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“Unity” – Celestial Portrait Complete!

Posted by on Dec 4, 2015 in Finished Work, Oil Painting | 0 comments

“Unity” – Celestial Portrait Complete!

Happy holidays everyone! The days are getting darker up here in the north and evening candles and slippers are the norm. It has been awhile since I made a painting of my own inspiration/desire/wants, so creating this was really wonderful and healing. The idea has been circling my mind for a few months and it wasn’t meant to be something fancy or groundbreaking… it was really meant to feel uplifting and spiritual.

 

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“Unity” – 16 x 20 inches – oil on linen

 

Ever since January, my spiritual journey has grown and evolved and settled into my artwork. To me it has been more about awareness of who we are, where we come from and what our current reality is attempting to teach us.

 

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In this portrait I wanted to just connect to that energy and the cosmos. I have been painting quite a lot of full body figures lately and I haven’t been able to spend as much time on my favorite part – the face – as I would have liked. This painting was a real pleasure for me to create.

 

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When I look or work on it I get a sense of peace. It takes me away from the day to day and brings me back to a place of togetherness. I do believe we are all connected, we are all cut of the same cloth/light and we are all here to do one thing: experience and grow. We all know that isn’t the easiest task but hey these are lessons we’ll never forget right?

 

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“Unity” is for sale to if you would like to give her a home ๐Ÿ™‚ She measures 16 x 20 inches and is painted with oils onto Belgian linen, stretched professionally in Malmรถ. Just send me an email! I do also take payment plans: contact (a) plantiebee.com

Thanks everyone, I hope you all like my new celestial portrait. And again – I am wishing you all the very best this holiday season <3

Underneath an Oil Painting – Different Underpainting Techniques

Posted by on Oct 9, 2015 in Opinion, Tutorials | 7 comments

Hey guys! I wanted to create a fun blog post going over a few of the different underpainting techniques I have tried over the years – their results and which I like the best! There are quite a few different routes you can take when you want to tackle an underpainting, even if it means not painting one at all.

Creating an underpaintings is useful for determining values, creating a solid base, and also helping to create luminosity if applied correctly. As a self taught artist myself – I soak up a lot of the information around me and experiment with it. I am not saying I am an expert or a master but for those who are new or intrigued to the practice of using an underpainting read on!

 

1) Tonal/Grisaille Underpainting

 

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I am goingย  to use a few example from work I created during my solo show ๐Ÿ™‚ I actually used several different techniques over the 8 months I worked on that collection of paintings. The first was a brownish underpainting, one layer in acrylic then in oils and then! Color on top. Needless to say this route takes a really long time. I want to make a special note that I think it is much easier using a Raw Umber-like color mixed into the black and white underpainting.

I have also done pure grisaille underpaintings which were just black and white and nothing else and I felt like the greyness of the underpainting dulled the colors on top. Now this is most certainly due to some mistake of mine, so it is just a cautionary for yourself.

Adding Raw Umber, English Rose, Burnt Sienna or another warm brownish color to the mix really does help keep the colors bright in my opinion. It is what I did in the picture above!

I created this underpainting with lots of detail, it was like a near complete painting which sat underneath the color on top. You could create it much looser and use more opaque painting on top to create defined shapes.

Pros: Makes painting color on top much simpler as 90% of the details are in place. Gives a good map of the values you want in the painting.

Cons: Takes a long time to create/dry.

 

2. Pigment & Turpentine

 

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The next underpainting technique which I have tried is using another reddish brown color and black paint watered down with turpentine to create a very loose sketch. I learned this technique from Scott Waddell, who is an amazzziiinng realistic painter. I bought one of his instructional videos and he uses this technique (though admittedly when he does it it looks a lot prettier ๐Ÿ˜› ) for all his portraits. Now, it does work a lot differently on masonite board than it does canvas. Above I painted this on masonite board where it doesn’t soak in or latch on the same way and drips and is runny – but it works!

