Art inspired by our bird feeder!

We have a bird feeder outside of our kitchen window that is visited by dozens of birds daily and they spill over seeds for other critters! Everyone wins!

Bird seed love liquify filter art by Daz Lartist
Bird seed love liquify filter art by Daz Lartist
Tiny bunny!
Tiny bunny!

Here’s me by the mural I worked on today! It’ll probably take a couple more sessions to finish it up!

Daz Lartist Studio C mural July 15 2018
Daz Lartist Studio C mural July 15 2018
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The 2010s – when we suddenly discovered all these lost masterpieces

So it’s been a long long time since the Italian Renaissance but because they were such good artists we still are fascinated by them.

The Salvator Mundi painting suddenly went from being considered ‘a copy of maybe a Leonardo original’ to it IS a Leonardo lost masterpiece which resulted in someone suddenly making tens of millions of dollars because of the change of opinion by the ‘experts’. I want to know how much do those ‘experts’ get paid? If they say ‘yes’ do they get a bonus by a grateful investor – come on, what world do you live in if you think they aren’t pressured to simply say “yes – it’s authentic” – after all, if you bribe enough people who the hell would ever know the truth?

In my opinion the Salvator Mundi is a weak painting that looks like at least two different artists worked on it – maybe the first one was our ‘Dandy from Milan’ as Michelangelo called him!

And now we have this one below, luckily there is much more evidence that this could be authentic – I would love to see the end result!! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sforza_Castle

Daily Mail article about the famed mural painted by Leonardo at the Sforza castle in Milan Italy - will it be uncovered finally?
Daily Mail article about the famed mural painted by Leonardo at the Sforza castle in Milan Italy – will it be uncovered finally?

Below is my attempt to make less boring that lameo painting that went from being a copy to worth 450 million dollars!

Sativa Mundi (parody art by Daz Lartist)
Sativa Mundi (parody art by Daz Lartist)

Sunday morning July 8 2018 art talk -video

Hollye B. Green and I discuss the Abraham Blue mural about to be installed on the walls of the Peoria County Courthouse (whether we like it or not). Just ten minutes of us talking over breakfast at our local Bob Evans restaurant but we are two taxpayers who are part of arts community without being beholden to the hierarchy of people who have placed themselves as ‘in charge’ of the arts.

I feel that the face of Abraham Lincoln of the walls of the Peoria County Courthouse is sending the wrong message in 2018 as Lincoln was from a time where basically only rich white people had the law working for them. The slaves were free but only free as much as (white) women were free which wasn’t a fair system obviously and let’s never forget that Native Americans were basically treated as sub-humans at that time and this all means a legacy that is not about fairness under the law – not the message for our local officials to endorse on the courthouse in my opinion.

I suggest that a mural like this painting below should adorn the Peoria County Courthouse! Screw ‘depression awareness’ – how about just sending a message of happiness! I would like my elected officials to say “Hey Peoria – it’s a beautiful day – let’s lighten up out there! Here’s some random art to show that we are people with happy lives and we will do our best so that everyone does too.”

Dancing cat painting by Daz Lartist
Dancing cat painting by Daz Lartist

Paint it Payne’s grey!

Mural in progress by Daz Lartist - using mostly Payne's Grey and white oil paint!
Mural in progress by Daz Lartist – using mostly Payne’s Grey and white oil paint!

I was born in 1966 at the same time The Rolling Stones released the song Paint It Black in the UK and right before Revolver by The Beatles took music in a whole new direction. The Doors were signed that year too and even the Fugs had an album out. It was the beginning of a new phase in the musical arts, darker and more real; it was the precursor to punk rock and it was the soundtrack of the wave I was born on.

In terms of the visual arts the master illustrator Maxfield Parish died right before I was born. His phenomenally beautiful work seemed quite antiquated compared with a time where even Life magazine was curious about a whole other visual world entirely.

1966 LIFE magazine cover
1966 LIFE magazine cover

Right as I was born, young men my parents age were being drafted to go kill other people for a political difference they barely understood – and the cool people in society were pissed off about it. That righteous indignation spawned zine art that my generation massed produced with Xerox machines and carried over to the Photoshop made digital paintings I make (the liquefy filter). I’ve made a lot in color but somehow the monochromatic ones seem to have the most visual depth.

Consciously Decide Your Judgement -Photoshop liquify filter art
Consciously Decide Your Judgement -Photoshop liquify filter art

I made the above art as a flyer with the following text on the other side (yeah, you probably won’t get it either but that’s cool – it’s art baby)!

rightplace-righttime

Pearl liquid by Daz Lartist
Pearl liquid by Daz Lartist
Landscape with Donkeys 1798 by William Payne circa 1776-circa 1830
Warning! Looking up artist biographies online can be depressing – use discretion when you want to learn more about an artist – you might just want to look at the art and be inspired instead!
Everyone Likes Hot Dogs! Click to read this great blog by Hollye B Green!
Everyone Likes Hot Dogs! Click to read this great blog by Hollye B Green!

Its what ya do with what ya got right?

Tiny Bunny painting by Daz Lartist
Tiny Bunny painting by Daz Lartist

“When you can do more with less- you can do less and get more” – Bashar

I painted that bunny a couple of years ago at a crucial time in my life – I painted it because I wanted to create something positive (to get that positive energy flowing)- and while I had very little to work with – I had enough art supplies to share this little gift.

The universe set up the circumstances so that the tiny bunny went to the right person at the right time and I got to show who I really was inside – by my actions rather than by my words (that ultimately delivered me from a near tragic fate).

I won’t go into the details but I could have physically died it was so serious. Somehow the circumstances righted themselves and I have never been happier – this was a lesson that needed to be taught, a challenge or something karma-esque etc, I don’t know, but I do know I’m much better off in so many ways for having ran that gauntlet.

Perhaps it is why people climb mountains, not to accomplish the goal of planting a flag on the highest peak so much – but to break through that paralyzing point of utter ‘I’m fucked’-ness by simply surviving something that could have killed you without shitting your pants and giving up.

If you can have faith (in something), perhaps do some good for others or at least keep your sense of humor when circumstances force you to your lowest point – then you are doing life right!

Read
Read “Imperial Ham” on Hollye B Green’s blog Words of a Dandelion.

Finding what you are made of and capable of and being the master of emotions that you often don’t have the luxury of indulging in are what make those dire circumstances worthwhile and precious – I would go so far as to say that they are set up – not random chance, not some pointless punishment from a vengeful god but circumstances you bring upon yourself to temper your soul – to make you stronger, to make you appreciate the amazing gift of this human experience – to min/max your character to top the charts and beat that difficult raid boss etc etc.

I also feel that these challenges that force you to look into the abyss will continue to appear until you have done so and survived!

Life isn’t random – life is an adventure!

Rise to the occasion hero!

your friend,
Daz!


The following is related to the theme of this post and important to me but since it is mostly about World of Warcraft you may not get it!

I don’t have a lot of stuff, my abyss lessons (and the general state the economy in 2017 for normal working people) have taken that baggage away but I do have use of my lovely girlfriend Hollye’s elderly PC and while I would love to play retail World of Warcraft again, as I did before on this PC a year or so ago, the new raised system requirements prevent me from doing so – the frame rate is so low I can’t move my characters around, the screen blacks out and freezes due to the graphical demands that this set up cannot handle etc etc – I’m not bitching about it because it’s just a neutral circumstance and I choose to interpret it a positive thing (as Bashar suggested to do) so that I get the effect of a positive outcome (and I have)!

First of all – private servers, the lower system requirements of the older versions of WOW allow someone like me, willing to pay for a 15$ monthly subscription and who even purchased the current expansion but couldn’t play it due to inadequate hardware – still gets to play WOW and even experience fun content that is new to me! (yes, if Classic WOW works on this PC I’d pay for a sub rather than being on a private server for free- I can afford that – just not a gaming PC at this time).

I’m not complaining, just dealing with it and having fun along the way – which is exactly why the following story written by a_hundred_highways is so very sweet to me – quite frankly it is by far the best thing I have ever read on Reddit -ever! The link to the post is here https://www.reddit.com/r/classicwow/comments/7eb1oh/waiting_for_narg_a_tale_of_fargodeep_mine/

I also want to copy it here to keep it safe in my blog for posterity as it is everything that is right with our human experience and well written to boot.

“When I started playing WoW, I think I was about 9. I came to WoW from runescape.

I played runescape more or less fine on my dad’s 2001ish integrated-graphics toshiba laptop, but WoW was a different story. The game ran as a small, maybe 6 inch by 4 inch box in the center of the screen, with about 3 inches of black on all sides. I didn’t think that was weird at the time, because hey, runescape runs in a little box too.

I had a friend who was alliance, so I rolled a human paladin. Playing was pretty laggy, but not impossible, especially on a paladin because I could just cast heal if I fell below half health and it would cast eventually. I remember seeing some people talking about fps in chat and I asked how I could see mine. It was 1.4. If I was standing still or inside a building, it would go up to 8 or even 10, but if I was outdoors and moving, 1.5 fps was about standard.

