and Family

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What a wonderful photo challenge this is to close out the year 2012. Highlights and special moments captured on film. This past Thanksgiving I was surrounded by loved ones. There were grandkids, my girlfriend, family, friends and the memory of my daughter Lady. My sister Patricia and her boyfriend Elbert, served dinner and were our hosts for a magnificent celebration of family. It was a rose of a day. Colorful, warm and joyous.


Post Canvas and Paint: Variations | We See Ourselves

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In a moment while sitting with myself, I thought only of things you said to me …


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Post Canvas and Paint: Variations | A New Morning

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a new morning
with colors of possibilities
what will I find
that will bring me
peace of mind

lost just over the horizon
are the wishful memories
and waking realities
– life is
what life is


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Post Canvas and Paint: Variations | It’s There If You Find It

Post Canvas And Paint: Varations | It's There If You Find It

struggling with that past
living with the evolution
knowing you’ve never evolved


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Images For Android Phones: Every Pop-Art Moment Needs A Self Portrait

Images For Android Phones: Every Pop-Art Moment Needs A Self Portrait

It’s so sixties hitting the beach. Sunrise, ocean, girls and guys. Bright colors, water ice and boardwalks. Bikinis. Everything’s pop. Everything’s art. On the pier, it’s Andy Warhol. With the Beach Boys surfing, and free love everywhere. And you know … it’s soon to be groovy. With guest appearances by Frankie Avalon, The Beatles, my favorite cousin, Godzilla and Twiggy. And now … It feels like yesterday as I move into Warrior pose and Sun Salutation. Power to the people.


Nothing You Ever Do Is Collected In One Moment (A Two Worlds Collide Remix)

Perfection can be found over time when you follow your instincts….

Two worlds collide

Something other than remaining…

I often wonder when a work of art is finished. What defines a piece as being complete; needing no further creative intervention on the part of the artist? Perhaps nothing (completion) is ever collected in one moment. If as artists, we seek to embrace the process, then it is possible that perfection is truly the antithesis to what we hope to accomplish; the creation of great art, the connection with self, and the freedom to allow instinct to govern.

Instinct is a mystery. It has no ending. No point at which it is defined.

When I create a work of art, I first view it as a part of a whole. That whole being one that is infinite.

 – A life time of creating.

That which is the part of a whole, only serves to contribute to a never-ending journey; the idea of nurturing the creative instinct that lies within the realm of the visceral. While at times abandoning conscious decision-making.

Sometimes it serves us well to know that the perfection that is born of one’s decision, is not the perfection that is found over time …

In the end trust in the mystery….


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Images For Android Phones: A Light At The End Of The Hallway

Images For Android Phones: A Light At The End Of The Hallway

the film rolls
in secrets
with shadows
taking their toll

a light
with no day
in dark corners
in which to play

alone
– afraid
stoned

at the end
of the hallway


Post Canvas And Paint: Abstract 03 – The Consuming Sky

As the sky fell to earth I heard a memory, and it was not so long ago that I fell in love….

The consuming sky

A poet feels the impulse to create a work of art when the passive awe provoked by an event is transformed into a desire to express that awe in a rite of worship. – W. H. Auden

Post Canvas and Paint….


Post Canvas And Paint: Abstract 02 – The Dreaming Void

In a moment forged with the fluttering sounds of dreams in flight, I soon escaped my troubling fears….

The dreaming void

The true locus of creativity is not the genetic process prior to the work but the work itself as it lives in the experience of the beholder. – Monroe Beardsley

Post Canvas and Paint….


Every Artist Deserves A Look Back (A “Best Of” Remix)

This has been a fantastic weekend. I am the featured artist at the dVerse poets pub. Many of the poets that participate and share their poems have given me a lot of positive response. And I certainly do appreciate it. It is motivating and inspirational. Late last night, it came to me that I should share some of my most popular posts. I have only been blogging for 13 months, and have explored a host of themes, concepts and ideas. Below you will find links to the 5 most popular posts so far. They were determined by the number of comments and likes by my readers. I have included thumbnails of each image in the posts. They are in the order of their popularity.

