Triple Theme Time

P1090616©Alexander Rosado-Muñoz  Yawning Gnosis 14″ x 11″ graphite / 98lb Canson mixed media paper

Here finally are three drawings which I recently completed.

Although each one is related to a different time period in history, they have been joined on this occasion through synchronicity, or maybe through chance :

The first is “Yawning Gnosis” – which I posted as a work in process in my last writing (Feb, 2016). I had briefly stopped writing down my dreams fresh when awakened, therefore they would slowly fizzle into fuzzy formed fragments which I wouldn’t bother to jot down. I believe they somehow went straight back to some storage space in the realm of unconsciousness, unapproachable unless through some sort of meditation, hypnosis, or moksha state. Al this turned into a huge hiatus. There were also other pressing deadlines during that time that came up – some even self inflicted.

P1090627 (1)©Alexander Rosado-Muñoz  After Lucas Cranach the Younger  17″ x 14″ graphite & charcoal / 70lb Canson drawing paper

The second drawing is a copy after a drawing by a great northern European master I deeply admire, Lucas Cranach the Younger. In my version I highlight a tad more the eyes, and the expression tends more towards a smile. It is a portrait of Princess Elizabeth of Saxony c. 1564 currently at Kupferstichkabinett, Staatliche Museum, in Berlin. I also greatly admire his father, Lucas Cranach the Elder’s work and his depiction of the human figure and features. There is a painting of Judith with the Head of Holofernes at the Ponce Museum of Art in Ponce, Puerto Rico attributed to him which I love. It has his characteristic fantastic style, elegance, beauty, and mood. There is another very similar painting by him with the same name/theme currently at Kunsthistorisches Museum, in Vienna.

P1090610©Alexander Rosado-Muñoz  After Pheidias sculpture  14″ x 17″ graphite & charcoal / 70lb Canson drawing paper

The third is a drawing of the ancient Greek male torso sculpture “Ilissos” attributed to Pheidias c. 438 B.C. which is part of the Parthenon pediments. The sculpture intrigued and inspired me somehow, although it is millennia old, its pose seemed quite contemporary and the visible signs of wear, aging, and damage create to a certain extent a haunting and beautiful contrast.

It is in this light that I delve a bit deeper into the concept of time. The following poem inspired by a recent dream sort of deals on different levels with the impressions of “aging” of fine spirits, fine bodies, and fine attitudes.  Enjoy.

Decanter of Time

Unsure cause of celebration

wrinkled song canteen bar

serve me something fancy

slow bartender grizzled shard

Set some sample glasses

cold cube commissary shine

high priced whiskey bottle

Khronos perfume flask design

Pour gold liquid luster

anxiety my head abounds

is this silky precious elixir

(sour, stale, or)

exquisitely sound

Yawning Gnosis

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©Alexander Rosado-Muñoz unfinished Yawning Gnosis 14″ x 11″ graphite / 98lb Canson mixed media paper

 

The image above is an example of the in process graphite drawing stage currently being rendered, as can be seen from the two previous posts where I also posted samples of drawings in different stages.

The drawing reaches a point where it might feel complete or seems to work regardless of the initial intention. The poem Yawning Gnosis is a short current reflection and summons on my work.

Yawning Gnosis

Tome Sovereign in dark dialogues

bequeath arcane lustrous lux

unwind yawning gnosis

lay bare brooding brooks.

Spear flashing rumination

rage vision thought spared

convex plain conception

calm clarity unimpaired.

Mystic Aegis

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©Alexander Rosado-Muñoz Aegis (detail) 14″ x 11″ graphite / 98lb Canson mixed media paper

I have been enjoying the process of searching continuously for three dimensionality and realism from the subtleties present and then meticulously transferring this information onto current drawings.

The process entails a persistent pursuit and exploration of perception. I posted a detail of the initial stages of the drawing “Aegis” in the previous post and the one above is the same detail almost complete. You will find a more complete version at the end of the poem “Mystic Aegis” (a short poem inspired by a couple of recent dreams). “Que lo Disfruten!”

Mystic Aegis

On water walking brawny steed,

galloping feather-light fair stride,

ocean prancing marvel deed,

from floating mountain nimble glide.

Stagnant dismal aqueous lake,

backward soggy gutter ground,

flash flood clearing ample slate,

raw fresh crystal gushing sound.

Phoenix wing-free lone Pegasus,

quartet legged heuristic flight,

savant savior mystic aegis,

mythic escort sole requite.

