Sunday, December 31, 2006

The Stuggle Continues part 1


close up of 2006 The Struggle Continues Oil on Canvas. 4" X 5". 8" X 10" overall.


This series of work is all outcome of my desire to remove my conscious self from the creative process and let the work develop and be born out of the process. In much the same way I believe that Max Ernst did back at the turn of the 20th century. In his artistic works, Ernst attempts to uncover the mysteries of the creative process within himself. Seeking to extend consciousness into the regions of inspiration. He once described his work as an attempt to conquer the last great myth of civilization, the myth surrounding the creative process. He shared this aim with Andre Breton, the ideological leader of surrealism.

Breton called on artists to expend all their efforts in the study of what he believed to be the most complex mechanism of all, artistic inspiration. Ernst wrote, "Thanks to studying enthusiastically the mechanism of inspiration, the surrealists have succeeded in discovering certain essentially poetic processes whereby the plastic work's elaboration can be freed from the sway of the so-called conscious faculties.

I am more than a one dimensional artist. I have always had broad interests in my creative studies and throughout my life. While I was in school one of the things I remember was being criticized for having to many branches and not a big enough trunk... Basically because I wanted to research and study many different styles and philosophies to broaden my experience and understanding I was thought to be less focused. Perhaps even less successful than I could be. But, that is their lie, not mine! Now, nearly thirty years later my vision is sharpening and much more focused and unique because for the path I took. The journey has been long and difficult, but I am certain it was and is the right path for my creative evolution.

I believe in this way I can truly express myself, my inner vision, my unique view of the world around me. Otherwise, I mainly find myself recreating or trying to represent something that already exists. As I look to exercise my right to the freedom of self expression to it's fullest potential. And to me the way to do that is to get my conscious mind out of the way and let my deeper inner thoughts arise. Using my eyes, hands and skills to bring them forth into this world. That's the lie I wish to believe, the lie I live. rjk

Saturday, December 30, 2006

2006 High Plains Drifter part 4


close up of 2006 High Plains Drifter Oil on Canvas. 4" X 5". 8" X 10" overall.

This is the final installment of the High Plains Drifter. This series of work is all an outcome of my desire to remove my conscious self from the creative process and let the work develop and be born out of the process. In much the same way I believe that Max Ernst did back at the turn of the 20th century. In his artistic works, Ernst attempts to uncover the mysteries of the creative process within himself. Seeking to extend consciousness into the regions of inspiration. He once described his work as an attempt to conquer the last great myth of civilization, the myth surrounding the creative process. He shared this aim with Andre Breton, the ideological leader of surrealism. Breton called on artists to expend all their efforts in the study of what he believed to be the most complex mechanism of all, artistic inspiration. Ernst wrote, "Thanks to studying enthusiastically the mechanism of inspiration, the surrealists have succeeded in discovering certain essentially poetic processes whereby the plastic work's elaboration can be freed from the sway of the so-called conscious faculties.

I have found that although one can learn much academically about art, art theory, and technique, one can not learn to be creative, nor can one learn to be inspired. So, in parallel with my other work I am also researching and practicing a very different form of self expression. Using Surrealist techniques that I seemed to understand and know before I ever learned about them I am working to produce a body of work that is more spontaneous in execution. This work although deeply rooted in Surrealism is prompted by something personal, something from deep inside of me, something I feel I can only truly get at and manifest by seeking out my deepest inner most thoughts. Using and crating techniques that allow me to be a viewer and participant in the creation. I watch as my hand makes marks and take careful note as to what it is that the marks look like. Then as I work as see things unfold I work to draw them out into the world just enough so others can see them too.

It is a difficult and sometimes contrary road to walk. But I am driven to follow my heart and inspiration to it's end. Because I believe that my gifts, my talent and my inspiration are Spiritual gifts. Granted to me. I approach my work, with great seriousness, reflection, exuberance, focus, passion and a true purpose. I also expect a high level of excellence in craftsmanship out of myself. I do this out of respect for my gifts. I feel I must approach my artistic endeavors with a great deal of respect. Each act of creation for me is a celebration of my gifts. That's me. The lie I live.