I made it to Goldshire eventually, after having the fight of my life with a level 7 wolf I pulled on the road at level 4. I still remember healing myself, getting in a few whacks, and healing again until I ran out of mana. I used my one health potion and finally chipped him down. I picked up mining and blacksmithing in Goldshire because that’s what I mostly did in runescape. I had a quest to explore the Fargodeep Mine, and I wanted to get some ore, so I flipbooked my way down there.

I probably died a couple times to the kobold swarm pulls trying to get inside, but eventually I made it in (or ran in after someone else had cleared a path). Once I got a little ways into the mine, my fps jumped up to 15! And there was so much ore! I mined until my backpack was full, then made my way out and flipbooked back to Goldshire.

I turned in the first “Explore Fargodeep” quest and picked up whatever kill 10 kobold whatevers quest came after it. But before heading back, I forged myself some shiny new copper equipment. I could see that in a couple more blacksmithing levels I’d be able to make a green piece or two, so I was pumped to head back down into the mine.

It was incredible in there… the game was butter smooth. I could heal and buff other players and save them from certain murder by kobold swarm, which I liked doing since I was a paladin, after all. I figured out that I could use my 10 yard range stun to pull one kobold at a time. By level 9 or 10, the kobolds weren’t much of a threat, and I could pull several at a time and whack them all down with my copper mace.

I finished all the mine’s quests, and leveled my mining and smithing as far as I could with copper ore. I had quests to move further into Elwynn forest, but venturing out there was difficult. Making the journey between Fargodeep and Elwynn at 1.5 fps was doable, but it wasn’t pleasant. Trying to do quests in the open world gave me headaches. I could go to my friend’s house and play on his computer once a week, and I lived for that hour or so. I made it to the gnoll camps and killed Hogger easily around level 12 or 13. But then, back at my house, I had make the long slog back to my home in goldshire.

Once, at his house, I logged off in Ironforge. I couldn’t even log back in on my computer – it would just crash every time. I had to call him and tell him my login so he could have my character hearthstone.

I decided that the mines were all I needed. I was still getting experience at level 13 from the level 8 and 9 kobolds, and I was still making plenty of money from vendoring my copper products. I made enough money to buy four bags from the Goldshire vendor so I could stay in the mine longer before going back. At level 14, it got a bit tougher, because I could only get experience from the less common level 9 kobolds. At level 15, I couldn’t get anything from them either.

But I wasn’t done – there was still Narg the Taskmaster. He was a rare spawn in the very back of the mine, and he was level 10. I could still get experience from him. The wiki says his respawn timer was 1-2.5 hours. I only got to play 2 hours at most per day, maybe more on weekends, so I must have killed him at most twice per day, if no one else got to him first. I went from level 15 to level 16 entirely by killing Narg the Taskmaster. It must have taken weeks if not months now that I think about it. I spent the rest of the time helping lower levels with heals, buffs, and free copper gear, killing gray kobolds, and mining more copper.

I must have killed each kobold hundreds if not thousands of times. I wonder if anyone ever leveled multiples alts through there and saw me there, every day, in my blacksmithed copper gear, killing gray kobolds, waiting for Narg.”

https://www.google.com/search?q=Narg+the+Taskmaster&rlz=1C1CHBF_enUS723US723&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwil4sf6-c_XAhXp6oMKHYEwB0kQ_AUICygC&biw=1358&bih=653#imgrc=NQE2ytmvLgX1YM:

Portraits don’t have to be boring!!

My friend Brendon is immortalized in this life sized oil painting I’m working on! Brendon is a creative genius who works a day job involving plumbing fixtures as do I. He trains people about the products to help our customers and I’m the guy who you get when you say “let me speak to your manager”! Like Paul Gauguin I work a day job so I can do what I want to do (paint on my own terms) and while I’m not digging the Panama canal to afford to get to French Polynesia it is not that important, it just happens to be plumbing fixtures. Painting is my career – consoling  people who expect material perfection in a capitalist society is just ditch digging.

Portrait of Brendon - oil painting mural by Daz Lartist
Portrait of Brendon – oil painting mural (in progress) by Daz Lartist

This painting was a spontaneous idea I had for our annual ‘Death by faucet’ fun contest – “I’ll paint a life-sized Brendon fighting evil faucets”! Since I was painting a dragon for another co-worker (R.I.P Shawn) and his untimely passing halted that project forever – I wanted to carry that positive energy forward and the contest was a way to do that.

Tools used, I-Phone pic of Brendon on Facebook, I-Phone pic of a cover of a Conan comic, one 10$ canvas drop cloth from Wal-Mart nailed to the garage wall (ceiling to floor), cheapest white paint to prime it, black poster paint (turns blue when diluted), white, paynes grey, brown and a couple of other oil paints, odorless paint thinner and assorted brushes.

I will add some black acrylic paint to make the spider legs sprouting from the evil faucets and add some spot colors etc, basically I have two days (days off from day-job work days) to work on this before the deadline for the contest! I spent 1 day setting the canvas up and 3 days of working on it (usually 4-6 hrs at a stretch before I’m too exhausted to do anymore)!

(I finished this painting!)

OIl painting on canvas
Oil painting on canvas “Death by faucet” by Daz Lartist

And if you want to listen to Hollye and I discussing portraits on our Arts Podcast you can listen via the embedded video below!

 

When bad art is good!

We are human beings; we laugh at other people and at farts. We exist with brains that are programmed to respond, consciously or subconsciously to symbols such as sounds (farts, language, music etc) and of course to visual things such as shapes and colors. Our brains can be programmed to respond in certain ways to arbitrary things; just look at the fashion industry and you can see temporary cultural brainwashing at it’s finest – umm plaid bell-bottom leisure suits? – no thanks.

Fine art (as opposed to commercial art) is a centuries old business that uses symbols to (ultimately) make money – and things of value tend to stick around in a culture – yet some of it you might wonder why the heck it was even made.  You aren’t ignorant for having an opinion that differs from the ‘experts’ in your society – I mean every generation has their Bay City Rollers or Sha Na Na and just because you righteously feel with every fiber of your being that something blowdried and encrusted in tartan sucks and Sha Na Na will always be the greatest – it’s ok.

Your opinion on the arts is just as valid as a museum curator, art gallery owner or Top of The Pops host. You can always change your mind on stuff like fashion because often it really wasn’t your choice of attire to begin with – the only people in the 1970’s who people dress like now are Sha Na Na – (except maybe not the gold lamé suits) – but look at their guests who, with the exception of The Ramones, all look like they are extras in a Saturday Night Fever type movie instead of Sha Na Na’s revved up rock and roll variety show!

 Sometimes you have to have faith that certain fine art endures as meritorious even if you don’t understand why at first. Ok and if your girlfriend has good memories of the Bay City Rollers then they must be ok – just don’t expect me to discuss Ian #2’s tight pants or fluffy hair – yes I know Sha Na Na had more tight pants per capita but that has nothing to do with why I like them – their music and style is timeless – grease for peace!!!

If you have ever opened an art history book you’ve probably encountered fine art that you think is ‘bad’. For example a photograph of a famous Rothko painting looks like crap but (and I can attest from personal experience that) – you have to experience color field paintings in situ to ‘get it’ – the effect is not from the shapes but simply (and ingeniously) how the color of the paint envelopes the viewer when you stand in front of a properly lit color field canvas. Perhaps this is why the Rothko painting is poorly lit in the tv show Madmen – to show that the canvas was purchased for an investment rather than by someone who actually understood it’s visual potential haha! (and if you think ‘it looks ok there’ just remember all those people who wore plaid bell-bottom pants in the 1970’s)!

Rothko painting in tv show Madmen
(poorly lit) Rothko painting in tv show Madmen
The Wayo by Daz Lartist
The Wayo by Daz Lartist -oil paints, acrylic paints and glitter on canvas – detail of this ‘bad art’ painting! This one makes me happy every time I look at it and is on my bedroom wall!

Personal taste is your starting point for art appreciation – the next stop is trusting that famous art that you might not understand at first glance can enrich your life in ways you might never expect. I use the artist David Byrne  as my benchmark – I rarely understand anything he has done but I do trust that he is a creative genius and while a blob of paint on cardboard (that I remember he wrote about with such love once) might not be within my scope of understanding (yet) – if he says it has artistic worth then it must have (because he has dedicated his life to the arts and made a lot of people happy with it). You might know about the famous Yoko Ono art piece that required the viewer to climb a ladder and view a canvas on the ceiling with a hanging magnifying glass to see a tiny “yes” on it – John Lennon thought that was way cool! That art lead directly to one of the most effective anti-war campaigns ever put into action.  Thanks to the effort of celebrity artists like John and Yoko it was cool to have common sense and show your humanity rather than be a sheep who just followed their insane political leaders.

