Tuesday, March 2, 2010

City of Green Fire conversation

My friend Vincent Czyz sent me this:

Here's an exchange between a friend of mine (Christine) living in Holland, and a little from me about your fabulous painting.

CHRISTINE: > The painting is quite impressive color wise...

ME: Oh NO. The colors are not nearly as good on the website. You should see it in person. I want to buy it ... it's only $10,000.

C: Well, if I am impressed by the colors now, I'd probably even be more intrigued in person. And yes, I know how much the internet can morph the look of actual paint. I remember Blue Dog, color-wise, in person was much more impressive than anything seen on the net.

This painting is colorfully intense, symbolic, and feminine ...no wonder you like it!

Hard to make out all > of the images though. Seahorse, Sphinx, and Patron of Roses.
Taking my time to look at it closer..., Christine.

ME: Yes, fun stuff.

The entire painting has feminine curves of all types in most images. Also tons and tons of pairings -- Pair of wings, shadows, falling water, breasts, goldfish [koi], roses, reflections, all odd kinds of symmetry....even the woman seems divided into two parts. And undoubtedly, the symbolism is going to be paired too.

I looked up what the symbolism may mean...interesting....Enjoy the reflections, while I keep looking. Christine....

seahorse represents:

The Ancient Greeks and Romans believed the seahorse was an attribute of the sea god Neptune/Poseidon and as such, the seahorse was considered a symbol of strength and power
Chinese cultures believed that the seahorse was a type of sea dragon, and as such they were revered for their power and thought to be symbols of good luck.
ancient Europeans believed that the seahorse carried the souls of deceased sailors to the underworld - giving them safe passage and protection until the met their soul’s destination.
are symbolic of patience and contentment - they are happy with being where they are, and are in no hurry for advancement.
However, along with a resistance to change, and a carefree approach to progress, the seahorse can be a symbol of inflexibility or stubbornness. To wit, the seahorse wraps its tail around the nearest object in order to anchor itself in turbulent waters. This is a lesson to be persistent in our goals, but be mindful that we are not too inflexible or stubborn in our achieving them.
Eyesight of seahorses are incredibly sharp, pay attention, and take a good look around psychically and spiritually


The Sphinx is said to have guarded the entrance to the Greek city of Thebes, and to have asked a riddle of travelers to allow them passage.

The exact riddle asked by the Sphinx was not specified by early tellers of the stories, and was not standardized as the one given below until late in Greek history.[4]

Stages of man riddle

Patron Saint of Roses:
The rose is thought to represent God's love for Rita and Rita's ability to intercede on behalf of lost causes or impossible cases.

Rita is often depicted holding roses or with roses nearby.

On her feast day, churches and shrines of St. Rita provide roses to the congregation that are blessed by priests during Mass.
koi fish symbolize -perseverance in adversity and strength of purpose

Symbolic in the Buddhism to represent courage. Humans "swim" through the "ocean of suffering" without fear, just like a fish swims through water.

The Koi is symbolic with family. On Children's Day Koi flags are raised: Black Koi, the father; Orange/Red, the mother; Blue/White for a boy; and red/pink for a girl.

There is another word to describe "love" which is "koi". The kanji character for "kokoro (heart)" is included as part of both kanji characters. Both "ai" and "koi" are probably translated as "love" in English. However, they have slightly different nuance: "Koi" is a love for the opposite sex, or a longing feeling for a specific person. It can be described as "romantic love" or "passionate love". While "ai" has the same meaning as "koi," it also has a definition of a general feeling of love. "Koi" can be selfish, but "ai" is a real love. Here are some lines that explain them well: Koi is always wanting. Ai is always giving."

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