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Daz and Hollye Art Tawk August 18 and 19 2018

Daz Lartist garage studio August 19 2018
Daz Lartist garage studio August 19 2018 Having a blank canvas sitting there, with no expectations can then suddenly be the start of an exciting project when you siddenly decide to add paint to it as I did with this one today!

This post is a collage of various artsy things currently on my mind in a free form fashion! There are 2 ten minute videos of Hollye and I discussing art stuff (some of which is also included in this post) – basically this is just a diary of our weekend after a really grueling week at our office jobs (that we’d quit in a second if we could afford to).

I try not to plan creative stuff out much – I let ideas and inspiration come into my mind and then give myself time and space to suddenly act upon those ideas – almost as if I am thwarting my own mind by not knowing when I’m going to be creative – this is a zen way of doing art – I do not have to think about it I just do it (because I have all my art supplies at the ready)! I told myself I was just going to clean up the studio and clean my brushes etc after a couple of months of bringing them back and forth to the Studio C mural site.

I’m finding that the idea of the ebb and flow of waves and the Alan Watts inspired explanation of needing the dark to see the light etc is really inspiring me. I know the elephants I painted today are because of Waykiwayki‘s explanation of the Vedas video – they hold down the Earth according to the ancient Hindus – that makes me happy somehow. I don’t understand, or really care to be an expert on religions – I feel that you can find the creator through any and every religion if you wanted to but I’m just going at my own pace learning a little bit here and there without stressing about it.

I never give my lover Hollye time to prepare for our Art Tawk videos – suddenly I’m recording and we just talk – often we find it is the best way to be truthful and funny!

It was work like this one below that inspired our main man Michelangelo to be a sculptor – this was chiseled out of marble towards the end of the Roman Empire between 101-200 AD (or CE as is the proper term these days to use). Look at the action, the adventure, the pathos, the nekkid bodies and excellent animals! They didn’t have printing presses so action and adventure on a grand scale in art was a frozen moment in time!Fall of Phaeton - Ancient Rome marble carving

You will want to visit this link if interested in Ancient Roman art! http://ancientrome.ru/art/artwork/ Yes it’s a Russian domain but they are people interested in fine art and history too and probably as fucking sick of war and political leaders as you are – this we have in common.

Look at this painting from Ancient Roman times – look familiar? 🙂 This is the reminder for them of what they were fighting for. Having the luxury to daydream while bathing while your loyal doggie waits for you is pretty much the height of civilization!

Ancient Roman painting - woman washing with her doggy

Lenos-sarcophagus with representation of the Dionysiac procession

The one above looks like an allegorical figure I might have sculpted (if I was an Ancient Roman artist who worked in stone)! Notice that her eyes are closed and it looks like a pine cone on the staff. We know the pine cone is still used on important objects by the pope (they have a giant pine cone sculpture as well).

It is understood that the symbol of the pine cone has been and still is used to represent the pineal gland aka the third eye. The pineal gland has rods and cones like your regular eyes but since it is inside your head it reacts to light from the DMT your body produces and voila you see things with the third eye when you dream, perhaps when you hallucinate and definitely when you smoke DMT (I haven’t done that but I trust Terence McKenna when he describes it )! The pineal gland is a big mystery to humans and has been for a long time! Having a mystery to solve engages the brain in healthy activity.

Obviously I find crazy deep things to think about as my cup of tea! It’s just my nature to do so ; I watch mindless entertainment too but I balance it with deep thinking!

A few years ago I got word that a mural I had started some years before was about to be painted over by some visiting artists for some brief publicity and fun but destroying art wasn’t what any of us are into and so we turned it into a collaborative day of fun instead – everyone won! Teens to middle aged people ended up working on this that day.

Speakeasy Art Center Pekin Illinois Mural collaboration January 2014
Speakeasy Art Center Pekin Illinois Mural collaboration January 2014

The local newspaper ran a story on the project and a reporter called me but she kept insisting that I tell her how old I was, as if it was a requirement – so I hung up on her. She obviously was unaware that I grew up listening to the Beatles and do not suffer fools well as was the Beatle way!

George Harrison is cool!
One of the many funny, witty bits in the movie A Hard Days Night. One of my favorite movies and possibly my favorite music album!

The point of that experience is that I don’t have time to waste on stuff I don’t want to do but my ego tells me to do. Just defining what I like and what I do not prefer is what it is all about regardless of who likes me or not.

An artist that I really enjoy is Judy B. Cramer. She, like my love Hollye, paints from the inner child with a true love of color and form. We get to share in the joy of art with her rather than interpret her pain (like certain ‘pumpkin spice’ artists out there)!

