Everyday we go along on our daily routine and then suddenly one day we make the decision to go down a different path, not knowing where it might lead or what the outcome might be. And when we do this, then comes that familiar sensation of entering into the unknown.
In the autumn of 2002, I did just that, but this time my decision to take a different route, took me down a path that literally led me into the world of the real unknown.
The unknown world of the paranormal.
Being an artist, the world of ghouls, ghosts and phantoms, was not part of my normal daily picture. The only contact with spirits I had ever experienced was with wine being offered to guests at one of my exhibitions.
It all started when one of my art students brought an eerie image into class that she had created on her home computer using the image program, Photoshop.
She explained that she had created the image after a neighbor had told of his paranormal experience has a child.
"He was 13 years old and it was the first day on his part-time job of helping to deliver milk. As he ran round placing milk bottles on peoples doorsteps, he suddenly saw a young girl skipping. With it being only 5am he thought this was rather strange but did not question it further. He later mentioned it to his boss as he drove him back home. His boss had been the milkman for over 15 years and thus knew the neighborhood very well. He asked the boy which house it was and when the boy told him his face became white. Apparently only two days earlier a young girl had died right at that spot after being run over by a car"
I must admit, the story made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.
Here is the image she made below.
Being an artist, it was not so much the occult that caught my interest, but the idea that spiritual photography / imagery, could become a new art form in itself. It was pretty obvious that these early images were clever fakes using some form of double exposure technique, and as such this effect had set the standard of what a ghost photographed looked like.
What sparked my imagination was the idea that someone would find it creatively interesting to make a fake ghost image based on the model of a faked ghost image.
This was all well and good, but how could I class such an art theme?
Not surprisingly the head of the art department, (my boss), was against the idea, but I did not give in and fought hard on behalf of my student, stating that;
"the fact that such a project could not be placed into any category is what makes it rather interesting".
I also pressed the point that it was an excellent way for students to learn the new "Layers" function on Photoshop.
Luckily he agreed, but he was very nervous of the reaction it would bring from the college faculty. Personally I was rather excited about that.
And so the outcome was that the entire class would now have this as their main art project, and as such, every student would now have to make their own fake ghost image. And to make the project more authentic, I stipulated that their images must be based on an actual true paranormal eye witness encounters.
All the students were thrilled with the idea.
As the results of the students work started to materialize (sorry for the pun) the shear weirdness of the images were quite mesmerizing to look at. Like this one below of a person who was a passenger on a plane who claimed to have had a conversation with a child ghost. Apparently the flight crew confirmed that this particular plane was said to be haunted by the ghost of a boy who had died on board of an asthma attack.
I found the images quite intriguing and so I decided to arrange for the students to have exhibition of these bizarre spooky works of art, just to see what reaction they would get.
However, as much as I fought for the idea, the student faculty would not have anything to do with it.
Needless to say the students were extremely disappointed and so to appease them I decided to push the project a step further and combine it with a web page design project.
Web design was also in its infancy in those days. We set up a website and purchased a web domain called, "ghoulsonfilm.com" - under a 3 year owner contract.
It has since vanished off the web.
Here is the website logo that was designed by a group of the students. see below.
This did help student moral somewhat, but they were still haunted by the original idea of having an exhibition, especially as it was perfect timing for Halloween. In the end I decided to use my own studio as the venue of the exhibition.
The college could not stop me from doing that.
I made some posters and placed them all around the town center and within hours I received a phone call from the local newspaper. Here are a couple of newspaper stories that helped promote the event. See below
The event actually caused divided opinion within the local council (although I am not supposed to mention that - well it was a long time ago now) Apparently this divided opinion became so tense that one of the internal departments decided to sponsor the exhibition just to prove a point. Therefore this played in my favor. I began to understand that the event could turn out to be quite a specter. (sorry, yet another pun).
Here are some some photographs taken at the Ghouls-On-Film exhibition on the night.
The person with the knife though his head with a white face is me, together with some of the team. See below
In the picture below you can see me on the far right talking with the counsellor who had sponsored the exhibition. He is a powerful politician today.
There were many images on display at the exhibition, too many to post here.
However, I have chosen four that seemed to be the most popular.
