“Forty-four Views of Mt. Signal” ~ Work continues on the desert series of prints…

I’m working on a series of digital prints in various formats, all based on views of Mount Signal. Mount Signal was used by the early Pioneers and Native Americans as a landmark to help guide them through the desert. On a clear winter morning, Mount Signal appears to leap into the scenic foreground making for a spectacular view. My idea is to do something very similar to the Japanese woodblock masters of old. The prints could be assembled in any number or variations desired. The full set of forty-four prints would be bound up in a traditional Japanese print folder styled in my artwork.

No.6 View of Mt. Signal from Old Mexico

Katsushika Hokusai (葛飾 北斎? October 31, 1760 (exact date questionable) – May 10, 1849) was a Japanese artist, ukiyo-e painter and printmaker of the Edo period. He was influenced by such painters as Sesshu, and other styles of Chinese painting. Born in Edo (now Tokyo), Hokusai is best known as author of the woodblock print series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (富嶽三十六景 Fugaku Sanjūroku-kei?, c. 1831) which includes the internationally recognized print, The Great Wave off Kanagawa, created during the 1820s.

The Great Wave off KanagawaHokusai created the “Thirty-Six Views” both as a response to a domestic travel boom and as part of a personal obsession with Mount Fuji. It was this series, specifically The Great Wave print and Fuji in Clear Weather, that secured Hokusai’s fame both in Japan and overseas. As historian Richard Lane concludes, “Indeed, if there is one work that made Hokusai’s name, both in Japan and abroad, it must be this monumental print-series…”. While Hokusai’s work prior to this series is certainly important, it was not until this series that he gained broad recognition.

~ sidestreetsam

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“Jasper says…” Book Release Party Planned for October 24th

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Jasper has a new book! That’s right, folks! Jasper has just come out with his first book, “Jasper Says…” The book release party will be held from 9am to 2pm, October 24th, at the Community Church of Poway, United Church of Christ, 13501 Community Road, during the annual Fall Festival and Craft Fair. Lots of craft items and pet vendors will be on hand. The Motivators will provide fun and positive music from 11am to 12:30pm. A Blessing of the Animals ceremony is scheduled for 1pm.

 ~ sidestreetsam

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New Artwork ~ Triptych – View of Mt. Signal from Ocotillo

~ Howdy, Folks!

Here is some new artwork composed in CorelDraw X3. Enjoy!


Triptych – View of Mt. Signal from Ocotillo ~ © 2015 Sam Hallmark ~ Pencil / Digital

~ sidestreetsam

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“Jasper Says…” Book Release Party Scheduled for October 24th!

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Jasper has a new book! That’s right, folks! Jasper has just come out with his first book, “Jasper Says…” The book release party will be held from 9am to 2pm, October 24th, at the Community Church of Poway, United Church of Christ, 13501 Community Road, during the annual Fall Festival and Craft Fair. Lots of craft items and pet vendors will be on hand. The Motivators will provide fun and positive music from 11am to 12:30pm. A Blessing of the Animals ceremony is scheduled for 1pm.

 ~ sidestreetsam

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The Return of the Phantom Blot

~ A little something from my retro-past. Originally appeared in Gold Key’s Walt Disney’s Comics & Stories, Vol. 24, No. 8, May 1964.

Phantom Blot

“The Return of the Phantom Blot”  ©2015 Sam Hallmark – 6.75″ x 6.0″ – Gouache


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New Painting ~ “Luminous Being in Landscape”

Luminous Being In Pink

“Luminous Being in Landscape”  ©2015 Sam Hallmark – 18″ x 24″ – Acrylic

Here is a new canvas with a luminous being in the foreground. They often appear to me as I fall asleep. Much like Morpheus in old Greek myths luminous beings guide me from evening-tide into my nighttime dreamscape. Although at times mysteriously shrouded they often appear as glowing energy balls. Sometimes egg-shaped they emit wiggling bands of energy in all directions at once.

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In fact, all living creatures appear on a certain plane of existence as glowing egg-shaped energy balls. Our presence is beneficial to each other. We are constantly making connections and remaking connections with other luminous beings. When a connection is made I am instantly filled with feelings of bliss and well-being.

Call them luminous beings, glowing energy balls, spirit guides and helpers… they contribute in a huge way with centering each one of our spirit selves.

Luminous Being #1

~ samwell

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“Mind on Fire – The World’s Aflame”


“Mind on Fire – The World’s Aflame”  ©1973 Jerald Ault


"Minds Afire, Worlds Aflame" ~ January 6, 2006

“Minds Afire – World’s Aflame!”  ©2006 Sam Hallmark

~ samwell

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“The Indians of Anza Borrego and Their Rock Art”

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The earliest inhabitants of the Anza Borrego Desert left hardly a trace of their passing. Flourishing sometime between 5000 to 8000 years ago, these early peoples were completely nomadic. They pursued large game, caught fish and waterfowl.

Rock Art #2Our understanding begins with the written historical record beginning in the year 1774. This was due to the expedition led by Juan Bautista de Anza through the desert on his way to California from Tubac, Arizona.

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Three main tribes make up the prehistoric and recent historical inhabitants of Anza Borrego. These are the Cahuilla to the north and east, the Northern Diegueño off to the west, and the Kumeyaay to the south.

