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Featured in the “Art for the World” group 4/7/10.
Featured in “Feel Don’t Copy” group May 2010.
Featured in “Breaking the Boundaries” group 7/23/11
Featured in “Great Showcase Paintings” 8/8/11

This small 16″ × 24″ acrylic painting was done in the summer of ‘08. It’s one of those compositions that sits around in my head for weeks, like a vague (and in this case) nasty feeling. I experimented during several starts. A sheet tangled up in the middle of the floor. Over-painted, try again… “what’s this about?”
Eventually this unbalanced and tipsy image emerged. The twisted sheet now with contorted faces or sneers, the floor totally unreliable and unsafe. Painted flies came and settled into the painting, as if it stunk of death. An inch worm crawled out of the fabrications. Yet, there’s light, or the freedom of a clear sky behind, seen through the central doorway or through the small holes in the racked and twisted floor tiles.
Once into it the painting flowed like under its own accord. Yes, late into the night and no sleep until finished. In the morning and through out the following days it sat there on its easel, taunting with its question of (like surprised); “What’s this?”
Today, over a year later, I know I was within another bout of spiritual identity crisis. The ‘who?’, ‘what?’, ‘where?’, questions; that were leading me to another, less fettered, looser, freer, more present sense of self. The painting is the twisting, turning resistance to the new, the clinging by the old (through fearful ugly visions of warning.)
Spiritual growth is not always an easy experience. Not always a simple parting of the veil and a saunter into the ‘light’. For me this painting reminds me of many of ‘my dark nights of the soul’, that have heralded my next inner awareness and outer experience of The connected presence.
My teenage son saw it and said; “Oh, I know that place! I’m there part of almost every day!” I gave it to him… and it took some doing to get a picture of it for RB submission. He says; “I love that painting, it’s the inner state of outer growth.It’s what’s been going on with me since puberty!”
Great guy, he deserves to have it!


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A persona who has apparently lived a relatively long, varied and eclectic life. My Red Bubble portfolios reflect my seeming persona… and IF there’s any veracity to these reflections then some sense of HUMOUR and enjoyment should be PRESENT!
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  • Christopher Pottruff
    Christopher Po...almost 5 years ago

    I know this feeling only too well! I haven’t quite got to the stage where I can express my inner feelings as fluently as this, but you always give me something to aspire to. You are a fabulous artist – well done!

  • Chris, Your comments are such a boost for me, too. You must have an interesting set of bumps and ridges on your head! ;-)

    – James Lewis Hamilton

  • sarahhoffman
    sarahhoffmanalmost 5 years ago

    As I grow older, i feel like this less often but, ya…ive been many times…great work James!

  • Strangely, as I’m growing older I find myself seeking this out… it’s like how much time is left to get (as in ‘grok’) what I came to get. Don’t want to head for home without having what and why I came for in the first place! OR, as a wise one says… it’s not about feeling better, it’s about being better at feeling!

    – James Lewis Hamilton

  • Santamaria
    Santamariaalmost 5 years ago

    Great work James..and thank you for sharing the experience with us

  • Oh, I missed this compliment from you… until NOW. Thank you.

    – James Lewis Hamilton

  • boswell20
    boswell20over 4 years ago

    very different…I luv the colors and shapes…great piece!

  • it was a strange time… particularly for me, so the floor really felt out of kilter, the colors a bit muddy and muddled… the painting became the therapy… the way out… toward a new view of stability.
    Thank you for your comment… and obviously looking at this weird work…

    – James Lewis Hamilton

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtover 4 years ago

    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • Erika .
    Erika .over 4 years ago

    It’s so interesting, the meaning behind this artwork. The painting itself is so eye-catching and thought-provoking, and along with your description just makes it all complete.


    You’re featured in Art For The World

  • Thank you so much for the thoughtful comment! To think some one has actually read through my machinations! hahahaa… Though I do realize that it is the willingness to share the angst… that hopefully will allow others to own their dark times as the often necessary precursors to new beginnings.
    The Feature is appreciated for these reasons… thanks again.

    – James Lewis Hamilton

  • tcat757
    tcat757over 4 years ago

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    artisandelimageover 4 years ago

  • Christine Oakley
    Christine Oakleyover 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your “Metamorphis Feature” in Feel, Don’t Copy on 23 May 2010.

    Keep up the great work :)


  • amazing… for some one who ALWAYS appreciate FEATURES… that I didn’t see this one until Oct. 2010… OH well… thank you, though!!!

    – James Lewis Hamilton

  • Ladyshark
    Ladysharkover 4 years ago

    Lovely work! :-)

  • and thank YOU for your comment… whenever you made it!!!

    – James Lewis Hamilton

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