Being in the Crossover

Confluence’ (Oil painting on board by Alan Rayner, 2021) Here combined are the local tangible elements of Earth (solid), Water (liquid) and Air (gas) formed from the intangible elements of Fire/light and Space/darkness, symbolized further by the two wings, two tail streamers and head and body of an arctic tern (which migrates annually between Arctic and Antarctic circles). We also see a transition from radial/spherical symmetry associated with stillness and bilateral symmetry associated with movement. Correspondingly, the imagery symbolizes the vitality of the mutually inclusive bodily and soulful/spiritual middle in bringing seemingly opposite but actually complementary viewpoints (as per left and right wings) into confluence.
Swallow Hole’ (Acrylic painting on board by Alan Rayner, 2019) From superficial surface; To cavernous interior; To endless ocean; To superficial surface; Life flows in cycles and spirals: Immersing us; Buoying us; Soothing us; Exciting us; Scaring us; As we live its adventurous; Path: Between pools and rapids; Paddling our own canoes; Imagining we hold our destiny; in our own hands; When, quite clearly; We don’t: Swallowing life hole; Makes us well; Opposing life’s current; Makes it a bitter pill; To swallow
Compassion Fruit’ (Oil painting on canvas by Alan Rayner, 2008). The confluence of classical elements of Earth, Air, Fire and Water via a zero-point at their vertical-horizontal intersection, enables the emergence of a Passiflora vine, symbolizing the natural inclusion of Love in Life.
Holding Openness’ (Oil painting on canvas by Alan Rayner, 2005) Light as a dynamic natural inclusion of darkness continually brings an endless diversity of flow-form to life
Willowy Bridge’ (Oil painting on board by Alan Rayner, 1974) A rowing boat is guided along a channel, too narrow to dip its oars, between opposing cliffs of abusive aggression and serene obstinacy, symbolized by hawks and swans. The way out into the sunlit ocean is through a curtain of leaves trailing from the hair of two willowy female figures who bridge across the chasm between sides that, at base, are not so very unlike one another.



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Alan Rayner

Alan Rayner

Alan Rayner is an evolutionary ecologist, writer and artist, who is pioneering the philosophy of natural inclusion