This created a really nice warm underpainting for many of my solo show pieces. Paint which went on top was not as opaque as it was with the full on acrylic & oils underpainting above but it dries super fast, within a few hours, so you can go ahead and add color on top of it in the same day.

Pros: Dries very fast. Can be as loose as you want, making it a fast process. Creates decent base.

Cons: Drippy, messy. Doesn’t cover the board as thickly so paint on top isn’t as opaque, more layers.

*Note* I have also tried this same combination but with white. Didn’t like it as much but it does create a more opaque underpainting.

 

3. No Underpainting At All!

 

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I also have just said screw it and just started painting straight on the board ๐Ÿ˜› Did it necessarily save me time? No, not in this particular case. Did it feel like I could just get to it a lot faster? Yeah of course. I was under a lot of time pressure when I made this piece and I didn’t want to go all gung ho on the underpainting and hey – I think it turned out very nicely anyway. A lot of the values and so forth which are usually determined in the underpainting just have to be built up otherwise. Your underpainting essentially becomes the first layer of color which you leave to dry and add layers on top.

Pros: Could potentially save time, at least initially.

Cons: Will require more paint. No values mapped out. Just winging it ๐Ÿ˜‰

 

Conclusion – I think no matter what kind of underpainting you choose you can still create a cohesive body of work. There are pros and cons to each and I would recommend you experiment yourself and see what works best for you and your art!

I personally like the watered down pigments the best as I am often working on a deadline and want to get things mapped out asap. For others, especially hyper realistic painters, the full on grisaille is definitely their weapon of choice! Pay attention to how your favorite artists begin their paintings and don’t be afraid to ask questions. This is how we all learn, grow and expand!

What is your favorite underpainting technique? Do you have another which you think works really well?

Thanks for reading guys, let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

 

 

Heart Chakra – Into the Woods Painting Complete!

Posted by on Oct 6, 2015 in Finished Work, Gallery Shows, Oil Painting | 0 comments

Heart Chakra – Into the Woods Painting Complete!

Hey everyone – here at last is my painting for Haven Gallery‘s “Into the Woods” show, opening October 10th 2015. The forest has always been a source of inspiration for me, as any of you who have followed me for awhile will have seen that pattern time and again! I grew up next to the woods. As a child is was this endless world, foreign and full of magic – so removed from daily life. As a teenager it was a place of respite. So it is always easy for me to imagine worlds centering around the woods – when you enter anything can happen.

 

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“Heart Chakra” – 11 x 14 in. – oil on linen

 

My contribution to the show has a personal note to it, as it would! When I heard the show’s theme I immediately thought of a meditation session I had several months earlier. I had seen my heart chakra, a deer centaur (which may be called a Cervitaur, you guys can confirm that!) bounding into a dark forest terrified asking me not to follow. It was a very striking and memorable image and I wanted to rework it for this show.

 

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I wanted to make this Cervitaur not so much frightened but wary… she is wandering into the dark part of the forest and leaving the light, yet holding it still within her heart. The message is to keep the light with you even if you must go into the unknown, the frightening, the deep… we all have that journey at some point in our life, just never forget the light-being you are in the process.

 

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“Heart Chakra” measures 11 x 14 inches and is painted with oils on Belgian linen. It has been framed in NY in a beautiful gold baroque frame…so lovely and detailed. I will share photos of it once images from the show opening are released! If you are looking to give this painting a new home please feel free to contact the gallery owner: info@havenartgallery.com

And if you are in Newport, NY from October 10th – November 15th do check out the show in person! <3

“The Golden Key” – Grimm Painting Complete!

Posted by on Sep 26, 2015 in Finished Work, Gallery Shows, Oil Painting | 0 comments

“The Golden Key” – Grimm Painting Complete!

