The Joyful Entry of Omicron (acrylic on canvas 30 x 30 cm) is a painting about an announced disaster. Everyone with some grain of common sense knew that with the start of the traditional flu season The Bug would strike again. And yeah, there you have its latest spawn that has been baptized Omicron. What … Continue reading The Joyful Entry of Omicron
The image above features an octopod hovering in front of the gates of evolution, watched over by a malevolent shoggoth. A scientific paper claims that octopods are actually aliens brought to Earth by frozen meteors. Why the octopus in particular? “Its large brain and sophisticated nervous system, camera-like eyes, flexible bodies, instantaneous camouflage via the … Continue reading Evolution: Entrance or Exit?
In folklore, crossroads may represent a location "between the worlds" and, as such, a site where supernatural spirits can be contacted and paranormal events can take place. In Greek mythology, crossroads were associated with both Hermes and Hecate, with shrines and ceremonies for both taking place there. The herm pillar associated with Hermes frequently marked … Continue reading Crossroads
Most authors who wrote theological dissertations on the subject either truly believed in the existence of infernal spirits or wrote as a philosophical guide to understanding an ancient perspective of behavior and morality in folklore and religious themes. I leave it in the middle if demons exist as independent beings who walk our reality but … Continue reading Demons
Last week I´ve attended the Asian Film Festival 2021 in Barcelona. Because of practical agenda issues I saw only four of the movies: Hand Rolled Cigarettes (Hong Kong): Chiu is a retired member of the Hong Kong Military Service Corps of the British Army, and now ekes out a living doing odd jobs. Mani is … Continue reading No-Man’s-Land
Halloween is more than just a party occasion: it´s a time of the year that many Christians are commemorating their departed relatives and friends.
Since ages are the flea markets the natural biotope of artists as a place of inspiration, to buy ingredients for their art, or to sell their creations.
The Blogoscope. Acrylic on canvas 46 x 36 cm by Shaharee Vyaas. More info on https://maharajagar.com/2021/10/15/the-blogoscope/(opens in a new tab)
“Being simple is the most complicated thing nowadays.” -Ramana Pemmaraju The principle of simplicity or parsimony—broadly, is the idea that simpler explanations of observations should be preferred to more complex ones—is conventionally attributed to William of Occam, after whom it is traditionally referred to as Occam's razor. This does not mean that there will be … Continue reading The Complexity of Simplicity
Amazing Parasites. Acrylic on canvas 45 x 45 cm by Shaharee Vyaas (2021). More info on https://maharajagar.com/2021/10/01/amazing-parasites/
The Vampire. Acrylic on canvas 30 x 30 cm by Shaharee Vyaas. Read more on https://maharajagar.com/2021/09/22/the-artistical-twilight-zone/
Valkyrie. Acrylic on canvas 40 x 30 cm by Shaharee Vyaas.
The title of this post is a lore that I’ve encountered first in the Star Wars series where Jedha, a small desert moon frosted by a permanent winter, was home to one of the first civilizations to explore the nature of the Force. At one time a world important to the Jedi Order, Jedha served … Continue reading Galactic Pilgrims
Porcupinefish are also called blowfish because they have the ability to inflate their bodies by swallowing water or air, thereby becoming rounder. This increase in size (almost double vertically) reduces the range of potential predators to those with much bigger mouths. A second defense mechanism is provided by the sharp spines, which radiate outwards when … Continue reading The Blowfish who Stole my Weekend.
In 2020, there were over 44.2 thousand writers and authors working in the United States, down very slightly from the previous year but still markedly higher than the figure recorded back in 2011. Many changes have occurred for employees in this sector over the last few years, and it is a truth universally acknowledged that … Continue reading The reality of being a writer.
The Flow is the mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. The ego falls away. Time flies. Every action, movement, and thought follows inevitably from the previous one, like playing jazz. Your whole … Continue reading The Flow
Why do you have so many contemporary painters who pose with brush and pallet in their hands while most of their work consists of digitally created canvas prints? Previous generations were proud to pose with the latest tools of their craft that offered them more possibilities to increase the quality and quantity of their output. … Continue reading Artists and the Middle Way.
An incredibly comfortable chair. One that looks nice. I just want to be able to sit and work without having to use any muscle in my body except my fingers and maybe my brain muscle. Those who're following me for a while will probably notice that my studio became a little crammed. That's also a … Continue reading My Kingdom for a Comfortable Chair.
I’ve been long time staying out of the public debate concerning the pandemic, but lately a large group of people are starting to irritate me. Those who stubbornly refuse the vaccine and simultaneously protest the consequences of that choice. When actually 95 % of those being hospitalized in Western countries because of Covid 19 are … Continue reading Balancing individual freedom, privacy and social responsibility
There is an iconic scene in “Jurassic Park” where Jeff Goldblum explains chaos theory. “It simply deals with unpredictability in complex systems,” he says. “The shorthand is 'the butterfly effect. ' A butterfly can flap its wings in Peking, and in Central Park, you get rain instead of sunshine.” In the visual arts world, butterfly … Continue reading The Butterfly Effect in Art