War Is Over billboard by John Lennon and Yoko Ono 1969
War Is Over billboard by John Lennon and Yoko Ono 1969
Giant clam and horse by Daz Lartist
Giant clam and horse by Daz Lartist – oil on canvas – this ‘bad art’ one is on the wall in the garage and makes me smile each time I see it!

Terrence McKenna (famous thinker active 1960s -1990’s) stated that bees have no history, it doesn’t matter what happened or what will happen as they have basically perfected themselves to not need history while humans are all about history. History is ‘made’ by events that change the paradigm – plaid bell-bottom pants had to be introduced to the public as a choice and with extensive marketing those symbols were sold as ‘fashionable’ but they now just define a time in history that no one wants to admit they were a part of. Many people have probably claimed to have been at the Woodstock festival in 1969 (featuring Sha Na Na and not the Bay City Rollers) but a lot of them didn’t really go – and yet no one admits to the 1970’s era plaid pants they bought thinking that they would look great in them.

Zombie's petting zoo by Daz Lartist
Zombie’s petting zoo by Daz Lartist – oil paint with colored pencils on canvas picture frame

Paul Gauguin painted Still Life with Three Puppies in 1888 (after all what is less still than a puppy? take that you un-cool status quo!) – of course he wasn’t the one who changed the paradigm of what ‘classic’ still life paintings had been for the past couple of hundred years (static, polished, realistic looking little canvases) it was the Impressionists in the past two decades prior to 1888. Realism is not what makes art that is pleasing (the invention of photography of course was the death blow of fine art attempting to look as realistic as possible). The charming feeling you get from a painting like this 24 x 36 inch canvas is subtly enhanced by the subconscious symbolism of male and female symbols (tails pointing up and the pears for the male- cups for the female etc). The effect is that this canvas is about life, it’s messy, it’s warm it’s lovable! Of course the dullards at the MoMa gave a dry and dusty interpretation of it  ” The incongruous scale and placement of these objects on a dramatically upturned tabletop results in a disorienting composition.” What do you think? 🙂

Still Life with Three Puppies by Paul Gauguin
Still Life with Three Puppies by Paul Gauguin 1888
Still life with fast food and puppies - by Daz Lartist
Still life with fast food and puppies – oil on canvas 1991(?) by Daz Lartist

I use the term ‘bad art’ to describe my paintings that have unintended (or subconsiously inserted) symbolism and/or just bad juxtaposition of motifs. Like I painted a giant clam in the background of a pretty horse – I was just thinking of a quick seascape behind the horse and now it it’s a text book Freudian slip but not anywhere as hilariously embarrassing as my killer whale painting (at least to me). On both on those paintings I simply wanted to paint the animal and then put a background with it – nothing was planned out – but after the animal was painted I then hurried the backgrounds without thinking much except ‘seascape’ and ‘desert island’ and then filled them in.

The cloud looks like a penis, the waves look like a vagina, the mountain looks like cleavage etc – man, I publicly displayed this without even seeing those things! Luckily I’m punk rock enough to not have some kind of serious artist rep to live up to!! I’m not embarrassed about erotic art or art that uses the modern interpretation of ‘irony’ but I am embarrassed that I didn’t see the blatant symbolism right in front of my face!! I don’t think it will warp a young mind or anything negative, in fact it is about creation and joy and all that good stuff, but there is still a part of me that says ‘dude, that is bad art’!

The Wayo by Daz Lartist (2016 gallery show)
The Wayo by Daz Lartist (2016 gallery show)

I am proud of the unintended fish shape that happened below the whale and while writing this I even noticed that the bottom right corner looks like a stretched out face (I wonder if it was put in Photoshop and ‘un-stretched’ who it would look like?? – quite frankly the thought is a little unsettling to think that my subconscious hid a secret story in my painting!! Sometimes you have to look closer at an artwork to get all the meanings but thankfully that is entirely optional!

At first glance you might not think that Lenny (the fat guy in the wife-beater t-shirt and sax strap) dancing with childish glee in the Sha Na Na concert song performance below is the greatest art performance in the world – but it is! I hope you find such joy in your life as Lenny did with his friends in Sha Na Na!

And one more important thing! One of the greatest moments of my life (other than seeing the Dead Milkmen live back before Punk Rock Girl made them ‘famous‘) was when I picked up their brand new album and found that they had shared my love of Sha Na Na in one of the greatest tribute songs ever!!!! So perfect in every way!!!

Why figure painting and sculpture is still relevant

“How can there be other without self?” – Alan Watts

By appreciating the other we can define the self and thus gain understanding – with understanding of the self we can then see the other more clearly.

Vive la différence. I am a male painter who often paints the female figure using the classical tradition of light and shadow. I am not interested in portraying our day to day reality (I know that women fart but I don’t have to make art about it). I am carrying on the Renaissance concept of ‘God made us – let’s celebrate the best about humanity and therefore we honor God’.

I didn’t care so much about drawing female humans at first – because I was terrible at drawing them. I wanted them to look as awesome as the illustrations in my childhood fairy tale books but found that drawing the alien and the grotesque is far far easier than drawing anything classically beautiful.

Allegory of enlightenment by Daz Lartist
Allegory of enlightenment by Daz Lartist

It took a long time for me to get my art to the point where I am happy with it but it was worth it. I may not work from a model like a classical painter (my method is far more of a synthesis like Paul Gauguin used rather than Vincent Van Gogh’s observational one) but it is fine art in the same fashion as my ancestors and it pleases me to have dedicated this life to following in their footsteps.

“You paint too fast” says Paul Gauguin to Vincent Van Gogh who then replies (in the brilliant movie Lust for Life) “You look too fast”!! Often art can creatively tell the truth better than mere documentary evidence ever could!

Just because we use the figure as subject matter here and now in 2017 doesn’t make the results less important in the gestalt of art history. When you make the figure the subject matter in your work you are adding to the glorious legacy of work that started thousands of years ago ! You are a peer to Praxiteles!! You could have discussed art over coffee with Cabanel and Courbet (and like anyone with an ounce of coolness in their soul, then dumped off Cabanel at L’Académie and painted the town red with Courbet all night haha)!!

You have a common language that transcends culture when you make the figure the  subject matter in your art. All détente starts with commonality. Sadly there are still cultures that cannot handle art with people in it – oh well can’t please everyone!

Some of my favorite figurative art comes from female artists. Look at the wonderful Woman with a Pearl Necklace in a Loge by Mary Cassatt. We see the woman as one of the pretty flowers in the field, she’s not flirting or being coy she’s just showing her beauty because it is appropriate to do so.

Woman with a Pearl Necklace in a Loge by Mary Cassatt
Woman with a Pearl Necklace in a Loge by Mary Cassatt

A female painter starts from a different set of memories and feelings than males do about our common first love (our mothers) and by our second loves who are our sisters, aunts, grandmothers etc. Paternal love, brotherly love, the love of our peers and comrades also affects how we will see art with the figure in it of course but we all have a common first contact with the figure.

Sisters will have a different feeling about girls (competition perhaps) than someone like me who is an older brother and (naturally) feels protective to them. A parent will see a child in a different way than a person without children and a grandparent will have yet a different one on top of that. Obviously there are many variations of families and interactions that create each persons general view about our most basic archetypes of life and these all influence the work we do but how much of that you use is up to you.

Frank Frazetta paintings - Framed by Daz Lartist
I put my favorite Frank Frazetta paintings (from the covers of the paperback that I’ll probably never read)  in these frames – to me this is the archetype male – ok so Hollye makes me keep them in the garage but I could still kill zombies if i had to!

Another female painter that painted women and girls so well was Madame Vigée Le Brun. She, like Mary Cassatt, brought out the beauty in all her subjects, she painted to inspire and to make people happy.

 

Self portrait of Elisabeth Louise Vigee LeBrun and her daughter Julie
Self portrait of Elisabeth Louise Vigee LeBrun and her daughter Julie

Madame Vigée Le Brun was one of the painters in the court of Marie Antoinette if you want to have a general time frame for the life time when this was done.

The bather by Elisabeth Louise Vigee LeBrun
The bather by Elisabeth Louise Vigee LeBrun

You can (still) go to the link below for a website with tons of information and the lovely art of Elisabeth Louise Vigee LeBrun http://www.batguano.com/vigee.html

Her autobiography is also available for free in its entirety, and its worth a look! (I quoted some of it below)…

I will begin by speaking of my childhood, which is the symbol, so to say, of my whole life, since my love for painting declared itself in my earliest youth. I was sent to a boarding-school at the age of six, and remained there until I was eleven. During that time I scrawled on everything at all seasons; my copy-books, and even my schoolmates, I decorated with marginal drawings of heads, some full-face, others in profile; on the walls of the dormitory I drew faces and landscapes with coloured chalks. So it may easily be imagined how often I was condemned to bread and water. I made use of my leisure moments outdoors in tracing any figures on the ground that happened to come into my head. At seven or eight, I remember, I made a picture by lamplight of a man with a beard, which I have kept until this very day. When my father saw it he went into transports of joy, exclaiming, “You will be a painter, child, if ever there was one!”