Hey guys!
So the next gallery show I have coming up is something very season appropriate… “Grimm Fairy Tales”. This show is for The Dream Factory in Frankfurt, Germany. It is always nice doing a show on my side of the world ๐Ÿ™‚ and everyone loves Grimm! Especially the dark, nitty gritty tales… however!! I decided to do something on the lighter side ๐Ÿ˜›

 

 

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“The Golden Key” – 10 x 11 in. – oil on linen

 

This is actually the 2nd Grimm painting I have done in my painting career, the first one was really dark with blood and missing body parts…all that good stuff. But for this painting I wanted to find a bit of a lighter story. Well, that might be a bit of a stretch but I wanted to at least find a piece of a story which had a bright moment! So, I turned to my trusty Grimm book! This was a gift from a dear friend who found it in a used book store in NYC, dated back to 1899.

 

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I found this story, which was entitled, “The Old Woman in the Wood”. That doesn’t make for a very appropriate painting title since the main character is actually a young peasant girl! In true Grimm fashion the peasant girl has bad shit happen to her when she goes into the woods…After being assaulted by a band of robbers a magical white dove hands her a golden key!

 

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She breaks into the evil old woman’s cottage, steals stuff, releases the white dove from the curse and wa-la….receives a handsome prince ๐Ÿ™‚ Not too bad, not too bad! Not to mention, the heroine is the one kicking butt in this tale! Though in my painting she does look pretty sweet and innocent ^_^ Gotta watch out for those.

 

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“The Golden Key” will be on view from October 3rd – 31st at The Dream Factory! This painting as already sold, but I have no doubt there are tons of amazing Grimmy paintings by a great round up of artists in the show, so check it out! ๐Ÿ˜€

Have a great Samhain season everyone!

 

“Sisters of Babylon” – Sumerian Goddess Collab!

Posted by on Sep 7, 2015 in Finished Work, Gallery Shows, Oil Painting | 1 comment

“Sisters of Babylon” – Sumerian Goddess Collab!

Hey guys! My first gallery show of the season is coming up and it is one I am very excited about. I took part in Modern Eden‘s last Artist Collab show back in 2012 and I enjoyed it so much that when they asked me to do it again I jumped on it! I picked Tammy Mae Moon to be my collab partner. Tammy and I have been friends for a long time, in fact she was a major inspiration for me when I started painting again back in 2011! We both love folklore and ancient stories and I knew we would have no problem at all coming up with a concept together ^^

 

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Sisters of Babylon – 20 x 20 in – oil on linen

 

So we started scheming! It was pretty obvious, being who we both are, that we were going to do a pair of goddesses ๐Ÿ˜‰ I really love Ancient Aliens and all those ancient astronaut theories so I knew a bit about Sumerian lore. Tammy knew this and she picked the two Sumerian goddess sisters Ereshkigal and Ishtar. Ereshkigal is the goddess of the underworld, she is definitely the darker energy sister whereas Ishtar is the goddess of the livingย  realm as well as fertility and love ;). I made a bunch of concept sketches and we decided upon one where the girls were close up on the canvas with a beautiful Babylonian garden in the background.

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This was the very baby-start of the painting! I chose to paint Ishtar as after a long dark solo show I wanted something on the brighter side! I had left a space for Tammy’s character to the left hand side and had started to fill in the background. Tammy promptly told me that she was going to paint her own background!! (lol communication fail) and what you see there on her side is exactly how it looked when it arrived on her doorstep.

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A week and a half later my half of the painting was coming to life! That stone arch in the back probably took me the longest ๐Ÿ˜› All the little details like the little strands of hair and the gold on her cheeks were so much fun.

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After 3 weeks of painting my half of the collab was complete and she was sent off to Tammy in the states. It was hard to imagine what it would look like complete with so much empty space! But it didn’t take long to find out ๐Ÿ˜€

 

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When Tammy sent me this shot I was just over the moon. Up until that point I hadn’t seen any of her concepts or where she planned on going with her character. And since I had been staring at that blank spot for a month – seeing it all of the sudden with a blossoming girl was awesome!

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When the real detail and color came in and you saw the two girls side by side…. both Tammy and I were totally in love! I think it is a real special experience making a collab, especially with a long time friend. We know each others work really well and even have some of each others in our homes so seeing them mixed together is a real awesome thing. It is a real art baby!

