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Sam W. Pisciotta
Artist | Professional | Traditional Art
United States
I work and live in Colorado in the United States as an artist and art instructor. My passion is mixed media and drawing (graphite and charcoal) but I love experimenting with other media also. Currently playing with incorporating audio and video into my work.
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Door 5 Surrounded

When I was a child, my mother once spread a line of rock salt around our house. This was supposed to keep out the evil spirits. She did it on the advice of a family friend, and I have my suspicions that it was nothing but a great game to her. But for me this was a moment ripe with truth and significance. Something could be done to stand up to fear. 

Now there is fear that I will not make deadlines, fear that my technique will not carry the weight, fear that I am not good enough, fear that I have started too late, fear that other people will laugh, that I don’t have anything important to say.  I am surrounded. 

I have no salt to ward off demons.  But I have pens, and paper, and pencils, and paintbrushes.
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16 Doors: A Visual Journal on Creativity

Door 4—A Single Light

 

From a distance, candlelight leaves us wanting more.  The softness of darkness overpowers its light, erasing the glow between flickers.

I approach an idea with the understanding that an unexpected gust might extinguish it.  I’ve learned to approach from the side, with my eyes closed. The act of creation is mythic. We don’t understand it, so we make up stories about it, divine its impetus and process.  But creativity is not magic. There are no spells to recite nor powder to throw into the fire. All real work is born from toil.

Go into the world, fill yourself with joy and pain and triumph and disappointment and comfort and desolation.

And sit down every single day—every-single-day—and bring something new into the world. Write, paint, draw, compose. Start with a single light and work to set the world ablaze.

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Door 3

16 Doors: A Visual Journal on Creativity

Door 3—Slipping into Water

Earth, Fire, Air, Water.  It is water that keeps watch over our subconscious selves.  Deep within the dark, cold pools of memory, we hide our secrets, our desires. Near the bottom, my muse lies waiting.  She will not call out. It is up to me to find her, to let myself drift down into the shadows were heartbeats slow and time has little meaning.

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Door 2

16 Doors: A Visual Journal on Creativity

Door 2—At the Stairway

Journeys don’t always begin with a climb. Sometimes they begin with a decent.

Light is easier to find when it is surrounded by darkness.

A dive inward can be arduous. A toiling of the soul. And it can also be dangerous. There is a threat to the ego that cannot be ignored.  We build a façade that represents us to the world, and in due course, we believe it ourselves.

I descend into the underworld with my piece of silver, on offering for the boatman. It is a passage that must be undertaken if lead will ever be transmuted to gold.

To create is to know one’s self.

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A current project called 16 Doors.  I'm exploring my process of creativity through the metaphors of alchemy and journey. Published in 16 parts. Also at www.instagram.com/silo34/
16 Doors: A Visual Journal. Door 1--Threshold

Salt, Sulfur and Mercury. The trinity of the alchemical arts. 

Salt is the principle of stability.  It is in-combustible. It is not active.  Salt is fixed in nature.  To move forward, it needs something more.

I stand at the threshold, facing the blank page, pencil in hand.  Resistance calls for me to put the pencil down, close the cover of this journal.  It tells me I should organize my desk, check my news app, anything other than engage in the process of creation.

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Bringing something new into this world is not easy. Occasionally it will happen as if by magic, a sudden transmutation within the ether. But more usually, it requires a herculean push. It asks me to shed my fear of failure, my fear of success, my fear of exposure. I am required to MOVE.

But like a pillar of salt looking back at a world lost to the divine, action is not in my nature.

Mercury is the principle of flow. It melts and fuses the stable with the volatile. I close my eyes and pause in the darkness, waiting for the quicksilver to enter my veins, to ignite the Sulphur, to light my path. And then, with a motion like a whisper, I lower my hand and lay charcoal to paper. A simple line forms, and suddenly I find myself on the other side of the door.

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ansdesign Featured By Owner 4 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Happy Birthday, Sam. :cake:
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Silo34 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! Much appreciated 😊
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ansdesign Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
It's my pleasure. I hope you had a wonderful day. :)
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Nat-ti Featured By Owner 5 days ago
Already May 16th in France... Happy birthday, Sam ! Cheers with Champagne Emoticon 
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Silo34 Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you so much! 😊
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InkyGoat Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
OOHH 
thx for the watch, welcome to the INK covered GOAT squad!
(PS if you get another notification about me watching you it might be a glitch since i had a blackout right after)
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Silo34 Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2016  Professional Traditional Artist
You're welcome, and thank you also!
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InkyGoat Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
XD
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karloshi Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2016   General Artist
Thanks for watching.
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Samikleo Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you for the watch :D
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