Judy B Cramer artist
This is art I like to see in galleries. The colors are vibrant and harmonious, the composition is pleasing and the overall effect is dynamic and positive. To me this says that a human being who loves the experience of being a human painted this. click the pic to visit Judy’s site!

female nude sculpture - Ancient Roman
I really admire the skill and craftsmanship of the Ancient Romans, Greeks and the Italian renaissance and beyond. Taking stone and making it into something visually pleasing is so cool – turning it into beauty is amazing! Perhaps they painted colors over the marble but it wouldn’t be necessary – we have beauty frozen in time in stone- anyone that appreciates female beauty today can see that we are not so different than those amazing artists a couple of thousand years ago!

Oh and while male beauty is not my favorite I do appreciate it too – here’s what Michelangelo sculpted when he was a teenager!

Battle of the Centaurs by Michelangelo
Battle of the Centaurs by Michelangelo (carved when he was teen after being influenced by Ancient Roman art that was being uncovered in the early Renaissance).

Izzy loves you!

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Humans love to make animal art!! From the ancients such as at Gobekli Tepe to now!

 

Portrait of Izzy the dog by Daz Lartist the human
Portrait of Izzy the dog by Daz Lartist the human

I painted Izzy the dog for Hollye the human! Izzy is a representation of our domestic harmony – not perfect but loving and appreciative. We will repaint the frame, probably copper and I’m going to varnish the canvas as well but essentially it’s done. I’m not going to over do it (unlike the origins of man article I am posting after the photo of Izzy herself below)!

Izzy the dog photo by Daz Lartist the human
Izzy the dog photo by Daz Lartist the human

 

Gobekli Tepe has tons of awesome animal carvings and is waaaay older than places like Stonehenge (6000 years older!!) It has been proposed that humans domesticated dogs 12000 – 15000 years ago which is approximately the same time-frame as when Gobekli Tepe was active. Bear in mind that history books currently still tell us that writing only started about 5000 years ago!!!

This important and largely un-excavated archaeological site, along with the Lascaux cave paintings (that are possibly not that much older) show us that animal art is part of being human and probably the one constant universally understandable method of symbolic abstraction that is still used by humans all these tens of thousands of years later.

This video on Youtube has the following blurb (I corrected some spelling mistakes)…

Published on Nov 23, 2017

Gobekli Tepe has probably explained one of the most important mysteries of all time, where and how did modern humans evolve. This is a masterpiece of work that brings ancient history to life. Göbekli Tepe’s last moments were preserved by back-fill 10,000 years ago that totally preserved it as a museum of early prehistory. The extraordinary raised reliefs, pictograms, and pillars—many over twenty-feet tall and weighing many tons—tell the story of a forgotten culture from 11,500 years ago.
The extraordinary raised reliefs, pictograms, and pillars—many over twenty-feet tall and weighing many tons—tell the story of a forgotten culture from 11,500 years ago. The prehistoric Middle East weaves together archaeological, anthropological, astronomical, and spiritual aspects of Göbekli Tepe. This is far more than a video about the archaeology of Gobekli Tepe. You need the ability to think outside the box and see the bigger picture, this ability has resulted in a fascinating and thought-provoking theory about the role of Gobekli Tepe in the rise of civilization itself.
Ok so to understand ancient cultures like Göbekli Tepe we can use an example from more modern times – our friend Pablo Picasso – still more famous than artists from all the decades since he died! Sure he liked animals too and made lots of animal art in his day but for this discussion I want to use him as an example of a mental process that we humans use called abstraction.
Pablo Picasso looked at a thing and then interpolated it into something visually different by the process of abstraction.
He abstracted from reality to create something different, often barely resembling the real thing – but we understand that his Les Demoiselles d’Avignon painting is an abstraction of (normal looking) people and African masks rather than a literal representation of disfigured people.
Pablo Picasso - Guernica
Pablo Picasso – Guernica
We can also understand (with decades of art history analysis and lectures under our belt) that the animals and people in Picasso’s Guernica painting are not portraits but abstractions of feelings, ideas, concepts etcwords alone could not convey the emotions the artist felt about the brutal bombing of Guernica – so he found a better, lasting way to get his point across.
As humans, we can often get the gist of the point being made with symbols more effectively than from a dry reporting of the facts – in fact, it appears to be a human trait that truth is best expressed creatively than literally.
Göbekli Tepe - bas relief of a fox
Göbekli Tepe – bas relief of a leaping fox – wheeeee!!! my schlong is flopping exuberantly!

What does the Göbekli Tepe fox mean? Well, there are lots of rabbit holes to follow that weave a thread through the tapestry of many cultures but that animal art is pre-historic – it was made before anything we can trace back to a common cultural root (official written history started long after they made that art)!

