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When I first began painting with energy and light, my experiments were mostly for the dazzle element. I wanted to see how much WOW! I could squeeze from a screenful of pixels. As I look back over the larger body of my work (now residing in The Pixel8rium), I'm having a hard time identifying any substantial elements of who I am in these images. Without disregarding the importance of first efforts, I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed this play time, but that it's time to get to the Work. I can now move forward with more confidence in my ability to represent myself more intimately in the images I bring to Imago Dei.
In my evolution as an artist, I have come to recognize certain aspects of myself being represented in my images and words as they take a particular symbolic form. For several years, I have traced the evolution of a handful of archetypes which have settled (for the most part) into place in my Being. A talisman is roughly defined as something producing apparently magical or miraculous effects. Transitalismania is where the second phase of my artistic career will magically take shape, and where these archetypes will manifest in miraculous multicolored psychoscapes for my audiences to digest, veritable feasts for both the Eye and the Soul!
The first and most central talisman to have emerged from my concsiousness was quite literally a gift in the form of a vision. I came to understand through this vision that this gift- an amulet in the form of a leafless gilded tree inside a ring- was to represent Peace of Mind for me, and that this would be (I realized a few years later) my Life's focus. MmmHmm. Although I was intrigued by this vision, I was not altogether convinced of its genuine significance right off. It was only after I began exploring 3 other principles I have come to associate with Peace of Mind that I recognized what a fundamental aspect of my future that this gift represents.
Choice, Balance, and Perspective crawled into the light of my consciousness soon after I had undertaken an earnest search for a focus in my life, as my wife entered law school and I faced the (possibly permanent) suspension of my own educational pursuits in order to support hers. I am not sure about how I came to identify these three principles as central to everything I had ever undertaken, or would ever experience. Gradually though, I have attempted (with varying degrees of success) to weave the lessons of each principle into my life, Balance being the most central to Peace of Mind out of the three. I traced the relationship of each to the other, and began to understand that extracting an element of any would invariably involve consideration of the other two issues at many levels. It became a Gordian Knot I have not attempted to extricate, for it represents all that binds my life together.
I continue to dig. If a tree symbolizes Peace of Mind for me, what represents Choice, Balance, and Perspective? How will these energies and principles come to life on my screen? Transitalismania is where I discover the answers to these questions, one image at a time.
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