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Fire Element

This is the Five Elements painting for Fire.

It is the third painting in the series commissioned by my son, Sensei Joshua Copson for his martial arts studio, The Blue Dragon Dojang.

Fire represents power, intention, endurance, passion, and the indomitable spirit. Furthermore, Fire teaches us to harness power, and build the endurance needed to use it.

The shapes in these paintings are consistent with the five elements of the Gorintou – the Five Ring Pagoda. The Fire Element is traditionally a pyramid or triangle, resulting in an interesting synthesis. I have discovered from studies in other traditions that many attribute power to the pyramid. Actually, the form that most embodies that energy is the tetrahedron – a pyramid-like shape with a triangular base as well as triangular sides.  The tetrahedron is the most basic shape for all manifested form.

In the martial arts, to master fire is to master energy – both yours and your opponents, to beat down, push through, and overcome all that stands before you.

“Power is what you get when you dip into that well and add strength and speed to your technique.”

~Sensei Joshua Copson

 

The originals in the Five Elements series are 30″ x 24″ mixed media on canvas paintings and will be hung in the Blue Dragon Dojang in Lovingston, Virginia. You can buy framed prints and posters in a variety of custom formats and reproductions  printed on all sorts of stuff including tote bags, phone cases and coffee mugs.

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January 16th, 2018|Installations, New Work, What's Happening|0 Comments

Water Element

This is the second in the Five Elements series commissioned by my son, Sensei Joshua Copson for his martial arts studio, The Blue Dragon Dojang.

This is the painting for Water.

Water represents the fluid, flowing things in the world. Water teaches us to flow in our movements, find the supple center of balance and become flexible in mind and body.

The sphere is symbolic of completion and the attainment of wisdom.

In the martial arts, to master water is to flow with the tides of battle, never resisting nor be resisted as you use your opponent’s energy to bring about their defeat.

“You must learn to flow from one move to the next, until you can sustain a stream of attacks and counters that seem to come without effort.”

~Sensei Joshua Copson

The originals in the Five Elements series are 30″ x 24″ mixed media on canvas paintings and will be hung in the Blue Dragon Dojang in Lovingston, Virginia. You can buy framed prints and posters in a variety of custom formats and reproductions  printed on all sorts of stuff including tote bags, phone cases and coffee mugs.

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Follow the Blue Dragon Dojang on Facebook.

January 9th, 2018|Installations, New Work, What's Happening|0 Comments

Five Elements Series

Earlier in 2017, I accepted a commission from my son, Sensei Joshua Copson, a 4th-degree black belt, to create a series of five paintings for his martial arts studio, The Blue Dragon Dojang.

He has developed  Five Fold Way framework for martial arts instruction.  These paintings embody the progress in their spiritual studies of his Oh Do Kwan students. The shapes are consistent with the five elements of the Gorintou – the Five Ring Pagoda.

He teaches the 5 elements in a circular pattern: Water, Earth, Void, Wind, Fire – with none being more powerful than any others but rather continually moving one into the other as they support the whole.

The first painting completed is the painting for Earth.

Earth represents the foundation of the world. The cube is the basis – hard, solid, objective. This is where conditioning breeds strength, certainty, and integrity.

In the martial arts, to master Earth is to be the toughest and strongest, to root yourself to the world having all attacks break upon you as you break your opponent.

“Root yourself to the world, pushing down through your foundations and out through your technique.”

~Sensei Joshua Copson

The originals in the Five Elements series are 30″ x 24″ mixed media on canvas paintings and will be hung in the Blue Dragon Dojang in Lovingston, Virginia. But you be able to buy framed prints and posters in a variety of custom formats and reproductions  printed on all sorts of stuff including tote bags, phone cases and coffee mugs.

Shop Reproductions

Follow the Blue Dragon Dojang on Facebook.

January 3rd, 2018|Installations, New Work, What's Happening|0 Comments

iPhone case sold!

A first for me. Sold an iPhone case produced via Fine Art America where you too can purchase reproductions of Soul Mates #7 which are available in a variety of print formats including, apparently, as an iphone case.

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36x36x1.5, Acrylic on Canvas, Inyo Studio Inventory #1601

36x36x1.5, Acrylic on Canvas

36″ x 36″ Painting is still available.

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September 11th, 2017|Publicity, What's Happening|0 Comments

Gallery Representation at Xanadu Gallery

Xanadu Gallery of Scottsdale, Arizona has accepted my work. Not only that, they selected my recent painting Soul Mates #7 for the cover of their latest catalogue and prominently on their homepage.

Xanadu Gallery is all about selecting outstanding and eclectic art work.  In the legendary city of Xanadu (from Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem) Kubla Kahn gathered the finest art and treasures from the farthest reaches of his vast kingdom.

With a philosophy like that, I am honored to be represented by Xanadu Gallery.

Go to the page of my work available for purchase from them.