What do we think the Fox means? well, I’m certain some people will say it’s astronomically related, others might say it’s for fertility etc, I mean that’s a generous penis someone carved on him hehe! But maybe it was just an art project by someone, we are unlikely to ever know the truth but how much modern animal art is simply a portrait of an actual animal and how much is to celebrate what the animal means and how much is advertising for goods and services that may or may not even use animals at all?
We can reasonably guess that the animals (and other carved works) at  Göbekli Tepe are almost certainly not literal representations made by a group of like minded artists over hundreds if not thousands of years – they are abstractions of ideas – some more Picasso-esquly abstract than others.
We know ‘Picasso the artist’ as he shared himself with us, the good the bad and the abstract – but we do not know the people who built and worked at making Göbekli Tepe which is the most amazing pre-historic art work discovery of the past 20 or so years.
Göbekli Tepe - bas relief of a vulture (and more)
Göbekli Tepe – bas relief of a vulture (and more). The Vulture is believed to represent the vehicle of the soul (to get to where souls go after death presumably).
I’m pretty sure that the archeologists have figured out the when but in order to know the who and the why they made Göbekli Tepe we have to adopt a philosophy and make assumptions based on educated guesses.
Humans are human – what makes us human now is what made us human back then – I do not subscribe to the theory that things like love and loyalty etc were somehow evolved from a ‘lesser’ set of emotions based on survival.
I am also not going to believe that stone age people didn’t play with their pets and friends, fart, laugh, appreciate the curve of a fine boob and buttock, get randomly horny, get fucked up on some chemical substance occasionally and/or sat around discussing abstract concepts such as the purpose of life – those things are all part of what makes us human – not everything in antiquity was a serious fear-based duty born from grimmest survival!!!
It has been proposed that beer was invented (or at least mass produced for the first time) at Göbekli Tepe – yeah, we all know that beer was the way the first agricultural civilizations saved the calories from wheat (that could have spoiled otherwise) but Göbekli Tepe is stone age, thousands of years before agrarian societies were previously said to have existed.
History books say stone age man was a nomadic hunter-gatherer but beer is one of the foundations of stay-where-you-are-and-grow-stuff civilization! If you can drink your calories and get some kind of pleasurable altered state from it – then the things associated with those states will come into existence.
It was greasy pizza at 2AM Saturday morning on the strip in Carbondale Illinois circa 1992 for some of us but back in the stone age you also would have to had some place you can safely drink beer in without worrying about a sabretooth tiger killing you for the practice to have continued. And seriously, you think they just drank it for the calories? 🙂
Terrence Mckenna proposed that humans had a whole different societal structure (than the history book beer/agrarian hierarchical top-down patriarchal etc etc culture) based on abundant psychedelic mushrooms (that typically grow in environments moister than that required for wheat). Could it be that as the world became dryer around a mini or full-blown ice age perhaps – that society shifted it’s attitude as it did with it’s intoxicants?
I mean we know the difference between some stereotypical drunk jock and a stereotypical hippy tripping out on ‘shrooms right?
Some of the huge T shaped stone formations at Göbekli Tepe have been interpreted to be abstract human figures – arms are caved on the sides for example to give credence to this idea. They also look like abstract mushrooms right? Sure, maybe it’s an abstract of the male force (phallic) as they do stand in circles which we can thusly interpret as a female symbol.
Is it possible that there are multiple intentional levels for the abstraction? Just throwing things out there as right now the field is wide open for speculation on the reasons for the why Göbekli Tepe has so many stone circles with stone T-shaped megaliths.
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Fertility rituals? Some kind of momento-mori? Did the energy of the stones cause the wheat/beer to increase it’s potency? (this type of idea of energetic enhancement of matter has been proposed as a reason for the great pyramid by the way).
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Here’s my interpretation of why the fox was carved at Göbekli Tepe.
The area was a safe zone from the wild animals. They had a serious ceremony of appreciation – ‘we are thankful that we don’t have to hunt or gather today and that we have built this safe area to play in’ then intoxicants were distributed and people did their thing. 
Dancing, making love, sitting around laughing maybe even some kind of sports but the people who took intoxicants that lasted a long time and made you unable to just sit down and generally fidgety needed something to do that they could focus on while they were in their altered state.
An altered state where you are too altered, well you just sit there tripping out – too drunk and you don’t really create anything but a mess but if you hit that zone, fucked up but focused – you could easily work on carving a block of stone – it would feel great to move your body while you focused on a project for hours and hours!
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Luckily I am an artist and not anyone ‘serious’ but art doesn’t have to be serious and neither does history – maybe they made animal art for fun and appreciation!!!