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Large and small abstract forms floating in darkness, intertwining with each other, stabbing and penetrating each other.
This abstract painting was undertaken at a time in my life when I was dealing with some very difficult issues. I found that mind just kept returning to my troubles every single day. The constant turning of the wheels in my mind was beginning to weigh on me, I felt as if I would go mad.
I realized that I needed something to focus on that would allow me to shut my mind off for a while. Something that could occupy my thoughts enough to stop my mind from returning to the constant cycle of thoughts...
First, I cleaned. I cleaned my kitchen better than it had been cleaned in a long time, even scrubbing the floor on my hands and knees. That helped a little, but not much.
So one day I pulled out a pencil and started sketching random shapes in my sketchbook and shading them. I found it extremely relaxing and while I was doing it my troubled thinking stopped. Since it was only a pencil sketch though, it didn't last long.
So I started this painting. For three days I did little else, standing at my easel all day. The longest stretch without any break at all was over 8 hours. I even forgot to eat.
However, during that time my mind stopped it's troubled turning, and when the painting was finished three days later, my mind was clear and I was able to deal with the thing that was troubling me and resolve it.
Therefore the painting is titled "Cerebral Cessation", which literally translates as "Brain Stop".
November 16th, 2012
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