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©Alexander Rosado-Muñoz Aegis 14″ x 11″ graphite / 98lb Canson mixed media paper

Song

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©Alexander Rosado-Muñoz Song 14″ x 11″ graphite / 98lb Canson mixed media paper

 

I’ve finally found my way back here after a few holiday blogpost-free weeks which honestly I needed to recharge and finish up details on the graphite drawing “Song” and start another which is a nude male torso.

Great New Year wishes to all!

 

The drawing Song is an example of a meticulous study of light and shade and the different levels present and how they are perceived and transferred to paper via in this case graphite pencils. I have used the spectrum of 4H to 8B. In terms of composition, I have chosen to break the initial triangular form I was intending into a more diagonal semi parallel line form. The poem “Song” is from current musings on life and the drawing. Enjoy!

SONG

Dance float till the sounds,

soft aroma emotions,

finding delicate windows,

in slow saviour motions.

Savorer of mirrors,

self indulgent disguise,

absurdity dragging circles,

song free luscious sky.

Hey! you there!

bring me back from despair,

far away from this song,

from this free loving form,

this maker of meaning,

this happenstance cause.

Song,

crash waves on my eyebrows,

sun bursting desire,

wash over this symbol,

shine pleasant conspire,

moist feminine salt,

breeze humid estate,

conspicuous these locks,

liquid

languid

escape.

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©Alexander Rosado-Muñoz untitled unfinished drawing (detail) 14″ x 11″ graphite / 98lb Canson mixed media paper

Unblinking Blue – Seasons Greetings and Happy Holidays!

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©Alexander Rosado-Muñoz Unblinking Blue 60″ x 36″ acrylic / canvas

 

To my family, friends, collectors, fans and followers:

An abundance of appreciation for your continued support and generosity throughout 2015 and for helping create such an excellent year.  Thank You !

May this holiday season and the coming New Year find you with a profuseness of  health, love, inspiration, success, peace, and joy.

The Best Holiday Wishes to everyone having a brief or prolonged rest here from traveling the internet, of partying, or redirected here from some other cyberspace portal.

The painting “Unblinking Blue” was partially inspired by memories of incessant gazes observed (real and imagined) through life. A tiny and nevertheless important fragment in my daily and lifelong urge for connection. The poem “Incessant Cliff” was partially inspired by the painting and reflects a brief and somewhat humorous meditation on life. Enjoy!

Incessant Cliff

Stand atop this resting stop

aloft this incessant cliff

embark blue beauty bizarro shift

and plunge clear depths immortal stride.

Dewdrop strings  profuse brood whiff

uncertain schemes remain blind tide

ephemeral challenge keen endless bride

surrender in delight enormous flops.

Dreamland Awakening

©Alexander Rosado-Muñoz Dreamland Awakening 23.5″ x 18.25″ oil / archival mat board

A sort of meticulous study of subtleties and nuances that might appear imperceptible to the naked eye contingent upon the light angle and its intensity.

A fresh off the easel self portrait in oils along with poetry vaguely inspired by dreamland and reflections on the variety of chance states and characters transiting through so called reality.

Unreliable mirror

voice of illusion

singer in motion

spot on delusion

striker of force

play me a note

shirt on my head

bring me a song

reason of course

dancer beware

children have fun

master a dare

movement of sorts

what is the story

2 D impression

mind masturbation

simple lie warts

welcome today

now I do service

visions of glory

self intercourse

ages of questions

response of folly

peril of angels

destiny source

gravity sky jump

reach for the seedling

star ship in orbit

flight plan in shorts

Daedalus invention

morning of masters

god intervention

chameleon of horse

seminal ovum

break ground construction

freedom obstruction

live life off courts

millipede dance

laggardness farce

infinite fulcrum

rejoice in chance

 

Don the Fend Folly (or Cumbrous Cave Fulvous Throne)

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©Alexander Rosado-Muñoz Earth Flight – Promethea 12″ x 9″ acrylic / linen

In this oneiric tale I am invited to partake by my anima in a beautiful although frightening challenge.

I am then led steadily downward towards an underground chamber to encounter the Keeper of this subterranean domain.

The painting Tierra Vuelo – Prometea (Earth Flight – Promethea) is related on several levels to the poetry included in this post and subtly suggests the theft of the fire of creativity or creation.

Cumbrous Cave Fulvous Throne or Don the Fend Folly

A slightly sloped sidewalk

downward I do stride

multilevel sea view Anima me guides

diminutive ridge handrails trace scene tide

She’s close to sheer cliff

vegetation prime eyed.

Hesitation unwelcome in sharing her view

“come closer to edge observe down bijou”

nerve racked and alarmed reach rail I approach

slope height even lower this vertigo broach

prostrate and face up look down from the floor

tight torso slight lifted safe gaze eerie score.

