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Symbolism:  The arrow.

Most of my new paintings include some sort of arrow.  The use of arrows “as art”, “in art”, “symbolic in visual representation”, goes back thousands of years. Some of the oldest cave paintings dating back 35,000 years include arrows.   The arrow is symbolic, carries my memory away from me, allows me to let it go, release it to the stars, or Mother Earth.  It depends on the memory, really.   “Ever since the invention of the bow – whenever…

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Upside down paints are cool too! #mysticism #symbolism #goldenpaints #acrylic #painting #mixedmediaart #mixedmedia #arts #art #worksonpaper #workinprogress #wip #mysticism

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Here is a painting I am working on. The yellow swirls at the top left are a specific memory being pulled from the psyche by a wand. The arrow at the end is pointing back towards earth. The “swirls”, “wand”, “arrow” and “earth” are all symbolic of a memory…a specific story about the past and maybe the future. #mysticism #symbolism #goldenpaints #worksonpaper #wip #workinprogress #painting #mixedmedia #mixedmediaart #art #arts #artist #acrylic

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As part of my research in religious symbolism I have been taking a class from HarvardX in Comparative Religions.  Today one of our texts to read was from Ms. Cady Stanton, an early feminist.  She, along with 26 other fine ladies wrote a version of the Bible from their “feminist” viewpoint called The Woman’s Bible.  In the passage below, she takes issue with God’s creation of man and woman.  It’s an enlightening passage and actually made me laugh. Feminist Interpretation…

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Symbolism – Part 1

My new body of work, “Memories” is based on months of research in to the symbolism, iconography and religious topology in art.  Going back 33,000 years to the first cave paintings found in Europe to modern symbolism found in every day life I’ve incorporated those pieces I personally find compelling into this series. The swirling arrows found in all the pieces are my personal memories, each unique and pulled from my mind like a long piece of twine unwinding, winding, twisting…

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Done. “As it is above, so it is below”, from my Memories series. #contemporaryart #modernart #artforsale #art4sale #painting #mixedmedia #mixedmediaart #arte #arts #artist #acrylic #goldenpaints #symbolism #mysticism #goddess

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Done. “One hour, one moment”. From my new Memories series. #artist #arte #art #mixedmedia #mixedmediaart #symbolism #goldenpaints #painting #art4sale #artforsale #modernart #contemporaryart

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Done. “33 Chances”, from my Memories series. #artforsale #art4sale #painting #goldenpaints #treeoflife #symbolism #mixedmediaart #mixedmedia #art #arte #artist

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“Mercy, Mercy, Me”. Done. The first painting done in my “Memories” series. #art4sale #arts #artist #goldenpaints #interiors #kabbalah #mysticism #mixedmediaart #artforsale #treeoflife #painting #paintlife

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Sometimes it helps to lay them all out. There are 19 #worksonpaper and 3 more canvases not shown in this video. #artist #painting #workinprogress #wip #art #modernart #mysticism #mixedmedia #mixedmediaart #goldenpaints #artforsale #art4sale #studiotime

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