"SHADOW GAMES" is an original 40 x 60" acrylic painting, and the latest in my "Origins" collection.
This is a big painting, but not the largest that I have done....remembering the three 84" square paintings I created for my"Oklahoma Gold" exhibit at the Oklahoma Capitol Building.
Like the rest of the "Origins" paintings, this work relies heavily upon "dreamtime" or flow of consciousness creation.
I find this technique to embody the highest level of creativity, with a general theme or feeling, working through design, color, and subject matter, ever changing as the painting evolves
It is at the same time, the most realistic and the most abstract painting, portraying intense shamanistic feelings in their most detailed story telling, along with the free will exchange of random color and composition exemplified in the most abstract tradition.
A friend compared this painting and the portfolio as a whole, to Plato's "Cave" philosophy, where some viewers see the shadows and think they are reality, where others see the objects and think they are reality, with each group thinking the other is wrong.
Who knows? If shadows are memories, are they real? Are memories of actual objects real?
In this case, these paintings are not memories, but feelings. Surely feelings are real. Who knows?
Sometimes I think we think too much.
Micheal W. Jones
Thoughts and work from a mid-career artist working his ass off every day
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