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Two Hearts becoming One

This painting evolved while I was experiencing a growing love relationship. There were many aspects to the relationship which pointed to a very fulfilling and complete merging. As time went on our love grew and deepened, and we are now experiencing a very pure essence of love that has elements of both passion and purity, eros and agape.

According to A. H. Almass, founder of the transpersonal psychology school, Ridhwan, or Diamond Heart, there are several levels of love essence. One is called Merging Love: “When you know and experience your Essence, you can allow yourself to experience merging love with another person; you don’t feel the need for barriers between you and the other. When you feel your own beingness and the beingness of the other, it is possible for them to become one. When there is no issue of me and you, of boundaries and separation, then there is no issue of us as One. Merging love creates a state with no barriers. There are no barriers drawn between you and anyone or anything, between you and your body, your surroundings, the whole universe. You are merged with the All. This kind of love is one of the most difficult for people to experience in love relationships even though it is exactly what they say they want.”

“Most conflicts in love relationships are about merging love. “How close can I be with you? I don’t want to be too close, but I don’t want to be too far away either.” Or “ When I get too close, then suddenly I feel vulnerable and want to create more distance.” This dance of closeness and separation are of the personality. Issues of closeness and distance will attempt to block merging love . When you are in your beingness, it doesn’t matter how close or how far you are. Your boundaries are overflowing and melting away. When your boundary comes close to the warmth of the other person, it just melts.” – A. H. Almaas – Diamond Heart, volume 2

This painting is available as a limited edition archival quality print, numbered 1 to 50, size: approx. 24″ x 18” for $200 Cdn. The “Inglis” Logo will be reduced to a small size and placed in the lower left corner of the painting. Shipping within North America is $40 Cdn. Please send me an e-mail via my website http://www.artbyinglis.com to order. The image has not been posted to the site yet.  Thank you for your interest in my work.

Rhinoceros

Zen Master Yanguan said to his attendant: “Bring me the rhinoceros fan.” The attendant replied: “The rhinoceros fan is broken.” The master said: “Then bring me the rhinoceros!”

For no reason this rhinoceros emerged from my mind today and the virtual darkness gave way to light and form.

Creating the Muse

The Muse can sometimes visit when you least expect her. So I always have a set of pens and pencils with me. Even as a primarily digital artist I find sketching so fulfilling. Some of my sketches get scanned and become full paintings while some get visited in the future as I leaf through old sketch books. Always wonderful to see work created decades ago. It shows what progress I’ve made but most, important for my soul, the pure expression of that moment in space/ time. 

I feel that I could spend most of my days creating new works, painting, painting, painting. The muse seems to always be close by, available, whispering, sometimes shouting in my ear. Unfortunately other matters hold priority right now. I’m working on my new Astrology and Tarot website and that’s a very slow process. I wish the muse would visit me more frequently over there.

If you are an artist I suggest to you that your job is to invite the Muse, before anything. What does she/ he look like? What is her preferred medium? When is he/ she happiest? Is it when you start something, or when you are finished? Get to know that part of you and the muse will remain close, always ready to inspire and uplift you. I have a close friend, a psychotherapist that tells me “You must paint and give voice to the joy in your soul, otherwise an important part of you gets shut down. If ignored for too long it will make you unhappy, and you, in forgetfulness of the Muse, will not know why you are feeling so low.”

Oh inspiration, goddess of all beauty and creativity within, please stay close. Let me always be in tune with your light and color and give form to your formless true being.  

 

Light and Dark

This painting grew out of a painful place. I was trying to see through a darkness surrounding another person, but I realized the dark fog was within me. So here we see the dance between self and other, light and dark, right and wrong, night and day.

Dance Right or Wrong 9

What does it mean to sell your art? Are you happy that someone liked it enough to send you money? At least you are past poor Vincent. You’ve sold something while still alive. Is there a deep feeling of satisfaction? Do you allow yourself time to let any of that feeling sink in or are you on to the next thing? Try staying with that feeling of accomplishment for a few minutes or a day or a week. Experience it. It is a part of you, regardless of what you accomplish..

Not selling my work bothers me on an ego level but on the absolute level it is nothing at all really, no… really. I often do have the urge to reach out, to communicate, to say something meaningful. I love seeing the map on google analytics that shows where people are that view my site. That’s real communication, since a lot of them don’t even speak my language.

I recently sold a large print and several smaller ones from my website and shipped them off today. I know that this particular buyer sees some of my work as visual depictions of her inner spiritual experiences. My prints will hang on her wall for the rest of her life. This brings a deep sense of connection with the buyer. Satisfaction arises. Stay with it, its OK. Connecting, Oneness, this is the essence of my art.

