Consciousness observing the mind generates love and hatred,
joy and sorrow. The human mind plays with opposites of heat and cold, dark
and light, lies and truth. The underlying consciousness is a manifestation of what is called dark
matter by scientists in living beings, just as gravity is one of its manifestations
in inanimate matter. It is the source of feelings and emotions that arise from
the consciousness. Fire cannot burn it nor can water make it wet. It is beyond
the physical laws because it is a source of them. Focused on an individual life
form, it is what sages call a soul. It is but a part of the sea of dark matter
that pervades the created universe and is a source of it all. It has been
termed as dark matter by scientists but a more correct terminology is eternal
matter because it existed before the created universe came into being and will
continue to exist even after the created universe dissolves in it for yet
another birth. It is neither dark nor bright but the source…
If either falls, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up. Eccelestiastes 4:10 Yet one who loves God, walks in the company of angels In 1991 I visited a friend in Egypt. His village in the Beni Suef
province is situated on the banks of a branch of the Nile River.
On my return with thoughts of the Nile, I made
some sketches with colored pens on paper. Most have been lost now but this one
remains. On the lower right corner my name Ashok is signed in Arabic of which I
have a rudimentary knowledge from my stints in the Middle
When a work of art remains in a single hand, that of the
artist and creator, he may leave it unnamed, name it and change the name if he
so desires. Once it is sold, he no longer has a right on it and it is not
appropriate to do so. Personally, I have been a scientist and academic and
painted of and on over the last several years when time and inclination
permitted. Many of the works were destroyed later in the belief that an oil and
canvas has a very long life and I would not like to leave for the world
something that is not the best. Not having to depend on art for a living, I
have also not sold my paintings. Some have been gifted and others (about half a
dozen) remain in my possession and adorn the walls of my home. At times I use a
picture as illustration for a note or an article. Today morning, I added one to
an article (here)
about a possible apocalypse the world might be headed for. It was earlier been
named ‘Dark Clouds over Syria”
but today I gave it a new name – Dark Clouds o…
Dark Clouds over Syria, Oil on Canvas (2012) by AshokMalhotra
Usually my mind is focused on happy thoughts when I play with forms and colors on a canvas. However, this one is an exception. It was created when thoughts were focused on the tragedy that is unfolding in Syria - violence and destruction.
Why is the solution not being implemented? Perhaps the world wants to sell more guns for profit How many more guns must be sold, how much more blood must flow before peace comes to the people of Syria and refugees including sweet children, just as sweet as yours or mine can return home?
Update 2016: The war in Syria has gone on even more than four years after this note. This painting still remains in my possession and now I prefer to call it Dark Clouds of Armageddon. The red color on the painting depicts the blood of ch…
Today I took a portion of an image from an older oil painting illustrated in this blog and with some digital alterations and text ( Words of Buddha that I found on Facebook) produced this poster that I shared on twitter
Right now I am preparing a note about God for my new blog
devoted exclusively to spirituality and considered adding an image at https://ashokbabaji.blogspot.in/
For that I took a NASA image in the public domain and made
digital alterations to it to make it more suitable for the article. The result
was quite nice and perhaps good enough to share in this blog on art as an
example of digital art. While preparing a physical work of art such as an oil
on canvastakes a lot of time, digital
art can be produced rather quickly with modern tools and software. The image can be used as an aid in meditation on God as our Universal Father and Mother, not as that belonging to any one religion.
The oil paintings shown in this blog are still in my possession. I photographed them at home with a digital camera that I purchased from a shop called Dayal Radio in Nainital a few years ago. It is a really old shop from which my dad had purchased a radio decades ago. Now it sells other goods such as cameras. I am not much of a photographer but the Himalayan scenery in and around Nainital is so beautiful that I just had to capture some.
The camera has been great for photographing scenery and people. Some of the photographs are in my other blogs. However the problem with trying to photograph an oil painting is that the colors and picture does not come out exactly like the original. It is influenced by lighting, angle etc. and it does not help if one is an amateur photographer like me.After one has snapped the photo with some of the wall too one can crop it with digital programs to remove as much of the wall and/or frame that one wishes to.
Today is Buddha Purnima, the annual celebration day of Buddha. he advocated non-violence with love and compassion for all life. This image is a digital art rendering of Buddha based on a photo of a brass statue of Buddha in the author's home. A magical thing happened during the creation, I had signed my name in white but it changed to silver, I believe by the grace of Buddha. Praise the Lord of Love and Compassion - Gautam Buddha. .Please feel free to copy this image and use anywhere you like as long as you give this link, but please do not modify it any way. Love and peace to all visitors to this blog.
My worldview, as displayed in my writings (some of which may be found in my other blog at http://someitemshave.blogspot.com/) and art, may be described in the words of Christopher L. C. E. Witcombe, Professor of Art History in the Department of Art History at Sweet Briar College in Virginia, USA,
“Constructive postmodernism claims to offer a new unity of scientific, ethical, aesthetic, and religious intuitions. It rejects not science as such, but only that scientific approach in which only the data of the modern natural sciences are allowed to contribute to the construction of our worldview. Constructive postmodernism desires a return to premodern notions of divinely wrought reality, of cosmic meaning, and an enchanted nature”