05
Apr
13

Spooky Stuff and Cats

The painting below was done for the Eureka Magazine produced for the Kingston Chamber of Commerce by The Creative People. The painting is oil on paper 10″ x 14″ and available for sale . It is also available as a limited edition giclee print the same size.

Kingston Bridge - Lee Campbell

Kingston Bridge – Lee Campbell

 New perspectives:

Every year I produce 3 x tiny post card-sized paintings for the The Royal College’s ‘Secret Exhibition‘:http://home.secret.rca.ac.uk/ and this year was delighted to be contacted by someone who had queued to buy one of my paintings of roses. She had missed out as the queue was very long so requested that I make her a copy which I was delighted to do. The painting had actually been done with my left hand as I was still having trouble with the right, so it is a comfort to know that I have useful degree of dexterity in both.

RCA 'Secret' Roses-Lee Campbell

RCA ‘Secret’ Roses-Lee Campbell

FLIMMERN-GEISTS – Flicker Spirits

Shadow People or dark hooded figures that can only be see with your peripheral vision

The words “Flimmern” and “Geist” are Germanic in origin and translate as Flicker-Spirits or Flicker-Guides. This unexplained phenomenon was first described by the alchemist Jakob Bohme in the 16th Century as the ability to see shadowy figures out of the corner of your eye. Generally, these beings flicker in-and-out of a person’s peripheral vision and appear to be humanoid, dark and agile. The truth is that almost every person alive has at some time seen a fast moving shadow just at the edge of their vision and turned to look but seen nothing more. These observations are most often accompanied by shivers, chills and a sensation that something odd has happened. Scientists are quick to suggest that this phenomenon is just a “trick of the eyes” but fail to explain both how and why. Some explainable scientific phenomena: matadornetwork.com/bnt/60-insane-cloud-formations-from-around-the-world-pics/ Halos – http://www.atoptics.co.uk/opod.htm

Brocken Spectre

Brocken Spectre

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august-2011-aurora-borealis-calgary-

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It is possible that these unexplained apparitions are just the hallucinations of the brain as it tries to decipher the edge of visual perception but others believe that it is in this marginal zone that the eye and the mind is able to perceive another more paranormal dimension. These Flickering Spirits are often described as being cloaked but those that have trained themselves to observe this phenomenon simply describe a blurred outline that can easily be mistaken for dark clothing. According to late 16th century culture and superstition, these Flimmern-Geists were largely associated with death. They may well have given rise to the popular image of the “Grim Reaper” the personification of Death – a dark hooded figure that flickered in-and-out of a person’s vision shortly before they died. There is a current school of occult thought that proposes that these “Flicker-Ghosts” are somehow the guides that lead a person’s soul to the afterlife. The reality is that nobody really knows why or how individuals see these things but there is no doubt that many millions do. In fact, so many humans see them that they treat them as just-one-of those-things that, you know, just happen.

Presence - oil on canvas Lee Campbell

Presence – oil on canvas Lee Campbell

Can objects contain ‘spirits’ I wonder? The Japanese have a wide variety of ghosts including those who inhabit objects such as ships. The above painting holds multiple meanings for me and a positive and guarding energy normally emanates from it but on one occasion it was the source of a ‘flicker – spirit’ which caused a visitor’s dog to leap up and run after it. My current series of work has involved issues of absence and perceived presences:

Visage oil on canvas Lee Campbell

Visage oil on canvas Lee Campbell

Haiku - oil on canvas - Lee Campbell

Haiku – oil on canvas – Lee Campbell

What does a ghost look like ?? Each culture has it’s own concept of what a ghost looks like and it’s interesting to note that the image of the floating white/grey figure as a ghost has only existed in British culture since Victorian times along with seances and ectoplasm.

Hammersmith Ghost 1804

Hammersmith Ghost 1804

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ghost-of-kanada-koheiji Japanese Ghosts All 3 images represent Japanese Ghosts and I wonder which of these my readers feel to be the most representative to their own personal idea of a ‘ghost’?

 

 

 

http://www.markoftheparanormal.com/articles/files/Download/japaneseghostsandspirits.pdf To read more on this subject see

Finally – CATS!!

Charla White: charla@theshadowlands.net One for cat lovers:

 

http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2012/03/how-your-cat-is-making-you-crazy/8873/2/

http://news.nationalgeographic.co.uk/news/2013/01/220113-sneaky-cat-parasite-takes-over-human-brains-science/

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