Beautiful Poetry From The Mind Of Christopher Whitney.

I have been chatting a little with Christopher over the past 24 hours. His love of words rivals mine. Christopher, also known as “The Ruined Man” has the gift of being able to create magical poetry, whereas I simply love reading beautiful words. The image below has really hit home with me and was a stand out when I started reading through his Facebook page.

Here are a few words from Christopher himself about his journey. I have also chosen a few of his pieces that I really connected with.

‘My name is Christopher, and I am a writer. I love the art of writing and I am very passionate about my work. I write because it helps me. It isn’t because I want the attention, or to be rich and famous. I don’t just write for my work to be seen, I write for my work to be set free. Because that is how it helps me, whenever I release my writing to the world, I am letting it go and the weight of it is lifted from me the moment it takes flight. These words are more than words, they are feelings, emotions, states of being, therapy, and if I kept all this bottled up inside of me, I would implode. So that is why I write because it helps me. And since I have started writing, my work has come to help others too, people who are going through similar journeys, people who face similar struggles in life, and battle similar demons.”

The last line in this is what really got me. I love it.

I adore the beautiful simplicity of this one.

What a Lad!!

Word perfection.

They are NOT worth you.

The old Viking way …

I absolutely adore this one.

I hope you have enjoyed his work as much as I have. You can follow Christopher on his Facebook page called The Ruined Man. 

Joxx

The Incredible Artwork Of Adam Sturch.

Adams work really caught my eye. After reading his bio I was very intrigued. Adams story and journey are so incredible and his work speaks for itself.

Welcome to the work and mind  of Adam Sturch.

Here is a snip it from Adams Bio.

“Art for me has always been a need. A form of expression that felt natural, maybe because it transcends spoken language that many things spoken are interpreted through our impression of the speaker. with static art, the speaker is removed, and the language is left open. I started creating at a very young age. painting, drawing anything I could get my hands on. My grand father used to roll masking paper from paint supply stores out on the floor when I was a kid, and I would draw all day.
By the time I was 15, I was very dedicated to art. My family had moved to a very small community in northern new mexico, and art, as always, remained my outlet for anything in my life. family issues prompted me to leave home, and high school at 17. It was early spring, cold and raining. I bagged up my sketch book, what I could carry on my back and left. I had been writing to a girl I met in Denver the previous summer, and we made plans to go to the art school in Colorado.  I would get my GED, and carry on as planned.
After a difficult time in Dever, frustrated, I quit school and started working full time. That winter I lost both of my jobs and was put in the situation of living on the street or returning home. I went back to new mexico.

I returned to work full time. The isolation and long hours wore me down. In November of 2010, I suffered a complete nervous breakdown. I developed insomnia, then hallucinations. I committed myself to the Las Vegas new mexico mental health hospital where I stayed for approximately two months.
This experience was a nightmare for me.

Facebook has given me a venue for my art. A perfect format, a picture and a few words… ideal for plastic arts. the interaction it provided and provides are also a great source of encouragement and stability in my life. as with many debilitating illness, schizophrenia carries with it a social stigma. especially in small towns where rumours spread faster than fire, socialising having never been easy for me in the first place, has become more difficult. so, when I discovered Facebook as a medium, I was thrilled. I scrapped together enough to buy a computer- my first in 2011, a camera soon after. Since I have rededicated myself to art completely, It has become my life. It is my love, and it has always been there. and always will be.
My work ranges from political, personal, conceptual, to non objective abstraction and many variations between. my mediums are anything I can get my hands on. these days I prefer working on light surfaces, for the reason that I have lost and been forced to throw away many works done on heavier surfaces.
– Adam Sturch.”

Following are some of the pieces that really caught my eye.

Jo xx

Distant Voices

Adam says distant voices is about the nature of hallucination. Voices heard by schizophrenics, as so called presently, shamans, or mystics either stem from internal knowledge, or are transmitted externally. The view conveyed in this drawing is that they are one in the same. Our physical reality is interwoven and inseparable from the mind of the universe, the mind of nature.