I mention these facts to show what an inborn passion for the art I possessed. Nor has that passion ever diminished; it seems to me that it has even gone on growing with time, for to-day I feel under the spell of it as much as ever, and shall, I hope, until the hour of death. It is, indeed, to this divine passion that I owe, not only my fortune, but my felicity, because it has always been the means of bringing me together with the most delightful and most distinguished men and women in Europe. The recollection of all the notable people I have known often cheers me in times of solitude.

http://www.batguano.com/vlblsmemoirs.html

~I had the following below on a separate page but it is essentially the same theme as above so I will include it here – Daz~

I like to paint allegorical figures.

Allegory of Imaginative Dreaming by Daz lartist

I was asked by a fellow artist what my fascination with the female form in art is.

Im not sure I have any particular fascination beyond the traditional ones, appreciation of beauty, sexual interest, that feeling of protection, pride and potential we get from seeing mothers and children. It is an innate pro-human solidarity in a multiverse of creatures! I like organic lines and shapes and the emotions we get from faerie tales where we can live happily ever after if we just believe!

One of the most interesting things about being human is how multi-faceted our minds are and I enjoy the challenge of figuring out what pushes my buttons.

That exploration of psychology is another part of what I find interesting in art and the female figure is often the most complex motif to decypher. We all see the figure through the filter of our life experience.

Luckily my experience with females has been mostly positive, so my figures reflect those experiences in some positive way.

The main reason I paint the female figure though, is because it is a tradition in art, the ultimate motif to master and a challenge for me to follow in the footsteps of my ancestors.

I like the idea of using a female figure to represent an idea.

For example the concept of ‘truth’ has been traditionally represented by a nude female. Truth is probably the main allegorical figure I use, I see a truth and represent it. For example the truth being represented in this painting below is that girls often feel a need to spontaniously pose. Obviously there is a biological and sociological reason why females show themselves off, but more than that, it is art in the purest form.

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Moonbeam dancing girl painting by Daz Lartist

I was driving by the park near my home when I lived in New Jersey and there was a group of young people chatting , one of them happened to jump on a rock, make a momentary pose and then jump off. It was totally spontaneous and for one brief moment she was the star, her friends were the audience as was I. It was a moment of art that transcended the everyday and I wanted to pay homage to that moment in a painting. The other figures represent things too but it is obvious who is the center of attention!

A theatre group asked to use that art and they made the following!

What the Moon Saw Flyer - using Art by Daz Lartist
What the Moon Saw Flyer – using Art by Daz Lartist

 

Girl with Swirlifants by Daz Lartist
Girl with Swirlifants by Daz Lartist

How to paint – without stress of failure

Critterz - spontanious painting - oil on cardboard - Daz Lartist
Critterz – spontanious painting – oil on cardboard – Daz Lartist

If you do not want to read all this then you can listen on the youtube video I made (of me narrating this post)!

I’ve found that painting/writing with just the barest idea of what I want to manifest on the canvas/page allows for the most satisfying process and results. I do not like stress.

People often ask me to draw or paint them something and if it’s something I enjoy (and would draw or paint anyway) I don’t mind as long as they have no expectations, however, people also say “would you copy this photograph of this loved one so I could frame it and have a nice gift – I can pay you of course” to which I politely say NO (go pay a professional portraitist 10 times more- you’ll be much happier regardless of how good an artist I might be).

I do not ask my friend who is good with cars ‘you are an awesome shade-tree mechanic – it would mean much more to me to have you change the oil in my car than the garage down the street – I can pay you of course (the going price is about what I make an hour at my office job)’. I do not ask my friend who brings great cookies into work to ‘make me some of those awesome pumpkin bars – I’ll pay you (the couple of bucks I can buy similar items for in the gourmet section of the bakery on fancy-pants people street)’ – so why ask me to do something that I’m good at for you?

DO you even know what I like to paint or do you think that you are being friendly by acknowledging my identity as an artist and are playing your identity as a patron? I don’t care for the idea that my identity is subordinate to yours, no offense. God is a creator and that is a pretty good role model; I have a day job and I don’t care if I am subordinate to all the whinging clients and bosses – that isn’t my identity! My identity is how I have chosen with my free will to explore this life and you cannot change that!!

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The Hound from Game of Thrones telling you to quit whinging! I borrowed the pic from here.

Another statement, meant honestly but perceived less than politely that I have heard many times is “you could sell that” – to which I typically respond internally (depending on who said it) with a comment such as “you could sell those tits at the strip club” or  “you could sell your wife for a penny a go in the park after midnight“. You can’t buy my creativity with just a bunch of numbers in an account! I allow you to gift me large sums of sweet abundance according to your talents and means should you desire the fruits of my labor but it’s a case by case basis – my consciousness must be involved in the transaction!

Being forced (if only by your own expectations) to do a particular creative project that you have envisioned (exactly as you envisioned it) typically results in stress, writers block etc etc at least for me – my mind wanders as does my brush and unless the sum of bank notes offered for consideration will allow me more time to be an artist (aka dump my day job) then it’s just chump change.

As Alan Watts (the great 20th century bridge between Eastern and Western philosophies) said (in the entertaining and educational video below) and I paraphrase here ‘a lot of people think that the spontaneous -or completely natural life – is to act according to whim (but Zen is more like being ready for anything )‘. Bashar, another great speaker who’s mouth lives in the magical land of California, also states that being spontaneous is the key – as when you aren’t getting in your own way by ‘thinking’ then synchronicity (literally) opens the path up – if you aren’t expecting the path to look differently then you are open to see it when it appears – all you have to do is consciously choose to follow that path once it appears.

Most pain comes from unfulfilled expectations as Bashar stated – people regularly assume that the solution to a problem must come in a particular way (the way the brain has settled on as the ‘right’ way) but as we all know and experience often – there are often many paths to an effective and satisfying solution – just allow yourself to be open to more than just one of the possible solutions.

I do not claim to know the totality of the wisdom of Bashar and I am not even close to understanding the ways of Zen but I can tell you that I do not have stress when I paint and I am often delighted at the results of my spontaneity.

Many artists feel that they cannot gauge their worth without patronage. They will even throw their creative process out the window to mechanically mass produce work when given a gallery show with space to fill. Is it worth being in that rat race? How many thousands of dollars can you make from your local yearly or semi-annual ‘one man show’ to make a living on par with an office job?

When it comes to being an artist – I’ve been there and done that and yes, I know all about the ghettos that art websites almost immediately became on the internet when people realized they could make a few bucks there too. This is why many artists are ‘housewives’ (no offense intended with that word – if you have a wealthy and kind enough spouse so that you can make your art career without stress then you are winning in the best possible way).

Money for your work should always be a sprinkle on the icing on the cake – not the reason for making the cake – or you will be fighting for scraps (no offense intended). The crappy mainstream media has reduced fine art to how much it is worth in terms of money – or, if it is so famous, it can be labeled ‘priceless’ which means someone like me, a regular person with no silver spoon, would have to pay someone to see it. Of course something can be ‘priceless’ and still be put up for sale.

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“it was property formerly in the collection of…” If A.P.Ryder was so “mystical” why are you treating this like a used car? This artist is in the art history text books!!!! At least the comic strip Apt.3G gave A.P.Ryder a mystical tribute and the “Fifty Two Pieces” blog post about that (linked here) from 2009 explains that brilliantly!!

It’s insulting to me to just rank artists as a whole especially by the amount of money that some rich people (whom I label as a whole here ironically for purposes of illustration) have paid for those artists work (mostly because of some arbitrary investment potential that was often contrary to the spirit of the artist). Artists themselves, decades ago, understood the insanity of it all but even canning your feces like Piero Manzoni did results in ‘art’ that rich people buy  (instead of helping that homeless veteran or family etc). Who wants the shit-buyer crowd to be your patron anyway?

The allure of fame and fortune, even with its lottery winning odds of occurring is often what takes that child who is naturally creative to become an adult with the identity as an artist. All adult artists have to make a contract with their ego mind that tells them – is it worth it – will I starve and not be able to get laid and/or be loved? Being independently wealthy off your own work is the intellectually saner goal that many artists aspire to but often results in settling down to your art being a second day job where you schlock your wares like a fishmonger in the market – nothing wrong with that but it’s a job and who needs another one of those – talk about stress!

It’s stressful to build an identity as an artist – people are multi-faceted and typically members of a society that requires certain standards and conduct. Luckily we can dress like good old Vincent and be splattered in paint like Michelangelo and not draw attention these days but we cannot just choose to be like Paul Gauguin anymore – sure you can live and paint in Tahiti but you can’t fight the system to forge a new type of art and philosophy with oil paints any more.

You also don’t have to suffer to be a great artist by rejecting society or feeling that you will be selling out if you have a day job – just make your identity as an artist be one of your many facets – a favorite hat to wear when you get the chance. Just don’t be wishy-washy about it – have a passion for your beliefs! No whinging in art – it’s arbitrary! Just paint over it if you don’t like it and don’t set yourself up to fail – it’s not a race to be great!