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Petroglyphs and pictographs remain as the representational art left behind by these tribes. The rock art is more plentiful here than in most other regions of North America. Petroglyphs are created by picking directly into the dark stain of desert varnish which coats the rock surface. When picked through, the lighter colored underlying granite is exposed. This results in a lasting image. Pictographs, on the other hand, are painted on the rock using ancient formulas to achieve a range of colors.

Rock Art #5Interpretation of rock art is always a matter of conjecture, because the true meaning has often been lost to the sands of time. One thing is certain, that many of the symbols and glyphs have a mystical or ritual quality and come into use in initiation ceremonies, fertility and marriage ceremonies, astronomical and or astrological observations, visions and dreams and even historical records. The importance of these carvings and paintings to the various tribal shamans cannot be over emphasized.

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~ samwell

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“Lucid Dreaming”

Lucid Dreamer

Q. So, how do I go about ‘Lucid Dreaming’?

It’s important to set the scene up properly. While going into a lucid dreaming state you’ll listen to something playing lightly in the background. I believe, it’s my personal theory, that by choosing content of a benign nature, colorful, musical, with a real fantasy component, you can avoid the accumulation of negative energies found in shows depicting realistic violence, blood, etc.

Q. What kind of shows should I use?

Interestingly, our subconscious minds can discern the difference between implied reality and pure fantasy. All funny, colorful, musical, cartoon shows seem to work. Gumby is perfect being somewhat cast as a claymation Zen Buddhist! (just check out Art Clokey!) Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies are also a good choice. Strangely enough, the Three Stooges also work well. Multiple viewings of these films familiarizes the subconscious mind and commits to deep memory the various scenarios. This allows you to meditate on the totality of the experience without paying attention to what’s going on. After time and practice (yes, believe it or not!) you’ll be able to incorporate this discipline into a decompression routine you can use before you prepare for bedtime. Here it’s possible to develop something useful. Lucid dreaming. Lucid dreaming allows us to dream with a purpose. Solve your daily problems while you dream intentionally.


Start by dimming the lights. Prepare for bed and get into your quiet spot. Put on the cartoons with the sound turned real low but still audible. Close your eyes and visualize the cartoon you’re not watching. Then pose a problem you can solve with lucid dreaming. It works best if you have a goal in mind. Your first task is to look at your hands and tell yourself, “I have found my hands and I am also really dreaming!” Don’t move on until you accomplish this first task. You’ll know deep down when you are lucid dreaming because you feel a certain clarity that exists beyond words and language. It’s possible to accomplish important tasks while lucid dreaming. But it takes a lot of work. At first you may want to keep a dream diary, where you write down all your dream activity. Sometimes alarm clocks are employed to wake you up at predetermined intervals if you can’t remember a significant amount of dream material.

Q. What can you do in a lucid dream?

Well, it seems to rely on how open to possibilities you are in your waking life. With enough faith anything is possible. One of the smaller tasks possible with lucid dreaming is finding lost objects. This really works! With lucid dreaming you can review conversations as they actually happened as opposed to the version spinning in your head. You can also review situations that you took place in. Lucid dreaming allows you to witness the replay of any situation as a spectator instead of a confused participant. This can be immensely valuable when re-examining your own behaviors with a cold and dispassionate eye.

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~ Luminous Being in Landscape ~ ©2015  Sam Hallmark

And with enough practice, patience, and faith, it’s possible with lucid dreaming to check in on your loved ones from impossible distances. You can also visit with those who have passed on to the afterlife. You can reconcile with your loved ones and tell all those important people the things that you couldn’t say in real life for whatever reason. You can visit famous people from the past. Or visit special people, mentors in life who made you what you are today. Don’t be surprised to be tasked with some sort of question or small mission to be completed by yourself. It’s almost as if you are being tested to see if you are paying attention. Lucid dreaming is a circle. Everything is a circle. Going around and around again. Lucid dreaming works best when you open up to whatever pulls you into the circle. Just flow with it.

~ samwell

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“The Art of Seeing” and “The Warrior’s Way”

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~ Luminous Being ~ ©2015  Sam Hallmark

From our previous post we learned a little about Carlos Castaneda and his background. While a controversial figure in his own right, it is clear there is a golden thread of truth woven throughout Castaneda’s work. Something rings true about Don Juan’s ‘Creed of the Warrior’. The way of the warrior looms large in any discussion of Don Juan’s philosophy. Don Juan’s teaching is based on an ancient Toltec’s warrior way of thought. The Way of the Warrior could teach a young sorcerer how to think, talk, and act appropriately, in every possible situation.

According to Don Juan’s teachings, humans are pure energy. You and I are in fact swirling balls of light energy. The Toltec process of ‘seeing’ allows the seer to experience how things really look, that is, the totality of our reality can be observed. When your skills at ‘seeing’ progress to the choice moment you can observe people as luminous balls of light and energy. The central part of the luminous egg swirls either clockwise or counterclockwise. All the while emitting luminous strands of light from somewhere in the egg’s mid-section. You can ‘see’ that some luminous eggs connect with other luminous eggs in a strange transference of light energy.

Luminous Energy Ball

~ Samwell

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