Tuesday, November 23, 2010

acrylic,pens,epoxy resin,brass, Sterling silver, Swarovski crystals, glass gem, mirror, CD part 

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

St. George is killing the Dragon

St. George is killing the Dragon
acrylic, epoxy, colored embossed aluminum, pen
acrylic gems

Saint George and the dragon

The episode of St George and the Dragon was a legend[24] brought back with the Crusaders and retold with the courtly appurtenances belonging to the genre of Romance. The earliest known depiction of the legend is from early eleventh-century Cappadocia, (in the iconography of the Eastern Orthodox Church, George had been depicted as a soldier since at least the seventh century); the earliest known surviving narrative text is an eleventh-century Georgian text.

In the fully developed Western version, which developed as part of the Golden Legend, a dragon or Crocodile makes its nest at the spring that provides water for the city of "Silene" (perhaps modern Cyrene) in Libya or the city of Lydda, depending on the source. Consequently, the citizens have to dislodge the dragon from its nest for a time, to collect water. To do so, each day they offer the dragon at first a sheep, and if no sheep can be found, then a maiden must go instead of the sheep. The victim is chosen by drawing lots. One day, this happens to be the princess. The monarch begs for her life to be spared, but to no avail. She is offered to the dragon, but there appears Saint George on his travels. He faces the dragon, protects himself with the sign of the cross,[25] slays the dragon, and rescues the princess. The grateful citizens abandon their ancestral paganism and convert to Christianity.

The dragon motif was first combined with the standardised Passio Georgii in Vincent of Beauvais' encyclopedic Speculum historale and then in Jacobus de Voragine, Golden Legend, which guaranteed its popularity in the later Middle Ages as a literary and pictorial subject.

The parallels with Perseus and Andromeda are inescapable. In the allegorical reading, the dragon embodies a suppressed pagan cult.[26] The story has other roots that predate Christianity. Examples such as Sabazios, the sky father, who was usually depicted riding on horseback, and Zeus's defeat of Typhon the Titan in Greek mythology, along with examples from Germanic and Vedic traditions, have led a number of historians, such as Loomis, to suggest that George is a Christianized version of older deities in Indo-European culture.

In the medieval romances, the lance with which St George slew the dragon was called Ascalon, named after the city of Ashkelon in Israel.


Thursday, July 8, 2010

the aureate heart of the night

oriental night

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

new epoxy paintings

night crowd

wings of the night

Auf den Flügeln der Nacht

Auf den Flügeln der Nacht
reise ich
in die Magie des Loslassens
und werde
durch die Phantasie
an die Ufer der Leben getragen,
jenseits von dem Heute,
dem Jetzt, dem Irgendwo,
an denen sich eine Seele,
die das Tatsächliche
nicht mehr spüren möchte,
erholen kann.

Flora von Bistram, 2007

on the wings of the night
I am traveling
into the magic of letting go
and I am carried by imagination
to the shores of the lives
beyond today,
now, somewhere

where a soul, that doesn`t want to be faced with reality anymore,
can recreate.

translated by myself
better translations welcome!

Monday, May 31, 2010

more colors of the night paintings

the original drawing "colors of the night" was done 2007 with pens on paper. Now I made another version using a print of the older one as background. The painting was done with acrylic colors, gel pens and ink pens. Other materials: layers of epoxy resin, embossed aluminum and colored aluminum
letter size

the original of this painting was also done 2007. materials now: print, acrylic, pens, embossed aluminum and colored aluminum, Swarovski crystals, onyx, layers of epoxy resin

Friday, April 2, 2010

series colors of the night - Nachtlied (nocturne)

acrylic, pen, layers of epoxy resin, embossed metal, real gold flakes, glass gems, abalone shell parts, mirrors, CD parts on wood panel.
10.5 x 8 in

layers of epoxy were painted with acrylic colors and pens. Various things were embedded. In the photo you cannot see the diffraction of the light caused by the mirrors and CD parts, when you watch the painting from different angles.

