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"Fantasy, abandoned by reason, produces impossible monsters; united with it, she is the mother of the arts and the origin of marvels." – Francisco de Goya

Sometimes there’s no logic in art. There’s only the illusion of something greater.  Art is expression; a fantastical world in which an artist’s mind travels.  Occasionally, there aren’t enough colors in the spectrum to convey what an artist envisions.  Art is a feeling; an energetic vibration of an altered life.

The virtual movement in this painting merges energy with fantasy.  The intensity of the contrast in colors and progression illustrates the origin of abstract art.

I started painting in 2005. The journey and evolvement has enriched my soul immensely.  I paint with appreciation for life—the past, present and future.  My heart is overwhelmed with gratefulness to everyone who shares in my passion. Going forward into the upcoming year, I will continue to create, inspire and affect those around me with heightened marvels of color and energy.

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"Every generation welcomes the pirates from the last." – b2ap3_thumbnail_Pirate_20150424-021540_1.jpgLawrence Lessig, Free Culture: The Nature and Future of Creativity

It’s fun to play “pirates”, dressing up and fighting with plastic swords.  Pirates are the ultimate rebels, the misfits of the sea…!  If you seek adventure beyond your comfort zone, you’re a pirate.

Pirates are treasure-seekers by nature.  Each of us has treasure buried deep inside our souls. This treasure can be jewels of knowledge, creativity, or an undiscovered passion.

This painting emerged as a cavern of buried treasure.  My intention was to invoke the pirate in each of us to search for the hidden treasure of your soul.  

I challenge you to awaken your inner pirate to hunt for your soul’s buried treasure.

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"Don't ask yourself what the world needs, ask yourself what b2ap3_thumbnail_Ignition_20150423-021708_1.jpgmakes you come ALIVE. And then go and do that. Because what the world needs is people who are ALIVE." - Howard Thurman

Passion is what creates greatness. Everyone has the potential for greatness but not everyone has the will or strength to be great. Being truly alive ignites passion. You must become a product of your destiny--build it from the ground up and then set it on fire with passion and perseverance.

This painting is called Ignition because the fiery red colors shoot through the center, igniting zeal into the bleakness of the mundane grays in the background such as life's routine.

Search for your ignition to light a fire into your soul and give your passion greatness!

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"Write it. Shoot it. Publish it. Crochet it, saute it, whatever. b2ap3_thumbnail_Surprise_20150423-020945_1.JPGMAKE." - Joss Whedon

I love the simplicity yet direct words in this quote.  Often times we procrastinate in waiting for the right time to do something.  Waiting for the season to pass, waiting for more money to be generated, or waiting for inspiration to come.  Maybe we’re waiting for life to just slow down.  Sometimes we need to make the time and do it.  Start writing that book you’ve been talking about, print and frame those beautiful photographs, start cooking your favorite recipes, plant that herb garden, learn how to paint or crochet, take a class and see where it takes you.  Surprise yourself!

The colors in this painting are like rainbows. A rainbow symbolizes creation and life.  Stop procrastinating and start creating!  Give life to your passions.  You’ll find that once you make the time and follow through, you’ll feel rejuvenated.

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"The world today doesn’t make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do?" - Pablo Picasso

The above quote is amusing and true.  I could say the same thing.  I leave it up the viewer to decide what makes sense in my paintings according to their world view.  I like to create an atmosphere through my paintings in which the viewer can determine the origin and destination.
 
This painting Passage appears to have layers leading to a destination of energy and happiness in this nonsensical world.  The yellow produces joy and flows through like a geyser, saturating the calmness of the other colors, bringing the sense back into the painting.
 
Create your passage by designing your happiness to flow through the parts of your life that make no sense.
 
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“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.” – Pablo Picasso

If you look between the layers of colors and patterns in this painting you can see a wild forest of memories that describes an artist’s personal journey.

Many of us keep a journal or diary of our intimate thoughts and reflections about life.  Sometimes there are just no words to describe a feeling or emotion.  As an artist becomes one with the paint brush and canvas, a display of his reflections and memories emerge… a moment frozen in time forever.  Just as a song-writer pens a classic, an artist paints his memoir.  Each splash of paint is with purpose and meaning. Often times his expressions are hidden behind the layers.

What are you reflecting on these days? What colors would you choose for all the adjectives in the diary of your life?


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"Art has always been the raft onto which we climb to save our sanity. I don't see a different purpose for it now." - Dorothea Tanning
 
The purpose of art is to see what others might have missed.  What we see in a painting depends on our personal experience.  Some may see the moon with stars in a painting while others see the sun with dandelions in the sky.  Art will touch each soul differently depending on one’s mood or personal circumstances.
 
My paintings are like illusions.  The colors and textures form what each individual person chooses to see.  The purpose is to create a reaction within each viewer. 
 
What do you see in this painting?  Look at the colors and imagine if there was movement.  Imagine the movement expanding beyond the four canvas corners…
 
Only the viewer can bring life to each painting.  You decide what you see and give it Purpose.
 
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The world is the true classroom.  The most rewarding and important type of learning is through experience, seeing something with our own eyes.” – Jack Hanna
 
Many of us must see something to believe it.  In a Photoshop world we’ve even begun to question validity of photographs that we see in the media.  Sometimes the only way to believe that something is real is to see it with our own eyes.  Questioning the reality of something seen by someone else is how we learn and grow.  Our brains are wired to respond to things that are visual which in turn induce emotion.  Therefore, we can believe that it’s real because we see it in its true form.

Some people will travel to the ends of the world to see a natural phenomenon such as the rainbow eucalyptus trees in Hawaii, Lake Hillier in Australia or the Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone.  Seeing these beautiful forms of nature in real life can restore our vision on a much larger scale.

Renew your spirit today by seeing for yourself what the beauty of the world has to offer.
 
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The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands.” – Leonardo da Vinci

I am dedicating this month’s blog to Leonardo da Vinci as he was born over 560 years ago today, April 15th.  His curiosity about life was impeccable.  His brilliance has been an inspiration and a mystery for centuries.

Imagine if Leonardo da Vinci was complacent with mediocrity and had given up on learning, seeking and discovering…

Da Vinci used the 67 years of his existence to challenge life as we know it today.  We may not be off the charts on the genius scale but how are we using our potential to innovate?

Many of us are content with just getting by on what we’ve been taught or what we read in passing on the internet.  We’ve taken shortcuts, and our challenges are diminishing.  Are we really using our potential to discover and create?  There’s an entire world of information and history, and our minds are unlimited!

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"A human being is a part of a whole, called by us "universe", a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest... a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this person by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty." - Albert Einstein
 
Do you ever wish that people could see the world through your eyes, beyond reality? If they took a peek into your version of the world would they see beauty and exquisiteness or would they see desert tones and monotony?
 
This painting is about seeing the world through different lenses, not just focusing on what's here or there but really examining all aspects of life.
 
Have you ever been to Venice Beach? It can be perceived as a bit frightening. If you see it through the eyes of an artist it can be fascinating, colorful and intriguing.
 
Art, music and books are great for the purpose of transporting you to a different world. I challenge you to pick a place, maybe an ordinary park or even just an aged building that you've passed by a hundred times. Do some research and find out little-known facts about it. Take some photos and give it significance. Don't just look at it in passing--study it, write about it, or paint it. You'll be pleasantly amazed at how your outlook will start to bloom.
 
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