Quote of the Day – December 21 2011

β€œI do not at all understand the mystery of grace – only that it meets us where we are but does not leave us where it found us.”
–Anne Lamott

When I started the quote of the day to accompany my art, I tried to find quotes that reflected something about the picture (or pictures) I was displaying. More and more often I have been finding quotes that reflect instead my mood or where my head is at, which may or may not have to do with my art.
Tonight I have been thinking about faith and grace. It’s amazing how often the two get confused. I used to believe it was faith and curiosity as far as what could happen next that kept me going. When in reality, it was grace.
I’ve travelled down some strange roads in my life and done many things that many (including myself) have found foolhardy and come through them all and learned from most of them. I have so much gratitude for the grace that I have been and continue to be shown.
Namaste,G

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Always With Us by G A Rosenberg

Colour Splash by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – December 19 2011

“Ideas are like fish. If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you’ve got to go deeper. Down deep, the fish are more powerful and more pure. They’re huge and they’re abstract. And they’re beautiful.”
— David Lynch (talking about meditation and consciousness)

Gives a whole new meaning to ‘Gone Fishing’ don’t it? More and more I feel the fish coming to the surface (was going to say floating to the surface but that does make it seem a bit more grisly πŸ˜‰ Still, so much seems to be about not judging what comes up, may be some really ugly truths buried but not everything that may seem ugly actually is, some things just need to be seen in true light. What is ugly but a subjective aesthetic that we haven’t as yet accepted. When you step back and see how it fits into the larger pattern of the self and existence, than the ugliest quality, mood, event may become sublime.
Namaste, G

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Rose on the Ledge in a Colourless Cave by G A Rosenberg

 

In It’s Wake by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – December 18 2011

“The mark of your ignorance is the depth of your belief in injustice and tragedy. What the caterpillar calls the end of the world, the master calls a butterfly. ”
–Richard Bach, Illusions

I may have used this quote before but it definitely relates to the ongoing discussion in my being an that i find myself involved with online. A friend posted a video of Charles Manson asking “Do you feel blame?” “Are you mad?” and then gibbering, A few people reacted to the use of Manson himself. Reacting to his crimes and to his being… My friend pointed out that the understanding that their reactions could bring them was worth seeing the video. I find myself agreeing.
More and more I believe awareness to be one of the main points of existence, Awareness of the self, its actions and reactions, otherwise why the variety of life that we see. Beauty, Ugliness, Disgust, Hate, Love, Murder, Lust, Rape, Support, Embrace, Dance, Hug, Fart, Defecate, all part of existence as would be each thought, emotion and action, each records in the witness. Any judgement we make on it all we do with imperfect awareness of the big picture. Who knows what soul-agreements may exist between murderer and victim, raper and rapist, lover and lover. We can be aware of our reactions, our beliefs and our judgements, i see them as being our progress reports. Our reactions serve as a way of introducing our self to our self…
Namaste, G

The Show went amazingly.

I sold one of my pictures (which was awesome) and got many positive reactions so coolness all around

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Corridor by G A Rosenberg

The Goddess Sits in Many Aspects by G A Rosenberg

 

Quote of the Day – December 17 2011

β€œIt’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”
― Paulo Coelho,Β The Alchemist

Under the circumstances, on the eve of a showing of my art, this quote seems just about right. Not that an art show in and of itself was a large D dream for me. The fact that more people will be viewing my expressions of self and may even like them enough to purchase feels gratifying in an ego way I suppose and appreciation of one’s efforts always feels good so let’s say that this realizes a dream that created itself out of my own creativity..
It was an amazing feeling tho standing in the middle of a room, surrounded on all sides by creations that had only previously existed in cyberspace. I felt grounded and lightheaded at the same time…
Namaste, G

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Art Show Wall

Becoming in Space by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – December 16 2011

“It may seem difficult at first, but everything is difficult at first.”
–Miyamoto Musashi

So true. From things as a child, tying shoelaces, to falling in love, to ending a relationship, to meditating, to any kind of art or martial form. It feels really hard at first. Also as Dave Sims said “Anything done for the first time unleashes a demon” Inner demons released by practice..Then with persistence and practice it becomes easier. Slowly we learn, sometimes faster depending on how much we need the ability or knowledge and how much we have played in that area.
Namaste. -GAR

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Exploration by G A Rosenberg

Words Unspoken, Galaxies Unexplored by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – December 15 2011

“The dust of many crumbled cities settles over us like a forgetful doze, but we are older than those cities. We began as a mineral. We emerged into plant life and into the animal state, and then into being human, and always we have forgotten our former states, except in early spring when we slightly recall being green again. That’s how a young person turns toward a teacher. That’s how a baby leans toward the breast, without knowing the secret of its desire, yet turning instinctively. Humankind is being led along an evolving course, through this migration of intelligences, and though we seem to be sleeping, there is an inner wakefulness that directs the dream, and that will eventually startle us back to the truth of who we are.”
–Rumi

Good night to think about dreams.. In my mind, so connected to visions and desires. Can I dream without wanting? I differ from myself of a year or so ago in that I now believe the answer to be more likely yes..I dream the future, I dream things looking different than I see them look. Do I dream art into being? How about myself? How about all that I see with me? Doesn’t it all begin with a dream and then shaped by further dreams..I’ve heard people who believe reality to be what they dream described as fanciful. To me, they tend to be more honest, we all colour the world with our perceptions. Our perceptions determine our speech and actions which influences how others react, a chain of dominos knocked over by a perception, a whim or perhaps a dream.
Namaste, G

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My Dreams Have Colour and Texture by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – December 14 2011

β€Ž”There is a difference. You watch television, you don’t witness it. But, while watching television, if you start witnessing yourself watching television, then there are two processes going on: you are watching television, and something within you is witnessing the process of watching television. Witnessing is deeper, far deeper. It is not equivalent to watching. Watching is superficial.
So remember that meditation is witnessing.”
–Osho

Witnessing, Mindfulness. Letting yourself, or myself in my case have awareness of what I find myself thinking and doing, being inside and outside the moment simultaneously. It can be pretty wild. It makes it a lot harder to act like a jerk when you watch yourself do it. How can i let myself fall into the role of angry parent or complaining spouse or irritable pet owner fully if I have to watch myself doing these things? It makes life a bit more pleasant for those around me and I have to admit for myself to. Does that leave any time when it becomes ok to show anger? Yes, who wants to watch a doormat? Indeed it allows more freedom to pick my battles. If only I could do it more often.
Namaste, G

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Through the Curtains by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – December 13 2011

“β€œThe joy of life consists in the exercise of one’s energies, continual growth, constant change, the enjoyment of every new experience. To stop means simply to die. The eternal mistake of mankind is to set up an attainable ideal.”
–Aleister Crowley

or what’s a heaven for? Tho i believe that when he said ideal Ol’ Aleister did not mean goals. A goal, to me would be more the setting of one’s intent or a use of will to make something happen. An ideal, perfecting one’s spirit or the spirit of humanity, that would be a far different story.
So I have been (albeit at probably way too languid a pace) preparing for the first showing of my art Saturday, an attainable goal, tho not one I had ever set as much as fell into it. The idea of selling my art I find interesting and perhaps the next step in this artistic path that I seem to be on. I’ll report on how it works out πŸ™‚
Namaste, G

Oh yeah, a bit of a note on the lower of the two pieces tonight. Once more I have been experimenting a bit with technique and style…therefore a sketch as there is definitely something not quite ‘finished’ about it.

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Gateway by G A Rosenberg

Colourplay ‘Sketch’ by G A Rosenberg