A few months back I made a painting called “Divine Moments of Truth”… I was pretty happy with the way it turned out and also very happy that it was sold within a few days of finishing it. As awesome as it is to sell work, I found myself wishing that I had the piece to include in the “Infinite Yes” show that Danny and I are putting together for Sala Diaz exhibition space in San Antonio next month… Yesterday while cleaning my studio I came across some drawings on tracing paper that were used in creating the piece… I also realised that I documented most of the steps in the process of making it… and so… I’m setting out to createanother “Divine Moment of Truth” I was able to bust out the outline last night, the dimensions are a little different and I’m sure I’ll get freaky with the colours and deviate from the original but I’m excited to be getting into this image again and hope to get it finished before I fly back to the states so I can bring it to Texas… Yeeeehaw!
“Divine Moments of Truth”
And so it Begins again… The Future is bright…
It’s been over a week since we reached our Kickstarter goal, thanks entirely to many amazing and beautiful humans. So… YES! we are psyched to be moving forward and deeper into conspiring and creating our vision for Sala Diaz.
We’ve started ordering supplies and designing stickers and buttons and meeting on Skype for dynamic brain storming sessions and dreaming out loud. Here are some sticker/button designs I made up. Can’t wait to put these into the world!!!
Right now is all about finishing paintings and tuning up for production. Feeling blessed to be living creatively and following my hearts compass. My intention (and David’s as well) is to document progress here as we go. That being said, it is amazing how quickly a day, a week , a month, can pass when one is painting most of the days away. So… we’ll do our best to keep you abreast as we work toward making magic in San Antonio. Aho!
Love and Blessings,
Daniel (and David vicariously)
Put your heart, mind, and soul into even your smallest acts. This is the secret of success.
I made this video over the past two days while working on some paintings.
A window into process and what drives me.
Blessed Hooray! ~Daniel
Hi Loves, we are firmly rolling with our Kickstarter campaign. Our project is 55% funded in the first week, but we still need your help. Please take a look at our proposal, check out the reward incentives and do what you can to help us achieve our goal!
Love and Blessings
David and Daniel
Today I had the pleasure of dropping this one off to the Gentleman who commissioned it. I Love making paintings with specific people in mind. The whole process a prayer, a meditation of positive intention for that person. I find so much joy in working this way and I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to do it.
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
After 5 fantastic weeks in NYC freezing, seeing lots of art, dancing, eating and enjoying the company of great friends old and new… I’ve found my way back to Ecuador… Home Sweet Home. Getting back into the paint, drawing inspiration from the richness of the earth and the many colors of nature that surrounds me… The smell of the soil, the intensity of the equatorial sun… Feeling Grateful… It’s a Good Life. David
I find myself dwelling in possibility, having just acquired a new blank canvas. I love the ritual of making a new piece. I love the agreement made with what I can best call Spirit, that we will take the journey together. Sometimes I carry the vision and sometimes the vision carries me. When there is no clear point for starting I begin with intention…the eternal star in the moonless night, etherial agent of fate.
There is, in each step of creation, new joy of mystery unfolding. A teacher of mine used to say in regards to working with certain plant medicines, “Always keep the experience ascending.” I find this to be a useful life mantra, and I carry it into my work as well.
Distress perches at the threshold of infinite possibility. The minds shutters at what it can not apprehend. It will try drape complicated mystery in simple fear. I assert that a roll of the artist is to push into the mystery. (What be we if not manifestations of mystery dancing in the infinite?)
We aspire in our work (David and I) to create a visual language that expresses what words can’t stick to. A blank canvas is as good a metaphor for the mysterium tremendum as I know.
I recognize that fear is a choice among a multitude of choices and in this, the context of making new work, it is a choice made by one who holds tightly to the hope of a known or certain outcome. This is a difficult place to create new and original work from. In the world of all possible scenarios and outcomes, The only one certainty is a final exhalation, a clearing of the slate…a new blank canvas.
Between the in breath and the out breath is where truth lies, my truth and your truth brought into form through intention.
With that in mind, I paint.
Great indeed is the sublimity of the Creative, to which all beings owe their beginning and which permeates all heaven.
Spent some time at the MOMA, soaking up the Inspiration, stirring up the creative Juices…
Stood transfixed in front of Modigliani’s Reclining Nude…
Busted out a new drawing and burnt a silkscreen, Meditating on Otorongo (Jaguar) Medicine!
Moving without fear in the darkness. Understanding the patterns of chaos. Shape Shifting. Psychic Vision. Empowering ones Self. Guide to the Underworld where the Secrets of Life and Creation are found. Earth Father. Go Within, release your fears… Heal your Emotions…Awaken your Insight.
…These Are going to be Fun to Paint!