I have been riding a wave of energy lately and am wanting to put that energy to work.When I launched my art website three years ago I wanted to reach out to people and connect with others on a spiritual level, not just sell prints to corporate art buyers. I have found many people looking and downloading free copies for their virtual art collections but not many buyers of my prints. I have recently ramped up my output on this blog and created a facebook page as well. The facebook page is a little more personal than the blog and may eventually serve as a source of potential buyers. I have no works in brick and mortar galleries at this time. I participated in some group shows in Rochester, NY during my years of living there. With my recent move to Vancouver, I plan to get out and connect with local galleries. In the meantime I am also upgrading my SEO (site optimization) for the main website in an attempt to generate more viewers. Keywords will be changed and content will be modified. I am planning to add a spiritual surrealism gallery as well, since some of my recent best work falls into that category. MyArtistEgo thanks you for visiting.

Rene and Me

Homage to Rene Magritte

This is on the heels of the previous post relating to my choice of artist brand or logo. In the Asian art tradition it is customary to create a stamp to go on each print or original. work. The Inglis apple core logo is my digital stamp or “chop.” I created this work before my website got launched in Nov ’08, over three years ago. The idea behind the title “Homage to Rene Magritte” was to honour a man who amazed me with his work as far back as the Sixties. Yes I do actually remember the 60’s. Having read through Taschen’s excellent book on Magritte I came to realize that he had a vision of realtiy that was very plastic, and very childlike in the best sense. Yes, a train could emerge from a fireplace. It could really rain bowler hatted men. And a single apple could eclipse a room. Depends on the position and perspective of the observer. He had a very Zen-like view of reality, although I doubt he would want to put any label like “Zen” on his work. I’m not sure he even liked the term surrealism. His painting of a pipe, titled “This is not a pipe” completely rips off all the labels. As Frank Zappa once sang “Lick my decals off, baby.” Right on Frank and Rene and  Zen, too. Because the great Chan (zen) teachers, in their infinite compassion and deep wisdom really want us to let go of all concepts, to see the shining non-relative completeness of everything.

So this is my humble attempt to do something Magritte-esque (another label, non?) A rain of apple cores. If you visit the website you will se an animated version of this work. Enjoy. And please, whatever you do, don’t label it good or bad.

If you are interested in the deeper significance of the choice of an apple core for my artist logo please see the previous post: Inglis, Ego and the Applecore Logo. Thanks for showing up on MyArtistEgo.

Awaken

Awaken Six

This is one of many mandalas from the Ajalon show (see previous 2 posts). It symbolizes awakening to Pure Awareness or enlightenment in the Zen sense. The circular pattern was “hand” drawn using a CAD program, then the linework was enhanced with Corel Draw, then hand colored with Corel Painter 10. Who knows how many hours went into this one. Hundreds. A high definition digital copy on a CD for your monitor or a high resolution giclee print, any size, of this beautiful mandala can be ordered if you contact me through my website at http://www.artbyinglis.com Of course, the Inglis logo will be much reduced.

Yes Awaken ~ Ajalon part 2

Well its been a year and a half since this show but the memory is still clear as day. I am in the back of the beautiful old theater in Gettysburg running my digital paintings created especially for this show….176 in all, sequenced to the music. Onstage are my friends. Ajalon, progressive rock group extrordinaire, playing Awaken by Yes as their encore. One of the most amazing pieces of truly spiritual prog rock music ever created. The shivers go down my spine as Johnathan Sindelman starts the opening arpeggios. Then Jennifer Newberry’s clear voice is heard….”high vibrations go on”. And so it begins. Well, enjoy it for yourself. Part 1 above. Yes, I will do more of this kind of work. If you are a musician of any genre and are interested in a dialog, please contact me through my website athttp://www.artbyinglis.com. Thanks.

Well its been a year and a half since this show but the memory is still clear as day. I am in the back of the beautiful old theater in Gettysburg running my digital paintings created especially for this show….176 in all, sequenced to the music. Onstage are my friends. Ajalon, progressive rock group extrordinaire, playing Awaken by Yes as their encore. One of the most amazing pieces of truly spiritual prog rock music ever created. The shivers go down my spine as Johnathan Sindelman starts the opening arpeggios. Then Jennifer Newberry’s clear voice is heard….”high vibrations go on”. And so it begins. Well, enjoy it for yourself. Part 2 above. Yes, I will do more of this kind of work. If you are a musician of any genre and are interested in a dialog, please contact me through my website athttp://www.artbyinglis.com. Thanks.