Enjoy

To the right side of my design (a force of nature remix)

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Weekly photo challenge - between

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The silence series: urban meditation

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The path to everlasting consciousness and love (a yellow brick road remix)

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We are the everlasting consciousness (a centered moment remix)

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A Different Kind Of Day (A Turning The Page On Tomorrow Remix)

Sometimes in the waking the mornings with you….

The memories you leave behind when we wake

a morning glow

thoughts of you

– linger

with soft anticipation

a morning light

– embracing

dreams of you

and

unrelenting rays of sunshine

turning the page

– on Love

in a different kind of day….


The Silence Series: Chakra Colors For Meditation – Manipura (Yellow)

Moving through the moments in life we are empowered by … All That Is….

It is important to maintain your attention on your breath as you move into the energy surrounding the third chakra. Bring your focus to the area above the naval and envisioned the rich hue of yellow. This is the solar plexus chakra known as Manipura, the place of the shining jewel. This area governs how you digest your life, and focuses on empowering your life, and fostering confidence in meeting ones aspirations and intentions. When blocked one has a feeling of frustration, anger and digestive unease. The third chakra controls the liver, stomach, gall bladder, spleen and relates to the sense of light.

Bring your attention to the color yellow and let go of all of your frustrations and fears. Feel the energy propel you, transforming negative and unwanted emotions into positive and life affirming possibilities.

Breathe in the color yellow and repeat the mantra … Ram … Ram … Ram….

Namaste….

Breathe in the color yellow


The Silence Series: Chakra Colors For Meditation – Svadhisthana (Orange)

As we look within the centered Self, we find … All That Is….

The second chakra is closely associated with the Self or Soul. It is an energy chakra that promotes the reproductive system and assimilation. This chakra’s location is centered in the pelvic region. It governs our sexuality, sensations, appetite and our family associations. Svadhisthana means the Self’s dwelling place. This is a powerful energy center that promotes our sexual expression and creative impulses. It is associated with the sense of taste.

As you continue your practice, move your attention from the first chakra into the second. Visualize the color orange and quietly repeat the mantra Vam … Vam … Vam.

Namaste….

Breathe in the color orange

 Peace, Love, and Light to All….


The Silence Series: Chakra Colors For Meditation – Muladhara (Red)

Our Mind, Body and Spirit is of one Source …  All That Is….

Over the next week, I will be working on a series that will be revolving around the beautiful spiritual essence of the various chakras. And how through a meditation practice we can access their vital energy for harmony and healing. I am going to post each chakra individually, as I build towards a concluding series of all seven chakras. As I progress I will be making different visual versions of each chakra. In the end, I will choose seven that I believe have the greatest continuity as a whole for a meditation practice.

Each chakra represents a core dimension of human life.

First up is the Muladhara (Sanskirt) chakra. It’s color is Red and its sound is Lam. This chakra is associated with basic survival skills. It affects the skeleton, lymph, and elimination elements of the body. The sensory component associated with it is the sense of smell. It is in this chakra center that we are released from uncertainity.

When beginning a meditation practice, it is good to be in a relaxed position. Make sure you are comfortable and have your eyes closed. Quiet your breathing by focusing your attention on your in-breath and out-breath. Then bring your awareness to the first chakra at the base of the spine. Bring your attention to this energy center and visualize the color of deep red and begin to repeat the mantra Lam … Lam … Lam.

Namaste


The Path To Everlasting Consciousness And Love (A Yellow Brick Road Remix)

The obstacles we find on the path to Everlasting Consciousness….

The road we travel is often paved with the things that stand in our way.

as I started my journey….

i looked

to the memories behind me

– only once

as i walked along the path

i remembered

the things I’ve forgotten

– only yesterday

as you join me

i embrace

what we share together

– only forever

on the path to Everlasting Love….


We Are The Everlasting Consciousness (A Centered Moment Remix)

In a centered moment. in a vision of clarity, I saw the “I” am as All That Is….

Towards the moment of clarity

a future moment of being

is here

an everlasting presence

to seek

and embrace

– the soul is free

to wander

– the Spirit Is Always….