In some ways, like Terrence Mckenna alluded to, history is running out (at least in terms of oil painting). We’ve mastered the realistic (500 years ago!!). We’ve mastered the emotional and sensual feeling from color field non-objective work (think you can do better than Rothko? – maybe, but you will always live in his shadow). We’ve mastered the surreal, the psychedelic, the erotic, the folky, the charming, etc etc – you name it and many many people can pull their veiny throbbing art meat out and it will be bigger than yours.

For oil painting this is the final chapter in the art history book- ‘having done every possible thing with oil paints on millions of canvases, walls and object d’art- artists finally settled into the realization that like explorers of old, someone had already been there’. Someone has probably already written on this theme before too haha!

Can you do better in your chosen style than the acknowledged masters? YES! For example in a way that (only by pure synchronicity or SEO) will any one of my readers understand – Mean Jeans write better Ramones songs than the Ramones (yes I know that is practically sacrilegious haha)!

My favorite Ramones style song was written by Bil Mcrackin of the Mcrackins. I am weird, oh yes, but why am I STILL (almost a decade later after I wrote my original blog post about it) the only person on the Earth who raves about the track “Belly Jean” (that apparently was only released on Coldfront Records “Music To Listen To Music By” sampler CD). It is still the only song in the world (I’ve searched for) that hasn’t made it onto Youtube (and I like some obscure punk rock stuff trust me!)

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Music to listen to music by CD – long ago vanished unfortunately

“Shared my secret with a few of my friends, should have kept quiet cos they’re laughing again” Belly Jean by McRackins

In 2007-8 I did a Google search for “Belly jean” mcrackins and found two measly hits, one was the Amazon site for the CD that has Belly Jean by McRackins, Music To Listen To Music By (there was a sample of the song on Amazon back then but now it’s completely vanished). The other hit was my old art blog – trust me, this bothers me way more than being a flat Earth believer.

Belly Jean Mcrackins search 2007-8
Belly Jean Mcrackins search 2007-8

I had even written Bil McRackin, the guy/egg who wrote the song, and even he didn’t consider it a hit single, he remembered writing it and quoted the lyrics, and while he had a sense of pride about it he considered it ‘a rarity that didn’t make the cut for one of their regular albums but it might be included in a rarities CD one day‘.

“My Belly Jean she means the world to me, my Belly Jean if you could only see, could I be that lucky guy, you can’t say I never tried” Belly Jean by McRackins

I loved this song the moment I heard it, it has all the elements of a perfect pop-punk song including the 5 second guitar solo and catchy chorus, even la-la-las! Now it seems like a miracle I ever found the MP3 in the first place; I downloaded the MP3 randomly from Napster (back before it was illegal to do so).

“a ten pin bowling ball, she threw a strike like it was nothing at all..” Belly Jean by McRackins

Do you ever get that feeling that the world makes things just for you? Words cant really describe how grateful I am for this song, even if I am literally STILL the only person who has cared enough to write about it on the internet.

~have fun my friends! I love you all! Daz Lartist~

 

 

Being a flat Earth believer has become more entertaining than sci-fi ; live action role play the resistance to the dark cabal!

I edited this post to add more thrill power! – Daz – I also added a section at the end since I didn’t get to be live on Iron realm Media’s Flat Earth Friday August 11 2017 livestream as I had been excited to do (and they were so generous as to show a ton of my art on – thanks guys!). You can listen to the Youtube audio narration that I recorded via this link rather than read all this if you choose!!

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The dreamer creates the reality. Mural detail painted by Daz Lartist

Currently in pre-eclipse August 2017 it appears to me that so called ‘conspiracy theories’ are far more creative and compelling than current science fiction writing. This article is my personal account of how I fell down the rabbit hole of conspiracy theories and how I am having a grand old time being entertained as a ‘flat Earther” because of it.

Luckily my core beliefs are very acceptable to the society I live in. I believe in the sanctity of life and of innate free will – as long as no one is hurt or enslaved against their will and most of all I believe in the ability to freely love, create and believe without censorship. All the flat Earth believers that I have listened to share a similar set of mores ; the modern self-described ‘flat Earther’ is typically a regular person like you not a tinfoil hat wearing stereotype who is deluded about science, far from it.

I do not consciously subscribe to the dogma of any religion and I do not believe that we (humanity) must suffer for the ‘greater good’. I also believe that we do not have to grimly struggle to ‘save the world’ (anymore) but that we have an obligation to deal with whatever is right in front of us (make a conscious choice at each metaphorical and literal crossroad). I cannot stop poverty but I can give my spare change to someone on the street I come across who appears to need it.

Using myself as an example of a sci-fi consumer that has access to the thousands of movies and complete tv series seasons to binge watch at anytime, I can say that I currently get more enjoyment from the ‘what if’ factor of conspiracy theories than the closed loop of a few writers imaginations.

With the paradigm of social media to find like-minded friends and with at-home movie-technology able to produce a tv quality documentary  – any idea can be extensively investigated and discussed these days. With Youtube allowing people to make money by getting other people to watch their unique content – we have a gold rush of new ideas, many of which are blatantly crap but every now and then something makes you pause and say “what if??”.

This is how I learned that there are thousands of otherwise normal people who actually think the world is flat – crazy conspiracy theory right? or does it have some truth – the arguments pro and con are discussed ad nauseam but just thinking that you already know the answers without research is the weakest position to be in (no offense intended but modern flat Earthers already know all the science you were taught and way way more – they routinely crush the knee-jerk arguments we all have at first).

If you follow corporate network ‘news’ you are already neck deep in conspiracy theories but probably don’t think you are haha! I mean didn’t the USA Congress recently investigate the literal conspiracy theory of Russian influence in the last presidency election?

I don’t watch the corporate media news anymore as I’d rather not be constantly enraged and embittered by what is presented there as ‘serious adult discourse’.  Should my ignorance of the official corporate sources of ‘news’ lead to my physical death, so be it; I believe that I have an immortal soul – I am not just my physical body or the electrical signals in my brain – I AM and nothing can ever change that.

My mind is my own property and any perceived intellectual eccentricities are my right to entertain because I am a human being (which is an expression of my soul); I have a God given right to follow my imagination wherever it takes me, regardless of how popular those conclusions may be. I also reserve the right to change my beliefs when evidence is presented – and this is what I did after researching the flat Earth conspiracy.

I am a responsible adult man who lives with a lovely creative woman and her son. I have no criminal record or debts. I have an office job and a college degree. I am honorably discharged from the US military. I am neither an activist nor an anarchist – just an artist who likes to unwind with something to tickle my brain in a creative way. I don’t have to pretend to be normal to maintain my lifestyle, in fact my identity as a great artist, like good old Vincent Van Gogh, is only enhanced by deviations from the norm!

So how did I go from the enjoyment of Star Trek and novels of speculative fiction to listening to hours of people talking on Youtube about their belief that the Earth is actually flat – not a sphere? Take the red pill – Let’s follow the rabbit hole I fell down.

I grew up with fairy tale books, reading fiction and appreciating art was always promoted in my family. The idea that magic was real and being a good kind person was rewarded with love and even riches was my first what if?

I was also one of the generation of UK children in the 1970’s that avidly read the weekly British comic book Action – so deliciously violent and gory (at the time) that it was banned (because you know, it would have warped young minds – unlike the Vietnam war carnage that was shown on tv up to a year or so before it’s publication). I loved WW2 entertainment stuff, but when Action morphed into legendary British comic book 2000AD – I was sci-fi all the way baby!

2000AD was brilliant, the highest quality art and writers who obviously loved the golden age of science fiction legends such as Azimov, Heinlein and the brilliant Harry Harrison (those last two being my favorites). The short lived (but beloved by those who read it), Starlord  was a close second. My early art and fiction was often sci-fi with a typical theme of being ‘in the resistance’ – the heroes surviving in the trenches, bravely fighting an enemy all costs.

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It was no conspiracy that the reason this comic strip wasn’t reprinted for decades was because the restaurant corporations didn’t appreciate their brands being portrayed as warring psychopathic mutants haha!!

I had moved to Hong Kong from the UK soon after 2000AD was first published and one of the many other things I enjoyed was buying cheap secondhand sci-fi paperbacks from the vendor at Stanley market. Some I just liked the art on the covers but most of them I read avidly – and one of them held the first seeds of a world wide ‘conspiracy theory’ for me.

The World of Null-A was pure fiction except for the quotes and very real references to something called General Semantics – something that I felt (even at a young age) could be a very important teaching tool especially in a world full of un-sane warring people -yet it was almost completely un-used by anyone in leadership roles. It is essentially the opposite of Orwell’s ‘doublethink’ concept.

