Tuesday, October 14, 2014

... sparked ... kindled ... ignited ...




This painting, as yet untitled, is part of my private collection.  It measures 36"x48"x1.5".  Click on it for a larger view.



There is a god in us who, stirring, kindles us.

~Ovid:  FaastiVI



The spark which is my true self is the flash of the Absolute recognizing itself in me.  This realization at the apex is a coincidence of all opposites ... a fusion of freedom and unfreedom, being and unbeing, life and death, self and non-self, man and God. The spark is not so much an entity which one finds, but an event, an explosion which happens as all opposites clash within oneself ... The purpose of all learning is to dispose man for this kind of event. The purpose of the various disciplines is to provide ways or paths which lead to this capacity for ignition.

~Thomas Merton



In a breakthrough, I find that God and I are both the same ... Love God as he is: a not-God, a not-spirit, a not-person, a not-image; as sheer, pure, limpid unity, free of all duality.

~Meister Eckhart




Friday, October 10, 2014

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Fine Art Digital Textures Sale



If you like to make digital photo-art by blending your photographs with fine art textures, you will be interested to know that all texture sets at Pixel Dust Photo Art are now discounted by 40%.  Pop over to PDPA and take a peek at the unique texture sets available in both shops there.






If you are new to using textures to enhance your photos and just want to try out a few, you will be glad to know that mini-texture sets containing only 4 textures per set are de rigueur at Pixel Dust Photo Art.

At PDPA you do not have to purchase gargantuan texture sets containing dozens of textures just to experiment with adding a texture or two to your photographs.  You only need a few textures to figure out if you would enjoy creating digital photo art with your photographs. You will find custom-designed textures that intensify colours, that add a vintage feel, that help you create a piece of abstract art, that include script, among others. If you do not know how to use the textures - not to worry - there are dozens (probably hundreds) of free tutorials available that demonstrate how to apply and blend the textures with your photographs.

You can visit a post here to see what can be done with some of my fine art textures.  While you are there, scroll down through other posts to see examples of photo art created by photographers from around the globe.

P.S.   There are so many programs and apps available these days to help you create art with your photographs.  Some of these apps are designed to help you make photo art using mobile devices, so you don't have to be a 'professional' photographer with the latest DSLR camera to make photo art. Great photo art is being made using i-phone photos! All apps and photo art e-courses encourage you to use textures in your photo artistry exploits.  So check out PDPA's textures now while they are discounted.




Sunday, June 8, 2014

"... mad for our planet ..."


Translation:   "The future belongs to those who wake up."  ~Clean Energy Guru


I have to cast my lot with those who age after age, 
perversely, with no extraordinary power,
reconstitute the world.
~Adrienne Rich



One man with courage is a majority.
~Andrew Jackson



We must go beautifully and completely mad for our planet
and so become infused with her grace, confidence, wisdom and power ...
so nothing can stop ... us.
~Andrew Harvey



(This photograph was taken while driving along Sherbrooke Street in Montreal, Canada. While I did enhance the photograph in Photoshop, I did not digitally add words to the back of the truck.  The Clean Energy Guru - whoever he or she may be - goes quietly about his/her business sharing the important message that he/she applied to the truck.)




Monday, May 26, 2014

... inner possibility ...


(click on image for a larger view)


(This piece of photo art was made using one of my custom-designed textures, "Yellow Shards", from the texture set "Moonglow Medley".  You can view it here.)

Monday, May 5, 2014

"So It Is With Any Truth"






"The truth you believe in and cling to makes you unavailable to hear anything new. Make friends with that clinging. Get to know it and it will let go by itself."
     
~Pema Chodron - When Things Fall Apart





"When you climb up a mountain, each cleft in the face gives you a toehold that enables you to lift yourself higher. But the minute you are higher, the cleft below becomes useless or irrelevant except as a marker. The next, higher place to put your foot is what you must search for now. So it is with any truth. If we cling to it, instead of using it to gain greater enlightenment, we remain in the same place."     
 ~Phyllis Theroux - The Journal Keeper






Thursday, May 1, 2014

... just sitting ...






Just sitting mindfully is enlightenment.  ~Dogen Zenji


Your own consciousness, brilliant, void, 
and one with the Great Body of Radiance,
is not born nor does it die.  It is the unchanging light ...
~Tibetan Book of the Dead


When the human mind is calm and quiet,
like the North Star, not shifting,
the spirit is most open and aware.
For one who see this,
the celestial Tao is within oneself.
~Li Daoqun, Taoist Master


Coming in but not at the gate,
Going out but not by the door,
This body of mine
Is the land of serene light.
~Gyokko, Zen poet