Transcendent Landscape @ Seattle Affordable Art Fair #art #seattle

This piece is at the Seattle Affordable Art Fair this weekend. If you are there stop by Booth C8 and have a look. https://www.facebook.com/AAFSeattle

When I was very young, I read Paramahansa Yogananda’s Autobiography of a Yogi. It influenced me for the rest of my life and influenced this painting.

Jill Joy Transcendent Landscape - 48x48 - oil on canvas

Jill Joy Transcendent Landscape – oil on canvas – 48×48″ – 2011

In the book he wrote of a luminous spiritual reality that was ever present and eternal but that could not be seen with the physical eye. It could only be seen with the inner eye. This is a common idea in Eastern mystical thought, the idea of Maya or illusion, that this temporal reality is merely a scrim obscuring an enduring peaceful reality of Love.

Jill Joy - Transcendent Landscape Installation View - oil on canvas - 48x48" - 2011

Jill Joy – Transcendent Landscape Installation View – oil on canvas – 48×48″ – 2011

This painting, Transcendent Landscape, originated from an exploration of that idea. I imagined what it would be like to have little windows into this other reality, beyond the normal horizon we see from day to day. I sometimes feel I catch a glimpse of it, like catching a glimpse of the sun through the rain.

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