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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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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

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

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.

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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

Fervent Threshold

I tend to think my paintings are more cerebral and spiritual than emotional, but here is one that embodies a bit more of my current emotional state than usual. Sometimes you cross a line and just can’t go back – no matter whether that threshold is physical, emotional, mental or spiritual.

This painting’s effects produced 80% by toothbrush, 15% airbrush, 5% deliberate editing of “accidental” process.

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November 18th, 2015|New Work|1 Comment

Red, Yellow, Blue Gyre Suite

These swirling vortexes of red, yellow, and blue exploit a common cliché for making variations on a theme. Here I am follow a tradition in printmaking of bundling similarly themed work into suites.

Better together. Installation view of Red, Yellow, Blue Gyre Suite

Better together. Installation view of Red, Yellow, Blue Gyre Suite

The brush strokes are paint on canvas then photographed and digitally enhanced.  (Everything I know about making a good brush stroke I learned from my work with Peter Max.) The other elements are  galactic Fibonacci spirals, astronomical objects, and naturally occurring examples of  Fractal geometry. These are then combined into original digital images.

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October 27th, 2015|Installations, New Work|0 Comments

Making of Numinous Journey

Follow the progression as this painting unfolds from blank canvas to finished artwork.

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October 8th, 2015|New Work, Video|0 Comments

Cosmic Folklore #2

New work!

Limited Edition signed and numbered giclee print from original digital art.

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September 29th, 2015|New Work|0 Comments

Form from Flow

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?

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September 15th, 2015|New Work|0 Comments