Thursday, June 4, 2015

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

New painting, "I AM"

I AM, 18" x 24", acrylic on canvas panel
© Rick Jacobi 2015

The title of this painting refers to God's reply to Moses when Moses asks God what his name is. God, appearing as a burning bush, tells Moses that his name is "I Am That I Am" (also translated as "I Will Be What I Will Be").

There are a number of symbols in this painting. I have used the alchemical/tarot symbols for fire (upward-pointing red triangle) and water (downward-pointing blue triangle); these of course also represent male/female. Earth and air are also present, rounding out the four basic elements of alchemy and tarot. While this is not an image of a seraph, the six wings could be somewhat suggestive of that. The snakes form a vesica piscis. The glyphs on the winged triangle spell out "I AM" in "Enochian script", as developed by the 16th century English occultist John Dee. The eye in the triangle is often referred to as "the all-seeing eye". It has recently in popular culture become pretty well-known as a symbol of the Illuminati. However, it has historically been known as the eye of God, and is referred to as the Eye of Providence by the Freemasons.

We also see a number of UFOs in this painting-- this refers to the possibility of extraterrestrial "help" in the creation of life on earth, particularly human life. There is a mysterious glyph on the bottom-- this is something I came up with a while back-- it does not have a specific meaning that I am aware of, but it's one of those things that the viewer can "read into". I think it may have to do with the expansion and reaching out of the creative force, or something like that, which would make sense given the theme of this painting.

And finally, the eye in the center: this was not part of my original sketch, but it came to me late in the process. When it hit me, it totally made sense-- this radiant eye represents the all of everything that exists, the universal creator, a.k.a. God.

I now have an official ".com" website for my art!

After several years of showing my art on this blog, I have finally taken the step of creating an actual ".com" website for my art. I hope you will take a few moments to visit it.

On my website, you will also find a link to my online store, where you can buy my art reproduced as fine art prints, prints on stretched canvas, phone cases/skins, awesome full-color t-shirts, and more.

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

The Oracle

The Oracle, acrylic, 24" x 30", 2013

This is my most recent painting, completed on November 1, 2013.

They Came From Within

They They Came From Within , acrylic, 12" x 16", 2013
(portrait of Randy Tessier)

This past August, I attended this three-day workshop with Amanda Sage @ Alex Grey's CoSM "Art Sanctuary" in Wappingers Falls NY. The CoSM house is a combination art gallery, event venue, learning environment, and guest house. It was a wonderful experience-- Amanda is a great artist, and she apprenticed for ten years with Austrian visionary artist Ernst Fuchs, one of the founders of the Vienna School of Fantastic Realism.

Fuchs paints with a method known as the "mischtechnik" (mixed technique), as used by 15th century painter Jan van Eyck among others. Painter Mati Klarwein (known to many as the cover artist for Santana's "Abraxas", Miles Davis' "Bitches Brew") also studied with Fuchs. Amanda Sage has also mastered this technique, and this was the focus of the workshop.

Traditionally, mischtechnik involves alternating layers of egg tempera with glazes in oil. Because of the short time frame of this workshop, most of us used acrylic paint-- technically not "misch" in the strictest sense, but the principal is essentially the same-- start with a darkish red over the whole canvas, develop forms in white, glaze with transparent color, and repeat as many times as necessary to get the desired effect.

There were some outstanding artists that participated in the workshop, and everyone was super-nice and supportive of each other. Amanda was very helpful and generous with her time, and a really positive force in general. All in all, it was a great experience-- it was difficult to leave and come back home!

Spending several days at Alex Grey's CoSM house was an amazing experience, incredibly inspiring (we stayed on-site, in one of the guest rooms upstairs). At CoSM you are surrounded by many of Alex's original paintings and sculptures, his art/metaphysical library, and much more.

Many thanks to Amanda, the other workshop participants, and to Alex for sharing his space with us.

Note: CoSM stands for Chapel of Sacred Mirrors. If you are not familiar with Alex Grey, I highly recommend a bit of research online. Ditto for Fuchs, Sage, and Klarwein.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

AAW Spring Art Show

Come to this show and see artwork by my high school students.
Thursday, May 23 from 6:30 to 8:30.
OPEN BAR! Just kidding, it's a high school.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

The Oracle - revised

This is a fairly major revision to this piece. The original was posted on June 30, 2012.