Friday, December 29, 2006

2006 High Plains Drifter part 3


close up of 2006 High Plains Drifter Oil on Canvas. 4" X 5". 8" X 10" overall.

"He who does not see more vividly and clearly than this perishing mortal eye can see, does not see creatively at all." William Blake

"Art is the lie that tells the truth." Pablo Picasso

"A work of Art is a small fragment from the eternal stream of the Creative Spirit which springs forth into existence through the persistence and focused thought of the Artist." "It's the lie that unveils the truth, makes it more clear, and gives truth it's substance. One can only see clearly, more clearly than the mere mortal eye when one concentrates enough to push through the veil of lies. This is the state of being, the one of enlightenment in which all true creativity occurs and great Art is created." Robert James Kelly

Thursday, December 28, 2006

2006 High Plains Drifter part 2


close up of 2006 High Plains Drifter Oil on Canvas. 4" X 5". 8" X 10" overall. The rider's intent so strong, his pace so fast that he leaves a whirlwind in his path. Cleansing and restoring the natural order of the plains as he rides west against the sun.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

2006 High Plains Drifter part 1


close up of 2006 High Plains Drifter Oil on Canvas. 4" X 5". 8" X 10" overall.

If the past is the present and the present the future then he still rides today. The rider be the immortal, reincarnate herald of redemption and retribution from the old book. I see it as a visage, a fury, a whirlwind that consumes and destroys as it rides on a pale horse a blaze in the light of the setting sun. A vision that all at once calls up fear for some and hope for those to which it has been called to champion.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

2006 Inktomi 1 part 4


close up of 2006 Inktomi Oil on Canvas. 6" X 8". 12" X 16" overall. Christmas holiday is over and now back to the grind at least for most.

Because I believe that my gift, my talent and my inspiration are Spiritual gifts. Granted to me. I approach my work, with great seriousness, reflection, exuberance, focus, passion and a true purpose. I also expect a high level of excellence in craftsmanship out of myself. I do this out of respect for my gifts. I feel I must approach my artistic endeavors with a great deal of respect. Each act of creation for me is a celebration of my gifts.

I have found that although one can learn much academically about art, art theory, and technique, one can not learn to be creative, nor can one learn to be inspired. This series of work is all outcome of my desire to remove my conscious self from the creative process and let the work develop and be born out of the process. In much the same way I believe that Max Ernst did back at the turn of the 20th century. In his artistic works, Ernst attempts to uncover the mysteries of the creative process within himself. Seeking to extend consciousness into the regions of inspiration. He once described his work as an attempt to conquer the last great myth of civilization, the myth surrounding the creative process. He shared this aim with Andre Breton, the ideological leader of surrealism.

Breton called on artists to expend all their efforts in the study of what he believed to be the most complex mechanism of all, artistic inspiration. Ernst wrote, "Thanks to studying enthusiastically the mechanism of inspiration, the surrealists have succeeded in discovering certain essentially poetic processes whereby the plastic work's elaboration can be freed from the sway of the so-called conscious faculties".

It is a difficult and sometimes contrary road to walk. But I am driven to follow my heart and inspiration. That's me. rjk

Monday, December 25, 2006

2006 Inktomi 1 part 3


close up of 2006 Inktomi Oil on Canvas. 6" X 8". 12" X 16" overall. To all who celebrate this day and call it so... Merry Christmas! May you have someone to share the day with. And may it be a good day for all.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

2006 Inktomi 1 part 2


close up of 2006 Inktomi Oil on Canvas. 6" X 8". 12" X 16" overall. T'was the night before Christmas 1873. They handed out wool blankets to all the could find. Laced with Scarlet fever I fear so that none would be left behind. Now early that Christmas morning not a creature was stirring not even a field mouse. For all were dead now at such a terrible cost.

The details are something for you to find out for yourself if you don't already know the truth. This Truth a small part of the Whole Truth that is not taught in America's traditional history classes. This would seem to be the first documented use of gem warfare used on Natives of our own land so many years ago. We forget as it was written down and hidden from most folks here.