Distinct invitation trail down passage way

I see water in exit sand also conveyed

(though not as effective construction dismayed).

We embark descent stroll routeing terrain encounter

basement dungeon is dark earthy flow moisty mountain

old hermit custodian ancient guardian fine wreaker

realm artifact steward dormant wine wisdom keeper.

Plank summit top table ornate vitreous bright jar

prepackaged clear pairs full round from afar

glass cradle of earplugs seem ripen rouge grapes

uneven cut boulders sum daunting landscape.

Reach crystal container retrieve packaged pair

(and ask the old man if it’s true that I can

He replies “No” emphatic, “tis mine, not to share.”

I mock to myself – ‘No worries Sultan…’)

plenty they’re from and remain with no care.

I don the fend folly grape earplugs of ice

two globules cold ears stroll cellar suffice

daft domain demands unearth once them all

rule dungeon quite tricky as slab made step stones.

Flight vertical labyrinth

Cumbrous cave Fulvous throne.

Unfecklessness Feline

©Alexander Rosado-Muñoz (Untitled -Unfecklessness Feline?) 14″ x 14″ acrylic / canvas

After finishing the poem titled “Unfecklessness Feline” a thought stealthily sprouted in my mind that slowly persuaded me the title was seamlessly transferable (perfect) for the recently completed untitled painting above.

The dream sequence is related to the appearance of certain personages that might seem unpleasant or unwelcome initially and gradually transform into something entertaining, useful or of beauty. In other words judgements about oneself that are full of duality (pairs everywhere).

Unfecklessness Feline

A pair of unexpected guests

noted separately arrive

my frolic evening fest connived

brings incredulous molest

He straight through strides beside

turning blind eye to my hostess

the other blooms strange beard

and as she looms it disappears

they’re really groom and bride

she hurriedly greeting zooms inside

A pair of feline pets pull adamantine leash

their masters hold on well to show off tiny beasts

these guests are clearly welcome

they each have cat in hand

curiosity abundant and elegance in sarabande

One cat has spiral coat

most intricate design

its beauty so impressive

unfecklessness feline

the other also yellow

red fetching florentine

request remove said leash

free thinking libertine

I recognize these mammals, their owners pleasant guests,

transforming the unwelcome to sexy sultry jests.

Dreamer in Disguise

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©Alexander Rosado-Muñoz Reflection on a Dreamer 16.5″ x 13.25″ oil & soft pastel / archival mat board

The self portrait “Reflection on a Dreamer” is a recent study in cool, neutral, and warm tones achieved primarily by observing my reflection in the studio mirror in the space of a few nights.

The portrait started out with eyes wide open but then gradually transformed into what it is now, although a few minor details should allow me to consider it completed, it is still in process. The poetry is once again based primarily on a recent nightly encounter.

Dreamer in Disguise

Faceless dreamer shroud

searching fruitless for reflection

long open white lab coat

fraud garment of perfection

arms supple in a circle

head invisible to my eyes

plasticity reigns this realm

soft mirror of disguise.

The dreamer cloaked as artist,

the dreamer as a fool

dreamer of distinction

dreamer molecule

dreamer fine magician

dreamer full of science

dreamer Nosferatu

dreamer pact in silence

dreamer as a hermit

dreamer with no clothes

dreamer close the circuit

dreamer chews and chose.

Alpinia Purpurata

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©Alexander Rosado-Muñoz Alpinia Purpurata 16″ x 12″ acrylic / canvas

The painting “Alpinia Purpurata” is based on a floral arrangement usually found on my kitchen table. It had been there for quite some time, maybe a few years.

When the leaves and the blossoms would start to whither we would simply replace them and keep the basic pattern consistent. Many repeat guests to our home can attest to seeing this undeviating arrangement over time. The poem is partially based like other poems before it, on a recent dream sequence and the painting.

Alpinia Purpurata

Secret unopened letter of love,

infinite paths of strange augur above,

passenger back seat, white whisper of silence,

my immovable gaze, last laudable license.

Alpinia Purpurata pair blossoms,

longevity, strength, intense fiery passion,

from kingdom Cantata, host of red phantoms,

wealth beyond measure, diversity, concessions,

silken thread crystal womb,

golden vase scarlet bloom.

Fluttering heart dances, impaired vision strains,

where shall I take chance, destinations your aim,

shall I read your romance,

shall I tear you in chains,

shall I break free from trance,

shall I toss you unclaimed,

or shall you unopened remain.