Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Saturday, May 24, 2014
|current series of gargoyle inspired block prints and stamps|
|tower of london|
|miller and paine building lincoln nebraska|
|near mirror lake st petersburg florida|
|cemetery near dublin, ireland|
|state theater st petersburg florida|
|gargoyle screen print on shirts|
Saturday, May 17, 2014
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Tuesday, May 13, 2014
As technology advances there is a challenge for printmakers to educate art viewers on what exactly we mean by a print and a limited edition... now that anyone can easily create a print out on archival paper using a computer and fancy ink jet printer there are a lot of reproduced artworks out there sold as 'prints'. But that is not the kind of print i make. To me a print requires some elbow grease... ink rolled out on a glass slab, transferred to a block, and pressed by hand onto paper.
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
as a kid in summer one of the most remarkable things to see for me was a praying mantis in the yard... sure we had daddy long legs and fire flies but a mantis was a specialty, uncommon and exciting. i guess i've never gotten over that as i've made many mantis inspired artworks as an adult, all without realizing any pattern. who knew i was repeating myself? apparently true inspiration maintains itself over decades. and who wouldn't be inspired by such magical things as a mantis?
Monday, May 5, 2014
As an artist and i guess as a human being i do a lot of soul searching. I have a continual search for meaning (see also my solo show "lost in the wilderness" all about looking for direction and home)
so what is it we want? what place does art hold in our lives? what unknown abilities might we have? how much subconscious power goes untapped? ask these things and then you'll understand a little bit about my recent sigil set(s). (set of six hand printed sigil cards)
I heard this song "Adventures in Success" on a community radio station late one night when I was living in Nebraska... possibly in high school... probably in the '80s and it has stayed with me. I love the idea that anything you think you can do. You can manifest your desires. "The fact is, you will become the person you honestly describe. You can't avoid it". Make it habit, make it happen. I have played it a million times.
Now I've created a set of images to assist in my personal quest and they're available for anyone to use... want nothing, find love, success, good health, make art, joy... basic human truths. Make it happen.
A sigil (//; pl. sigilia or sigils; from Latin sigillum "seal") is a symbol used in magic. The term has usually referred to a type of pictorial signature of a demon or other entity; in modern usage, especially in the context of chaos magic, it refers to a symbolic representation of the magician's desired outcome.
In modern uses, the concept was mostly popularized by Austin Osman Spare, who published a method by which the words of a statement of intent are reduced into an abstract design; the sigil is then charged with the will of the creator. Spare's technique, now known as sigilization, has become a core element of chaos magic.
The inherently individualistic nature of chaos magic leads most chaos magicians to prepare and cast (or "charge") sigils in unique ways, as the process of sigilization has not been rigorously defined. Sigils are used for spells as well as for the creation of thoughtforms.
Unlike with traditional sigils, whose creators made use of traditional lore passed down from generations or from books, modern users often create sigils entirely themselves and devise individual means of "charging" them with metaphysical power.