Just to make it more interesting, one of the following images is said to be genuine. I mean it is a real ghost photograph that has supposed to have passed all tests in that it has not been tampered with or can not be determined how the effect was done.
All the stories are true cases, but only one of the four examples is a genuine historical ghost image:- Which is it?
See the four examples below
N01 Grange Park Pub - below
A local pub/bar that was said to be haunted by a former landlord who hanged himself over the bar. People driving past, coming home from their job, often reported seeing strange lighting coming from within the building. Today this building no longer exists. The area is instead used as a car park for a nearby golf club.
Whether players experience more power in their swing is not known
N02 Rileys Restaurant -below
On a girls night out commonly known as a "hen party" to celebrate that one of the girl´s was getting married. According to party guests, a strange white mist, "that looked like wool", would occasionally fill the room and then gradually dissipate. One of them took a photo and then later when the film was developed this was seen.
N03 Loyola Monks Monastery - below
The entrance to the monastery was located on the corner of a very dangerous road where there had been numerous car accidents as well as many people being run over.
A road traffic inspector was sent to investigate and set up a VHS video camera to record traffic activity. After viewing several hours of footage this eerie image was captured showing a shadowy figure of a man caught in the headlights of a car .
This image is a "still" taken from the film footage.
N04 Sherdley Cemetery - below
One of the oldest churches in the town, with also one of the oldest graveyards. Some people visiting to place flowers on the grave of past loved ones, reported to the priest that they had seen the specter of a young girl running between the gravestones as if playing hide and seek. A local man hearing the story began spending a lot of time at the graveyard and after many weeks managed to capture this chilling image.
Below is a few seconds of footage filmed on a cheap digital camera. The quality was not good back in those days but I think it captures the atmosphere.
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OK- Now the story really begins.
For at this exhibition I was approached by a man and woman who had quite an amazing story to tell and now they were asking for my help. This encounter led me onto a path that, to this day, I am unsure whether I would, or should have ever gone down. Even today, I sometimes I wish I could take out of my head of what happened over the next coming weeks.
PS: Just to mention: the exhibition was a great success with the three nights being packed out every time. Fascinated visitors thoroughly enjoyed the event which raised many discussions and stories to tell. A year later the London Museum copied the idea exhibiting over 50 paranormal photographs. It had over half million visitors and made a fortune.
My small endeavour was only a fraction of the size of theirs, but I was the first.
All images are my own - except the old photo of the double expose early ghost photograph by Eugène Thiébault’s & Henri Robin
Three Glass Jars - Learning to Paint Transparent Surfaces - Acrylic on A4 board backed canvas - full sized version here
1. Preparing the canvas, a few very light markings to get proportions. On this occasion I will not be keeping so closely to the golden mean proportions as there are few curves. Nevertheless, I will need some indication of vertical and horizontal proportions. I forgot to photograph the prepared canvas before starting, so I have prepared a similar one here, and used a bid of colour to clarify the layout.
2. I am not working from a model here, these are "inside my head, imaginary jars" but I have decided to put coloured feathers inside the top of the jars to help with the appearance of transparency.
3. In my imagination I see three jam jars with feathers sticking out the top. Then I realise it will look awkward, and not fit with a good reflection. So I decided to narrow down the necks.
4. It is now more clear how things are going to go. Transparent jars, and coloured leaves rather than feathers. White wooden panel background, with the bottles resting on a wooden bench.
5. The main concept has been decided upon, and the proportions are now fully established. Next stage is to add the detail.
6. All the information is now there, if you squint your eyes, or look at it from a distance it is quite an acceptable representation of three jars with leaves inserted in the top. Brushwork is very rough though.
7. Smooth out the brushwork, and add few touches of shadow. I did not want it to be too photorealistic, so I left a few stray dabs of coloured paint behind the tops of the leaves.
Many thanks for spending a few moments viewing my painting.
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This is the latest of my simplified landscape paintings. Admittedly, I have painted others that were simpler still, but the aim remains the same, to keep loose brush strokes and not to be lost in details.
The other simplification put into practice is working with a limited palette. This means choosing the right colours at the start, sticking with them and resisting the urge (old habits) of reaching something else. However, introducing other colours often disturbs the colour harmony. That is the whole aim of a reduced palette, colour harmony.
