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Light of Dire Wood by N8grafica Light of Dire Wood by N8grafica
30 x 40' oil on canvas. Symbolizes attitudes of denial, how actions have consequences, regardless of our willingness to recognize the truth. The mans posture represents passivity and is juxtaposed against deeply rooted, upright trees which symbolize integrity and stability. The bear is a messenger of consequence. The watchers in the forest behind him are silent. The light in the forest represents clarity and truth. lies operate in darkness. Truth is singular. It's existence is independent of our versions or interpretations. We either look up at it and see the dire woods we have gotten ourselves into, and make some strong choices, or we close our eyes and pick a version that we prefer.

The basic theme which comes from personal experience is 'Reality is independent of our perception, or lack of perception of it'. Being illuminated means letting the light of truth in so you can see things for what they are. A man who doesn't want to look at his debt, but would rather live like it doesn't exist is like the man on the rock. He therefore becomes a victim. There is no hope of overcoming anything as long as the approach of denial is taken. As a result nothing will stop the devourer. Getting off the rock requires looking your shit straight in the eye and admitting you are the reason you are there.
At first this recognition sucks. It's painful. Panic can set in, but taking responsibility puts the power back in your hands to create an action plan. In these Diar woods an emotional or impulsive move can be detrimental. I know. I've been there enough times for even a hard learner to get it. This painting is a momento in my journey. If you can relate, fantastic. If not, its not my job to persuade you. My responsibility is ME. Your responsibility is YOU.
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TiferethSorrow824 Featured By Owner May 28, 2014
Why in the world have I never stumbled upon your work before? I love not only the pieces themselves, but the philosophical, psychological, and spiritual meanings behind them. And seriously, it's refreshing to run into another person at all who doesn't quite buy into this whole "perception=reality" nonsense. Reality is what it is, whether we perceive it that way or not. Its basic nature will not budge for our whims and fantasies. Sure, a better attitude might make it easier to cope, live, or even thrive in, but it doesn't change it.
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N8grafica Featured By Owner May 30, 2014  Professional General Artist
I'm glad you are able to relate. Your feedback is really encouraging. Ive been on the verge of giving up so many times. I'm just too passionate about it to quit, so instead I put it on the back burner.
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Erozja Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
Hi! :meow: You have been FEATURED in my journal... Interesting – part 86 :iconjoyloveplz:
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N8grafica Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thanks. I took a look.
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Erozja Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2013
:hug:
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Badusev Featured By Owner May 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Man, you're not just a good painter, you're a writer!
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N8grafica Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
That's very encouraging of you. Thank you.
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Captain-Savvy Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very beautifully done, and I love the symbolism. It is a true message to be sure. I think most people live in a state of denial because they don't want to take responsibility...
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N8grafica Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2013  Professional General Artist
I appreciate that. Thanks
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Calanthe-Uigenna Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I love symbolic paintings, especially when it's not immediately evident that it's symbolic. Thank you for the description as well.
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