In addition to literature I also consumed music and was influenced by the artists in that medium especially John Lennon. My mum had even taken my sister and I to a transcendental meditation guru at the height of it’s popularity in the mid 70’s, but it seemed as cryptically nonsensical as the Christian church had been to me when we sampled their teachings. I have really great parents who did not enforce beliefs that were arbitrary to my health and safety so I was free to decide for myself what was the truth.

I didn’t think about much more than girls and heavy metal music ( I love you Ozzy!) until I had finished high school and then immediately joined the US Airforce. My boss was a staff sergeant we called “Gorby”, and he was one of those people you look back on and say, ‘how did I get so very lucky to meet you when I did – the timing was perfect’! The airforce was full of bible-thumpers and alcoholics and I didn’t want to be either of those, neither did Gorby.

Like Bob Dylan had been to The Beatles, I experienced a chemical opening of my consciousness to new realities thanks to that guy. I never had a ‘bad trip’ but ultimately feel that I have learned as much as I need to from non-naturally occurring sources and for the same reason that I no longer drink alcohol – the after affects aren’t worth it. I don’t smoke pot (or imbibe anything stronger than tea or coffee) anymore (for years now) but I’m not against it in any way, I basically just don’t want the hassle of hanging out with people I don’t like – it’s not legal where I live.

As a young man I had a two pronged attack against the status-quo and it’s official story of the nature of reality : the 1980’s punk rock anti-war and anti-bigotry movement and the 1960’s psychedelic – breaking boundaries- ‘open your mind’ explorations that started for me with the Revolver album by The Beatles. Counterculture music  helped me find  Maximum Rocknroll punkzine and a whole chunk of society that I was unaware of due to geographical reasons was revealed (yeah, California might be your home but it still seems exotic to me)!

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The MR&R issue where I learned of the awesome Survival Research Laboratories artists – weirdly reappearing in my consciousness decades later in an Amazon tv pilot called Budding Prospects – so very cool!

Jello Biafra of the Dead Kennedys punk band was the first of my generation conspiracy theory writers that I loved. Putting my (very little to spare at the time) money in Jello Biafra‘s shoe during his ‘No More Censorship Defense Fund’ spoken word tour in the 1980’s was one of the finest (if only basically symbolic) donations to a cause that I have ever made. I was definitely the first (and only) FM radio DJ to play tracks from Jello’s No More Cocoons album on the air (in my local broadcast area) when it was new.

In another spoken word tour during my college years I heard Timothy Leary say that getting old and senile is like being stoned on really good sensimilla all the time – an entertaining ice-breaker for a speech but also made me re-think my concepts of aging. I appreciated that reminder that I could be open minded enough to adopt a new belief about something I had been taught the contrary to as being a fact (if only by omission).

When I look at old people now (like the cast of Ricky Gervais’s show Derek) it makes me think that I can understand how they can just quietly sit in silence for most of the day – day after day – they aren’t just feeble and incapable of doing anything else – they are actually as high as Ringo recording Yellow Submarine, maybe higher haha) And thank you Bill Hicks for that reference !!

I also distinctly remember being introduced to the concept of synchronicity as written about by Carl Jung. I have seriously thought about and observed that idea of meaningful coincidence ever since (that was 1989 – around the same time I pronounced to ‘the universe’ that I would become a “great artist”).

It was Art Bell in the 1990’s that really opened my mind to the incredible scope of classic conspiracy theories. The only books I had read on the theme were by Erich von Däniken and they weren’t all that compelling. Sure, I had seen on tv The Bionic Man, The Bionic Woman, The Hulk and probably Alice from Mel’s Diner all fight bigfoot – but I had never heard of ‘JFK’s magic bullet’, remote viewing and other secret government stuff or even the paranormal as a seriously researched thing at all. My dad had actually given me a book on the strange math of the great pyramid but I didn’t understand what it meant then (that guy was a conspiracy theorist way before it was cool haha! but that’s another story).

What fascinated me the most were the accounts of life after death in a non-religious way – great entertainment at the very least, especially when all I had in my starving artist years were art supplies and a radio. At one point in my staring artist years circumstances in my life appeared so bad that I contemplated suicide but the second I did that a Jehovah’s Witness knocked on the door and I had to laugh – it was just another synchronicity moment of course. Things like that cemented my beliefs of having a soul and having a soul makes you a little less fearful for your temporary life here on Earth!

Once the internet became a thing and I wasn’t quite so starving, there was Art Bell’s website and disinfo dot com for conspiracies but I preferred the even weirder places  where they showed (like the movies ‘Faces of Death’) gory pics of WW2 (that we never got to see in the official books), suicides, accidents etc and boobs of course but eventually, before even Facebook started, I had seen enough of the gross stuff.

When I saw, via an FTP site, pictures that looked too real to be faked of a ‘Mickey and Mallory’ type couple who had dismembered a guy and posed naked with his bloated purple body parts, I knew it was time to move on beyond mere titillation.

The internet provided many playgrounds for an artist like myself along with role playing games that I still enjoy. I made 3D digital art in Secondlife, was an online DJ and created hundreds of websites (I owned about 100 domains at one point – most of them just for my personal creative work). This  gave me several 15 minutes of fame resulting in nothing (except my ego getting stroked) and eventually it all became boring. I said I wanted to be a great artist not necessarily rich and famous – be careful what you wish for haha!

I tried being a member of the Alex Jones forum crowd but the single mindedness of each person there (over a decade ago) frightened me – it felt like one of those horror movies where insane people were just yelling the same thing over and over from their dimly lit cells – they couldn’t hear you. There was no consensus, just madness, I left that scene quickly, shuddering. I revisited Alex briefly during the last USA president election, just for the entertainment of seeing Mrs Clinton do prattfalls but the apparent conclusion that it is always someone else who going to ‘save us’ sounds just like another boring religion to me.

I finally found the work of David Wilcock about a decade ago, it was brilliant, it was positive, his crowd were lovely people, often with open minds! I had to move on when David started repeating things that other people told him as facts instead of his own investigations (the last straw was the video of him dismissing the idea of a flat Earth with an obvious zero amount of research) but I still enjoy his early stuff. I listened to and/or read the work of Whitley Streiber, William Henry, David Icke, the mighty Dannion Brinkley and eventually found the work of Bashar.

It was these people (especially Bashar) and their crowd that helped me find peace inside – to understand at at a core subconscious level that that this reality is not a random obstacle course. I knew there was something more than mere observed reality and proved this to myself by taking many ‘crazy’ leaps of faith where synchronicity saved me each and every time – but I wasn’t happy until I cracked the eggshell of zeitgeist ego programming.

It was The Law of One, the Seth material and interesting people like Alan Watts as well as  Bashar that gave me the tools I needed to understand that I was creating my reality, not just a victim of circumstance.

So how did I get to believing that the world was flat after decades of conscious study into the nature of reality? I could have stopped searching and have been a happy new-ager but like Cypher wished he hadn’t done in the Matrix – I took the red pill; I put the sunglasses on!

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They Live – the metaphorical scene of seeing reality for the first time.

Here’s an answer you might understand as to why I even looked for a rabbit hole in the first place. Why watch when you can participate right? Online role playing games such as World of Warcraft became so popular because you are doing something fun with others, being someone bigger than just your normal self, having an adventure – winning!

Are the conspiracy theories that I believe to be true just a way for me to live action role play being in ‘the resistance’ like the WW2 heros, Arnold in The Running Man or (most importantly) Rowdy Roddy Piper in the ultimate conspiracy theory movie of all time – They Live? -maybe!

Or maybe, by finding the actual truth of things we might be able to affect a change in this society that isn’t taking care of it’s citizens. I mean if NASA really is just making Photoshop images of Star Trek looking planets and passing it off as an excuse to suck 50 million dollars worth of taxpayer money A DAY from our pockets, I’d like to bring awareness to that as I don’t really care about going to Mars even if Total Recall is one of my favorite movies of all time!!  What I do care about are poor people, having experienced the desperation that it can bring about first hand. That’s where I want my tax money going – we can explore the boundaries of the universe with my tax money once everyone has a home and healthy food etc.

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Being into conspiracy theories is as close to being Running Man protagonist Ben Richards as I’ll ever be haha!

So flat Earth, isn’t that just for crazy religious people or something? I mean you, as a civilized modern citizen of the world, can’t just diss someone for their gender, race, religion, national origin, sexual preference, disabilities etc but you can unleash sweet bigoted prejudice against an entire group of people you don’t even know without any guilt when they are labelled “flat Earthers” right?

It is now perfectly acceptable by society, from former-President Obama on down to the common man, to be a complete bigot towards a person who doesn’t just accept that the Earth is a sphere (or pear-shaped oblate spheroid as is now the ‘official’ shape of the Earth). My question in looking into the flat Earth conspiracy was why does this belief make other people into bigots? Why so much hate towards people that might be mentally ill, under-educated or just have made legal religious choice?  Civilized people don’t throw insults to someone wearing a yarmulke, a hijab, a bindi or a turban – we know these are just symbols of beliefs that are different – and some belief choices like those of Rastafarians or those of native Americans you might even wish that you had because they seem cooler than your own!!