In studying figurative painting, that is painting the human form, it became apparent that the masters of this, used a surprisingly sparse selection of colours. Then upon further investigation, it was a trend that followed through all of the Old Masters.
It was inspiring to see and understand the range of colours that they could express, or trick us into see, with just so few. Herein lies part of the mystery and magic of classical painting.
In the future I will write at greater length about colour theory and practice.
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One of the sketches for my new material. I used a looper for this one. I recorded the guitar, looped it, recorded another one, and then played the drums on top of that. I like the groove. The lyrics are finished, but it's complicated to make them work with the rhythm, because the metre is weird, but I'll make it happen. This one is also here for a brief today, then I'm taking it offline. I love to show you what I'm working on, but uncomfortable with making it for permanent record. See you tomorrow.
Here is video of my band performing song
Hipster in a train which travels from Maribor to Ruše. Atmosphere of playing on a rolling train is awesome. I felt like we are going to Hogwarts. There were about 200 people in train listening to us. We played for almost half an hour until we stop at the Ruše railway station and there we played rest of this Slovenian train gig : )
I climbed in bed to write a rhyme,
For Hopehuggs comp, a scribbled line.
To write about where I was at,
I searched for post with fluffy cat.
All prepared to self indulge,
To the abyss I would divulge.
To find the words that would connect,
To share aspects of my affect.
I discovered that I was too late,
Once again I'd missed the date.
Then I see the floral crown of hope,
Is sitting slightly on a slope.
The source of all that love and colour,
Who always shines upon another.
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On Steemit everyday you shine.
Sharing as you did today,
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A Life Well Lived
The intention of an artist is to be eloquent, whimsical, interactive, intuitive, sensitive, co-creative and much, much more. This galloping Artist, like a herd of elephants storming across the Savanna of Africa, has truly lived in full, a life wearing many hats, while also working interactively and globally with his Art forms.
We begin this story in the now. Why the now? The now embodies the intensity of my life. In order to understand this intensity, I must mention also that I currently live on the strange and beautiful Island of Bali. I have resided here for the past 15 years. Since I have arrived, my life has been a roller coaster, full of adventure and happen stance. I stepped off the airplane, having no idea of where I had arrived. A lovely couple that I met in Los Angeles, in the midst of immense turmoil and change themselves, picked me up and took me to a small community called Sanur. There we stayed in the amazing home of a French and Dutch couple who were interior designers and art dealers. The next morning, waking up to a beautiful sunrise, we set off for my first home in Bali in the city of Ubud. It seemed like it took forever to get there. The way up was amazing, thinking that I would be taken to a regular house, we arrived to the many stairs of the Tjampuhan Ateps. With suitcases and portfolio in hand, a wonderful Balinese man helped carry my many bags to the lovely cottage I was to stay in. Surrounded by fish ponds, an upstairs loft and wonderful rice field view.
LIttle did I know, I had just been placed at the center of one of the oldest and most renowned Art Colonies in South East Asia. In the first few days I was introduced to some old friends of my mother's. I had limited funds and everyone was extremely generous and open. We went to several artist gatherings and an interesting array of questions were asked of me. I remember one in particular: Why Bali? I really didn't have an answer, so being myself with an over active imagination, I simply replied,
God brought me here for a reason. When I know Why Bali, I'll let you know. I realized that these Artists were well seasoned professionals and that overstating my past success as an artist, may intimidate them and make them jealous of me. You see, I have been amazingly fortunate in my life.
