Takes Flight


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Takes Flight, art - Michael Garfield Visionary Art (michaelgarfieldart.com)

• Posters: "Takes Flight" signed print on 11"x17" semi-gloss 100 lb. cardstock.

• Giclées: Signed and numbered (series of 25) high quality archival print on canvas. Finished with a colorfast UV gloss varnish, stretched on 3/4" bars, and shipped with hanging hardware.

Original piece painted live with oil & acrylic markers at:
2010 04 15-20 MAPS Conference, Golden Gate Park, & Ukiah Brewing (Oshan & assorted Om Shan Tea DJs, Mad Professor)

The day I arrived at the MAPS Conference, I had the ludicrous good fortune to attend a visionary art workshop held by
Alex & Allyson Grey. After taking us on a brief history of visionary art from the Stone Age to the Digital Age, Alex & Allyson led us through a few visioning exercises to connect us with the emergent imagery of our effervescent unconscious. This was the first vision that came to me – first the eyes, then the wings, fading into view from the darkness. In order to attract people to my art booth, which was unfortunately around a blind corner at the event, I stood out in the street with Emancipator tinkling out of my battery-powered amplifier and got to work on landing this vision more completely. Layer after layer of refinement ensued...orbs galore crashed the party...I ended up taking this piece to Golden Gate Park with my friend Jessica Perlstein on 4/20 for the infamous Hippie Hill display of conscientious objection, and then to Ukiah for a modest concert at their local brewery. Only well after I had begun did someone remind me that the butterfly is a symbol of transcendence...here, the dividing line between the blissy buzzing mayhem of earthly doing and the open stillness of the living sky.
(I dedicate this painting to Nicole Taylor, the equal-and-opposite butterfly on the other end of that golden cord, who through our mutual straining has stripped me of the gluttonous land bug I used to be.)

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