portal to forever, or, get off my casement

Painted by me in oils on canvas in a number of sessions over a number of years ending 2010. Roughly 100 x 75cm. Usual story re layers and sub-paintings. The strange thing about this painting is that long before I painted it I wrote a story, called "the magic painting" that was a portal through which people travelled to another world from which they returned healed of all wounds --- physical, emotional, psychological, spiriitual.

Somehow the magic painting transformed itself in my brain from text to visual, and I'm delighted to be able to say the end result is a pretty not-bad approximation of what was in my mind to start with.

There's also the story of the story of the magic painting, and a certain doorway, which are related to the original idea.

The audio track "nanofauna" composed, performed and arranged by masterymistery. Semi-acoustic guitar and various midi instruments.

And yes, I know the video seems long. It probably could be shorter. The thing is, the original idea was to showcase the music (with complementary paintings) so the duration of each video is determined by the duration of the audio track.

In the non online world, a person goes to a museum or art gallery, comes across a painting that ze likes, looks at it for a while. And it won't move. And ze'll enjoy it like that -- static as buggery. If ze likes it a lot, ze might look at it for, say, 5 minutes? So what's the problem looking at an online painting dynamically for over four minutes, moving and playing with itself for the duration? After all, who doesn't enjoy playing with zirself?


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Antares said...

Beautiful, brilliant, masterful, mysterious... bravo, my friend! The music perfectly augments the painting too... absolutely marvelous!

masterymistery said...

Antares, thank you so much, what you say means a lot to me. Sincerely, MM.

Shubhajit said...

Simply wonderful.

There are so many people in this world doing so many marvelous things..human imagination comes from an unknown source that exist somewhere within or outside of this universe. every imagination is true.

masterymistery said...

Hi Shubhajit, yes I too believe that every thought (and imagining) is true. All possibilities enacted somewhere, somewhen, somehow, in our stochastic universe based on random fluctuations in the number and type of virtual particles emitted by the vacuum.

Thanks you for your comment --- much appreciated.



Faycin A Croud said...

A painting that one could travel through and return healed of their emotional pain would be a gift indeed. I am disgusted with myself as I find there are betrayals that still hurt me after many months and even many, many years.

masterymistery said...

Faycin, the old "art as therapy" syndrome. Sounds facetious but I do find that creating the artwork in whatever medium can produce psychic healing effects, though without the intensity or the mystery and wonder of entering a world outside this one (but just next door).

The door in the garden, wardrobe to Narnia, Alice's looking glass, the tapestry, the spice sniffers in Dune, even the Bermuda triangle --- a worldweaver is what I wanted to be "when I grew up". But I never grew up.

There's got to be some wordplay here involving "warp" and "weft", "loom" and "doom" and of course the "yarn" itself that knits together the very fibres of ones being.

Somebody shoot me -- I'm a danger to myself and others.

Tempest Nightingale LeTrope said...

Actually I wish there were more people like you. Plenty of others meriting shooting far sooner, you know!

masterymistery said...

Why thank you Tempest, you've brightened up an otherwise rather dull morning.

Among the non-dead people on my shooting list are: the Pope, Lindsay Lohan, Vladimir Putin, Paris Hilton and every banker from Allan to Zebedee.

I would be delighted if Death Cheese were to lyricise Monster Mash.

Have a great day!


weirsdo said...

No problem at all. I liked it.
One of my favorite story entrance art episodes is the one in MARY POPPINS--Bert's sidewalk paintings.

masterymistery said...

Hi weirsdo, yes I know the scene you mean. It's pretty cool. If you can ignore the "cuteness" of the Movie, it's actually very entertaining. Thanks for your commments.