November 7th, 2016|Commentary, Publicity, What's Happening|0 Comments

Reproductions Available

By popular demand (Joe Popular of Nyack, NY demanded it), I am making my recent painting, Soul Mates #7, available as a reproduction for affordable purchase by the rabid fans of  The Mindstream, the up and coming prog-pop/space-blues/rock musicians that commissioned their debut album cover art from me.

I am happy to make these reproductions available to my followers, too.

Reproductions are being produced by Fine Art America and are available in a variety of formats and can be delivered framed or unframed.

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Depending on how this endeavor is received, I expect to make more of my paintings available as reproductions in the future. Any particular painting you would like to see?

July 12th, 2016|Commentary, Publicity, What's Happening|0 Comments

Worlds Apart

Sometimes the internet works to bring about serendipitous connections and even cross promotions.

A while ago, I commented on a video posted on Facebook for the emerging band The MindstreamTheir lyrics held similar sentiments to my thoughts about my series of artworks about real and imagined Soul Mates.

They, in turn, liked my art and likewise saw the connection and so commissioned me to produce the cover for their debut album. Very nice.

So I painted a special SoulMates (#7 – pictured above) with their song Worlds Apart in mind.

This is what I said about painting Soul Mates:

In Quantum Physics there is a phenomenon called Quantum Entanglement which I think – metaphorically and perhaps actually – corresponds to the experience of the Soul Mate in that in each phenomenon the components are paired so that one can no longer be completely described without reference to its counterpart – even at such degrees of separation that common logic assures that any contact or communication is impossible.

And here are the lyrics to the song Worlds Apart:

Boundaries unseen, the great distance between
Across a canvas of eternity
Cold stars are piercing my side

Your thoughts reach out a distant connection
In return your eyes meet my reflection
Crystal spheres collide

We might come from distant corners of the galaxy
But that doesn’t mean you’re worlds apart from me

All the stars are eyes and they’re looking at us
Will we be controlled by their reactions
Or will you follow your heart

Their rules and traditions are too demanding
All of space is constantly expanding
Will they tear us apart

We might come from distant corners of the galaxy
But that doesn’t mean you’re worlds apart from me
There might be a gap of all eternity
But that doesn’t stop your love from reaching me

It’s really about Not Worlds Apart, though – don’t you think? Just like Soul Mates are never really separate from each other.

I  listened to that track over and over as made the painting. I was very impressed with the studio mixing – so much more refined, layered and clearer than the rather rough club video I first heard.

Give The Mindstream a listen here.  And take a closer look at Soul Mates #7 here.

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June 28th, 2016|New Work, Publicity, What's Happening|0 Comments

Waking Up

Did I slip into a parallel universe? I woke up today and things have changed.  Apparently I have a cat.

And a teenage granddaughter living with me.

Too many cars in my driveway. My studio building has been converted into a rental property and people are living there – my daughter and family. They’ve got dogs and puppies. Do you think I can borrow a dog to go up the mountain with me like I so fondly remember doing with my dog?

Speaking of the mountain – Someone built a house up there. Not too close to us, but in the way of my usual excursion. The nerve of some people.

I don’t recognize the painting in my new studio. Did I paint that? Things seem a bit cramped in there. I keep telling myself that there is nothing I could do in the old studio that I can’t do here. Except that the sink isn’t hook up.

I am going to have to rebuild my model railroad. It was in the loft of the old studio and now that’s gone.

In my field (I guess it’s a barnyard now) there are 3 pigs, 4 goats, 18 chickens, and a duck. And gates where there didn’t used to be any.

Things seem to be closing in on me. I’m now officially retirement age though I have been retired on disability for several years.

Mary Ann is calling me. “David! Stop playing with the goats and get to work!”

She always could cut to the heart of the matter.

April 10th, 2016|What's Happening|0 Comments

Challenge of the Blank Canvas

The move to the new studio is complete and a blank canvas beckons.

I may have had the vision already and maybe it is yet to come as I work, but every new canvas is an intimidating invitation to creativity.

And not just a blank canvas but also a freshly painted wall and pristine floor.

I am hesitating to get into it. Will what I produce be worthy of all the considerable work, time and expense that it takes to make a satisfactory painting?

"Deadline", lithograph by Norman Rockwell. Printed by me at Atelier Ettinger, 1977.

“Deadline,” hand drawn lithograph by Norman Rockwell. Printed by me at Atelier Ettinger, 1977.

 

February 1st, 2016|Commentary, What's Happening|0 Comments

Life imitates art

It’s not a big secret that I get inspiration from astronomical pictures from the Hubble Space Telescope and even use them liberally in my digital collage prints. (It’s all ok. They are paid for by tax dollars and therefore in the public domain.)

24x30 Mixed Media on Canvas

24×30 Mixed Media on Canvas

Here is one just released that has made the rounds on the internet because Star Wars.

Read more about the astro phenomena.

Read more about the painting.

Funny thing is – it looks very much like this painting that I completed a few weeks ago. Am I tuned in to the Force?

I’m sure I will be combining and reworking these images digitally in the near future.

December 22nd, 2015|Commentary, New Work, What's Happening|0 Comments