Because the powers that be feared, thought that We The People might not like what we hear. So they changed and buried and twisted it all. So it sounded so nice and cheery and all. As ignorance is no excuse for wrong doing they say. So, I ask you now the next time that you look to judge others consider what terrible things have been done on your behalf, in the past, in the present or that might be made in the future. And be brave enough to take your neighbors hand and stand together and in a loud voice say I want no more of this. I want the America that We were taught to believe in. On that is guided by the Creator, one that seeks to do good work and help less fortunate. not a Industrial Military one bent on domination as the New Republic under the flag if Democracy. But a true Democracy willing to do what is Right, not in our best interest. But in the best interest of all humanity.

May your Christmas, or Hanahaka, Ramadan or whatever you might celebrate, be gay! As the World goes along on it's ignorant way. But be wary my friend, of blind faith I say, as it can lead to confusion and draw you astray. Astray from the Truth, not the one that they say. But the Truth that exists in every heart, the one less listened too. For if you don't, you might even end up thinking that you best friend is nay. And turn him away. To find out he was the reincarnate, Mohammad, Jesus, Buddha or other. not just your friend, your neighbor, your brother...
- Peace Truth Love, rjk

Saturday, December 23, 2006

2006 Inktomi 1 part 1


close up of 2006 Inktomi Oil on Canvas. 6" X 8". 12" X 16" overall. Earth Shakers Wind Makers know the true story of our Nation. I will call it here "The Rise of the Spider Nation". Interestingly enough we (the West) have focused ourselves and our world on the virtual WEB - the Internet. We had to separate and segregate the New World with our fences of wood and metal (barbed wire) weaving an ever widening web across the land that seems to me, the Creator had made to be free and open. So much for progress my friends. As with many of my recent work this is a world wind of images locked together in it's boundaries yet unbridled in it's execution. Bringing forth images from different times together in a multi-dimensional composition. You have to settle down and slow yourself to see them but they are there. Many times you will see animal and human figures (horses, buffalo, owls, cowboys, soldiers) all sorts of characters. The landscape is alive with energy and these intertwined, interconnected icons are both hidden and revealed in the torrent of time only as one can slow their thoughts and focus their mind. Consider it my challenge to you to see through the veil. As you do so may you find your truth. As this is just part of the story. rjk

Friday, December 22, 2006

2006 The Dance Begins part 4


close up of 2006 The Dance Begins Oil on Canvas. 6" X 8". 12" X 16" overall.

Well the Dance begins and the Dance ends. This is the final installment of the Dance Begins post. I hope that you all had a good Winter Solstice! I sent out me well wishes for you and the world in hopes that we have a better 2007. I am in a good place spiritually and emotionally and hope that you are as well. My wish this year for all is Peace. Both the Peace that comes from inner balance and harmony as well as the Peace that is real and manifest by kindness and good will to each other. May those that are hungry for domination and destruction find a kinder gentler path more fulfilling to their souls and turn from their cruelty. rjk

Thursday, December 21, 2006

2006 The Dance Begins part 3


close up of 2006 The Dance Begins Oil on Canvas. 6" X 8". 12" X 16" overall.


when the towers did Babel
and fell from the sky

humanity broken,
confused in tongues

separated and at each other
a vision i am sure you can see

that before us all now
is a world in great need

for peace and understanding
not greed and more killing

so the challenge is to us all
make it your legacy to unite

as one people in peace now
to focus on our world with hope

if only for one day we could see
just what a difference that'd be

or can we only IMAGINE

rjk

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

2006 The Dance Begins part 2


close up of 2006 The Dance Begins Oil on Canvas. 6" X 8". 12" X 16" overall.

Feeling good today. I told my Mother about my dream, the one with my Father and I out hunting over 30 years ago... She was touched as was I. It was a good talk. She is such a kind person. Anyway I hope that as the world turns this little positive vibe goes around with it.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

2006 The Dance Begins part 1


close up of 2006 The Dance Begins Oil on Canvas. 6" X 8". 12" X 16" overall.

