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horrorwriterboggle oil on canvas 59 x 47″

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“Chiron” is done for now.

My big paintings are taking all my time from the works on paper right now. I will share those here so you don’t forget about me.

Chiron lectures on war and sustainability oil on canvas 40 x 30″

If you click on the image through to a bigger image size, you will make me happy, because this painting is too big to show well at the blog display size.

Chiron lectures on war and sustainability

I was thinking about Epicurus again, this part of his extant teachings. I did a painting based directly on this passage last year, but Chiron above is definitely about this somehow for me. That means nothing for what you the viewer will make of it, and that’s completely ok.

Death is no concern to us. All things good and bad are experienced through sensation, but sensation ceases at death. So death is nothing to us, and to know this makes a mortal life happy. Life is not improved by adding infinite time; removing the desire for immortality is what’s required. There is no reason why one who is convinced that there is nothing to fear at death should fear anything about it during life. And whoever says that he dreads death not because it’s painful to experience, but only because it’s painful to contemplate, is foolish. It is pointless to agonize over something that brings no trouble when it arrives. So death, the most dreaded of evils, is nothing to us, because when we exist, death is not present, and when death is present, we do not exist. It neither concerns the living nor the dead, since death does not exist for the living, and the dead no longer exist. 

Most people, however, either dread death as the greatest of suffering or long for it as a relief from suffering. One who is wise neither renounces life nor fears not living. Life does not offend him, nor does he suppose that not living is any kind of suffering. For just as he would not choose the greatest amount of food over what is most delicious, so too he does not seek the longest possible life, but rather the happiest. And he who advises the young man to live well and the old man to die well is also foolish – not only because it’s desirable to live, but because the art of living well and the art of dying well are the same. And he was still more wrong who said it would be better to have never been born, but that “Once born, be quick to pass through the gates of Hades!” {Theognis, 425 – 427} If he was being serious, why wasn’t he himself quick to end his life? Certainly the means were available if this was what he really wanted to do. But if he was not serious, then we have even less reason to believe him.

Future days are neither wholly ours, nor wholly not ours. We must neither depend on them as sure to come nor despair that we won’t live to see them.

que sera sera.

que sera sera

Que sera, sera
Whatever will be, will be
The future’s not ours to see
Que sera, sera
What will be, will be

que sera sera. mixed media on interoffice envelope 15 x 10″

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que sera sera, installed

plenitude of the praxis.

plenitude of the praxis.

“People will be truly critical if they live in the plenitude of the praxis, that is, if their action encompasses a critical reflection which increasingly organizes their thinking and thus leads them to move from a purely naive knowledge of reality to a higher level, one which enables them to perceive the causes of reality.” Paulo Freire

plenitude of the praxis. mixed media on interoffice envelope 15 x 10″

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plenitude of the praxis. (installed)

Chiron #2.

Chiron #2.

“Decide no suit, until you have heard both sides speak.” -fragment, “Precepts of Chiron” maybe by Hesiod

Chiron #2. mixed media on interoffice envelope 15 x 10″

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Chiron #2.

The drawing is done in hard light graphite pencil which turns silvery in most light and the piece is hard to photograph. I decided it’s a feature not a problem, but it is a problem to show the piece on the internets.

I plopped it on a flatbed scanner and tried that way. Here is a detail shot.

Chiron #2. (detail)

Anyway. Why does Chiron have human legs? In the oldest ancient Greek images, he was given human legs to set him apart from the centaurs, who were a rowdy bunch and not at all learned. He was also shown wearing clothing, because he was civilized.

The Romans preferred to depict him with equine legs only, and they also gave him horsey ears.

Oh goody there is an image on wikimedia commons, so I can show you.

And another: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:DSC00301_-_Chirone_e_Achille_-_500_a.C._-_Foto_G._Dall%27Orto.jpg

my invert queen.

my invert queen.

I once had a student
Who would sit alone in his house at night
Shivering with worries and fears.
And come morning
He would often look as though
He had been raped by a ghost.
Then one day my pity
Crafted for him a knife
From my own divine sword.
Since then
I have become very proud of this student.
For now, come night
Not only has he lost all his fear,
Now he goes out
Just looking for trouble.
–Hafiz tr. Daniel Ladinsky

my invert queen. mixed media on interoffice envelope 15 x 10″

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my invert queen.

Chiron.

Chiron.

Chiron. mixed media on interoffice envelope 15 x 10″

purchase info HERE

Chiron.