#7 - Ink on paper - 10” x 8” - This was a record of the FIRST time I was able to successfully execute my original hypothesized methodology. Using breath and meditative focus I was able to lower my brain waves to delta territory. By integrating a brush and breath I was able to use one minor sensory input to keep me from falling into sleep. Thus executing a fabled clinically proven transition into a level of consciousness normally found in deep sleep patterns without falling actually falling asleep. Here the brain doesn’t function with a “ego” identity. You exist purely as just a physical representation of the human condition and it’s matrices. Allowing my brush to dance on the paper as my neurological systems ebbed and flowed through new frontier of being I was able, for the first time, to record the human condition as a graphic tracing.
11x14. A good friend encouraged me to experiment with colour for this piece! I see the coloured chrysanthemum in this piece as forcefully growing out of the blackwork around it- it symbolizes my growth as an artist. It represents my journey choosing to challenge myself with every piece and trying new things. The best advice that I have ever received as an artist is to always draw things you think you can't- to always push your limits and try new things, because this is what helps an artist grow and consistently improve. Sometimes this is really hard- some days I scrap everything I've sketched, and often I will be unsure of my work until the final product has come together. But it is this discomfort that has been the greatest source of my improvement. I started drawing only 1.5 years ago, at which point I was drawing mandalas and learning the basics of symmetry and shading. I'm really proud of how far I have come since, and I have truly come to enjoy the process of testing my limits and challenging myself in new ways with my work. Like this coloured chrysanthemum, forcefully growing through the blackwork around it, I have forcefully grown as an artist by daring myself to try things I don't think I am capable of. I think this philosophy on the practice of art applies to everything in life. Try the things you don't think you can do. Every time you doubt yourself, make it your mission to prove yourself wrong. It may take a few tries, but you'll never grow if you don't work through that discomfort. #blackwork#blackworker#ink#pencilcrayon#crysanthemum#color#colordrawing#neotrad#neotraditional#flowerart#gardening#inkonpaper#mixedmedium#dotwork#dotworkartist#dotworker#pointillism