 

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So you guys can see why I am excited about this show! Not only is it our own art baby but there are a bunch of other artists who have created collabs around the world, which is just spectacular. If you are lucky enough to be in San Fransisco from September 12th to October 3rd please do go check it out at Modern Eden Gallery! And take pics for me!

If you would like to adopt “Sisters of Babylon” and own our art baby please do contact Modern Eden. They are super sweet and friendly ^_^ info@moderneden.com

Daughter of the Forest – Painting Complete!

Posted by on Aug 1, 2015 in Finished Work, Oil Painting | 0 comments

Daughter of the Forest – Painting Complete!

Hi everyone! Here is a closer look at my new painting “Daughter of the Forest”. This is a commission piece – done with oils on linen canvas. It is the largest piece I have been able to do on linen so far measuring 24 x 36 inches, which was quite the treat! I haven’t done many works on linen as of yet – but I have really been enjoying the process ^_^

 

 

 

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Being such a large and detailed painting, it is much easier to see all the little nuances in the detail shots here on the blog. The client wanted a painting of a woman with predatory animals. The first thing that popped into my mind was a throne in the woods – with the animals standing guard around her.

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I wanted to make it a bit elaborate as well, as there was so much space on the canvas to create my own little world. There are little wolves in the background and deer racing through the forest… as well as the cosmic sky adding a spiritual feel to the space in which they inhabit.

 

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I chose the wolf and the mountain lion as her central guards. I hadn’t painted a wolf in many years and the last time I had he was also a protector figure. I have been wanting to paint a mountain lion, however, for a long time and this was the perfect opportunity to give it a try!

 

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I had a great time creating this painting. It has a real positive feel to it actually, it makes me happy when I look upon it. It took me around 2 months to finish it – from concept sketch to final glazing. I am glad I got to share its progress with you guys on social media and I look forward to sharing with you everything else there is to come!

 

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I hope you all have a wonderful rest of the summer!

“The Creator” – God Painting

Posted by on May 23, 2015 in Finished Work, Gallery Shows, Oil Painting | 2 comments

“The Creator” – God Painting

Now time for the finale. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to read the blog posts and stories behind all of these paintings. I started researching the topic June 2014 and didn’t stop till I had finally figured out this painting last winter. The whole collection has been a labor of love and a real expression of self. I am so happy I got to share it with you all! “The Creator” is the final piece of the collection and wraps up my dilemma of good and evil. I started the project thinking about both aspects in me, then into society and biblical stories and I had to wonder… where did this vicious cycle begin?

 

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Well, after doing the paintings of Eve and Lilith – I started to see a pattern. Our Creator, or God, seemed to have taught us punishment (and sometimes from my point of view, over the top punishment), judgement, cruel tests… you name it. And just like children learn from their parents, we learned from ours. This doesn’t just come from Christian stories, but many ancient stories as well. Gods fighting, falling in love, mating with humans, influencing wars, being petty… stories of those seen as higher beings with higher power still, in essence, act quite a bit like human beings.

 

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Am I trying to insult any religion? No. The fact of the matter is most religions came about and were specified to a certain time period. Their rules and regulations set forth to humans are often outdated (though there are always good grains of truth from each one) – I just like to keep an open mind. I see this cycle of judgement and punishment circulating from person to person. You experience something bad, you learn from it and often from resentment or trauma you act the same way to someone close. They learn the same and it goes on and on and the intriguing part is the beginning. The start.

 

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One could argue our vicious cycle started when Eve ate the apple from the Tree of Knowledge. But I also think the punishment given to Adam and Eve also affected their thinking, their own judgement. Or it could simply be in our DNA. We are images of God, made in His (or in this case Her ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) form. You see in the bowl God is holding there is a rib bone for Eve and the red clay for Adam’s creation. I also think that certain personality traits and nuances are not only learnt but truly “What’s Bred in the Bone” just as the name of the collection suggests.

