Reflecting back over my teens and twenties, realize I have suffered/still suffer from narcissistic tendencies. Clearly recognizing the quirks and shadows in my own personality during a year long crazy meltdown back in the twenties, have used many modalities over the years to heal a variety of perceived Psychosis, mostly yoga and meditation. Hopefully the narcissism is somewhat tamed now ! The World can be rather hard on narcissists and yes there are many tricky personalty traits that a skilled narcissist will utilize that are not pretty or nice. It is good to remember that narcissism often is a sign of childhood trauma ! Also, We exist in a culture that tends to propagate some of the most undesirable qualities of the human psyche and actually rewards them: ego, lust, longing for name and fame, idolizing beauty, likes on social media etc . . . so really narcissism is a quality that needs to be purged from the collective as well. Something I ask myself a lot lately: Can you truly set aside your own ego for the greater good of all ?
"Art is a ritualistic binding of the perpetual motion machine that is nature. The first artist was a tribal priest casting a spell, fixing nature's daemonic energy in a moment of perceptual stillness. Fixation is at the heart of art, fixation as stasis, and fixation as obsession." ~ Camille Paglia
Recently had a studio visit with Vytas Sakalas, really dig the intense energy in this man's work and in the man himself ! Super exciting to talk to another artist and learn of their inspiration and life stories behind their work. Rapping with another painter is especially fun for we spent a good hour simply exchanging names of other painters that we love. Vytas spends about 8 hours a day painting. I hope to have the time to get to that place someday. Anyway, who devotes that much time to painting has made it ! This is some of my favorite work from the Tucson region so far.
Enjoy spending some of my downtime researching modern artists (usually like to reference work being made by kids my age, especially females) AND this lady is Rocking it ! She made it big by working a regular gig all day and painting all night till the painting gig eventually took over, Much deserved Hannah !
Have some of my works on Ello, a fun creative site for Fine Art Artists of all genres. There is some real high quality makers on this site. Check it out : https://ello.co/moonlove