Made Manifest (Tabula Rosa 1) by William Van Doren

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The first painting in my “red series” known as Tabula Rosa, which emerged from a fascination with basically two pigments, one intensely bright, the other richly dark. I use other colors, but those two reds are where it begins. I see possible references to blood, sex, birth, and prenatal experience in some of these red paintings, and sometimes these amaze me even as I’m painting. But I seriously doubt that this the ultimate content; I believe I’m unconsciously accessing something like a blank slate of my existence, and the forms I’m painting are basically experiences of the soul.

Whatever the meaning, I do these paintings with complete joy. More details on my website at


red, abstract, metaphysical, spiritual, cosmic

My series of sunset paintings, The Very Rich Hours, includes every sunset since January 1st, 2006. I post the sunset each night on The Very Rich Hours Facebook fan page, on my journal and via Twitter. I’m the author of 47 Minutes on Christmas Eve.

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