Soul vs Ego #1

The real problem ultimately is the ego and how it keeps you under its wraps. It’s like you’re sleepwalking around until you come to realize it’s power and destructive nature. That’s where I’m at today, December 2nd, 2017 as I type on my wireless small keyboard and try to fit in some writing time on a Saturday afternoon. I think i’ve made a breakthrough in recognizing how much of a hold my ego and ego in general has on all of us and ultimately how we have to practice, and train ourselves, literally exercise our souls and get quiet to combat what karma is coming our way from years of being asleep.  This story needs a set up, needs a bit of background and depth to better explain why and how we attract things in our lives.  Our souls and ego’s are magnets.  What you put out you ultimately get back, as they say. read more

My new painting

This piece is a return to form, back to my earlier Rothko inspired roots/works, yet with my own twist.  Although a huge Rothko fan, I now wish to push the horizontal duo/trio-tone color patterns and add a third vertical dynamic, as well as more fragmented color schemes around the edges, in an attempt to perhaps offer new depth and character to the composition.  I’ve been on a deep dive into Jackson Pollock’s work this past year, which is reflected in my latest run of paintings, and I feel like I’m just now coming out of that phase. Interesting story – when I first painted “Mental Photograph” I had truly no knowledge of who Mark Rothko was until a couple painter/friend’s saw my post on social media and commented that the painting reminded them of early Rothko.  I said, “who’s that…?”  Thus began a wonderful and frightening discovery for me.  On one hand I felt very excited to naturally gravitate towards a painting style of arguably one of the greatest painters ever to live, yet at the same time was worried that people would think I was blatantly copying him. Since then, I’ve researched him deeply, visited his works in every gallery I could, and ultimately fell in love.  I guess I could say the same about Pollock.  Both of them have a had a profound influence on me. I’m acutely aware of trying not to replicate or copy their respective style(s).  Fortunately, with time and experimentation, I believe I’ve discovered that I actually prefer the direction I’m heading in. Again, re Rothko and this latest piece, of adding a vertical element along with light touches of fragmented colors that hopefully complement. I’m still so hypnotized by the raw power of two or 3 dominant horizontal colors that complement each other and radiate a powerful and beautiful emotional feeling. It’s hard to get away from that completely.  At least not for the foreseeable future. – BB read more

Vampires

When we were young
The songs that we’d sing
About songs we’ll never sing
We were on it and we’re not done
Truth be told it’s not what it seems
Hanging by a rope
We were on it until we fell off
And it’s alright as you walk on the outside
An you wait for the vampires
And it’s goodbye
To your tired old life
As you walk with the vampires
Well I don’t know these things that you know
Teach me I will learn
I was eager until I got burned
I don’t like the look in your eye walking out the door
You were bleeding and I was your whore
And it’s alright as you walk on the outside
And you wait for the vampires
And it’s goodbye to your tired old life
As you walk with the vampires
We want to know
Do you care?
We are vampires
Yeah it’s alright
Just sit there an sleep tight
As you wait for the vampires
and it’s goodbye to your tired old life
As you walk with the vampires yeah read more