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Inyo is a Paiute word for “where dwells the Great Spirit.”
The context for my art work was conceived on a a three-day fasting Vision Quest in the Inyo National Forest in the high desert of California.
Up there alone in the mountains, I was impressed by the vast clear starry night sky and also by the sublime inner source of my own being and felt the oneness of the apparent duality. In a powerful flash of awareness (I can see why someone might say that God has spoken to them directly – it was like that), I was given the medicine name of Light into Being – a name that both exemplifies my art and provides context to my life.
The closing act of a Vision Quest is where one comes back and lives out that vision for the benefit of the people. And I must confess that it took me many, many years to give myself over to the painting.
“A man who has a vision is not able to use the power of it until after he has performed the vision on earth for the people to see.” –Black Elk
So here I am now, doing that.
I sometimes think I’ll go back to that mountain. I know I could find my special sacred spot, but not so sure I could still make the climb. Then again, I have a mountain right here in my backyard as well as the etherial one that I carry within – so there is no real need for the trip.
Many have visions – few make them real. And this art is my visions made physical for my people.
Yeah! Another completed painting. This is turning into a productive year. Here for your enjoyment, contemplation, and perusal is the finished painting that I showed in progress a few weeks ago.
The geometry of the nothingness of space can be described mathematically as an infinite tetrahedral array which weaves the fabric upon which ordinary matter builds the structures we recognize as the physical world. Here the flow of space-time resolves into a primordial tetrahedron amid metaphysical cosmic energy.
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. What do you see?
In the rush to announce the winning entry earlier this week, I neglected to say anything about why I picked “Fibonacci’s Eye”.
Fibonacci was a 13th century mathematician that popularized the system of written numbers that we use today. He is probably best known now among Sacred Geometry aficionados.
I use many spirals in my artwork and these look best when laid out using mathematical sequences also known as the golden ratio or golden spiral. Fibonacci is well known to me.
In this work from a few years ago, the circles are imbedded in hidden spirals. The center of each circle is plotted on a spiral and the size of each circle also follows in Fibonacci progression.
The progression also has roots in the metre in Sanskrit poetry.
I’m pleased to announce that “Fibonacci’s Eye” submitted by Peter Lyle is selected from almost 50 entries to win the print.
Peter submitted his suggestion on my Facebook page You can see all the suggestions there.
Thanks, Peter, for the great title and to everyone else that made suggestions!
I know I want this to be one of my triangle based paintings. Here I am trying to decide how I want to orient the triangle. That’s a piece of paper I am holding in front of the canvas that enables me to better visualize various alignments.
Sometimes I know before I start a painting what it will look like, and sometimes – like here – it evolves before me as if it were emerging from a fog in my awareness. I can see clearly where my next step is and perhaps a few few steps on ahead. But beyond that I can’t see yet, but I know when I get there I’ll see the path ahead for a few steps more.
Sometimes the hardest part in creating art is coming up with a good title that is engaging and gives insight into my process or invites contemplation. I’m looking for fresh titles.
Give your ideas for a title for this print. Winner is entirely up to me and will receive a free print provided they have a domestic USA shipping address. (No need to give your address, unless you are the winner.)
Details about this work including winning title and purchase information.
Thanks to the folks at Empty Easel for the kind review. David Copson: Ethereally Abstract Mixed Media Paintings
Artist David Copson hails from a family of scientists and excelled in math as a student. His heart, however, pulled him toward art, and in particular, printmaking. After 10 years spent in New York City working as a technical director at Atelier Ettinger, he began to specialize in hand-drawn color separations which (when printed one at a time in a specifically matched color) create a print image.
From there, Dave began exploring an abstract expressionistic style of art inspired by vision quests, near death experiences and shamanic journeys. Nowadays, his artwork is meant to inspire beauty and fill one with a sense of awe, and I think you’ll agree it does just that!
In Realization below, it’s easy for us, the viewers, to step out of our comfort zone and into a world of unknowns and endless possibility. His spatial paintings propel us into a thrilling, deep space odyssey.
David’s use of colors is as complex as his subject matter. I see this painting from two perspectives—one, as if I am looking up and into a magical night sky, and two, as if I’ve been immersed deep in the Milky Way and am floating through infinite space and in between the fabric of time.
This next painting, entitle Unfolding, reminds me of a tunnel through outer space that provides speedy transportation to any and all destinations!
I admire the gleaming blackness of deep space, sprinkled heavily with twinkling stars. A supernova bursts forth from a star, expelling (at speeds we can’t begin to comprehend) all sorts of elements and energy that create a dazzling rush of color.
Lastly, Etic Reality is soft and subtle, with pastel hues encompassing the entire painting. Even more notable, however, is the grainy texture that lightly dusts the composition.
Through this hazy veil we can see a gleaming planet or sun, perfectly round and glowing robustly through the gassy, cloudy atmosphere. Pale sea foam, rose, and lavender hues are utterly romantic, fulfilling the dreamy idea of interstellar wonders one ponders about, but can never fully realize.
This unassuming painting not only inspires, but invites us viewers to make our dreams a reality.
Learn more about David’s journeys—the first into the world of art, and the second into a place of self-discovery and artistic clarification through a quest into the Inyo Mountains—that changed his life’s path forever.
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.
I hope you enjoy this mysterious and dynamic image.
This is an original signed and numbered limited edition print that you can purchase here.
Have you ever had the insight that a dollar bill has absolutely no inherent value or meaning other than what we attribute to it? It’s just some ink on a rather small piece of paper.
Even the patterns of the ink on the paper – the numbers, words and pictures – only have meaning when we agree that they do.
Have you read art reviews wherein the critic elaborates upon this or that aspect of a painting, adding significance to the subject matter and technical aspects of the painting down to the choice of color, that flourish of a brushstroke, and that seemingly accidental drip over there? They might say the work is derived from some important thing and indicative of a new trend and has great social implications.
And maybe this was all part the artist’s intent – or more likely not – but it’s all true now. Because that meaning has been assigned to the painting by an authority.
People seem to want me to talk about the meaning in my paintings. Believe me, I put a lot in there. I even try to infuse the energy of what it means to me so strongly that any viewer will get a sense of it. But I often say that there is no meaning except what you as the observer bring to the work from your own consciousness.
After all, the painting is akin to the dollar bill and is just paint on canvas, with no meaning except that which we assign to it.
What about the cosmos? Do you think there is any meaning out there beyond what we puny humans attach to it?