It wasn't long before I got kicked out of Ubud and I ended up meeting who would end up being my partner in Love and Business, Ni. Made Toya. A talented, well traveled and extremely head strong young women. Together, we created our first fashion label called
Yaari Loves Bali. She was really taken by my work and decided to be my lifetime patron of the Arts. A whirlwind romance began and we moved into a broken down compound, built by a Dutchman. The property was obviously bankrupt and the landlord desperately needed investment. Being me, I moved in without a dollar down and the promise of a beautiful future. We built a beautiful property, interacted with the Seminyak community, square in the middle of the retail and tourism hubs of Bali. In the first 3 months, I was able to amass, with the help of Toya and others, a small fortune. We built a Cathedral Gallery and launched The business Yaari Toya. Success was on its way. After many parties and meeting the most eclectic array of international personalities, I thought, Wow, this must be home. Side note...culture, Love and money, sometimes makes strange bedfellows. Here I am, a world renowned artist, living on a small Island, full of artist egos with amazing creativity in many directions. Being myself I began involving many people in my life. Bali is a kind of conundrum, sex available everywhere, clubs going full steam, I decided to take advantage of the drama, just after the Bali bomb, and I immediately jumped in the deep end of the pool and started my first NGO campaign, Clean Up Bali. Working with already established NGO's, I'm an Angel, Vishnu and Soul Men, we actively put together body painting competitions, worked with climate conferences and Apec Conferences. This was an area I knew a lot about and I loved the idea of raising money to help others help themselves. Planting seeds for a better tomorrow. I continue to do this work now with Arma Museum and many other organizations. Writing this makes me happy and I hope has sparked an interest in you, the reader. Love and Light Yaari
Yaari ran away from home at the early age of 12. The streets of Hollywood were very accommodating and he fell into circles that most would not survive, prostituting himself to the rich Hollywood Elites and getting the types of street smarts that no child should experience. The streets of Hollywood, were not where this young artist wanted to be. He quickly made friends and surrounded himself with his protectors so he was able to continue his illicit lifestyle of drug dealing and prostitution in order to support his girlfriend and several other runaway kids.
Many individuals in the entertainment industry looked kindly on Yaari. Offering him many kinds of jobs to get him off the streets. Of course they were interested in more than just getting him off the streets. Yaari soon learned to manipulate his way into situations where he did not have to sell his body or drugs any longer to support his young group of street kids. As things turned from bad to good, to bad again, the final blow in Hollywood hit hard. Yaari was arrested several times, finally his mother and her lawyers made a deal with the judge that they would send him to his sister's in Israel, where he would have to live under strict supervision, on a military keboots community. Being the out of control kid he was, he soon found his way to Tel Aviv where he started working for the top underworld mafia. After a short time he escaped and went for his first stint in Europe. Again, he began using his sexual talents in order to gain favors with extremely famous women and men. He finally caught a break and was given his second art exhibition. Deported from France, Yaari flew back to Los Angeles, where after one month he was hired by a rock band to tour as a PA and then continued working for many celebrities in the entertainment industry. He put himself through school wherever he could and took apprenticeships relating to his interests. At the age of 16, he knew that his life would be dedicated to the arts. Yaari was hired by Rod Stewart and his manager, Billy Gaff, to work in London as an office junior during the days and at night he went to art school. He spent the following 9 years working with Rod and his management. He was in charge of several different divisions of the company, launching with Viva Records, John Melemcamp, Long John Baldway, Tim Harden, Leslie Dunkin, Jimmy Horowitz. After leaving to strike out on his own as an artist, he moved around exhibiting all over the world. He started his first fashion company called
Its a Yaari at the age of 23 and it was quickly sold in all the major department stores in America. His passion has always been fine arts so Yaari started opening his own galleries across the US, Mexico, Costa Rica, Israel and Spain. He flew from place to place, painting , dancing and generally involved in many things in life.
· At what age did you know you were an artist?
I was still in my teens, although I have to admit, I didn't really come to it fully until my early 20s.
· What was the first job you ever had and how old were you?
I was very young, working as a paid apprentice in a jewelry design studio in North Hollywood. At the same time I worked as a gopher for Robert Fitz Patrick who was a lawyer at the 9000 building on the sunset strip, working with Cream, Robby Shankar, John Lennon and many others as a west coast repetitive. I also worked at Universal Studios delivering mail to the stars after school. On the weekend I worked part time job with Lou Whinestock and Tobby Roberts Tours. During that period I started meeting my first clients for sex.
At the time I was going to school in silver lake, based on the summer hill school in England. The LA freeschool allowed the kids to create their own curriculum. I missed many weeks of school and got kicked out. They put me in a special school called the USC reading center for at risk kids with learning disorders. I missed many weeks of that school and got kicked out also. Finally my mother got me released from the school system and decided to home school me
· At what age did you first get high?