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Mr. Obama using flat Earth as a derogatory statement when NASA can’t even use Photoshop correctly to keep the size of the continents the same from one year to the next. Stop now or you’re gonna fall down this rabbit hole as these “Earths” are from NASA and you can see with your own eyes that they can’t possibly be photographs (unless the continents changed size)!

So I set out to see where this anti-flat Earth bigotry was coming from and it appears that it is the result of Science being treated like a primitive religion. Science should always be open to questions and revisions without those questions being treated as heretical in this modern era, But from the reactions you can get it appears to be exactly that – a heresy or at least a taboo to even question the shape of the Earth these days. 

Only religious heresy or breaking a taboo can elicit the type of instant knee-jerk negative reaction from your friends that you get when you break them. It’s not even the type of taboo that has any basis in the health and safety of society like incest or cannibalism are. Heck, murder isn’t even a taboo in this society if that tells you anything about our collective morality. Yet people seem to think that questioning something your senses tell you is one way (Earth feels flat and still) but science tells you is something different (we’re spinning around on a ball at breakneck speed!) brings out the inner Tomás de Torquemada in many people – convert or die you heathen !!!!

Anyway, I’m not writing this to convert anyone to changing a belief that doesn’t matter in day to day life, quite frankly, some people can’t handle the truth but the first hero I ever tipped my cap to was the child who exclaimed “The emperor wears no clothes!!!”

So this is my flat-Earth coming out statement as was suggested that the listeners write by the good people at Iron Realm Media. I listen to their “Flat Earth Friday” livestream (or archived stream) and have found that they are regular people just like me, curious about the nature of reality, concerned for their fellow citizens and have found that tumbling down the rabbit hole is a marvelous adventure. They also do experiments to back up their claims that are contrary to the status-quo – this is the good stuff ladies and gentlemen!

 

When the evidence of the Earth being flat and not a globe started to sink in for me I felt the same unsettling sensation that I remember from my psychedelic imbibing days; as I crossed that boundary from one paradigm to the other I felt physically nauseous and disorientated. Once over the boundary the sensation passed but unlike a chemical trip this one appears to be permanent.

I cannot unlearn the evidence that I have seen that the Earth is not what I was taught in school and quite frankly, it’s a hell of a lot more fun to be a rebel fighting for a just cause than being a random inconsequential evolved-from-slime temporary consciousness in a place that is mathematically meaningless in the grand scope of things.

Feel free to stop reading at anytime – this thought is turning into a book but it was cathartic to write it!

My conclusions so far in the quest for the truth about the nature of reality.

1. Reality is a temporary construct of your brain not an immutable truth.

The senses send data to the brain that interprets it (through filters of experience and indoctrination) then abstracts from that data to generate a fantasy you experience as reality. The fantasy is close enough for birds of a feather to conclude it is reality but it is still technically a fantasy. Using words to describe reality just results in semantic knots as people do not have the exact same feelings (pictures in their minds) as you do for the exact same words – they only have their interpretation of the words you use and words can carry all kinds of baggage.

2. Terrence Mckenna’s theory of Earth being a novelty generating machine appears to be correct as is much of what else he said.

“One of the conclusions that novelty theory leads to, in terms of its feedback into social here-and-now stuff, is the idea that culture is not your friend. That culture is an impediment to understanding what’s going on. That’s why, to my mind, the word “cult” and the word “culture” have a direct relationship to each other. Culture is a cult! And if you feel revulsion at the thought of somebody, you know, offering to the Great Carrot, or tithing to some squirly notion, just notice that your own culture is an extremely repressive cult that leads to all kinds of humiliation and degradation and automatic and unquestioned and unthinking behaviour.”

I quoted the above paragraph from here. I’m not sure he was a flat-Earther (probably not) but he sure hit the nail on the head about culture. We are constantly generating new ‘scenes’ to belong to as a society and then dumping them, just look at the trends in music, art and fashion. Even consumer products are driven by a need to ‘new and improve’ things but just try something arbitrary such as dressing like Greg Brady in 1970’s groovy gear at your office job every day (in a non-ironic way in terms of the modern definition of irony).

Flat Earth isn’t something new, it’s just the same belief of the world that people had before the first person proposed that it wasn’t flat and that was only 500 or so years ago! We couldn’t even get up high enough into the atmosphere until a century or so ago to see if the horizon dropped when you went up high enough (it doesn’t from what I have seen second hand). Hardly anyone has ever experienced a first hand visual proof of the actual shape of the Earth, no one you have ever known right?

Sure you’ve been in a plane or hot air balloon but did you even look at the horizon in a critical scientific way? I guarantee that you have never been into space and seen the Earth from outside the atmosphere so you have to trust your culture as telling you the truth of reality when you ask about it. Unfortunately the ‘leaders’ of our culture are apparently the least human by their actions – often the most petty, greedy, bigoted, shallow, murderous etc etc – we don’t have good ‘leaders’ so suggesting that the tiny group of them are working on the behalf of humanity is not logical at the very least.

BUT why would there be a conspiracy to change people’s belief about the shape of the Earth? I mean it’s either flat or round and that doesn’t stop me from working, falling in love or painting something great right?

3. I have to conclude that the deceptions of the ‘powers that be for now’ are a religious ritual of people in an unfriendly cabal.

Like I said, I’m not religious unless you count my own hybrid construction of one based on the morality that I have always felt and on rules that just seem like common sense to me at the time.

Is it a delusion of my creation to believe that there is a ‘dark cabal’ that wants to reduce the population and keep the remainder sick and brainwashed slaves? Well, if it’s a delusion it’s backed up by the perceptions of millions of other people, artifacts and shared experiences. We might all be wrong but it’s hard to deny the evidence for such a cabal.

Building 7 of the WTC – sure looked like a controlled demolition to me and probably to you too. The moon landings, I can’t find anything that makes me think it was anything but obviously staged – a total fake. NASA, man, you have to be kidding me with the obvious fuck ups of green screen, non-masked harnesses, broken fishing wire etc – it’s pathetic.

You don’t get to see through the Vatican’s giant telescope called Lucifer. Now it is called, as wikipedia.org states “LUCI ” but it’s little tidbits like this fact that a religious group already rocked by sickening scandals wasted money on a giant telescope (instead of helping the millions of people who are poor etc) and then named it for their god’s enemy? HUH? Even the New York Times reported last year how ‘important to culture’ it is for the erecting (via modern large scale 3D printing) of part of a temple that was originally made for a ‘god’ that required child sacrifice “in the metropolitan plazas of the West”. Why? Because you worship Baal aka Lucifer? That’s not what anyone but the very tiniest minority of citizens anywhere want in public – yet the ‘powers that be for now’ literally erected temples to Lucifer recently.

Ok forget that, whatever, I’m not religious. But just try to find out some hard facts about space and astronomy and you still find references to Lucifer?? WTF is space.com talking about in their article about the planet Venus?? “In Christian times, Lucifer, or “light-bringer,” became known as the name of Satan before his fall.” Aren’t we IN ‘Christian times’??? Whatever again, it was only written by a freelancer who opened a couple of books but the only source of the actual science info is NASA of course.

The images (note that NASA does not call them photographs but ‘images’) of the planet Venus that come from NASA are lovely Star Trek looking graphics of a spheroid planet but when ‘flat Earthers’ look through their modern enlarging devices at the sky good old Venus doesn’t look anything like a Star Trek planet except that is is roundish and in the sky. Are all flat-Earthers in a cabal of anti-astronomy by buying expensive cameras and then all faking what they see with them? That seems unlikely.

So if NASA is just bullshitting us about what the stars and planets really look like when enlarged, what are the planets exactly – what scientific evidence do we have to draw a non-NASA conclusion from?

We can start with the basics of matter, geometric shapes that molecules exhibit can be observed to be constant and make up the stuff that we call matter.  Regular table salt crystals (that you might sprinkle on delicious french fries) are made of sodium chloride (NaCl) and can be observed as being in a cube like shape. It doesn’t matter where you are but salt is a cube like shape regardless because that’s how those elements form to make a stable bond.

It can also be observed that other molecular combinations have different shapes once they become stable. Platonic solids : tetrahedron, cube, octahedron, dodecahedron, and icosahedron (which is the shape of your D&D 20 sided die) have been appreciated as a fundamental part of our reality for thousands of years.

Now add in the golden ratio (you know, like Leonardo da Vinci’s Vetruvian man drawing) and look at how a fern or a seashell grows and you can see that there is repeatable math behind the building blocks of matter. Cymatics shows us that different sound frequencies can make different patterns in matter – and this concept was taken to a poetic extreme by the work of Masaru Emoto.

Imagine john Lennon dr emoto
The vibration of the song Imagine by John Lennon when sent through a water drop then frozen and then photographed by Dr Masaru Emoto. Check out the other crystals – the negative vibrations ones are not harmonious like this one which all makes sense doesn’t it? 🙂

Positive vibrations mon make prettier shapes mon!

