God is in the Middle

 

In the machinations of our reality, we are bombarded by a worlds opposites right and wrong, dark and light, good or bad. The more extreme the drama of life the more interesting the story becomes. We see it today most prevalent in the news media who know how to manipulate and stretch the truth to extreme degrees. As an illustrator I came across these discrepancies all the time. It was difficult because I wanted to reflect the truth of an article but was asked to shift the image in a way that would be aligned with the publication's policies and agenda. They did not want to upset their advertisers or their readers.

Now with social media any event can be stretched to the farthest ends of the opinion spectrum.

It has been my experience that the truth is generally somewhere in the middle of an issue. It lives not so much in the black and white but somewhere in the grey area... in the middle. I surmise this is where God resides- in the middle of it all. Neutral. Not all the way to the right, nor all the way to the left... instead standing firmly in between, pulling the extremes together like a rope in a tug of war battle that is going nowhere.

Perception is an act of creation, until you know better.

There is a practice which comes from Buddhism called observing in “Equanimity,”  where we experience life in a nonjudgemental state of mind. This does not mean you approve or disapprove of what is happening in any specific scenario, but reaffirms that nothing outside of you creates your reality. It is an inside job. 

A neutral mindset can help keep our emotions calmer, but is there a way to reconcile the opposites in our life? Yes, that is through Love. 

Love is actually the synthesis and synchronicity of all complementary opposites. Only when we see both sides in perfect balance at once, will we experience the profoundness of the saying ‘and the truth (of love) shall set you free’. 

Love, is God in the middle.

 

Chakra Goddess, mixed media.

 

Fearless Painting

Painting can be intimidating until you are ready to let loose and approach it with a fearless attitude.

I am teaching two classes, EXPERIMENTAL PAINTING TECHNIQUE I and II that will take the mystery out of making art with paint whether it is abstract or representational. Explore art techniques utilizing acrylic paints, coffee, oil paints and more. Demonstrations, with emphasis on student experimentation.
We will use different techniques and processes to push the potential of these materials to create unique imagery and effects.

I used most of these techniques for many of my illustration commissions.


EXPERIMENTAL PAINTING TECHNIQUE I: Thursday, July 2, 12PM - 3PM

EXPERIMENTAL PAINTING TECHNIQUE II and Friday, July 3, 12PM - 3PM

Materials List will be supplied.

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