and thus, i stood before the door into my own true self and stepped forward. by scott allison

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and thus, i stood before the door into my own true self and stepped forward. by 

.05 mechanical pencil on paper
18″ × 24″

this was done out as an act of discipline. if you know my work, you will understand when I say that I have always tried to strike a balance between my impatience and love for the immediate and/or random interactions between my materials and how they interact with more influence then control by me along side of that old school disciplined figurative drawer who focuses on those tiny details. Usually, the latter mentioned form of myself is overpowered by the zen artist who plays in the mud.
I have always let the disciplined, anal-retentive, technical drawing geek out of his cage at least a little bit but he never stays around long because my own impatience no longer tolerates him. This drawing was done as an act of mostly discipline. It was my way of taking on the task of doing something in a way that defies my nature as an act of penance. Looking at those old stone buildings that are carved in stone with the greatest of care by devout ancient people makes me realize how lazy and impatient i am.
This drawing was intended to slow me down to teach myself discipline again. it taught me that i can improve myself through pushing beyond my character weaknesses and create something that was almost entirely about those weaknesses. through practices like this, i hope to find a balance and let lose my true self.
the next one is going to have to be bonkers…


angkor wat, bodhi tree, tree, door, temple, buddhism, hinduism, pencil, buddha, meditation, spiritual


  • Mui-Ling Teh
    Mui-Ling Tehabout 2 years ago

    It is fascinating to see a depiction of a struggle between two sides of an artist compared to that between man and nature. Certainly enough the detail and technique in your drawing is fantastic – including the stone buildings, which I see as the disciplined side of you – and seeing the tree growing over it is almost like the impatience that takes over – the struggle between what we an human beings can control and what we cannot simply because of human nature. The detail in the tree is amazing too, and comes to show that regardless of how much effort is put into one thing, something else has the capacity to overwhelm it if we let it. If that is the weakness you refer to then it has made for a more interesting piece.

  • thank you mui-ling! it is great that you can see so much in this piece. it really was a labor of love and had my brain going the whole time. that is what is so great about art – not only do we get to make it but it makes us at the same time…

    – scott allison

  • LisaMM
    LisaMMabout 2 years ago

    incredible detail, beautiful work Scott.

  • thank you lisa! i am glad you like it! i need to do a few more in this vein. my brain could use a bit more discipline and focus i think…

    – scott allison

  • Donna19
    Donna19about 2 years ago

    Fantastic work, love the story behind it.

  • labaker
    labakerabout 2 years ago

    cool image…..

  • deborah zaragoza
    deborah zaragozaabout 2 years ago

    Excellent Image! 07/26/2012

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  • tori yule
    tori yulealmost 2 years ago

    outstanding work
    would love to see this in Abstract-Surreal Art

  • © Karin  Taylor
    © Karin Tayloralmost 2 years ago

    fantastic work Scott :)

  • Aleksandra Kurczewska
    Aleksandra Kur...10 months ago

    This is really impressive. Great work. You have an excellent gallery!

  • Thank you so much!

    – scott allison

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  • Thank you Tori! I am honored!

    – scott allison

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