Akashic Art Museum — Theoretical Works of Art pg2
a colorful companion to my memoir The Incompetent Psychic
“There is a museum just outside this reality where all these paintings are hanging salon style, frame-to-frame in stunning profusion in gallery after gallery. This continually growing museum is pretty big, and all these interconnected galleries hold a visual history of every era on Planet Earth.” — From the Foreword
This foreword is a magical-thinking teaser. It’s short — only 1 and a half pages. In it I imagine a vast city in the ether as sort of an adjunct to the Akashic records. If the Akashic Library holds every action and intention of every person who ever existed, what if there is also an art museum exhibiting every person who lived as a painting? What if every inhabited planet has a museum?
I only have rudimentary skills with psychic phenomenon. I’m a kindergartener when it comes to clairvoyance, telepathy and psychic skills (hence the title of this book). This I know because people who are graduate souls with developed skills have befriended, taught and humored me. What they explained, and how they questioned and conveyed their beliefs and experiences inspired trust… much more trust than bible wavers have inspired throughout my life.
Being frightened as a child (and an adult) with threats of vengeance by an angry god is off-putting. Truculent, unquestioning zealots—many in my own family—goaded me to seek outside organized religion for more interesting questions, and more flexible faith. I know this is a better path, but this ‘knowledge’ is still intuitive. It does, however, allow for deeper serenity, higher flights of fancy and the possibility of unicorns.
This photo is one of my art shows. In 2013 several friends helped me hang an exhibit of 250 paintings in the beautiful, skylit gallery at our town’s fabulous library to celebrate the ten year anniversary of my ‘Faux Louvre’ series.
Beginning in 2003 I traveled to great museums across the US, sketched and studied old masters art (and their frames), and interpreted both. My finished paintings were either watercolor or a combination of watercolor and gouache, and my fanciful frames were up-cycled, refinished and painted to exactly compliment each small work. It took two of us over three hours just to clean the glass on all of these. That’s a lot of Windex.
The series came to an end after fifteen years and 300 originals. Several pieces are still available in a ‘finale sale’ on Etsy through 2021.
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