Saturday, 18. October 2008
Flower Mandalas

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My personal motivation in creating this work, however, was to heal from a decade of both physical and emotional trauma. Subconsciously, I arrived at the mandala form with the hexagram -- the Star of David -- as its organizing shape. I believe my choice of the hexagram was no accident. In many traditions, this star, composed of two overlapping triangles, represents the reconciliation of opposites -- male/female, fire/water, and so on. Their combination symbolizes unity and harmony.


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In the Jewish tradition, the six points of the Star of David are also said to stand for God's rule over the universe in all six directions: north, south, east, west, up and down. Working with these forms by painting with light -- the literal definition of the term "photography" -- helped bring me back from the darkness into the light.

Carl Jung, one of the fathers of modern psychology, believed mandalas are a pathway to the essential Self and used them in his own personal transformation. In a small way, as both mandala artist and psychotherapist, I carry on Jung's tradition. I hope these images will further the process of harnessing the power of the mandala to heal.



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Making these images feels, to me, like I am in wordless conversation with natural elements far more profound than anything I could create myself. The experience of photographing and of editing is reminiscent of meditation.

Flower Mandalas by David J. Bookbinder
Category: Art & Visions | Meditation & Mind |




Saturday, 13. September 2008
Japanese Buddhist Art

Eye Candy:

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The Planets and the Northern Constellation
Japanese, Kamakura period, 13th century
Panel; ink, color, and gold on silk


See remarkable holdings include statues, paintings, and ritual objects. Notable are the wooden image of Miroku, the Bodhisattva of the Future, by the late twelfth-century master sculptor Kaikei, the eighth-century icon of the Historical Buddha Preaching on Vulture Peak, and the exquisite twelfth-century paintings of Batô Kannon, the Horse-headed Bodhisattva of Compassion, and Bishamonten, Guardian of the North.

All pictures are zoomable for closer examination, perhaps works in IE only.

Website Collection Page: Japanese Buddhist Art by Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Or choose The Interactive Tour.

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White-robed Bodhisattva of Compassion
Japanese, Muromachi period, first half of the 16th century
Hanging scroll; ink, color, and gold on silk
Category: Art & Visions | Religion & Early Cultures |




Sunday, 31. August 2008
Magic Landscapes

At the first glance, the oil paintings of Michael Kraehmer may appear to be photographs. However, they are not reproductions of visual reality, but reflect meditative visions of the artist. Not the geographic location of a landscape is of relevance to him, but it's atmosphere, it's spiritual effect on the spectator. Thus, the paintings actually depict spiritual landscapes which are expressions of mental experiences.

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The paintings invite you to expose yourself to their cosmic silence and to lose yourself into their magic realm. Our perception is intrigued to enter infinite imaginary worlds, where sometimes the doors of perception open beyond the horizon, to reveal even further light-flooded transcendental spheres.


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Magic Landscapes
The fantastic-realistic oil paintings of Michael Kraehmer (English and German)
Category: Art & Visions |


Monday, 09. June 2008
The Art of Myles Pinkney

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The Astronomer

Myles Pinkney's paintings also depict a larger universe. The shape of it becomes more apparent with each new painting you see. Twisted logic,incredible detail, and a quirky sense of humor all combine to create a world of infinite impossibilities into which the viewer is drawn again and again.

So have a look around, you will like what you see!

The Art of Myles Pinkney

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The Timekeeper
Category: Art & Visions |


Thursday, 05. June 2008
The Zodiac by KAGAYA

Eye Candy!

Choose "full" at the lower right corner and ENJOY!
Go back with "esc".


Category: Art & Visions | Astrology & Astronomy |


Wednesday, 28. May 2008
The Worlds of Gilbert Williams

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Moon Temple


Visionary Art is a form of Surrealism which contains two unique paradigms of reality represented naturalistically, and it contains an uplifting message or spiritual content. The way in which Visionary Art differs from classical Surrealism is that classical Surrealism or social surrealism often contains negative imagery. Visionary Art is unique in that often it brings light into a dark perspective, speaking to people of hope, peace, greater possibilities, and grander futures.

His canvases glow with transcendent light and a remarkable panorama of archetypal images: temples, groves, lakes and light beings, goddesses and nature spirits, moons and magical mountains.

The Worlds of Gilbert Williams


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The Dreamer
Category: Art & Visions |


Tuesday, 27. May 2008
Mandalas for Painting in Meditation

Print ‘em and paint ‘em:

32 Crop Circle Mandalas for Painting in Meditation
from Klaus Holitzka: Kornkreis-Mandalas.

72 Mandalas for Painting in Meditation
from Heike Owusu: Mandala-Welten. Mandalas worldwide.

45 Mandalas for Painting in Meditation
from Rüdiger Dahlke: Mandalas of the World. Many rosettes of churches.

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Category: Art & Visions | Meditation & Mind |


Thursday, 22. May 2008
Howard David Johnson

The Fairy Paintings Educational Art Gallery... Featuring Realistic Fairy Paintings and Pictures of Celtic, Shakespearean, and Victorian Fairies - Fairy Art created in a style inspired by Classic Illustrators by Contemporary American Artist and Photographer Howard David Johnson... Seen all the great old Fairy pictures in books and on calendars and cards and STILL can't get enough? This gallery is for you!

