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Do you ever gaze across the ocean and ponder its vastness, mystery, and unexplored depths? It is the shared gaze of humanity. Our collective history is filled with references to sea creatures, sirens, and ancient gods of the oceans. As our technology has progressed, some of our fascination has shifted from the oceans towards the unknowns of space. Still, the ocean elicits strong feelings of wonder and longing…perhaps even fear.

Cream, Tales of Brave Ulysses

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What is it about the ocean that beckons us? Is it the call of the heroic journey that inspires our sense of adventure and fuels our fantasies…or nightmares? Famed psychologist Carl Jung suggested the ocean is symbolic of the mysterious unexplored depths of our mind and the vastness of our soul. There is so much to be explored…within ourselves and one another. All too often, others only see our surface or mask and we do the same to them. In truth, we may only see our own surface as well and fear going deep within ourselves to explore our own mysteries and the vastness of our soul.

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On my journey, I am filled with wonder and longing for Her AND I fear drowning in her body.

You see a girl’s brown body dancing through the turquoise,
her footprints make you follow where the sky loves the sea.
When your fingers find her, she drowns you in her body,
Carving deep blue ripples in the tissues of your mind.

Lyrics by Eric Clapton and Martin Sharp

In the process of pulling in several posts from my lost blog that was lost at sea. Original digital art from 2014. ~ Michael

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9 thoughts on “Tales of Brave Ulysses

  1. Love your digital art… I’m in my third year of learning digital design and it’s becoming another passion of mine. It’s always inspiring to see someone else’s work. My favorite artist is Philip Straub. Your artwork reminds me of some of the things he’s done.

    1. Thank you Michelle ☺️ These are older works but there is a warmth about them I still enjoy. I googled Philip Straub and I’m certainly not worthy of that comparison but do appreciate it. I admire his dreamy, mystical style and should probably do a bit more of that vs. my more adult-focused creations. It will help me grow as an artist. Hope you will share some of your works at some point.

      1. Oh well, old or new, they’re still wonderful! And isn’t Philip amazing!?! I think with what you’ve shared here on your blog, that you could definitely accomplish the same dreamy, mystical style that he has. Yours already feels very much that way to me.

        I’ve shared some of my sketches on my other blog, but none of my digital art. Here’s the link if you want to see. You’ll have to scroll down a bit to find them all.

        I have an old painting on there as well. It’s fun to look back and see where I started, and the progression since.

        Oh and before I forget, I never got a notification of your reply to me. I was rereading this post of yours and noticed that you had. So just in case others aren’t getting your notifications, now you know that it’s happening. I hate it when that sort of thing happens!

  2. The ocean – I am certainly infatuated with her mysteries.

    1. She is a lot like you 😘

  3. These are beautiful. My favorite is the third one down, by itself, with the pink tail. I like the way her hair floats and her pose. I love the ocean- you are right that it’s fascinating and fear inducing. So beautiful but it can be deadly. Hmm… that makes me feel a bit fierce 😈

    1. Thanks so much for this comment ✨ It seems we both have a thing for pink ☺️You have me sitting thinking about the duality of the ocean – so much like our own psyche and sexual fantasies.

  4. I’m intrigued

    1. That’s great, curiosity is a good start ☺️

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