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Particulars-an artwork in progress

DSC02887 William Blake stressed the “particulars,” how the details of daily life are continuous with cosmic totality.  In Blake’s expansive vision the two perspectives interpenetrate and this all-inclusive vision animates and unifies his art in way that is unique in the history of art.  In Jerusalem, the local  village scene merges with vast space and opens on the mythic city:

  Pancrass & Kentish-town repose

Among her golden pillars high,

Among her golden arches which

Shine upon the starry sky.

So my Black Friday visit to a Port Angeles fabric store acquires new significance.  This particular Clallam anchorage is where the angels weave this narrative into the fabric of myth.  Or maybe it was just a place where I could score a good deal on the canvas I need for my February art show.

I am imagining some large canvases painted in the muted, earthen tones of the gray, English landscape overlaid with an architecture of arches and pillars of insubstantial, golden light.

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At the same time I continue the memory practice, learning Jerusalem “by heart” and using the mnemonic imagery of the memory stations as a starting point. These stations continue to evolve as I memorize the text and work the paintings.  In this way I hope to in infuse the paintings with some of Blake’s generous, all-encompassing spirit.

This process may sound cumbersome, but it works well in maintaining a broad perspective and helps avoid a myopic fixation on details.  This fixation is far from the non-dualistic attention to particulars Blake writes of.  I hope my art may be as expansive and generous as his.

If you look closely at the background, some ethereal light forms emerge; vague figures who begin to emerge from beyond a misty veil.  Or maybe the turpentine was just going to my head.

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Update from the Studio

I want to thank Sue Vincent for nominating me for a most imaginative blogger award.DSC02783raven window again  Sue has a special place in my heart for being the first to follow my blog.  Her  posts about her beloved English countryside and the rituals marking ancient mysteries are a revelation.  To be honest, at first I thought her writing a bit too out there- too (as we say) (woo woo.)  But I’ve since come to appreciate the power of her prose-as solid as the standing stones and menhirs she so vividly evokes in her work.

This is a hasty post, as I have to rush off to studio to prepare for my opening on November 1st.

Sue has inspired me to get back to work on my Raven Window painting.  I thought I was past the Albedo phase, but find myself laying down even more swathes of white.

Here is another work in progress- my altar for Day of the Dead.

After I get show hung I want to make my own most creative blogger nominations.  But there are so many creative bloggers out there.

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