18″ X 24″
Charcoal on canvas with a poly top coat for protection
Finished sides, ready to hang.

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Quotes about reality:
Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
George Bernard Shaw (1856 – 1950)
“The dream reveals the reality which conception lags behind, that is the horror of life, the terror of art.”
~Franz Kafka (1883 – 1924)
One of my favorite Zen puzzles, otherwise known as koans, is:
“Things are not as they seem, nor are they otherwise.”
It’s a reminder that life always has two sides.
The side of personal perception is the way things seem to us from the position we’re looking from.
Every vantage point has its built in biases and is never the whole picture.
The other side is the whole picture that includes everything beyond what we see – beyond what they seem.
The answer to this and most koans is that there is no way out.
Our view is always limited by the point in time and space we’re in.
This view is always real, valid, and accurate for what it is.
And there is always more.
This explains why we are smarter together;
that truth lives in the intersection of curiosity and conversation.
Things are not what they seem, nor are they otherwise.
I tell you this:
There is no coincidence, and nothing happens “by accident.”
Each event and adventure is called to your Self by your Self in order that you might create and experience Who You Really Are.
All that is required is to know this.
For you are the creator of your reality,
and life can show up no other way
for you than that way in which you think it will.
It is what you think it, what you make of it, and what you desire it to be. Therefore…working towards one definition is a futile process for me as an individual.
I want to explore and learn and fail.
That’s what makes me feel alive.
I used to think it was some kind of failure inside myself that I could not just pick one thing to loose myself in.
Not one subject matter has been able to hold my passions forever.
The discovery of new things is what fuels the journey I am on as an artist and a human.
I am saying I want to create my own world and I no longer believe that is pie-in-the-sky thinking.
Maybe I can do it all and that will be my personal style…to not have one at all. Well, that’s not true about style,
I have a style that is all my own…I understand that I am always going to do things my own way.
Hmmmm, I wonder what I will think of this tomorrow?
We shall see I guess.
We shall see.
Keep the faith, and have a great weekend!
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