Shaping My Life


“I must shape my life out of myself, out of what my own inner being tells me or what nature brings to me.”
– Carl Jung


My land is what my eyes see
Not ownership but kinship
with all that surrounds me.
I move through the world
and so my life is formed.


My thoughts create my kingdom
with constant new areas to explore
and new insights to explain
I fly through imagination
and so my spirit grows


My understanding creates reality
I reach out to invent myself anew
and find myself reborn.
I choose that which will benefit
and so my world expands.
— G A Rosenberg


Blessings, G


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Watching the Phoenix RiseWatching the Phoenix Rise by G A Rosenberg


Spider TotemSpider Totem 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


Quote of the Day – October 31 2012

“If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear to man as it is – infinite.”
― William Blake


What a gift it would be to be able to see things that clearly. An even greater gift would be to be able to convey that infinite vision in such a way that everyone could see it too. Kind of like the late great jazz poet Lord Buckley’s poem about Jesus the Nazz  who ‘ had them pretty eyes.
He wanted everybody to see with pretty eyes and see how pretty it was.’ I used to believe my main quest  in life was understanding and now I realize that that is at best half of it. What good is understanding if you have no way to convey it, no way to use it to help people. It would be an empty insight indeed that stayed up locked up inside one man’s head. Therefore, I wish not only to have ‘pretty eyes’, the kind that sees beauty and finds understanding but I want to grant others the gift of pretty eyes as well.

Blessings, G


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Wildfire by G A Rosenberg



Golden Web by G A Rosenberg


Wildfire 2 by G A Rosenberg