That's a funny story, I was hitchhiking home from school, when Lou Whinestock picked me up in his flashy car and offered me tickets to a Led Zeppelin concert at the forum. Me and my girlfriend were picked up by a stretch limo. We went to dinner and then to the concert, where Lou said open your mouth and he gave both my girlfriend and I very strong hits of Mescaline. We tripped for many hours. My girlfriend and I had sex with Lou and another girl, we didn't get back home till the following afternoon. Our parents were furious and of course we were grounded for over a month. She was also the first girl I got pregnant, so her parents and mine split us apart. She miscarried and I was forbidden to see her again, which broke my heart a the time.
How much did your family know about your life in the early days?
Well it depends on which parent and which guardian. My father was completely oblivious on the other hand my mother was aware of most of my escapades. Two completely different personalities and already divorced. My mother had custody, but was unable to take care of me due to her illness, so I was given a guardian. So I was put in the hands of a friend of my mother's, Dale Cripts, who worked in the aerospace industry. He was a fairly wild bi-sexual man who gave me refuge in his mansion in Pasadena California. He had many friends which were in education at the highest level, so I was able to go sit in on courses when they lectured at the different schools in the Los Angeles area. I made friends with a gang of boys and girls called the GTO and BTO ( Girls together only and Boys together only). I was the youngest member. We would go out together to the clubs and constantly picking up street kids and bringing them to Dales house. That's where I met my first real art teacher from Canada Marcus Leatherdale. He came to live with Dale and I and Lauran. Dale paid him to give me art classes. That summer I had my super devastating accident crushing between a boat and a dock up at Lake Tahoe California with one of my richest clients, Glen Smallcon. My mother got a huge financial settlement from Glen estate. He was a super naughty pedophile. His family owned the largest chevrolet car dealer ship in northern California. His mansion was in Atherton California, one of the wealthiest communities in California.
Were you close to any of your siblings and did any of them factor into your lifestyle?
This question is very good, you see, my sisters when I was very young, were part of the problem. Several of their friends sexually seduced me from the age of 10.
By the time I was 12 and a half, they left home to join the army in Israel. I didnt have any interactions with them at all, until they sent me to Israel after my trouble with the police. My relationships with my sisters to this day, to say the least is fairly strained. We have contact on a monthly basis, but nothing really concrete. They are all in my opinion really good people and I love them very much.
How did your early experiences of life affect you mentally and emotionally?
Well all I can say is that it was quite a trauma to get over the hurdle of child abuse. I have struggled over the years with several disabilities. Having a learning disorder, somewhat of a speech impediment and suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, I was able to find help with a wonderful psychotherapist and several psychiatrist and I continue to spend time going to AA, NA and Alanon. I have worked diligently to overcome all of it. It is an ongoing process.
· Who was your best friend and what role did they play in your life?
Well I can only say that in this respect, I have had many best friends and continue to this day. One of the names that comes to mind is Burry Olson, an artist in Sonoma California. We worked many years together, creating amazing wearable art which has been worn by celebrities and the public for the past 40 years.
· When and why did you decide to make art your focus?
Well first, my grandfather was a famous painter. My mother and several members of her family were art dealers and artists themselves. My father was an actor/director/producer. My sister Delete is a world renowned sculptor. I always loved art and art history of all kinds. And was inspired from an early age, first as a young actor, dancer/comedian and then as a painter. I love all forms of art and have amazing artists friends around me all the time.
· What do you want to achieve through your art?
I have always wanted to evoke a response from others, weather good or bad, it did not matter. My art is a form of meditation for myself and has saved my life many times over. It is the process that makes it all worthwhile. Art is a way of life, there is no half way in, it's all the way or nothing. And life goes on.
· You have made your art into a business but you are very generous with your time and you always share your knowledge with others. You give great advice based on your life experience and you do a lot of things for free, why?
I was influenced early in my life to be a loving and sharing human being. I remember both my parents being generous with many new immigrants when I was growing up as a boy in Israel. Somehow, God has given me the gift of knowledge and the richness of experience, so I am naturally inspired to share all of that with others. Even at times when I was the one in need of help, I would stop to give a gift to a total stranger. I don't necessarily believe in charity, so sometime, it was difficult for me to accept anything from others. Let's just say what goes around comes around.
· Tell me all the places you've lived and why ultimately you settled in Bali?
My God, thats a loaded question. Ok, on a short term basis, which was not my preference. I have lived all over the world. Places I have spent the most time, for many reasons have been Los Angeles, which offered a connection to the entertainment industry, fashion and fine arts. New York for the same reasons, London, Spain, Israel, Hawaii, Santa Fe New Mexico, Vancouver Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, France, Australia and Indonesia. I have yet to travel to some parts of the world and hope I do soon.
