A big part of what I do for a living involves making flyers for musicians. Although I was not specifically trained as a graphic designer, I tend to end up doing a fair amount of design work. I accept any and all commissions, so sometimes its for tarot-reading blues guitarists, and sometimes its for Freemasonic organizations who let me rent our their lodge for psychedelic rock shows. Weird times.
I recently attended a week long camp out, involving the practices and mythology of the Reclaiming tradition. I was very honored to take part in this event, which I found to be profoundly moving. The above image is a depiction of part of the mythology presented.
“Alone, awesome, complete within Herself, the Goddess, She whose name cannot be spoken, floated in the abyss of the outer darkness, before the beginning of all things. As She looked into the curved mirror of black space, She saw by her own light her radiant reflection, and fell in love with it. She drew it forth by the power that was in Her and made love to Herself, and called Her “Miria, the Wonderful”.
Their ecstacy burst forth in the single song of all that is, was, or ever shall be, and with the song came motion, waves that poured outward and became all the spheres and circles of the worlds. The Goddess became filled with love, swollen with love, and She gave birth to a rain of bright spirits that filled the worlds and became all beings.
But in that great movement, Miria was swept away, and as She moved out from the Goddess She became more masculine. First She became the Blue God, the gentle, laughing god of love. Then She became the Green One, vine-covered, rooted in the earth, the spirit of all growing things. At last She became the Horned God, the Hunter whose face is the ruddy sun and yet dark as Death. But always desire draws Him back toward the Goddess, so that He circles Her eternally, seeking to return in love.
All began in love; all seeks to return to love. Love is the law, the teacher or wisdom, and the great revealer of mysteries.”
Painting, album art for DACHA. I was going for a Thomas Kinkade nuclear winter sort of look. Download their FREE EP: www.dachaband.com
Also, here’s my Re-do of We Sold Our Soul For Rock & Roll by Black Sabbath, which I was one of the first albums I ever owned.
THE ENIGMA OF STEAL:
From 2007-2009 occupants of House 4541 in Seattle’s University District produced a number of experimental videos, primarily constructed from found footage vhs tapes.
Participants or players which took part in the original vhs sessions that went on to become The Enigma of Steal included:
Bryan Auger, Crystal Perez, James Nielsen and Jason Goldsbury.
A collection of drawings, illustrations, posters, texts, collages, murals, photos, video stills, objects, installations, parties, altars, and relics by James Nielsen, and a variety of collaborators. It features both representational and abstract works. This art book is a tribute to the record, Master of Reality, and should be viewed at high volume.
154 pages 360 images 7”x7” square High quality color prints by blurb.com