The Artistic Glimpse


“Everybody has a secret world inside of them. I mean everybody. All of the people in the whole world, I mean everybody — no matter how dull and boring they are on the outside. Inside them they’ve all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds… Not just one world. Hundreds of them. Thousands, maybe.”
― Neil Gaiman


My inner world cannot be perceived by others not the way that I can perceive it. Of course this tends to be true of everyone. Artists tho show glimpses into their interior world. The ability to do this despite the medium may serve as a definition or description for what makes an artist. The medium doesn’t matter much. If you can look at the product or work of another and catch a glimpse into their process and perhaps a greater understanding of your own, then you very likely stand in the presence of an artist.
Blessings, G


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Not My Standard RealityNot My Standard Reality by G A Rosenberg


Fire Monkey Finds His YearFire Monkey Finds His Year by G A Rosenberg


Cernunnos in ReposeCernunnos in Repose by G A Rosenberg


Everyday Magic in Different Forms


The Artist was the first to convey Desire and Dream to an objective state, he thus manifested the exteriorisation of our earliest fantasies that by the sympathy of Image to Reality they would become True. The role and function of the First Artist and the First Sorcerer are identical and inseparable, that is to fulfill the Dream and bind it to Reality. The more we embrace this primitive function the more effective we become as practitioners of the Arte Magical.’
— Andrew D. Chumbley


I am a cave dweller. Tomorrow I will hunt the wild beast to feed my family. Tonight I draw the animals I will kill on the walls of my home to draw them to me.I will provide and I will live.
I am an oracle. I lay my symbols out in the way I will have the future unfold for my king, for my family and for my home.
I run planning workshops. Tomorrow as my clients discuss what they wish for the future, I will draw out their plans. They will see the images on paper and that will help them to see them out to fruition.
Magic takes many shapes and forms and whether we are aware of it or not, we all practice magick every day whether it be by art or by dreams that we will strong enough to manifest.
Blessings, G


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The Night's OfferingsThe Night’s Offerings by G A Rosenberg


Woodsman BelialDark Woodsman by G A Rosenberg

The Artist’s Dilemma


“I could paint for a hundred years, a thousand years without stopping and I would still feel as though I knew nothing.”
— Paul Cézanne


There is so much to know and understand. On the mundane level, we struggle constantly with the social pressure of dealing with structures that have broken down and doing it in a way that we can still feel human. On the emotional we learn with each relationship and type of relationship about what we want, how to deal with the other and how to be compassionate and loving even when that involves moving on or becoming more direct. On an intellectual level we are exposed to a constant barrage of new information amidst a cultural bias against critical thinking about any of it. On a spiritual level we need to learn to integrate our highest possible selves with our shadow and struggle sometimes between the two.
Artists bridge many of these gaps. We represent each of these struggles. We use symbolism and tell stories and show the basic dichotomies at all levels of human existence. Yet it is one thing to illustrate the human condition and another to understand and resolve it. I don’t know that any artist can do this. Oh we can show different points of view and inspire people to think and feel. Yet in the end, we are all working on these things ourselves.
I love the book Illusions by Richard Bach. In it, a character is given a Messiah’s Handbook full of profound sayings that illuminate his existence. Yet the last line of the book is “Everything in this book may be wrong.” At the end while something I say or illustrate may profoundly affect someone, I am left with the realization that it may be wrong or at least incomplete. Perhaps that is the ultimate artistic dilemma. That we can describe and show insight into the human condition but provide little resolution.
Blessings, G


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Winged SkullWinged Skull by G A Rosenberg


PetalsPetals by G A Rosenberg


Awaiting Its PreyAwaiting Its Prey by G A Rosenberg


Birth of an Image


“Can you remember how you felt when you were communicating through your artwork? Not just the sense of completion, but the sense of rightness- the sense that you had brought to life something that could live beyond your sphere of being, that held in it far more potential than you ever realized you were imbuing in the work?”
― Charles de Lint


Clarity of transmission
the artist in synch with his instinct
something that wasn’t there before
Colours and layers blending
lights added, lines removed
a palette of textures all drawn
No.. that isn’t right
Move back five steps
add the missing element and recombine
alter the hues so that its right
listening as the picture tells him
what it wants to be..
a collaborative effort
art creating itself through his hands..
The last touches are made.
One last stoke put in
A new piece has entered the world.
— G A Rosenberg


Blessings, G


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The Show That Never EndsThe Show That Never Ends by G A Rosenberg