On a low ebb this morning no real revelations to share with this post. Had a dream about my Father from a time some 30 years ago on one of the many fine days he took me out hunting. Those were some of my most memorable and happy moments in my life. He was truly my teacher, guide and best friend. I miss him, but still remember my time with him vividly. Every child should have such a fine Father in their life. Make a positive difference in even a small way in someone else's life and make it a great day.

Monday, December 18, 2006

2006 Removing the Veil part 4


close up of 2006 Removing the Veil Oil on Canvas. 6" X 8". 12" X 16" overall.

An end of another four part post. An artistic experiment in time and space as they relate to perception. And a start of another week for some, for some it has yet to start, for others it has already started and for others still it will never be. My prayer for you today is no matter where you are in this world that you will find some time to seek inner peace. And most importantly find what you seek an inner peace that wraps you in love and harmony. A peace that transcends your personal troubles and cultural difficulties whatever they may be. A wish, a desire, a need that I know we all have. Happy Holidays! Peace - rjk

Sunday, December 17, 2006

2006 Removing the Veil part 3


close up of 2006 Removing the Veil Oil on Canvas. 6" X 8". 12" X 16" overall.

Even the unknown have names. Even the unseen have names. Even molecules have names. Look not for the expected, but be alert for the unusual as you reach through the veil. Without caution and patience we are merely lumbering juggernauts bent on destroying this world. Without a second thought we might just become the monster we abhor. Look closely now, what do you find. In what state in your mind, your soul. What is your true intent?

Saturday, December 16, 2006

2006 Removing the Veil part 2


close up of 2006 Removing the Veil Oil on Canvas. 6" X 8". 12" X 16" overall.

My work moves in multi dimensions. As my canvases evolve objects appear, things are manifest through the process and as they are I look to let them exist as I seek to complete the cohesive composition I set out to create. I used to ignore and paint them out. But now I finally understand that it is these beautiful little details that occur out of my organic process that are the creative Spirits gift to me and in turn my gift to the world. It is in this that I truly realize my connection to art and my purpose for being.

I find myself in the lineage of many great artists and often feel like I am walking with Giants. One of them being Max Ernst a German Surrealist and Dada artist. "He reworked his diary until his death, seeking to extend consciousness into the regions of inspiration. He once described his work as "an attempt to conquer the last great myth of civilization, the myth surrounding the creative process"... He continues, "In striving more and more to restrain my own active participation in the unfolding of the picture and, finally, by widening in this way the active part of the mind's hallucinatory faculties, I came to exist as spectator at the birth of all my works."

Well you can only imagine how these words hit me. It is as if he said them to me, for me. And that is what I mean by my connection and purpose for being. I believe that I am here as a temporal being to keep this Spirit alive in our world so that others that come after me have a better understanding, another road map to follow for inspiration and understanding. That is what I believe to be our greatest purpose and gift as artists.

I can only hope that somehow I can gain support of enough others to allow me to paint full time. I know that it will take this in order to fully realize and develop my work to it's full potential. And without more sales I can't quit my day job as I have to provide for my family. So, I am considering offering shares of my work so you could get a print and a percentage of ownership without a huge investment. If you are reading this and are interested in helping me, please see my web site or contact me directly. Thank you.

Friday, December 15, 2006

2006 Removing the Veil part 1


close up of 2006 Removing the Veil Oil on Canvas. 6" X 8". 12" X 16" overall.

This is one of four posts as many others that is just a quarter of the entire composition. I am doing this to pull you back and slow down your input speed so you might just see a glimpse of what I have actually done. It's all in the details...

My work moves in multi dimensions. My canvases are a place where objects, places, animals and people are all interwoven, interlocked through a myriad of organic rhythms or ripples in time space. Each passage is a movement into or back from another place, another time. If you look closely and stay calm for a moment as you look at my work you might see on closer inspection owls, other birds, horses, people, or landscapes.

This is the world that I feel we live in. We think we see solid. But with the myriad of imagery and volume of images we see each day from the newspaper, to the web, to the TV we are really bombarded by millions of images, thoughts and ideas everyday. Our brains are just doing there best to filter out and make sense of it all for us. This however doesn't keep us from the experience. This work expresses this thick web in the detail while I try to create an overall composition that is cohesive.