So other than sound, what else causes vibration? Are not thoughts a vibration? We all know the concept of good and bad vibes, intuition, gut feelings etc – can these manifest into affecting tangible things?

According to many ‘new age’ thinkers the very thoughts and/or things we say have a vibration that affects our physical well being. For example, taking Dr Emotos evidence that consciousness/intent affects the shape you get as an affect of vibration in water could it be said that intention can affect the water in the cells of our body? If we hear negative things the water in our cells wouldn’t look as pretty from the vibrations as if we were hearing harmonious things – you can can see the basic concept here.

Could it be that ‘the bad guys’ are lying to us to affect our very cells with their negative vibrations? It sure makes me feel less than good to listen to their negativity on tv – no wonder they have to advertise so many prescription medications.

There are hundreds and hundreds of things that will make you say HUH? when you consciously research conspiracy theories, so what if a lot of them are garbage once you can make your own decision on what is right and wrong you will realize that you just assumed reality is what you were taught but sometimes it’s the complete opposite.

Most of us have now concluded that Christopher Columbus didn’t discover America because duh, people were already there, but for decades that was a known fact that he did- because ‘the natives’ didn’t even count as people at that time, how embarrassing now to have such a racist belief!

By the same standard that we as a society believed the Columbus story, non-whites weren’t considered people, women weren’t considered people, slaves of all colors weren’t people etc, it’s not that any of those beliefs hold up now thankfully – but they used to – some beliefs even claim that corporations are people – which no one but mainly American lawyers and political shills can even understand. Of course these are same authorities that reinforce the ‘Earth is globe’ idea.

What I am now finding out is that our belief of the Earth being a spinning globe in an infinite ‘space’ is also just a incorrect belief that time will eventually change just like the  story of Columbus has been changed to a more common sense perception.

4. Finally – there could very well be multiple parallel truths – the earth may be round and flat at the same time, after all, light is a particle and a wave right?

The double slit experiment is famous for the conclusion that consciousness affects the nature of matter – if you look at the experiment it ‘collapses the wave’ and the result if different than if no consciousness was involved – meaning that matter is directly affected by consciousness. Could it be that there are multiple realities depending on what you believed?

Bashar has suggested that each moment of reality is like a still snap shot, a 3D image with every particle of matter frozen in place and we shift through enough of these to believe that reality is constantly moving and changing but this movement is actually the same as a movie where it is just a regular sequence of static frames.

Imagine now that each frame is on top of each other and like a television, you can only tune into one show (in this case one frame) at a time. Now consider that your brain is, like the tv set, designed to block out the other frames so that you only see one single frame (tv show) at a time not multiple (this could explain a lot of paranormal and psychological phenomenon)!

Here’s an idea you may have jingling around in your brain for quite a long time after you hear it (if you are as weird as I am)! We often hear the ‘all is one’ concept from new-agers and certain religious viewpoints but never get a definition of what that actually could mean beyond a platitude. Read on truth-seeker and see if this tickles your brain (I think it was Bashar that stated basically what I am paraphrasing here).

There is only one one particle of matter – it moves so near-infinitely fast that it is in every possible position in the 3D world simultaneously and then it does it again (and again) moving just slightly slower so that it is the same particle but a different expression/vibration of it – and all matter is made from the juxtaposition of this one particle, in different phases. Why is there so much ’empty’ space between atoms? well, it’s NOT empty, you just can’t tune into that frame of reality to see it!

Yes, I am certain that one of you (or many) can (and perhaps already have) and will again re-write that statement to a more concise poetical phrase like Bill Hicks did. Yes, you have to throw away the ‘speed of light’ and gravity and all the science you were taught (but can’t ever prove), but it does, finally, give an answer to the all is one statement doesn’t it?

What it boils down to is that your consciousness – your choice– is what tunes the reality in – why let a bunch of people who by their actions don’t love humanity make those choices for you – make up your own mind about what is real!

All you have to do is just watch a few videos that can have some information you never considered before and make a choice on what you believe.  Are you so busy you can’t squeeze in a few Youtube documentaries if so how the hell did you manage to read all of this so far? Or are you just scared or what you might find in this Pandora’s box?

If you do not consciously make a choice then you are, by default, on the side of pre-emptive war without proof (remember Iraq’s non-existant WMDs – how many died for no good reason?) and of Bill Nye who says that GMO foods are good for you (since he is part of the scientific establishment). Do you really want to be a part of the current legal system where those religious people who circumcise an infant can suck his bleeding penis in front of his parents legally but an adult can’t grow a pot plant in his back yard without a swat team invading his house?

Sure, I’m crazy but i’m not THAT crazy!

Join me in the resistance it’s fun! You can start with this video!

Video documentaries like the above one by TheFullArmor OG (James) who is part of the Iron Realm Media collective of truth seekers are compelling – watch with an open mind and decide for yourself!

I had been looking forward to being a guest on the IRON REALM PRESENTS: FLAT EARTH FRIDAY’s FRINGE-CAST LIVE @ 10:00 GMT (a few hours ago) but circumstances prevented me from doing so (hey it is ‘Mercury retrograde‘ right now and that is one of those celestial forces that you can gather your own data on – and it seems to be real after my observations over the past several years).

During August 2017, Mercury Retrogrades in the house of Virgo

Mercury is the ruler of Virgo and when Mercury goes retrogrades in the sign of Virgo the effects would be felt more. Emotions rule the roost bringing you into untold sufferings in life. You might get into unwanted troubles or arguments. Career would meet with lot of impediments. Communications would go out of control, you are best advised to stay calm and not to react to situations.” Quoted from here (thanks!)

I don’t know much about astrology but the effect of what we call the planet Mercury when it temporarily changes course to appear to be going backwards (4 or so times a year) seems to consistently match with what astrologers typically say about it.

In many ways the flat Earth model of the universe makes a heck of a lot more sense than the ball Earth model. How could Mercury (that we are told is merely a spinning ball of burning hot rock millions of miles away orbiting the sun) affect humans in any way? But, if it is a light in the sky that is there for a purpose because it was put there by a creator – now we have something that makes sense in a logical way.

This (new) article on mentalfloss dot com tries, and fails, to make sense of the ‘science’ vs the astrological interpretation that so many people claim as a real measurable effect – essentially saying it’s all b/s because it has to be – haha!

If Mercury retrograde DOES have the ultimate purpose of making you a better person then we also have a motive for the apparently less-than-good  ‘powers that be for now’ to obscure this from the public.

This site astrologyhoroscopereadings dot com has some really good info on Mercury retrograde and I quote from here the following. “Most of us encounter the consequences when we are not centered, aware or conscious of what is going on around us, and more often than not the culprit is that we are not acting from our heart and spirit.

Instead we are reacting from our needs, our hurts, from our buttons being pushed, or the way that we take care of others and not ourselves. In that way we act from our shadow, and that is what mercury retrograde is all about.

NOW, if tiny little Mercury can have this important of a purpose does it stand to reason that other planets, the moon and eclipses do too? IS Earth the center of the universe so that the souls, having a human experience, can learn things about bettering themselves prompted by the effects of the celestial objects?

It’s a more logical theory than the one that the science text books and ‘leaders’ propose – sorry but I’m NOT a useless eater and prince Philip Mountbatten husband of Queen Elizabeth II and co-founder of the World Wildlife Fund is, in my opinion, a disgusting ghoul who has no business being a ‘leader’ when he glibly states : “In the event that I am reincarnated, I would like to return as a deadly virus, in order to contribute something to solve overpopulation.” It’s not funny -even if it was meant in jest– it’s sickening, but it is sadly typical of the mind set of the so called ‘leaders’ of the Western world.

Could those ‘leaders’ who have such disregard for the common man  also conspire to perpetuate the lie about the shape of the Earth? How many palaces does Queen Elizabeth even need in her old age? It’s a pretty safe bet that she isn’t high on cannabis, she isn’t swinging a hammer like Jimmy Carter is and that she coddled some of the British societies most despicable characters – just go away queeny.

I’m an autonomous collective! I reject any claim upon my personage by people who claim any part of the Earth beyond a reasonable private homestead as their own! I refuse to accept your names for places on the Earth as well – I’m probably more creative and literate than you so I’ll call that mountain what I want to! I do not want to use your names, that have sinister meaning like ‘Columbia‘ – NO I refuse to symbolically obey Lucifer!  I do not want to call children “kids” either as I know where that word comes from!!!

Break the paradigm of thinking that someone else has all the answers and has already claimed ownership to this wonderful plane of existence that we call Earth.

You cannot elect a savior and just waiting around meekly hoping someone magically appears is also a cop-out – you have to be your own savoir! Just DECIDE. Put some conscious thought into what your preferences are – say out loud that you are the decider (thanks Georgie boy!), say out loud that you have a right to interpret this reality as you choose to!!!

It’s ok to be wrong, at least you can change your mind if you are but if you just allow someone else to make the decisions for you – you may just perpetuate lies!!!