The Daily Art- The Urban OM

The Urban OM Acrylic painting by HMBT copyright 2008


 Quiet place series #3 ‘The Urban OM’

24″ x 30″
Acrylics and Metal Powders
Finished sides, needs no frame 
Available on my web site (pssst, it’s on sale too)
The quote that inspired the work:
” We put thirty spokes to make a wheel: But it is on the hole in the center that the use of the cart hinges. We make a vessel from a lump of clay; But it is the empty space within the vessel that makes it useful. We make doors and windows for a room; But it is the empty spaces that make the room livable. Thus, while existence has advantages, It is the emptiness that makes it useful.”
~Lao Tzu

Painting an empty spot…I have this series of quiet place paintings…they are a place internally that I visit and sit and listen to nothing, feel nothing, want nothing…just really quiet places…lately when the world gets too fast, and dirty I have been going to this little spot in my mind’s eye…a slightly beat up, warm and almost grimy urban spot where I can look at a bare patch of wall space and think of nothing. For some reason I have been picking this place in my head…and to me… is welcoming because of this vibration of the world and it’s spinning and moving and grooving…all except in this little spot in the sun. It’s a really magic spot…I can hear the world spinning, but in this little corner, this bare patch on a side street in my mind…it’s quiet, imperfect and full of peace. I don’t know I just really have been digging it, so I painted it out with my own favorite graffiti too…I need a peaceful place sometimes.

Today is Mate Man’s Birthday…so, Happy Birthday to the greatest guy in the world! I know we are waiting until Saturday morning to celebrate, but I wanted to shout out to my Man on his special day. I love you Mate Man, you continue to rock my world 13 years later!  And later when you get home from work…”I’m going to make you anything you want in there {kitchen, yes I’m making homemade Cheesecake} and do anything you want in there!{bedroom} *Wicked Monkey Grins*

In other news…I’ve been uninspired over the last week or so as far as the studio work goes, I worried about it for a few days and then I just let it go. I know that sometimes I go through quiet times inside my head, so I am not going to push too hard. When the art comes back on-line, I’ll be impatient to get all the new art out of my brain pan, and be painting 12 hours a day again. For now, I am just relaxing and waiting for the calm before the internal storm. I have been having crazy wild dreams the last two nights, and that usually means I’m coming back into the world of imagination and fearlessness. So, watch this space and soon there will be new art. The artist challenge is going live with the “Unrequited Love” showing on the 15th, don’t miss that, it looks to be incredible fun.

Hope everyone is fit and fine,
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  1. gypsy-heart
    February 27, 2008

    I love the piece and the quote.

    I hope you feel better soon!

    Sending you healing and positive energies!

  2. sara
    February 27, 2008

    I do love the peacefulness of this piece. I love the quote and your thoughts about it as well.

    I have been feeling crappy as well. i thought I was coming down with the flu, but I think it is just my various chronic illnesses flaring again. Mostly i’m just way tired.

    I’m sorry you are sick and hope that you feel better soon. The flu really sucks.

    i look at your painting everyday and it just brings me so much joy! Still doing the “Happy Dance” 🙂

    Take Care!

  3. Kalliope Amorphous
    February 27, 2008

    Wonderful composition and perfect quote. Feel better!

  4. San
    February 27, 2008

    Heather, I send you good vibes from my own little imperfect corner, warmest vibes for healing…

    Another lovely painting accompanied by words of peace and truth. I’m basking in it all!

  5. Ilyse
    October 15, 2008

    Hey I saw this at the BMA. It’s Franz West. Looks pretty cool/different.
    There’s a time-lapse video of one of the massive sculptures going in…Check it out The exhibition is running from October 12 through January 4, 2009

  6. Austin
    October 16, 2008

    I like that quote…I really like that quote.


  7. Ed Maskevich
    February 14, 2009

    Sitting in the center contemplating peace followed by cheesecake and doing the weird monkey dance. Sounds like a good day to me.

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    April 4, 2009

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