So this piece Removing the Veil is about my removing the visual veil of my work, while creating an air of mystery about the art and the abstract by limiting how much of each piece is seen at a time. It is also about the real concept of Removing the Veil of deceit and deception that manifests itself in this world. About revealing the physical beauty of the human female form. And most importantly Removing the Veil that shrouds the freedom of women. From a man's view point of course.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

2006 The Struggle part 4


close up of 2006 The Struggle Oil on Canvas. 6" X 8". 12" X 16" overall.

The Devine Creative Spirit drives our kind (humankind), to create and build when in harmony. And to War and cruelty when we are not. It is when we are out of balance that we see each other differently and want to wage War on each other for our own gain. We forget we are not here to be better than our brothers and sisters. We are here to serve and help raise up our entire kind to enlightenment. Out of balance we see race and religion as separating factors instead of seeing them as the result of the amazing variety of this planet (the creation in which we reside).

Every soul seeks sanctuary, succor, emancipation, freedom and liberty. Every soul needs these things to be whole, to be in balance, to be at Peace.

As my mind moves through time, my past, my history. I can so clearly remember what a sense of love and respect for the land that my father instilled in me. This is a very powerful and meaningful memory for me. This memory always brings me back to reflecting on how I feel about my creative process. And how I celebrate life and honor the earth in each stroke that I make and each piece that I do.

So, honor your Father and Mother. And strive to do good works.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

2006 The Struggle part 3


close up of 2006 The Struggle Oil on Canvas. 6" X 8". 12" X 16" overall.

Like wild birds we flutter around in mass, not knowing the reason why. But we somehow know that something is wrong. Something bad is coming.

That is the Spirit, our connection to all things that is speaking to us. Our collective Spiritual self speaking to our individual physical selves...

Then the gust of wind a slight tremor and a short calm. Before nature unleashed her full might upon us. A Earthquake, a Tsunami, or a Tornado... call them what you will in your native tongue.

Only our inner unrest is due to something less physical but every bit real and even more powerful our collective Spirit. The Spirit that binds us all and everything else seen and unseen, understood and yet to be understood. The same collective Spirit that is behind all of creation... more to come

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

2006 The Struggle part 2


close up of 2006 The Struggle Oil on Canvas. 6" X 8". 12" X 16" overall.

Spirit tormented and broken my soul rages with desire to break free with the truth.

As I see it, the turmoil in this world is related to the unrest in our collective Spirit. The current and past religious tensions are just one outward manifestation of this unbalance as is War. My paintings however, are often not understood or misunderstood. As with many artists of the past, I know well that it may be well beyond my lifetime before people are in the mental and spiritual state required to comprehend my work.

But that is irrelevant, I paint because I must paint. I paint what I must because the work needs to be brought into this world. So that it exists here and is ready for the time when others can understand and enjoy it.

Monday, December 11, 2006

2006 The Struggle part 1


close up of 2006 The Struggle Oil on Canvas. 6" X 8". 12" X 16" overall.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

2006 True Love 1 part 4


close up of 2006 True Love Oil on Canvas. 6" X 8". 12" X 16" overall.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Friday, December 08, 2006

2006 True Love 1 part 2


close up of 2006 True Love Oil on Canvas. 6" X 8". 12" X 16" overall.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

2006 True Love 1 part 1


close up of 2006 True Love Oil on Canvas. 6" X 8". 12" X 16" overall.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

2006 Beauty Manifest 1 part3


close up of 2006 Beauty Manifest Oil on Canvas. 6" X 8". 12" X 16" overall.

Monday, December 04, 2006

2006 Beauty Manifest 1 part2


close up of 2006 Beauty Manifest Oil on Canvas. 6" X 8". 12" X 16" overall.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Friday, December 01, 2006

2006exp2 - part 4


close up of 2006exp2 Oil on Canvas. 4 1/2" X 6". 9" X 12" overall.