Corpus Christi, TX
Food Of The Gods
Painting - Oil On Board
An original oil painting by Rebecca Glaze of a surreal face floating through a joyful celebration of life. I used bold colors and subdued brush stokes, as I do in a lot of my paintings, in order to create a lasting visual impression. Art buyers (and art lovers) will see symbolic references to prominent 20th century artists like Gustav Klimt, Salvador Dali, and Maxfield Parrish (to name a few), as I offer homage to their artistic vision through my own art.
This piece was inspired by Terrence Mckenna's book "The Food Of The Gods".
McKenna was a true child of the '60s, graduating from UC Berkeley with one of those majors you could only get in Berkeley in the '60s � Ecology, Resource Conservation and Shamanism.
When he got out of school, he set off for the Amazon, where he "studied" the native hallucinogenic drugs used in various South American shamanic traditions. McKenna studied these drugs repeatedly and in large doses, along with his brother, Dennis.
While pursuing these scientific studies, McKenna experienced some interesting effects on his consciousness, not surprisingly. These experiences would form the basis for a series of theories that are extremely cool, if occasionally somewhat sketchy from a rigorous scientific viewpoint.
His work has influenced a generation of writers and philosophers, and his writings have been as influential as that of better-known contemporaries like Timothy Leary and Abbie Hoffman. Like them, McKenna advocated the use of drugs, and particularly organic hallucinogens. McKenna also provided his disciples with detailed instructions on the collection, cultivation and application of those drugs. His classic underground work "The Magic Mushroom Growers Guide" can now (ironically enough) be bought on Amazon.com.
McKenna had a brilliant mind that moved so fast it was hard to tell whether he was reaching escape velocity or just running in circles. He had a gift for making even outrageous ideas sound credible, and when he applied himself, he could produce works of breathtaking scope and scholarship.
I truly admire this wonderful visionary and I love to listen to him wax poetic and paint visions with his brilliant mind!
January 30th, 2013
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