Based on the Hermit card in the Tarot, this painting is a composite of several important elements in my life. It is also autobiographical. Also my creative process is very singular, that is, most of my time creating art I am here alone in my digital studio, with music on for inspiration and to call the Muse. Often it is progressive rock music, some new, some older, with an emphasis on Yes and Genesis. I also enjoy electronic music in a wide range of styles, from classical (Tomita, Wendy Carlos); rock (Synergy); ambient (Brian Eno); electro pop (Davol); and the ever awesome Vangelis who stands alone in his own category, like the hermit. I listen to Tangerine Dream a lot, and right now am listening to their Electric Mandarine tour live in Zurich.

This image was first seen by an audience of 1,000 at Rosfest Music festival in Gettysburg in May 2010. It was part of a digital projection show I did with Ajalon, a well known prog rock group, featuring several friends from Seattle. So the name is appropriate….Hermit Rock. The finale of this show, Awaken by Yes, can be seen and heard on this blog if you scroll down far enough. Or search Ajalon.

In my next post I will reveal a glimpse of my new book on the Thoth Tarot… excerpt from the chapter on the Hermit. The Hermit is a potent symbol as an archetype of the psyche. It is the wise inner voice which most of us ignore most of the time. Stay tuned!
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