Fairy Paintings and Faerie Art
Part I and Part II

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This is my world. This is the world I love. It is a world without limits. My world is what I choose to make it. My world is yesterday... or today... or tomorrow. My world is a world of dreams and realities. It is a world of Caesars and Christs... of monuments rising from dim memories of the past. It is an angry sailing ship tossed about on a sea of adversity. It is a world of knights and ladies, of gods & monsters, of faerie princesses, femme fatales, and mythic creatures.

The Virtual World of Howard David Johnson

Scroll down and check also the other Galleries!

Category: Art & Visions |


Thursday, 08. May 2008
Charles Gilchrist: Sacred Geometry

This Gilchrist Mandala combines geometric and representational symbolism. This is a classical Mandala in the sense that it emphasizes the four directions and the squared circle. The major geometric element is a Solar Cross with four rays at each of the cardinal directions. This form is an ancient icon appearing all over the world. The Solar Cross is a tremendously powerful meditational archetype.

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Journey To The Sacred Mountain


In this Mandala we look through the Solar Cross. The outer corners the Mandala make abstracted reference to the four elements, Earth and Fire below, Water and Air above. These abstracted outer sections blend into a stylized landscape inspired by the Reo Grand gorge located in northern New Mexico.

This Mandala was created in 1992, requiring hundreds of hours of open-eyed meditation.


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Through his own studies, spanning three decades, Gilchrist discovered the classical concepts of open-eyed meditation and began to create Mandalas as a path to self-discovery. This led him to create hundreds of fine art Mandalas over the past 25 years.

Charles Gilchrist: Sacred Geometry


This video is about 10 minutes long but worth the viewing.
Charles Gilchrist: Introduction to Sacred Geometry:



More clips at his YouTube Channel.
Category: Art & Visions | Symbols & Geometry |


Tuesday, 06. May 2008
Visionary Art by Mario Duguay

A painter as well as a messenger of light, Mario Duguay shares with you his universe where dream worlds encounter the magic of being. His magical works of art are rich in color and universal symbols; they are the fruit of his ongoing inner discoveries. Let yourself be charmed by the magic of his images. Journey through the luminosity of his paintings and let some of your life's essence be lit up.


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I hear


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Witness


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The Door to the Heart


Mario Duguay's creations are both heart-warming and comforting. They have the power to transport you into the enchantment of the eternal. They are an invitation to travel deep inside yourself through the magic of imagination. Let yourself be soothed by the marvel of colors, a source of peace. By tapping into his inner self, this artist finds the creative energy to transmit his messages of love and hope. His canvases are created for us to share his inspiration and the vision of his dreams. From deep within the image, let your heart marvel at all this beauty and capture your share of the Light...

Visionary Art by Mario Duguay


Category: Art & Visions |


Thursday, 01. May 2008
Surreal Zodiac

Eye Candy!

From Aries to Pisces: Click the picture below to see all the Zodiac Signs.


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Source: Zodiac series by Aleksandr.
Category: Art & Visions | Astrology & Astronomy |


Tuesday, 29. April 2008
The Art of Travis Louie

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Hypno-Krampus

This fastidious Krampus always has a pair of disembodied hands levitating in front of it, constantly gesturing like some vaudeville magician(at times, even performing "slight of hand" tricks) For the most part, he uses his hypnotic gaze to put children into a trance, convincing them that they are chickens or chartered accountants working for a firm about to be audited by some large, ruthless government agency(scary stuff).



Spooky pop surrealist Travis Louie created his own imaginary world that is grounded in Victorian and Edwardian times.

It is inhabited by human oddities, mythical beings, and otherworldly characters who appear to have had their formal portraits taken to mark their existence and place in society.

The underlining thread that connects all these characters is the unusual circumstances that shape who they were and how they lived. Some of their origins are a complete mystery while others are hinted at.

He's created portraits from an alternate universe that seemingly may or may not have existed.

Travis Louie is also one of 50 Artists featured in the second publication entitled Metamorphosis 2.
Category: Art & Visions | Demons & Devils | Lunacy & Psychedelic |


Monday, 21. April 2008
Indian Paintings

Just sit back and enjoy the eye candy!


Ajna Chakra:

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Chenrezig (Shadakshari Avalokiteshvara):

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Mandala with Symbols of Guhyasamaja Akshobhyavajra:

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Buddha in the Caves of Ajanta:

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Indian Paintings - a large collection of Indian Paintings by Exotic India.
Category: Art & Visions | Products & Services |


Friday, 11. April 2008
Signs Of Zodiac: Body Painting

Choose "full" at the lower right corner and ENJOY!


Category: Art & Visions | Astrology & Astronomy |


Friday, 04. April 2008
The Space and Astronomical Art of Mark A. Garlick

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The colours that astronomers give stars are only slight tints. Close up, a red supergiant, many times more luminous than the Sun, would overwhelm our eyes so much that they would register only white.

What you have here is a globular cluster being eclipsed by the moon of a giant and hypothetical gas planet. This image appeared on the front cover of the September 1999 issue of the prestigious US magazine Asimov’s Science Fiction.



Here you see a pair of protoplanetary discs (“propyds” for short) forming inside the vast star factory known as the Orion Nebula. The Hubble Space Telescope actually photographed these objects, which will one day become stars and, perhaps, planetary systems.

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This site showcases over 130 of my artworks, mostly with a spacey or astronomical flavour. There are nine galleries of space art, arranged in separate categores. There is one gallery which contains what I call space surrealism.

The Space and Astronomical Art of Mark A. Garlick.

Note:
These images are © Mark A. Garlick / space-art.co.uk, used with permission.
Please do not use these images without first contacting the artist.
Category: Art & Visions | Astrology & Astronomy |


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