Progress of the Soul›


1998, 30 x 40 in. oil on linen.
Painting shows a translucent artist working on a canvas, palette in one hand as the
other hand holds a brush. The miracle of how consciousness moves the body and in this
case controls a paintbrush is suggested by the glow in the brain, bones and muscles, and
circulatory and nervous systems, as well as the subtle energies of acupuncture meridians
and points, chakras, and auric thoughtforms. A funnel of spiritual light swirls into the top of
the head bringing flames of good vision and suffusing the brain with radiance. Spiritual or spectral
figures surround and influence the painter. A number of deceased artists hover above, observing
and offering comments, including Michelangelo, Blake, van Gogh, Kahlo, Bosch, Tchelitchew, and
Delville. A guardian angel behind the artist is focusing the light of idealism on the artist’s pineal gland,
or third eye, a light-responsive endocrine gland deep in the brain that regulates the circadian rhythm
by neurochemical secretions of melatonin. It may also play a part in the regulation of the visionary
psychoactive compounds. The darker psychological forces in the artist’s auric field are symbolized
by a leering, grotesquely sexual thanatopic animal phantasm that represents the passions and fears
that drive us to do the things we do. Light as consciousness flows through the body of the artist,
pouring out from the colored chakras and orchestrating emotion, thought, intuition, devotion, will,
and higher visions. The eyes of the artist simultaneously beam rays of perception and imagination
toward the canvas and guide the artist’s hand.
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