Israel, Jordan

It requires greater courage to preserve inner freedom, to move on in one’s inward journey into new realms, than to stand defiantly for outer freedom. It is often easier to play the martyr, as it is to be rash in battle. Strange as it sounds, steady, patient growth in freedom is probably the most difficult task of all, requiring the greatest courage. Thus if the term “hero” is used in this discussion at all, it must refer not to the special acts of outstanding persons, but to the heroic element potentially in every (hu)man.
— Rollo May

Israel, Jordan (Atlas Series).
Acrylic on paper, 2019.
10.62" by 12.79" (27 cm by 32.5 cm).


Script Rings

In this new series, I pay homage to ancient scripts. Their simplicity –and the meaning they carry (which most of us can’t understand)– has always moved me.

One of these rings may well depict a quote by Aulus Cornelius Celsus:

“Live in rooms full of light. Avoid heavy food. Be moderate in the drinking of wine. Take massage, baths, exercise, and gymnastics. Fight insomnia with gentle rocking or the sound of running water. Change surroundings and take long journeys. Strictly avoid frightening ideas. Indulge in cheerful conversation and amusements. Listen to music.”

Script Rings.
Hand forged and chiseled with recycled sterling silver.
Soon in my online shop.


Asia

When God wanted to create the horse, he said to the South Wind, “I want to make a creature of you. Condense.” And the Wind condensed.
— Abdelkader El Djezairi

Asia (Atlas Series).
Acrylic on paper, 2019.
10.62" by 12.79" (27 cm by 32.5 cm).


Persia

O’ day, arise!
Shine your light, the atoms are dancing.
Thanks to Him the universe is dancing,
overcome with ecstasy, free from body and mind
I’ll whisper in your ear where their dance is leading them.
All the atoms in the air and in the desert are dancing,
puzzled and drunken to the ray of light,
they seem insane.
All these atoms are not so different than we are,
happy or miserable,
perplexed and bewildered
We are all beings in the ray of light from The Beloved.
Nothing can be said.
— Rumi

Persia (Atlas Series).
Acrylic on Paper, 2019.
10.62" by 12.79" (27 cm by 32.5 cm).

Listen to this version of Poem of the Atoms with music by Armand Amar.


Freedom

To have freedom, be willing to give freedom.
— Sanaya Roman

Pacific Ocean (Atlas Series).
Acrylic on Paper, 2019.
10.62" by 12.79" (27 cm by 32.5 cm).


Aesopus

To be strong does not mean to sprout muscles and flex. It means meeting one’s own numinosity without fleeing, actively living with the wild nature in one’s own way. It means to be able to learn, to be able to stand what we know. It means to stand and live.
— Clarissa Pinkola Estés

Aesopus.
13.97” by 10.23” (35.5 cm by 26 cm).
Acrylic on paper, 2019.


Wolf

I always believed I was a deer, but I’ve discovered I am a wolf.

Pope Innocent X.
13.97” by 10.23” (35.5 cm by 26 cm).
Acrylic on paper, 2019.


The Discoverer

I am the Discoverer of Nature.
I am the Argonaut of true sensations.
I bring to the Universe a new Universe because I bring the Universe itself.
— Alberto Caeiro (Fernando Pessoa)

Atlas Series.

I. Atlantic Ocean.
Acrylic on Paper
10.62" by 12.79" (27 cm by 32.5 cm).

II. Indonesia.
Acrylic on Paper
10.62" by 12.79" (27 cm by 32.5 cm).


Iconography

If geography is prose, maps are iconography.
— Lennart Meri

Atlas Series.

I. Australia.
Acrylic on Paper
10.62" by 12.79" (27 cm by 32.5 cm).

II. Indian Ocean.
Acrylic on Paper
10.62" by 12.79" (27 cm by 32.5 cm).


Atlas Series

Maps have special meaning to me. They show me where I've been, and where I've yet to explore. They are the visual layout of a place, its veins and arteries. They are also a symbol, because one cannot really trace on paper what is made of life, movement, chaos and feeling. It is the same with art

The paintings I'll be sharing this week are part of a series I began several years ago, where I use the pages of an Atlas from the 1950’s as a canvas.


Shop Updates: New Jewelry

I just added 60 new jewelry pieces to my Etsy shop.

Every piece is one of a kind, if you no longer see the item you are looking for, it means it has already sold.


Burst into Bloom

I hope you will go out and let stories, that is life, happen to you, and that you will work with these stories... water them with your blood and tears and your laughter till they bloom, till you yourself burst into bloom.
— Clarissa Pinkola Estés

These pieces, and more, available this Sunday at 10 am CST in my online shop.


Queen Elizabeth on Horseback

I keep getting the Receptivity card from Osho’s Zen tarot:

The Queen of Water brings a time of unboundedness and gratitude for whatever life brings, without any expectations or demands. Neither duty or thought of merit or reward are important. Sensitivity, intuition and compassion are the qualities that shine forth now, dissolving all the obstacles that keep us separate from each other and from the whole. 

Queen Elizabeth of France on Horseback.
Acrylic on paper.
12” by 9.25” (30 cm by 23.5 cm).


Favorite Rings

I will add new jewelry to my online shop this Sunday at 10 am, CST. My favorite rings will be included!


Atlas Series

There are maps that lead us back to who we are. We collect the parts of a puzzle that was separated by time and distance and we recognize who we have always been.

The places we go to define us for a while, but the real map is the one within, the one that connects every aspect of ourselves. 

Rome.
Acrylic on paper.
10.62” by 12.79” (27 by 32.5 cm).
2018.