Wednesday, August 23, 2017

BEAUTY: Photography--Petros Koublis

In his series Advaita (which means "non-duality" in Sanskrit), Greek photographer Petros Koublis shows a visual representation of ideas he outlines in his artist statement for the series:

It moves, it does not move. It is far and near likewise
It is inside all this. It is outside all this
That is full, this is full. Fullness comes forth from fullness
When fullness is taken from fullness, fullness remains

--Isha Upanishad

Everything is a flow, a constant one, coherent, continuous, perfect. A stream that never remains the same, yet so complete that it never changes. It is a space that expands under our perception, throughout the world, imperceptible and vast, continuous and indefinite. Consciousness is pouring out of this space and when it experiences it again, this time through the body, it feels like water poured into water. It is because they share the same nature, they’re inseparable and indivisible. It is like the waves that emerge as a single entity, but only for a moment, before they merge back into the ocean they appeared from. We are also very much like these waves. We surface for a moment and then merge the Universe. The Self is present before all forms take shape, solid and coherent, in a motherly connection with the whole existence, unmanifested within the absolute.

Everything is real only if it is perceived as the Self. Otherwise it is an illusion. The experience of the Self, this fundamental feeling of oneness, is the experience of Love, the openness of the heart. To come to this realization one gets into the state of a lover, one who has a mind only for the beloved. It is because in Love there is no sense of difference, there can be no separation to be experienced anymore, but instead there is only a transcendence of duality, a sense of infinity, the core of everything. Love is a realization, content and continuous, which is revealed as the absolute nature of Beauty when it is facing outwards and the real nature of Joy when it is facing inwards. There is indeed a wisdom in Love that the mind cannot claim.

Infinity is movement and stillness occurring together, simultaneously, in an undivided, perfectly inseparable way. It doesn’t change its form because form is something that takes place within its essence. It doesn’t get revealed because, instead, it is the actual force that reveals everything else. The world arises dependung on our consciousness and our senses arise depending on the world. They both arise and collapse dependent upon each other. There is no distance in between, no duality, not two things separate. Everything is happening inside of us, space, time, form, every aspect is unfolded inside our consciousness. They all manifest inside the infinite ocean of the Self, everything suddenly arises in the wind of consiousness stimulated by the waves of the Universe. We generate the flow, we merge with the flow and we are the flow.

We are the recipients but we are also the Universe.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

BEAUTY: Painting--Rikki Niehaus

In a series hilariously entitled Swedish Landscapes and inspired by a new 22-acre Ikea store in Burbank, Los Angeles artist Rikki Niehaus shows us a rather Don Draper-esque gentleman inhabiting said Ikea store...

Top to bottom: A Field In Sweden; Arrivals and Departures; Capsule; Make Do and Mend; New; Tarzana; The Dream

Saturday, August 19, 2017


...sending you strength and solidarity after the government confirmed the most recent attack as one of terrorism.

Instead of creating post after post sending condolences and heartsick grief for each individual attack, I think I should just preemptively say to the entire world, "Sorry for the knife/car/van/gun/bomb attacks" that are going to continue to happen. Where is it all going? I send us all strength and solidarity.

"Century" by Feist

"Century" by Feist.

This is just...enigmatically fascinating. Everything about it: the puzzling location, the doppelgängers (Feist and Maria Doyle Kennedy), the spasmic emotive dancing, Jarvis Cocker's spoken word section, and that amazing, quick montage of visuals at the end.
Oh, and the music and words (!) too...

I fought my feelings and got in the way
Could've been easier like a decade of days
Projection, young marriage, lighting the stage
I wanted feelings, that got in my own way

Then wrote that letter that had nothing to say
Staccato vision like a kingdom of days
All lonely, or not lonely, century away
But still a vision as if help's on its way

Someone who will lead you to someone
Who will lead you to someone
Who will lead you to the one
At the end of the century

The air is clearer a decade away
Singing to a mountain that was empty all along
All lonely, young marriage lighting the way
She wanted feelings that got in her own way

Someone who will lead you to someone
Who will lead you to someone
Who will lead you to the one
At the end of the century

A century, how long is that?
Three billion, one hundred and fifty five million
Nine hundred and seventy three thousand, six hundred seconds
Eight hundred and seventy six million hours
Or thirty six thousand, five hundred days
Almost as long as one of those endless dark nights of the soul
Those nights that never end (century)
When you believe you'll never see the sun rise again
When a single second feels like a century

A century

Friday, August 18, 2017

"What About Us?" by P!nk

I heard this song a few days ago and can't get it out of my head. It is urgently pleading and seems to capture a feeling I've been having for a little while now. Maybe you have, too...?
Read the words.

Thursday, August 17, 2017


...with broken hearts, we send you sympathy and love.

Yes, it just keeps coming. Cities around Europe and around the world under siege from outside forces and ideologies. But in the United States, we turn on each other, on ourselves...

BEAUTY: Painting--Hugo Alonso

Maybe it's that I have been intently watching "Twin Peaks: The Return" but I swear the airbrush-on-paper work of Spanish painter Hugo Alonso looks like film stills from a David Lynch film!

Top to bottom: Good Boy; Kids Playing; Laura; Mirror; Miss Giddens; Sisters; Believers; Carla; Regan; Renee; Sunday

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Botanical Jewelry by Arozona

Arozona (Roz Borg) makes jewelry out of plants. Her miniature succulent rings are lovely and quite in demand for weddings in her native Australia. I love the bit of quartz crystal in the last image...

And just when I think I may have seen it all, she seems to have invented a new accessory--the succulent nail!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017


Another meditation on a color...

Monday, August 14, 2017

A storm's coming...

"There’s this big storm that’s all around us and we’re in the middle of it so it’s calm but I can feel it, like it’s everywhere."
--Florence Welch

I've been saying this and people don't believe me. But it's coming.