I was honored to be in the East Oregonian Newspaper in the Lifestyles section and I wanted to share it with you all. I don’t want to explain away the article, I’ll just let you read it. Phil Wright did the story and E.J. Harris took the photos, for me they both did an amazing job. Give me enough time and I could thank them over and over. People keep coming up and telling me how much they enjoyed reading it and getting to know me better by doing so. Alright, here is the link to the great story and pictures that I was honored by.Rosco “Carrico” Crooke by Phil Wright and E.J. Harris of the East Oregonian Newspaper
Gallery opening coming up Thursday night June 4th and running thru June 26th. This should be an amazing time. Lots of black lights and the windows will be sealed to not leak any light inside. This way the glow in the dark paintings will be able to be properly showcased and the black lights are going to be great. Bought lots of equipment just for this occasion. Hope everyone that reads this will stop by either June 4th for the opening or sometime while the show runs until June 26th. Thank you all so much. God is good!
Struggling with my own emotions for years has always had me wondering how emotions change people over the long term. I’ve seen so many people change after the loss of a loved one in various ways. Death is obviously the one people think of the most when it comes to loss, but what about people growing up and moving on or breakup’s or divorce? These are forms of loss for many of us as well and they change us. I’m bringing up loss because when I think of “Emotions” this is the one area that most people understand as being “very emotional.” There is this struggle to not change after losing someone, the more I think about that I realize it’s impossible. People “reach inside you and take a hold of you” and that’s just a fact. When that person leaves “you don’t get to hold onto the part of you they have.” That piece now belongs to them and there isn’t anything you, me, or anyone else can do to change this. Anger, bitterness, jealousy, melancholy, pleasure, pain, and everything else are emotions we are are familiar with and we try to lock many of them away. There are correct times to feel all of these emotions!
I struggle with how people say,”don’t let that bother you, don’t worry about that, don’t let that get you down.” It’s as if we are constantly being instructed to “not feel anything!” I want to feel great, happy, joyful, and on top of the world all the time, but that’s not completely possible. There are moments that come along and “take a stand inside you.” If I try to ignore those moments it just ends up much worse later on. Emotions can be misleading very often, but they aren’t evil and they do have “VALUE” in our lives. The reality is that most friends and family just want everyone around them “at peace” and so they use words to try and make that happen. It takes a patient person to simply “walk with someone through there emotional upheaval.” Most people will not do this, they go into their default mode of “just make the person calm.” Sometimes calm and peaceful isn’t what you should feel. When there is loss, injustice, or evil going on our emotions should be quickened up.
I don’t want to explain this piece away, the people that it was meant for will understand the color and design. This much I will say, “Emotions metamorphosis is like a series of chaotic waves moving through us and changing at any moments notice. It’s filled with up’s and down’s, but as far as the shift in energy is concerned, it’s something that can’t be explained with words. So Art is really the only way of seeing it and making any sense of how emotions change and over time they change us.”
P.S. I know this post is very scattered, frazzled, and messy, but that’s part of the idea. Sometimes it’s good to be raw and all over the place for a bit. Not as a style of life, but without moments of heavy unrefined release we can sometimes collapse inside. I don’t want to collapse inside anymore, so now I do what I have to.
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Thank you so much for your time, Rosco “Carrico” Crooke
Around 10 months went by with this image in my head and yet I wouldn’t let myself work on this piece. Sometimes I get very stubborn about what I’m going to work on first. I had at least 6 other paintings lined up in my mind that I had to get out before I would allow myself to finally get started.
Over the 10 months of waiting it become more clear to me all the time. When I think of passion in any form it always stands out to me as a single cell first. Whether it’s passion for a person, place, idea, or whatever else; it has to start in the smallest form first. This is the smallest form of passion you’ll find. A single cell that represents the complexity, beauty, life and yet chaotic simplicity of overall design; that is how passion really works in us. Passion often feels like “singleness of mind” as to something you want. That singleness is much more complicated than it seems. Why else would people be willing to fight for what they are passionate about and why would they be willing to give things up for that same reason?
Passion is full of color, danger, holes, highs and lows. It’s a more than a feeling, thought, dream, or biological reaction. It’s something that resides inside of us right down at our deepest core. Sometimes passion drives us wild and sometimes we can go completely crazy from our passions. Trying to “manage our passions” is often overdone and yet sometimes needed.
A clear vision of passion is very important to me. It helps with understanding why chasing down a dream is so important and why living without passion “really isn’t living at all.”
I hope you’ve all enjoyed my short post about passion and why I created the painting. This was on my mind and I had to just get it out and share it.
God Bless you and may you embrace your passion for going after life and not just existing
Sincerely, Rosco “Carrico” Crooke
Months ago I could feel doubt trying to creep into my thoughts about my passion for art. Doubt is usually this little voice squeaking in your head that tells you why something isn’t going to work. It has an amazing way of giving you every reason that something is a “bad idea” or “isn’t safe or usually done that way.” It’s with this small quiet voice that doubt has so much power. Finally I knew I needed to create a piece to visualize doubt and be able to move past it. I have always had to visualize things a certain way before I could move on. Now that I’ve embraced painting, it’s allowing me to put that vision into a solid form to be remembered and studied. So I went to work on creating,”The Tree of Doubt.” The East Oregonian Newspaper mentioned this painting recently. Here’s a link to the article
Everything you see in the painting is done for a specific reason. The colors ans shapes I picked for very particular reasons and the shape of the tree is very particular of course to explain the shape do doubt. I don’t like to explain away my pieces by filling in all the blanks and laying out all the info like a technical manual. What I will do is give some information about it and leave the rest to the viewer. Notice that the branches on the tree all aim down and in slightly. That’s because doubt doesn’t let you grow up or out, only down and in to make a person collapse upon themselves. Notice that the base is very small and the roots are hardly there. That’s because doubt keeps you from growing roots as well. You’ll also notice that the tree is tilted slightly as well, almost like the tree is going to fall over. “That’s where doubt always keeps you!!!” Doubt is what leads people to “Exist” and not LIVE! It is merciless in the way it takes a hold of a person and it never wants to surrender. So remember that you can’t make doubt surrender, instead you have to “KILL” doubt! You must resolve yourself to never listening to it and being a destroyer of any doubt that enters your life and the lives of those immediately around you. If you don’t take this approach, a small seed of doubt will start to grow and enter into the Kingdom of your heart and mind again. Doubt, fear, and everything like them are more powerful than we realize. Once I finished this piece I could feel the life in doubt fading away and no longer remaining. I hope that is how anyone that looks at this piece feels and acts after looking at this piece. It might take time to conquer doubt, but it is totally necessary to move forward in life.
Thank you all so much for your time
Any questions or comments please feel free and encouraged to send them.
Thanks again, Rosco “Carrico” Crooke