Dan Hillier

"Seraphim II" by Dan Hillier

“Seraphim II” by Dan Hillier

I recently discovered the work of Dan Hillier and enjoy it quite a lot. I think you will too, gentle reader.

Check-ity-check-check it out!

danhillier.com

“The Veil” by Dan Hillier

 

"Crown" by Dan Hillier

“Crown” by Dan Hillier

"Molecule" by Dan Hillier

“Molecule” by Dan Hillier

"Seraphim" by Dan Hillier

“Seraphim” by Dan Hillier

Ivan Blažetić | Šumski

Cypris Morpho

I recently discovered the work of Ivan Blažetić | Šumski through his Behance portfolio. I don’t know a whole lot about his career (aside from what is listed on Behance), but he seems to be pretty busy doing illustration work, murals, book projects, etc.

I spend most of my days, hours and hours each day, creating work in Adobe Illustrator. And I can tell Šumski must too. I really appreciate his skills and the work he has put together.

Check it out!

AltarImage-Habitat

Altar Image – “Habitat”

AboveHumans Boorka
PortOfDiversity

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A Message from Horus?

Horus

It may be obvious if you scroll through my recent posts, but I’ll just restate that I’ve got ancient Egypt on my mind. I haven’t really sought it out, but Egypt keeps popping up in documentaries and in the books I’ve been reading. Well, maybe I have sought it out a bit because I did read the Corpus Hermeticum twice this week. But still, Egypt has been popping up spontaneously in other places too.

I wrote a couple of weeks ago about a dream of Osiris and his family that I had a while back, and explained that it seemed I needed to use that dream in some way. Work with it creatively somehow. Well, I have a pretty good idea on how to use the idea now, and it keeps unpacking itself in my mind and becomes more and more interesting to me all the time.

The truth is though, as an artist, it can be easy to question yourself. Is this idea really a good one?  Is it worth my time? Where do I start? Etc.

Recently, while I was walking up in the hills, I was having these sort of questions. But I was also thinking of my new idea too. Thinking of Osiris. Thinking of his son Horus. What’s weird is, while I was thinking about Horus there was this birds in the trees on my right. I could sort of see it and hear it moving, but it flew away pretty quickly too. Then, about a half an hour later or so walking the other way back down the canyon, having these same questions, thinking of Horus, Osiris and my new idea…

This great big shape came flying down at me on the trail. A bird. So close, at first I thought it’d fly right into me. But it didn’t hit me. Instead, it called out and flew into the trees to my left and perched there about 15 feet or so away from me. A hawk. We just watched each other for a while, a few minutes at least. Usually, I find that the birds I come across up close don’t really want me to take their photo, but this hawk didn’t care. Even after a few minutes of watching each other, it stayed patiently in the tree to let me take a blurry photo (below), and then flew away.

As I walked on, I saw the hawk flying overhead through the trees, and over the next few minutes and could hear it calling out. I could also hear another hawk replying from further away. I started wonder if I might have been by a nest or something, and maybe that was why the hawk flew down and me and stuck around. I don’t know, but I wondered.

A little side experience that I also liked… about 20 minutes later a deer also came charging up from the stream below, running right in front of me. We didn’t spend time looking at each other though. The deer was off and away, running up into the trees.

I wasn’t sure if I should write this post. To try and explain this encounter and what the hawk meant to me. What it meant to me is personal after-all, and I don’t expect it to mean much to anyone else. Also, it might seem silly to a lot of people, but I guess I don’t mind. The modern world likes to tell us that in our materialist world, these things just happen and really have no significance. And maybe they don’t rationally… but the world isn’t completely rational.

For me, in my own mind and imagination, these things always have meaning. On a personal level, I think everybody should pay attention and listen to these kind of experiences. When a hawk comes to you and hangs out for a bit while you’ve been thinking about Horus, and whether or not you should pursue a creative idea involving him… well, I think that is important.

Aristotle said, “Art completes what Nature cannot finish.” There is some truth there. But that completion cannot happen if we don’t listen to those personal messages that Nature is sending our way, no matter how subtle.

Maybe that hawk is just kinda saying “go for it kid. Why not?” And I agree, why not. It may take me some time to get to the idea, I’ve got so many other things I am working on, but I am excited to put Horus down on paper (even if Horus is really a falcon).

blurry hawk photo

blurry hawk photo

Guardians of the Secret

“Guardians of the Secret” by Jackson Pollock

Jackson Pollock’s painting “Guardians of the Secret” has been on my mind a bit lately. I keep wanting to look at it… I wish I could go and see it in person right now today. But I can’t, so I guess the next best thing is for me to post this reproduction here on ArtDuh now today.

I have visited with this painting a number of times out in San Francisco, but not for a few years. Its been too long.

The Sixth World

"The Sixth World" by Todd Powelson

“The Sixth World” by Todd Powelson

I just finished this newest artwork of the Sphinx (above) last week. It was fun to play with these colors and shapes, and I am very happy with how the piece turned out.

The sphinx is an ancient symbol, maybe one of the oldest. It has morphed and changed through history, and been used and appropriated by many different cultures.  The most famous sphinx is probably the great sphinx in Egypt, but the Greeks were also known to use her in their mythology and artwork. The symbol itself might have its roots even further back in Babylon, where they merged these four different elements and zodiac creatures together into one being. The symbol might even be represented by the cherubim in the bible, not the cute little chubby ones, but those fearsome angels walking around in bodies made up of animal and human parts while carrying around their flaming sword… guarding the secrets of life.

And I guess that is what the Sphinx does too. She guards that secret knowledge too through her riddles, and will destroy you if you’re not careful and can’t answer her questions.

You can buy this as a high quality 24″ x 16″ canvas print through my website by visiting www.toddpowelson.com.

This is part of my “Songs from the Earth” series, and you can check out the rest of that series by clicking here.

A Dream of Osiris

Osiris_and_Atum_seated_with_Offerings

osirisDreams can be pretty important. Maybe not always, but they certainly can be.

I don’t often remember my dreams. Sometimes, but not all that often. About a year ago I had a dream about Osiris and his family. It came at me out of the blue really. I have a very deep interest in mythology, but I’ve never really looked too deeply into Egyptian mythology, but just have what I think of as a sort of hi-level familiarity with it really. Anyway, I hadn’t thought about the dream a whole lot since, to be honest. A little bit, from time to time, but not a lot. This last week though, for whatever reason, the dream has haunted me and I think about it almost all the time.

1373320719_osiris_egyptian_godI think of the beginning of the dream in particular, it started with Osiris being murdered by his brother, his body bleeding green in the dirt, with flowers and vines growing through that green blood.

I keep thinking about that image. It just struck me again, like I say, about a week ago. It seems like I’ve got to do something with that dream vision. I don’t know what to do yet, or how to do it, but… Until I am able to, until I catch up on other artwork and projects, I guess I’ll have to just let the idea percolate even more and post a few images here on ArtDuh.

Amen.

Ra-Amen-Ka.

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Oh, as I was concluding there I remembered a book I read a few years ago that I thought I’d share… kind of a loose interpretation of The Egyptian Book of the Dead (as it’s come to be known. Traditionally known as The Book Of Going Forth By Day), called Awakening Osiris: The Egyptian Book of the Dead. Awakening Osiris isn’t meant to be a literal and exact translation, but I did enjoy it quite a bit.

Also, I just remembered this story from earlier this year too.