Tuesday, May 11, 2021


There is a tree in a field. She is surrounded by the forest yet she is all alone. She dances beneath the starry night and she yearns for a time when she could leap into the sky and take her place among those lights so far away. Yet her roots nail her to the ground until she withers and dies. 

What is her name? 









Saturday, May 8, 2021

Labyrinth Project Creators Journal - Richard Alan Scott (New Entry 05/08/21)

Author: Richard Alan Scott
Rhode Island, USA


Right after I wrote my Salem witch story I had an idea that was eating at me. I wanted to do a theme about a guy's commute home and how the stuff that goes through his mind on this ride exposes a whole bunch that is wrong with his life; he's been cheating on his wife and also embezzling from the business he works for. It was based on the idea, to me especially, of what a living hell a long work commute can be. I can't stand any situation where I become just another of the huddled masses stuck in the bureaucracy of everyday life, things like traffic, the DMV, a mobbed concert or sporting event, Black Friday, etc.

That's why, Dracula-like, I rarely venture out in daytime. I like the road to myself, and if I can't do something at night, I will use any and all back roads available to me to avoid interacting with people. When you intersect with people, trouble follows, like car accidents and road rage and parking space jealousy, etc. This tale, which I have alternately called Atonement and A Time of Atonement, holds the record for my longest-gestating story. Started in 2006, it is now called Peeling Down the Layers and I am STILL WRITING IT.

Top that! The story kept growing and evolving. First off, I am obsessed with human sexuality. I'd have been a good staff member for Dr. Kinsey back in the fifties. I like to read about the utmost intimacy that goes on behind closed doors. Not the mechanical "going through the motions" of pornography, but the innermost workings of people's biggest sex organ, the brain. What goes through their mind, how do they build themselves up, who makes the first move, what do they like, not like, are they free to explore, are they restrained in their lovemaking (not the handcuff kind)?  What's it like after the dazzle wears off, who gets bored first, who's still "in love," what's the pillow talk. I could go on and on.

I guess I'm just explaining why so many of my protagonists are cheaters; I just find it so much more interesting than people happy in their relationships or people that are both free and clear to be together. There has to be a reason that there's conflict, lol. And nothing's more exciting than the unexpected, particularly when someone is used to just going along like a robot not ever thinking that anything could happen to them. Also, I've been told I write great sex scenes, hahaha.

When my Mom passed away when I was fifteen, I didn't realize it at the time, but there was a huge hole in my life as far as attention and physical affection from a woman. Because I immediately combated my loneliness by trying to date any female that moved or talked. I outline this in my second novel, which is literary fiction, but I had a very successful method in getting dates, though I was no football star. Anyway, I have always liked girls throughout my life. I never went through the thing as a kid of hating girls. Each year of Elementary School, I had a different girlfriend, which basically consisted of holding hands on the way to music or recess or square dancing (yes we had to do that)  
or other "stuff."  I could name them but it would mean nothing to you all, lol.

I even remember having a dream that everyone at school was naked BEFORE I KNEW WHAT GIRLS HAD DOWN THERE. The little girls' things looked like mine and the women teachers' naughty bits looked like my father's, all hairy. (Which I saw when Dad and I had to take showers at the beach).

Next time, more on the story that's never finished, and less about my proclivities. 

Friday, May 7, 2021

The Chaos Sessions (Sessions #1 and #2)

The Chaos Sessions are a study in the art of Structural Chaos. It is the exploration of both geometry and abstraction within the same piece of art.

Using abstract body painting, the projects attempts to turn the human form into an abstract piece of art which is in harmony with the surrounding geometry. The model sinks into the overall art piece until he is no longer a body standing in front of the art, but part of the art itself. The geometry of the background also expands to the foreground using a geometric web of ropes crisscrossing the background and the model. 

Not only does the project explore Structural Chaos, but it explores the basic assumption that no piece of art is ever truly finished (Metatranscience). The surrounding geometric background changes constantly during the body painting. These changes take place repeatedly with each subsequent body painting forcing a constant evolution into new art every time a model is introduced into the matrix of the painting. 

There are 6 sessions in the first phase of the project. 

To view the full piece of art click the image.



Saturday, May 1, 2021

Labyrinth Project Creators Journal - Diana Whiley (New Entry 03-16-21)

Author: Diana Whiley
Adelaide, South Australia


In music I find colour and emotion, hear wind and life. See a flotsam and jetsam of ideas flashing by like the artist John Wolseley’s artwork “Symphony.”

 He portrays the Australian outback on canvas, singing the bits and pieces of history as it floats through sunset to dawn. 

I found an exhibition of photos taken of Gansu Province in China, comparable. 
Light and shadow playing across a desert of many hues. The moon a single eye of silver on the white of tents, a ballet.  The River Yangtze a yellow ribbon, let loose in the wind marking the passage in time, and as enduring. 

Threads of history and art combined.

A book “Chess Masterpieces, a 1,000 years of extraordinary chess sets,” brings these two together and juxtaposed with the Chinese Cosmic Board game I discovered. 
The first chess game began in India and Persia and was developed in about 500 C.E.  The pieces represented Four Divisions of the Indian army – chariots, elephants, cavalry and infantry.  Eight pieces symbolized the army facing the legendary Alexander the Great, and battle in 327 CE.   

This confrontation started an epic journey across time and place, culture and ritual, transforming and changing lives as the game itself changed focus. And along with it art.  
Artisans created many amazing sets.  Faberge, of the famous golden eggs is one of them and is filled with mystique. Like its amber set, the past trapped in resin; a reminder of nature’s cycles of life and death.  Amber pieces and other forms lost and stolen, claimed and treasured into myth. 
The number of variations on the game grow and are still interpreted today. Not only with  strategy in mind but played for fun and the love of it. Written about in fantasy novels and other genres, the game playing its part in plots. 

I have always enjoyed seeing large boards set up in Park lands, where large pieces are played by anyone who wants to; time whiled away as stories are swapped and as many created. A compendium of different voices and experiences hopefully opened and relived for generations. 

My artwork “Warrior Queen,” is inspired by this and ancient Indian chess sets.