Scape goat

This is one of my personal favourites. You can see the emotion pouring out of it. Adam produced this painting during a personally depressing time surrounding the death of his half brother.

Coincidentia oppositorum.

This is a drawing about the union of opposites. the individual is divided in two, the mind, a extension of all mind- as represented by the continuation of the serpent texture into the sky, unifies conflicting impulses with every decision.

Necroptic Conductor.

The concept behind this drawing is that dmt, Hallucinogenic neurotransmitters are behind communication and procreation drive from the earliest life, specifically Cephalopods. This drawing is about the idea of language stemming from emotion. The drive to live. Also the sponge in the drawing is modelled after a sponge containing dmt. Communication is necessary for the simplest cell division. If hallucinogens prompted spoken language in higher primates, why not octopi? and if octopi? why not all life? since almost all organisms, plant or animal produce.

Seasons present.

Seasons present is based conceptually around the moment of now, the present reflects the past, and is itself reflected by the future, therefore all hinges on the present moment.

You can find more of Adams work on his facebook page https://www.facebook.com/adam.sturch.5/media_set?set=a.1174827895930540.1073742411.100002100234889&type=3

Lillie Fields Featured Artist

There are many talented artists who receive little or no recognition for their work and have few places to showcase same, so the “Arts from the Darkness” website and Facebook Fan Page of the same name, and owner Jo Budd have paired to showcase their endeavours.

Our first featured artist- Lillie Fields

Lillie says:

“I’ve been an artist for twenty years or more,  and I’m still trying to find and hone my style. I guess that’s what art is all about, finding who you are, what you feel, and how to express those thoughts. Almost like a personal journey where everyone has a unique destination, only it doesn’t ever end.

There’s definitely a psychological component; developing an art style is to develop yourself. Through mine, I realized how much I appreciated the way someone could capture the true reality and realness of a subject, but then morph it into their own reality; a reflection of their own thoughts. I like realism and surrealism because it is sort of like looking into a mirror, to me. A contemplation of what I truly see when I look at the world around me, reflected back from the eyes of the unique artist. Sometimes I can understand how they think and sometimes I have to ponder what they are trying to say and put myself in their reality (something I naturally do with everyone in life as a form of empathy). Clearly, I’m a pensive kind of person, and it comes out in my art.

The perfectionist in me tries to see things for what they are with all of their specific details, yet I’m a dreamer with a brain going non-stop. So, I like to portray what I see, including my own worlds (when I’m not painstakingly trying to capture the realism and the truth of a subject). I started developing my techniques by practicing what I was good at until I was either comfortable enough or uncomfortable enough to introduce something new to work with. As with life, sometimes you have to try new things and make new decisions to see if you like it and are good at it.

I started with graphite, trying to draw and sketch realistically. I found my strong point of shading, which really made my pieces look closer to reality, in my own mind. I was wary of using colors and swore I wouldn’t be any good at manipulating them, but I took a risk and started working with colored pencil. I found I flourished and excelled at using colors, especially with my abilities to use proper shading.

My pieces (and I) were starting to grow into my developing style. From there, I was terrified of paints, but with guidance from my art teachers (and Bob Ross episodes), I again found that these tools helped me to mold my becoming style. So, for years I’ve been exploring ways of creating what I see or want to see, and what I think and feel using mediums that can portray these ideas the way I see fit.

Art is for everyone, it just takes some real self- reflection and experimentation to find what best expresses your reflections. Then, just go with it and see where it takes you. You’ll learn about yourself as you learn about your pieces.”

Lillie is 25 and lives in the Southern United States.

See more paintings and detailed shots in her photo album.    Lillie Fields Artwork
Lillie is available for commissioned work.
If any  of you would like to be a featured artist on Arts From The Darkness, please send a bio and examples of your artwork to submissions@artsfromthedarkness.com and we’ll reply asap.