acrylic on canvas, 32" x 64", 2012
The first time I saw Ritchie's work, my eyes were intensely drawn to his art: the colours, the lines, and the shapes seemed to be talking directly to my soul. I contacted him, we met several times and he told me about the woodland art, spirit, and how art could be a channel to spirituality. He explained that some of the paintings I had seen were commissions. I got interested and asked him if he would do one for me.
From the whole process, one of the most powerful moments was the day I went to his place to pick up the painting once he had signed it. Ritchie explained how the artwork and I were related. The experience was similar to the one I had the first time I saw Ritchie's paintings: the words he used talked directly to my soul. He described exactly where I was at in my life. The emotions were so intense that there were tears in my eyes. He knew I was at an intersection in my life; that although my future was open and was to be fruitful, for some reason I was still holding on to some elements of my past. I am very interested in history and Ritchie suggested that I transcend my own past by giving it meaning like a historian would do.
This experience was very powerful and meaningful for me. What Richie saw in me, he was able to articulate in his art. He saw the powers that were conflicting in me, suggesting ways to move forward and channel these energies in a way that would allow me to keep progressing in my journey.
To One in Paradise hangs in my living room and I very often sit down, in front of it, and these moments are very intense moments of meditation, which allow me to reflect on the challenges that are mine and the solutions that are available to me.
Jon Kabat-Zinn: "The only way out is through".
'Re' is the ancient Egyptian sun god identified primarily with the midday sun however the meaning of the name is uncertain. It is thought that if not a word for 'sun' it may be a variant of or linked to words meaning 'creative power' and 'creator'.
EpigenesisA true tale "enhanced" by Ritchie Stardreamer Sinclair (1995)
My name is Stardreamer. A name I was given long ago when I was befriended by an old, Native medicine man.
One Autumn, we were sitting in a field enjoying one another's company, when he asked me the strangest question
"Star Dreamer, do you know where the centre of the Universe is?" he asked, with a twinkle in his eye.
Thinking I was being wise, I smiled boldly as I replied by placing my hand over my heart to indicate love. He nodded his head as if to say 'yes' and nudged me saying; "Nope, but you're close". I felt the blood rush to my face, embarrassed for a moment at my near miss.
"Venus, the planet of love, is the centre of the Universe", the medicine man continued, "It's a special place and a source of great inspiration for many a weary traveler". With a quick wink and a nudge I replied back to him; "Well maybe someday I'll visit there!" And the old man smiled.
Years passed and I never thought about our conversation again, until one winter's evening when I woke in a vision... I found myself floating high above the swirling gases and majestic peaks of Venus. Far off in the distance, I could see our Earth, like an opalescent marble, slowly turning as it bathed in the warmth of the radiant sun.
I remember losing myself in thoughts of the Earth, the wonder of life and the magic of existence itself, when without warning, I was dazzled by a blinding light. It was an enormous comet passing nearby. and behind it streamed a brilliant, multi-coloured tail. I watched the fiery ball of light in awe, following it's path as it traveled onward, when quite suddenly, it dawned on me;
It was heading towards the Earth!
Waves of fear raced through me when I saw our precious sanctuary of life threatened with disaster. I was overcome then by the deepest compassion for all the World's creatures. I thought of my family, recalling their faces in my mind. I thought of humanity and the tears of sadness stung my eyes. Watching helplessly, I began to cry.
In the midst of all this, I could hear a faint sound, like the beating of a distant drum, growing louder and louder. Where was it coming from? Was it coming from inside me or was it outside..., somewhere out there in the vast Universe?
The comet plunged ever-closer toward Earth as I stood there trembling and I turned my head to look away. For a moment I found myself staring aimlessly behind me into the gases, still aglow in the wake of the comet's tail. Then, turning back toward home, I witnessed the most incredible event...
Before my very eyes the World transformed into a magnificent, cosmic heart. As the heart appeared before me in all it's brilliance, the comet disappeared. A great peace swept through me and I was entranced by the beauty of the Earth's heart. The drumming became a gentle, rhythmic pulse, softly beating along with my own heart and I was moved from deep within.
Gentle light began falling upon this serene landscape which surrounded me and to my utter amazement, I realized I was now standing on the Moon. The soft glow of the surrounding Moonlight seemed to pulse in time with the heart of the World and everything became tranquil. I closed my eyes then and in that moment I knew, beyond a shadow of doubt, the truth of my vision.
I knew that we shared our World with the Universe in a unique and special way. I saw the faces of the people I love as they cared for one another and I knew that we were all like one big family and that it was our hearts, beating in unison, that had broken the silence of the Universe with resounding waves of love.
When I finally opened my eyes I found myself home once again. Sunlight danced through my window and spoke to my eyes. I looked out upon the rolling fields, adrift with sparkling snow and I knew that all was well. I felt a tender love for all the creatures of the Earth. It was then that I remembered the twinkle in the eyes of my old friend when he asked me where the centre of the Universe was and I finally understood...
It was all just a question of vision.