There is nothing more beautiful and cherished to me than my imagination!
I think of it as my “image nation”
The literal and visual imagery that displays across the theater of my mind like a kaleidoscope.
I believe whatever I can vision there I have the potential to create in the material world. It’s that simple If I stay focused.
Last year I want to see an exhibit of paintings based on wheat by Vincent Van Gogh.
The series exhibited was based on Wheat and everything was in a yellow tint. They were not the most exciting paintings in the world. The curator at the museum explained to me that one of the purveying theories was that Van Gogh was so drunk on absinthe during this period that he saw everything in a “yellow haze” I am more of a fan of his work like “Starry Night” and “Skull with Cigarette”. I found these paintings to be extremely boring to be radically honest.
I read up a bit on Van Gogh before I went so I would be able to enjoy and appreciate his work more. Man, this guy was a mess. Basically the only time he was functional was when he was painting. He was a horrible businessman and he had absolutely zero social skills. He also focused a lot on negativity and darkness and this came to be the way that he viewed himself and the world around him. Had it not been for his brother helping him he would have pretty much been non functional.
My background is in art and baseball. Until I got a guitar at 16 I was either going to be like my hero Salvador Dali or the shortstop for the Philadelphia Phillie’s Ozzie Smith.
I read everything I could find on Salvador Dali when I was a kid. Me and my friend Willie Anglin used to go over his paintings with a fine tuned comb in awe of very detail and the striking imagery and skill.
Dalí was a skilled draftsman, best known for the striking and bizarre images in his surrealist work. His painterly skills are often attributed to the influence of Renaissance masters. His best-known work, The Persistence of Memory, blew my mind. It was said to be his rendering of the subconscious. Dalí’s expansive artistic repertoire includes film, sculpture, and photography, in collaboration with a range of artists in a variety of mediums.
Dalí attributed his “love of everything that is gilded and excessive, my passion for luxury and my love of oriental clothes to a self-styled “Arab lineage,” claiming that his ancestors were descended from the Moors.
Dalí was highly imaginative, and also had an affinity for partaking in unusual and grandiose behavior, in order to draw attention to himself. This sometimes irked those who loved his art as much as it annoyed his critics, since his eccentric manner sometimes drew more public attention than his artwork.
Here was a guy that was well known for his art while he was alive. He has become even more enigmatic and revered after his death and left a legacy admired throughout the world. What I love most about him is he completely eschewed the idea that an artist had to be a “starving artist”
He was “alive” and sold paintings all over the world while he was living. He had many deep lasting friendships and acquaintances that where very dear to him. he and his wife Gala entertained and had lavish parties and exhibits and he was a true “renaissance man”
Dali understood that starvation is far from glamorous. There is no such thing as being “too beautiful for this world” When it comes down to it you either get what you want out of this world or you don’t.
I see the same thing in the “artist” in the music community where I live. There is so much darkness and negativity, especially in the jazz scene. There is the underlying limiting belief that if you are commercially successful from your music you are a “sell out” or you are not legitimate!
What a load of Bullshit!
I especially saw this in the grunge community in the early 90’s. I never identified with it and I still don’t. When everyone was caught up in that wave I didn’t grow a goatee, put a sock on my head, get me a flannel shirt and act like I couldn’t play guitar.
Don’t get me wrong the captain of that movement Kurt Cobain made some good music but look at where he is now. He was never happy and he definitely didn’t have the social skills to handle his ascension to fame for doing what he loved music. Van Gogh cut his ear off and Kurt took his own life or at the least lost control of it.
Most importantly Salvador Dali understood that nothing has any meaning except the meaning that you give it and he gave life everything he had. This is why he was larger than life. These are my heroes and the ones that I look up to. The Unreasonable eccentric crazy people who follow their dreams.
The reasonable man adapts himself to the conditions that surround him… The unreasonable man adapts surrounding conditions to himself… All progress depends on the unreasonable man.”
People like Salvador Dali, Ayn Rand, Sylvester Stallone, Helio Gracie and Larry Bird.
That was Dali’s phone and couch design by the way. The “Lobster Phone” and the “Mae West”
Dali loved sex thought it was healthy and sexuality oozed from his artwork. To Dali food and sex were synonymous. And having sex on that couch would be a true way to live life to it’s fullest!
You see success doesn’t come from talent, success comes from having TRA (The Right Attitude) and furthermore the right self image and that is the most important. It is what is on the inside that counts. Whether you think you can or you can’t you are right.
So what will you project onto the Theater of Your Mind?
Remember to be careful what you wish for you might get it. I choose to live a life based on Elegance!
Here is my definition of Elegance:
“To simplify the complex with beauty”
Dali did that with panache and style in the most grandiose of fashions ever!
So did Audrey Hepburn. So look inside and fill your mind with images of success and suround your self with like minds.
Remember you are who you hang around.
Remember a picture is worth a thousand words!
What are you picturing in your mind on a daily basis?
Ultimately it is you who are responsible for your own destiny.
No government or religion will ever give that to you, ever!
Religion the word itself comes from the Latin word “religgio” which means “to bind”
and it means to “bind” over and over and over. The is where the “re” comes from.
It is where we get the word re-play and re-wind and etc.
When Religion ruled the world it was called “The Dark Ages”
Turn on the lights in the theater of your mind and create your own masterpiece!
Much Much Much Love!