Iris Flower in a RainstormIris Flower in a Rainstorm by G A Rosenberg


Creating Reality


“Nothing exists until or unless it is observed. An artist is making something exist by observing it. And his hope for other people is that they will also make it exist by observing it. I call it ‘creative observation.’ Creative viewing.”
― William S. Burroughs


I will enter my mind palace
and work with the star stuff there
I will enter the dark places
and use shadows
I will learn the colours of emotion
and throw them where I will
Lines and curves and little blocks of wood
I’ll use time and thyme and be used in return
People oh yes
beings of all kinds
belong on the screen before me.
For I create what I see
and forget what I’ve known before.
I invent my reality
but then don’t we all?
— G A Rosenberg


Blessings, G


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Jeweled RibbonsJewelled Ribbons by G A Rosenberg


Propagating WavesPropagating Waves by G A Rosenberg


Entrance to an Abstract SpaceDoorway to Imagination by G A Rosenberg

Artist’s Task


“The artist’s task is to save the soul of mankind; and anything less is a dithering while Rome burns. If artists cannot find the way, then the way cannot be found.”
-Terence McKenna


We’re all artists, our mediums may differ but we all create our lives from our imagination using the tools and materials at hand. Some of us give up way too easily leaving designs half finished or we spend our lives searching for others who will complete our designs for us. Some of us finger paint and let our designs go willy-nilly. Don’t get me wrong for this method can produce beauty and fractal patterns never before seen. Some of us tho, partly by design and partly by taking advantage of patterns that we see as they develop, create true beauty that inspires. Our lives leap off the page or off the board and influence others to see what they can truly do and become.
Blessings, G


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Bronze SpinBronze Spin by G A Rosenberg


Psychedelic Carpet stylePsychedelic Carpet by G A Rosenberg

Wise Enough to Play the Fool

“This fellow is wise enough to play the fool;
And to do that well craves a kind of wit:
He must observe their mood on whom he jests,
The quality of persons, and the time,
And, like the haggard, check at every feather
That comes before his eye. This is a practise
As full of labour as a wise man’s art
For folly that he wisely shows is fit;
But wise men, folly-fall’n, quite taint their wit.”
― William Shakespeare


So the fool writes on. Working with the tarot and especially on the Fool Trump entry, I can see the wisdom in Shakespeare’s words. As a writer and artist constantly looking for feedback and wanting to use it to inform and not control my creative decisions I really get it. Not so much, “They don’t like the dark stuff I should go back to angels and sacred religious symbolism or pretty designs” as “Maybe I am not yet communicating these thoughts / images in a way that people can relate to” This blog is a dance of communication because by the time I get feedback on it it has been completed and so I gage moods, both that of my audience and what they have liked before and my own, what I may need to communicate at any given time. It can be a delicate dance but always a worthwhile one.
Blessings, G


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Dreamscape 11Dreamscape 11 by G A Rosenberg


Follow Her DownFollow Her Down by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – November 5 2012

“Artists are most themselves when they are out of their minds, transcending the ego skirmishes of conceptual thought, and intuitively relinquishing control to the greater Creator”
–Alex Grey, The Inner Artist


Letting go, releasing all my bullshit and giving in…letting it flow.. yes…so often I find myself trying to drive and navigate when it doesn’t matter where i go as long as the expression is true…so much needs to come out still..buried passions and shadow stuff that even as I express I tuck away ever playing a game of peak a boo with my own awareness. How lame is that? or if not lame, tame, we tame ourselves, make of our inner spirits the domesticated pets of our own ego and why? to maintain an inner core of what we tell ourselves is sanity when what we really need is madness…can’t we trust ourselves to come down again, trust the guidance of our spirits and that greater Creator? Why can’t we just let go and let God, the inner God that we all are?
Blessings, G


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Journey Through the Mind’s Eye by G A Rosenberg

Monochrome Crystal Mandala by G A Rosenberg

Quote of the Day – August 4 2012

Find yourself and express yourself in your own particular way. Express your love openly. Life is nothing but a dream, and if you create your life with love, your dream becomes a masterpiece of art.”
― Miguel Ruiz


Can you see beauty in ugliness? Can you spot ugliness in beauty? How do you decide? Or perhaps it’s when.
Deciding is not wrong even if it means leaving objectivity behind. As a matter of fact, you’ve always had preferences, always decided. Only now perhaps you acknowledge that that is what you do. Creation is choice.And good things result when we create with love.


Time to leave crossroads
New balances made daily
My road has no end

Blessings, G


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