· What fulfills your life and spirit these days?
Being with my family especially my children, of course creating new forms of art, I still enjoy an occasional psychedelic journey, but my greatest love is still helping others help themselves. There is a myriad of inspiration that I could mention, mostly, I would have to say my art.
· Tell me about your wives and how they have been influential in your artisic journey?
Well as you know we sometime choose strange bedfellows. I have mostly been with women but have also spend two long term relationship with men, one of which was a non-sexual affair. My first wife died quickly after we were married and the same happened to my second wife. This was very traumatic and caused me not to enter into another marriage for many years. Although I had 2 children out of wedlock, I would also consider these two women a kind of marriage, how can you not. My third marriage was for three years with a rough divorce. My fourth was a long-term marriage which also ended in separation and ultimately a divorce. Since then I have not been married legally, I have spent the past 15 years in the same relationship I am in now. You could say that I have been slightly dysfunctional in any committed monogamous relationships. Since I don't really believe in monogamy in itself.
· What do you still want to accomplish?
Wow, I could never begin to tell you, because really there is so much to do. Life is a wonderful journey and I believe each day brings us a new adventure.
· You've had many patrons and have worked in a variety of industries, wearing many hats. Which patrons would you say contributed the most in an unconditional way in your life?
Well, nothing is really unconditional, there are always many expectations on both sides. One of my favorite but most turbulent of patrons, was Billy Gaff and Rod Stewart. Although, Coby Cohen, Lane Louery, Alexandre Raden, Gary Couhana Parker and his wife Sharon, Grace and Harold Robins, Philippe Groulxberg, Horris Richter and of course different members of my wives family, just to mention a few, were instrumental in supporting me as an artist. Currently my main sponsors are Mi Made Toya, Agung Rai, Arma Museum, my art dealers in Germany, the US and China. Author Jean Cocteau, my partner in crime Francois and his lovely lady and several other close friends.
· Which celebrities have worn your wearable art and who are some of your art collectors?
I couldn't possibly list all the celebrities and art collectors, there are so many. I hate blowing my own whistle, so I will briefly answer. I started selling my art it at a very early age. Designing fashion as well. I never was a low priced artist, except when I was desperate for money, which has not been many times in my life. I think when you have talent, many people want a piece of it. In the last few years, my work has been auctioned for large sums of money. My wearable art has been worn by rock bands like the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Earth Wind and Fire, actors like Richard Prier, Shear, Madonna and many others. I have sold my wearable art to other designers for their collections like Donna Karen, BE BE, and many other brands. It's still sold today in Bali, the US and Europe. I hope this good fortune will continue so I can employ more less fortunate than myself.
Why are we making a move about your story
If anyone deserves to have a film made about them and their lifetime, this artist, Ram Yaari, is certainly one of the most interesting stories today. Full of action, drama and joy, from rags to riches, and great accomplishments. A story whose time has come.
When and where were you the happiest?
I have been happy most of my life. Even through the bad times, I really enjoyed in many different places. I would say that i was very productive and prolific everywhere I have lived. The things that have made me unhappy are usually to do with others. So I distance myself from negative people to keep a good outlook on life. I would say I am the happiest when I am painting. Some of the most inspiring places I have been as an artist and where I was the happiest, would be Costa Rica, Santa fae new Mexico, the Hampton NY Spain, California and Hawaii, Australia and Bali. They were very inspiring moments in my life. Obviously Bali has won my heart and live here till my dying days.
What is your philosophy of life?
Believe in yourself, give thanks to a higher power, dont sweat the small stuff.
Who are some of your heroes in life?
I have always admired those who have contributed the most to the arts. to name a few, I would have to start with Mark Shegal, Mozart, Leonardo, Modigliani, Renoir, Cezanne, some of my teachers and my biggest hero of all, is not so much man or women, but I would say both. Women like Carol king, jonnie Mitchell, Madonna, Marline Ferguson and many writers and philosophers, my favorite is Kalil Gibran, the author of the prophet.
What are the qualities you most appreciate in a person?
Honesty, loyalty and integrity.
What are your plans for your art and your business in the near future?
