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Ultima Thule

Many of my paintings invoke an energy dynamic that looks like it might be a place in the cosmic frontier that embodies that energy. Here I have flipped that a bit and we have what looks like a specific, if alien, landscape that is home to strange exotic things happening.

Ultima Thule  (pronounced thoo-lee) was a label used on ancient maps that indicated a distant unknown region. Beyond the extreme of travel and discovery, Ultima Thule is a distant place beyond the limits of our knowledge and perception.

(Also a Kuiper belt object and next target of NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft that visited Pluto in July 2015)

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May 15th, 2018|New Work|0 Comments

Incident at the Threshold

As usual, this new work of art is a mixed media painting on canvas. This painting is 24 x 30 inches.

I seem to be in the midst of switching gears a bit.

Anytime an artist makes a horizontal line it begins to invoke a landscape.  I called my last painting a landscape, because of its sense of place. (I just mistyped sense which got auto-corrected to seance, which is perhaps not wholly inaccurate).

I think I’ll embrace that sense of place for a while and see where that leads.

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April 26th, 2018|New Work|0 Comments

Eidetic Landscape

Eidetic images are mental visions that have unusual vividness and detail, as if actually visible.

Welcome to my world.

Eidetic Landscape #3

This painting is mixed media on canvas and measures 24 x 18 inches.

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April 15th, 2018|New Work|0 Comments

Rift

For your consideration:

A new painting: Rift.

Here I am invoking an eruptive disturbance along a threshold that may be physical, emotional, mental or spiritual – personal or cosmic.

Lots of toothbrush spattering in this one.

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This is the second painting completed this year. I’ve been excitedly and actively painting and have fallen behind in posting about them. More to come.

 

April 9th, 2018|New Work|0 Comments

Incursion

I’ve finished my first really new paintings in quite a while.

The recent Five Elements Series didn’t feel new to me, but instead a rehashing or maybe even a summary of work over the past few years. In a commission situation, where the client expects a certain look, that does constrain the work a bit.

Here is the first of the new works: Incursion.

It is a painting I started a few years ago, abandoned, and have now completed in a way not anticipated. It is considerably more spontaneously created than my usual process. In fact, it’s an incursion upon my expected and habitual artistic vision.

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March 1st, 2018|New Work, What's Happening|0 Comments

Void Element

Here is the fifth and final painting completing the “five elements” series commissioned by my son, Sensei Joshua Copson for his martial arts studio, The Blue Dragon Dojang.

I made the paintings in the traditional order of the Gorintou – the Five Ring Pagoda.  Sensei 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 as his Oh Do Kwan students progress in their spiritual studies.

This is the painting for the Void.

The void represents those things beyond everyday experience. Void is where we continually perfect our techniques, sharpen our focus and develop the desired reflexive action.

The shape is traditionally a jewel shape, here in the painting reminiscent of a torus.

In the martial arts, the void is where you sense your surroundings without your physical senses and act without thinking, have no openings by being completely open, and strike your opponent who is both there and not there.

“The void is where you stand, for in the void nothing has been decided, therefore everything is possible.”

~Sensei Joshua Copson

 

The originals in the Five Elements series are 30″ x 24″ mixed media paintings on canvas and are on display 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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February 6th, 2018|Installations, New Work, What's Happening|0 Comments

Wind Element

And now we come to the fourth painting in the series commissioned by my son, Sensei Joshua Copson for his martial arts studio, The Blue Dragon Dojang, Five Elements painting for Wind.

These paintings embody the order in which his Oh Do Kwan students progress in their spiritual studies. The shapes are consistent with the five elements of the Gorintou – the Five Ring Pagoda.

This is the painting for Wind.

Wind represents expansion, speed, and timing. With Wind we enter the realm of self-control and strategy, mental flexibility, and compassion. Here we develop speed of both our mind and body, and learn the all-important timing.

The crescent forms a cup ready to receive from the heavens and invokes receptivity, intuition, and awareness.

In the martial arts, to master wind is to always be one step ahead, and one move before, your opponent – to know the timing of the world.

 “You should know the strategy of your art, study the strategy of others, and understand the strategy of the land. Only then can victory be possible.”

~Sensei Joshua Copson

The originals in the Five Elements series are 30″ x 24″ mixed media paintings on canvas 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 23rd, 2018|Installations, New Work, What's Happening|0 Comments

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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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.

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