Simon’s Soul

Once again, another wondrous and mystical collaboration with a very willing and open client. Simon emailed me back in January as he was emerging from a dark time in his life. He was turning over a new leaf and embarking on significant changes to his life and mindset. Part of his new direction involved buying a new condo which he wanted to decorate with his own artistic flair, which included a reverence to his life in symbols.

This painting came about one morning as he was sitting on his couch having his tea before work and focusing his mind on how fortunate he has been in his life. He wrote me stating he wanted something “significant, pertinent, beautiful and spectacular” to fill his walls.

“… I want those walls to carry positive images, something that evokes positive feelings…images of aboriginal icons came to me because they are mysterious, they have a meaning, every time you look at them they are different but also they are minimal-geometric, they are a brilliant exercise of concise synthesis and communication of ideas…I realized that what I was thinking of at that moment was the images from your art work and I thought right then and there that the “something special, significant, pertinent, spectacular” I want there to fill my walls is one of your art pieces….I would be honoured if you consider to paint something for me in that big format …something that would be an inspiration everyday when I have my tea in the mornings, and something that welcomes me after a day out. Something that inspires me and tells something about me in that simple language of lines and planes of aboriginal symbols. Something that would lift my spirit and reminds me of all that is good and well.”

And thus, our journey began.

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Radially Radically Outward

Radially OutwardThis is the mate for the painting of David’s Eagle, for of course, David’s wife, Diane. I didn’t have this painting completed by the time I gave David his painting in late October (it was still in my head), so these 2 paintings arrived 6 weeks and one trip to Siberia apart from each other.

David and Diane are two of my most favourite beings on the planet. I have always admired and revered their relationship, and they way they interrelate with the world around them. Thankfully, Diane’s symbol didn’t take nearly as long to come to me as David’s did. David’s Eagle took over 5 years to come to me. Diane’s Dolphin just kinda showed up on my proverbial doorstop one day when I wasn’t looking and said, “Yo… paint me.” I then sat down, grabbed a pen.. and there it was. I wish all my paintings came to me so easily! But like David’s painting, I don’t even feel responsible for creating this. It just sort of came through me one day, as though I was taking Divine Dictation. That’s exactly how it feels. Someone else (or something else) gave David and Diane these paintings. I just wrote down the message.

The Dolphin (and Diane) represents Joy, Harmony, Life Force, Rhythm, Breath of Life, Intelligence, and The Connection to Self.

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