I have surrendered responsibility of my carrier to my agents and managers. I try to stay focused a 100% on my art. It takes many forms so I am never bored.
When is your next art exhibition?
My management have several exhibition scheduled for 2017 to 2020. I am currently working on my autobiography with Jean Cocteau. I know there are plans for a China exhibit and Germany. I am sure they will let me know soon enough the rest of my schedule for the next few years. Planing ahead is important for me, having no dealings in business is crucial. I have not handeled money for the past 30 years of my life and not about to start now.
How important is the celebrity connection and how has it shaped your work?
Well its always fun to be around accomplished individuals. I have become somewhat of a celebrity myself. I know from the past experience it comes with a great deal of responsiblities. I have been very fortunate in having spent time with different famous individuals. They have certainly influenced me in many ways.
How has being in Bali helped your artistic endeavors and how has it hindered them?
Bali is a very inspiring environment. Sometime one can feel very stuck on a small island. Luckily, people come here from all over the world for many different reasons. It is one of the world most unique cultural environment. We have amazing events on the island all the time, although I spend most of my time alone painting. The social side of me as a monkey in Chinese astrology, loves to be social. So I offer myself as a body painter for different events from time to time. The downside is that Bali has experienced a negative overdevelopment, it attracts a lot of con artists and wannabe small minded individuals. Luckily, most of them don't last long here and the good people endure and provide Bali with a positive and loving contribution.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I have no clue. Hopefully, travelling doing shows, lecturing at schools and holding my seminars. And continuing as an artist in general.
How do you want to be remembered when you are gone?
What do you mean gone? I will be here forever, I am an infinite being, unconditional and unlimited. I believe in the Eternal Spirit and know that I have been here for many lifetimes and will be for many to come. That may sound crazy, but show me what isn't on this earth today.
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I had posted previously about this painting that I was working on for my sister. It, I thought, was mostly finished save for some shading. I often start projects like this and then I get to a point where it needs to sit and just be for a while. I am usually either frustrated or disgusted with the whole thing at that point. I usually place the unfinished piece in a prominent location where I have to look at throughout the day. As I look at it, day after day, it starts to change in my mind and sort of evolve into what it should be.
The original unfinished piece sat for a couple of weeks. I had a hard time putting my finger on the changes I wanted to make and all I could think was
I hate the clouds. Today, though, for whatever reason, it was time to finish it. It's honestly rather annoying, this whole process, because I hate having things hanging over my head that need to be finished. Somehow this is the way I have always worked and it never fails that if I try to rush it that I end up being incredibly unhappy with the result.
This was the original unfinished work.
I am learning life really does imitate art, in this instance. I find myself wanting to whitewash the whole thing when it doesn't turn out as expected sometimes. Patience really does pan out though.
I took a few closeups so that the details could be seen.
A close up of the falls
It's amazing to imagine what this place must be like in real life...someday, I hope to travel to Scotland to see them with my own eyes!
I hope you enjoyed checking out my finished piece. It was a labor of love but I'm pretty happy with the final result. And I can breathe a sigh of relief since I have no more items to work on for people and I plan to focus on things that just make me happy to create. Sounds Glorious!!!
By the way, some of you might have noticed that many of my images on my previous posts disappeared. I was using Imgur for image hosting and for whatever reason half of the images I had stored there up and disappeared. I don't know if I was hacked. I don't know if I did something that caused them to go poof since I'm not exactly a tech guru. Whatever the case may be, I have started using Supload instead, at least until Busy.org is out and we can use the native image hosting feature there.
I love painting skies, I love taking photographs too.
It's truly a blessing that my office is on the top floor (9th) providing me fantastic views to get lost into even these cold winter days. Simple things like that can lift the weight of my shoulders and make me feel strong and restless.
These a few of the shots I have taken from the 9th Floor of my strategic headquarters. I have
slightly manipulated them to add an artistic touch...
"2017Drawing-13" Ballpoint Pen on Drawing Peper,A4,2017
"2017Drawing-14" Ballpoint Pen on Japanese Peper,A4,2017
"2017Drawing-15" Poster Color on Drawing Peper,A4,2017
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So, today I decided to make a short pencil sketch after a long time. Felt really good after doing this sketch :) I hope ya'll like it too <3
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