I’ve done a ton of these, but I’ve never done a crane. So, now my life work’s complete. I believe I will retire to Florida.
this is a trevor dunn in fantomas appreciation post x
Forest Dwellers. The Current Sea, 2014.
Mandala created by with “Fantastic Animals of Egypt” as the source, by Robinet Testard.
Demon Images From J. Collin De Plancy Dictionnaire Infernal 1863
An ‘unusual’ iris melanoma, a relatively uncommon type of eye tumour which here has caused a series of brown markings across the iris.
Illustration by Sharon Weilbacher.
Watercolor on paper
Merab Abramishvili - Black Leopard
Don Jose’s Flower Son, 1970
Aristotle stated that “…all men naturally desire to know.” Knowing, however, means different things to different people, and knowing can be dangerous. Then there is the thrill of knowing what you believe others do not know or cannot understand. Thus the Mysteries and the initiates of many ages and cultures came into being along with their rituals, and the symbols which both concealed and revealed their secrets. The Orphic Egg is one well known example.
The Orphic Egg, an egg with a snake wound around it from bottom to top, is the ancient and foremost symbol of the Orphic Mysteries which were named after Orpheus, a legendary singer in Greek myth (500 BC). He could charm animals, stones, and trees by his songs. The Greeks borrowed ancient rituals and named them after Orpheus, who became the figurehead for a mystery religion promising life after death and the inspiration of divine power.
In the esoteric tradition the Orphic Egg represents the soul of the philosopher, the serpent symbolizing the Mysteries. The egg signifies the Cosmos as encircled by the fiery Creative Spirit. Like other ancient symbols, this one is, in part, also a reflection of the mysteries of existence as seen in nature. If we compare this mystic egg-and-serpent symbol with scientific information about the path of the moon, we find great similarities between the two: The egg, a symbol for the earth, around which the snake (a feminine symbol, as is the moon) winds itself. The spiraling snake resembles the path our moon takes - the head and the tip of the serpent’s tail representing the moon’s position at its apparent halt in orbit.
A similar symbol, the World Egg (not bound by a serpent), holds the seed from which all things will manifest. The earliest known idea of “egg-shaped cosmos” comes directly from Hindu scriptures. In Greek myths, Persephone, the great goddess of night and the underworld, brought forth the World Egg. As it cracked in half, half of the shell became Heaven; the other half fell to become Earth. In many cultures the egg is a symbol for the Earth, and snakes associated with the moon. This supports the idea that astronomical patterns such as the moon makes around the earth were observed, understood, and symbolized