This painting took me a year to complete. It began it’s journey in Melbourne Australia. I had been experimenting with this style of painting in my Studio and wanted to take on the behemoth task of a large format multi media painting that capture the spirits of a sea but also was a nod to the concept of consciousness being like an ocean, and we’re swimming in that ocean.
“…whoever discovered water it certainly wasn’t a fish. Well we are fish swimming in consciousness and yet we know it’s there.”Terence Mckenna
So this idea of the ocean being like the imagination got me to thinking how thoughts and feelings are like animals. Each of them expressing very different behaviours but all essential within the balance of the ecosystem. Sometimes the predators can get too numerous and hunt themselves to extinction, like destructive thought processes they can re-enforce themselves. Sometimes nature is knocked temporarily out of balance, just like us.
Mindfulness is about seeing our thoughts as a part of the process. Observing them, not judging them. Like Ram Dass says:
“I think that part of it is observing oneself more impersonally. I often use this image, which I think I have used already, but let me say it again. That when you go out into the woods and you look at trees, you see all these different trees. And some of them are bent, and some of them are straight, and some of them are evergreens, and some of them are whatever. And you look at the tree and you allow it. You appreciate it. You see why it is the way it is. You sort of understand that it didn’t get enough light, and so it turned that way. And you don’t get all emotional about it. You just allow it. You appreciate the tree.”Richard Alpert (Ram Dass)
So this piece is a reflection on all of these observations and ideas…and more. This piece is currently for sale, framed in Plymouth and was recently displayed in Kaya Gallery. I was exceptionally honoured for it to be placed on Robert Lenkiewicz’s Easel.