This is an album cover I painted recently for Beat Conscious. It’s always one of my greatest pleasures to create album covers, having amassed a gigantic record collection since I was a young kid. I hit my peak of musical geekery many years ago, writing for many blogs and websites as a self employed music journalist. Most of my favorite visual artists I found through my favorite bands. The elaborate and extraordinary album covers of Abdul Mati Klarwein, Robert Venosa, Roger Dean, Storm Thorgerson, Alex Grey, and others defined and inspired my path as a visual artist.
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And please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or through facebook if you are interested in a Jake Kobrin album cover for your music. The cover you co-create will establish the first impression as well as the psychological temperament of the music. It will also establish the visual landscape that the viewer will dwell through as they listen to the album. As a true music GEEK I know how much album covers can impact the listening experience and it would be my pleasure to assist you.
His Holiness sums up his life’s philosophy and why he might be the last Dalai Lama ever
A couple of nights ago we observed the winter solstice. This is the darkest time of the year, and moreover represents planting the seeds of the flowering of light within this darkness. At the same time, my friend called me, it being the anniversary of the death of her father. I was already well into the process of creation of this piece, a meditation on death and the cycles of death and rebirth. Here I honor the mystery of death, that though it may bring pain to those involved, it may be the path to a much deeper liberation of spirit. Death, however, is not limited to the death of the physical self. When you realize everything changes, that nothing is permanent, and you find composure in it, you find nirvana. If you can rest in awareness in the midst of life’s cycles of changing conditions, you find liberation within yourself.
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Samsara (2013) by Jake Kobrin Art & Design Digital Painting in Corel Painter with assistance from Adobe Photoshop, Groboto, and Silk
“The creative act is a letting down of the net of human imagination into the ocean of chaos on which we are suspended, and the attempt to bring out of it ideas.
It is the night sea journey, the lone fisherman on a tropical sea with his nets, and you let these nets down - sometimes, something tears through them that leaves them in shreds and you just row for shore, and put your head under your bed and pray.
At other times what slips through are the minutiae, the minnows of this ichthyological metaphor of idea chasing. But, sometimes, you can actually bring home something that is food, food for the human community that we can sustain ourselves on and go forward.” ― Terence McKenna