 

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I struggled for awhile wondering how I would want to portray God. And finally after a long time of pondering I thought it would be best to show Her at a moment when I could see cycle getting started: The Great Flood. God, angry with humans for their sinful ways, decides to kill every single one – save those on Noah’s ark. A clean slate. A way to start over. Now, many of you may have children (or remember being one ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) and let’s be honest… sometimes kids can just drive you crazy. They may not listen, rebel, make many mistakes and yes sin. But would that mean to you complete extermination?

 

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Well, it is food for thought. God/Yahweh – the symbol of our creation, our parent, our mother and our father is the person whom we are meant to learn from. I can’t honestly say that I would want to do everything in their example. There is also a lot of love and forgiveness preached in religion and I think that is the thing to hold onto. It can be very hard to not be judgmental and not to want to pass on our own resentment to others but I think we all can try, maybe even just a little, harder.ย  I know I will at any rate!

 

That concludes my “What’s Bred in the Bone” collection. The name itself comes from the title of a book about an artist actually – the one thing I have been given and kept by my own father whom I haven’t seen in 10 years. The title itself is meaningful as well as every single painting. Thanks again to everyone who stuck with me the past 8 months as I went on this interesting journey into the nature of good and evil and speculation on its origin. You are all awesome! <3

“The Harvest” – Illuminati Painting

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in Finished Work, Gallery Shows, Oil Painting, Uncategorized | 0 comments

“The Harvest” – Illuminati Painting

Hey guys! Now we are on to the 7th painting from my solo show “What’s Bred in the Bone”. This was the next to last painting I completed and it actually was based on a forum thread which was probably…. 70 – 100 pages long ๐Ÿ˜› all about the true intent of the Illuminati, Free Masons, aliens on earth, reincarnation and yes… the start of life and how in truth we never really die. We go in through cycles, bound here on earth, “playing the game” on this 3rd density planet.

 

 

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Now, condensing all that I read in that thread and how fascinating it was, would take me forever. But, it did inspire this painting above. The theme of my show centered all around good vs. evil, and also how things perceived as evil are not so easily judged. The Illuminati, shrouded in mystery and said to control much of the worlds power, has been cast in a very unfavorable light. However – the story I read had a different take. Ready to open your mind a bit and consider a more spiritual take on the matter?

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The long and short of it is – that the Illuminati is comprised of slightly higher evolved beings who are stuck with us on Earth in the 3rd dimension after they helped mankind receive Free Will. Now, they don’t want to be stuck in the 3rd dimension, as we all are, reincarnating over and over again – never able to advance into the next dimension. The 4th dimension is one of Love – wherein we would all be able to feel each others grief and therefore no one would let the other suffer.

 

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Now, here we come to the painting itself. In order to release us from being trapped in the 3rd dimension here on Earth (because God – otherwise known as Yahweh decided it would be so after the fall of the Garden of Eden) the Illuminati has been trying to achieve a Great Harvest. The harvest of our souls, globally. This harvest can either have a negative polarity or a positive polarity. It benefits the Illuminati if it was negative, meaning everyone on Earth is as miserable as possible and then the Great Harvest would come about.

 

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So, they go about creating as much destruction as possible – drugs, war, crime… the lot of it. The more the better. There could also be a Positive Harvest too – but that would require everyone to be loving, kind and respectful of one another. You can imagine which one we are all closer to. But these beings claim to love us all the same- we are all a part of the one Source. After death we all have a laugh about the game we’ve had to play on Earth and back down we go. That is how the story went, now my question is are they evil? They certainly create it, but in order to get us to advance to a higher level. And do you think we are all strong enough to create a Positive Harvest instead of a Negative?

 

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The story in entirety was fascinating- especially since this was a forum thread where a member of this group answered questions to anyone publicly. Whether or not it is true – it is impossible to say really. Science can’t prove it and most religions wouldn’t even consider it. But there is a fundamental truth to it – we are all stuck here on the 3rd dimension and there is nothing to say that real love and respect for our fellow man could bring about a lot of change for all of us.