Nachtlied by Georg Trakl

Des Unbewegten Odem. Ein Tiergesicht
Erstarrt vor Bläue, ihrer Heiligkeit.
Gewaltig ist das Schweigen im Stein;
Die Maske eines nächtlichen Vogels. Sanfter Dreiklang
Verklingt in einem. Elai! dein Antlitz
Beugt sich sprachlos über bläuliche Wasser.
O! ihr stillen Spiegel der Wahrheit.
An des Einsamen elfenbeinerner Schläfe
Erscheint der Abglanz gefallener Engel.

Nocturne by Georg Trakl
The life-breath of the unmoved. The face of an animal
Is paralyzed with blueness, of her holiness.
Mighty is the silence in stone;
The mask of a nocturnal bird. Gentle triad
Dies away into one. Elai! your countenance
Bends speechless over bluish waters.
O! you silent mirrors of truth.
On the ivory temple of the lonely
Appears the reflection of fallen angels.
translated by Daniel Morse

Thursday, March 25, 2010

series colors of the night - correspondances

 acrylic,pens,epoxy,embossed aluminumand brass,mirrors, CD parts, glass gems, amber,onyx,aventurine, turquoise, Swarovsky crystals,acrylic gems
10.5 x 13 in
It has 4 layers of epoxy, on which I painted and put things. It looks 3 dimensional in real. The CD parts  produce a small prismatic effect.Almost the whole painting is underlayed with a mirror, which reflects the light from the back to the colors and makes them look metallic and shining through.

more of my artwork at

Charles Baudelaire
La Nature est un temple où de vivants piliers
Laissent parfois sortir de confuses paroles;
L'homme y passe à travers des forêts de symboles
Qui l'observent avec des regards familiers.

Comme de longs échos qui de loin se confondent
Dans une ténébreuse et profonde unité, Vaste comme la nuit et comme la clarté, Les parfums, les couleurs et les sons se répondent.

II est des parfums frais comme des chairs d'enfants, Doux comme les hautbois, verts comme les prairies, — Et d'autres, corrompus, riches et triomphants,
Ayant l'expansion des choses infinies, Comme l'ambre, le musc, le benjoin et l'encens, Qui chantent les transports de l'esprit et des sens.


Nature is a temple in which living pillars
Sometimes give voice to confused words;
Man passes there through forests of symbols
Which look at him with understanding eyes.

Like prolonged echoes mingling in the distance
In a deep and tenebrous unity, Vast as the dark of night and as the light of day, Perfumes, sounds, and colors correspond.

There are perfumes as cool as the flesh of children, Sweet as oboes, green as meadows
— And others are corrupt, and rich, triumphant,
With power to expand into infinity, Like amber and incense, musk, benzoin, That sing the ecstasy of the soul and senses.

—translation by William Aggeler 1954

Im Tempel der Natur, in Säulengängen,
Durch die oft Worte hallen, fremd, verwirrt,
Der Mensch durch einen Wald von Zeichen irrt,
Die mit vertrauten Blicken ihn bedrängen.

Wie weite Echo fern zusammenklingen
Zu einem einzgen feierlichen Schall,
Tief wie die Nacht, die Klarheit und das All,
So Düfte, Farben, Klänge sich verschlingen.

Denn es gibt Düfte, frisch wie Kinderwangen,
Süss wie Oboen, grün wie junges Laub,
Verderbte Düfte, üppige, voll Prangen,

Wie Weihrauch, Ambra, die zu uns im Staub
Den Atemzug des Unbegrenzten bringen
Und unsrer Seelen höchste Wonnen singen.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Enchanted Night

acrylic, pen, epoxy resin, embossed metal, various gems, enamel powder, pyrite and galss splinters on wood panel, 16 x 20 in

A big part of the painting is under a thick coat of epoxy resin, which you cannot really see in the photo.

Friday, January 29, 2010

Ancient Echoes

Acrylic, pen, gems (natural, glass, Swarovski), metal (copper, brass, aluminum) on wood panel, 20 x 24 inches, 2010

Painted listening to "Ancient Echoes" by Dominik Johnson and Michael Levy.
You can see the video with the music at

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

painting in progress 17

More painting was done. Metal was removed, added and embossed.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

painting in progress 16

More painting was done. More glass gems were added.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

painting in progress 15

More painting was done. The metal pieces and stones were attached permanently. Metal pieces were embossed.

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