Archive for March, 2010

Hibiscus Flowers

Here’s a gift for spring….a painting based on a photo I took on our front porch last summer. I hope you enjoy it. For a large archival signed print of this painting please contact me through the website Spring has come early to Rochester this year and we are having the nicest March in memory. I will soon be out photographing the floral glory.

Pink Hibiscus Flowers!

Painting based on a photo taken last year on our front porch

Roberto the Wizard

So here is my latest painting, of me in Wizard costume at a medieval banquet. I like posting this because it implies that I am wise and all knowing, and possibly magical as well. So it could be about my ego. Or not. It could be about the innate wisdom we all share, the inner archetype of the Hermit, the spiritual essence that is always alone, yet is All/One. Why as a culture do we revere wizards and fantasy tales of magical beings? Are we all just escapists or is there something deeper that we get occasional glimpses of? Zen masters tell us that we are inherently enlightened and that all that needs to be done is wake up to the fact.
As a child I wanted to be seen as wise and couldn’t wait to grow up and have long bushy white eyebrows. Just like the King of the Golden River in the wonderful story by John Ruskin. I wanted to be Gluck as well, the young boy who discovered the true Golden River.
As an adult I am beginning to realize that the mythic dimension of our life is perhaps more important than the picture that society paints for us. We become “grown downs” not grown ups. We seem to get smaller with each passing year until we are shrivelled and small and matter not at all……Is this your fate? Ask the inner Wizard, not the one in the mirror.