 

“The Harvest” is 40 x 55 cm (16 x 22 inches), oils on masonite board.

“The Defiant” – Story of Lilith Painting

Posted by on May 21, 2015 in Finished Work, Gallery Shows, Oil Painting | 2 comments

“The Defiant” – Story of Lilith Painting

 

Now, we come to the point where we delve back into biblical history. Don’t get confused, Lilith’s story isn’t in the printed pages of the Bible – but then again many stories are not! That was all decided long after Christ had died, which ones made it in…. which ones didn’t… Lilith’s story didn’t make the cut but it is a very intriguing story all the same.

 

 

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The story of Lilith describes how she was Adam’s first wife before Eve, however she was made from the same clay as Adam rather than from his rib bone. She insisted she also wanted to be on top of him when they made love, as they were equal, but Adam refused saying he would never lie beneath her – a woman. This made Lilith very angry so she ran away from the Garden of Eden.

 

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Adam was very upset that she had left, so he begged God to bring her back for him. God sent 3 angels who found her at the Red Sea. They demanded she return or else they’d kill 1,000 of her children every day. She still refused and from then on was seen as the first female demon and the leading cause of infant deaths (cot death). Now, do you think from reading this story, that Lilith was in fact truly evil? She is now portrayed as such as her actions led to the death of her children and she disobeyed God… but for me it is so much more poignant than that.

 

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She was a woman who was created equal to her counterpart. She wanted the same rights as he did and left, peacefully, when she didn’t find the respect she felt she deserved. For that she was punished and made, through propaganda and distortion, into an evil being. How much of what we know or see today as being evil is actually evil? And if it truly is, what is it that caused them to be that way? As I said in an earlier blog post, I don’t think anyone is born evil – it is through actions and through environment that one becomes such. And who is to blame for their state?

 

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In reality, of course we are always to blame for our own actions but perhaps not solely. There are outside influences which hinder, help and shape us into who we are and how we react. But if there is one thing I do believe is that we all have the right to stand up for our own equality and self respect. This is a very large topic at the moment, feminism. Not just the equal rights for woman, but the equal rights for both men and women. There should be no punishment for wanting to live in a world of equality. What do you think?

 

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“The Defiant” is 40 x 55 cm (16 x 22 inches), oil on masonite. She will be on view at Slice of Life Gallery in Malmรถ from May 14th – 22nd 2015.

“The Victim” – Karma Painting

Posted by on May 20, 2015 in Finished Work, Gallery Shows, Oil Painting | 0 comments

“The Victim” – Karma Painting

 

“The Victim” was the 5th piece I created for the “What’s Bred in the Bone” collection. It was actually one of my first concepts for the show as well, this time relating to the subject of Karma. For what we put out into the world, for better or for worse, will come back around to us eventually.

 

 

 

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Hence the spears! Have you ever noticed when someone does something wrong towards you sometimes they can get defensive? Their ego wall comes up and they explain to you how you misconceived or how you deserved it…. that kind of blind justification is what will lead to their own karma coming back around and striking when they least expect it.

 

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But it is more than just relating to personal experience. It is about the concept of Karma. You can’t escape it. It will follow you through lifetimes, death and rebirth, and keep you trapped in a very human experience whereas the point and purpose is to move beyond this realm. To free yourself from Karma and ultimately reach “enlightenment”.

 

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Whatever good or evil you put into this world it has a consequence. Whether you face it, heal it and correct it is your own choice. If you boil it all down, without fancy words, it comes down to energy. It is a real thing and the basis of all we are and everything surrounding us. Our thoughts and our actions are also energy and they have an imprint not only on ourselves but those around us. Which kind of energy do you believe you send out into the universe?

 

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“The Victim” is 40 x 90 cm (16 x 35.5 inches), oil on masonite. It will be on view at Slice of Life Gallery in Malmรถ from May 14th – 22nd 2015.

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