Today’s Image – September 19 through September 28, 2011

I’ve decided to try and create a habit of posting an image a day on my Facebook page… a process I started a week and a half ago on the 19th.

Here’s the first image I posted.

Raising The World Tree - Incoming Comet - Image 1

All the images posted so far have been from a series called Raising The World Tree/Incoming Comet.

These mixed-media collages on paper are each about 7″ wide by 8 1/2 ” high and were created in 1997 and 1998.

Raising The World Tree

The idea of raising The World Tree is a common mythical theme in many different religions. Here’s the Wikipedia quote:

The world tree is a motif present in several religions and mythologies, particularly Indo-European religions, Siberian religions, and Native American religions. The world tree is represented as a colossal tree which supports the heavens, thereby connecting the heavens, the earth, and, through its roots, the underground. It may also be strongly connected to the motif of the tree of life.

I think of “Raising The World Tree” in the same way as the Hopi – that we currently live in the Fourth World which is coming to an end someday, at that point a new World Tree will be raising up which will be the beginning of the Fifth World.

Incoming Comet

One of the things that stood out while creating these pieces was the large red spot which moved through the drawings, a reoccurring icon like a comet of old, appearing in the sky like a harbinger of some event just beyond the horizon of the moment.

Here’s a painting from the same time I was doing the drawings, it’s called (Hank William’s) Lost Highway, and has the same red spot moving through it…

I’m not saying what comet that is, I’m just saying – it’s a comet…

i love AWC

Above: a few of the several hundred new buttons I’ve made for AWC because “i love AWC”…

Compassion For Long Beach

A new collective re-opened this last month here in Long Beach called Avalon Wellness Collective, or AWC for short.

I have to tell you, the place is really awesome, and that’s not just because I got to design their logo and website, or because I’ve been able to continue taking photos of the herb at AWC, both for their website and for my collection of herb photos – I have to tell you about AWC because this place really is a great collective.

They have a very nice, re-modeled shop with handicapped access, a very clean and professional meds room, and compassion that comes from the heart.

Above: the med room at AWC – photo by Ron Woolhether

Besides the shop, AWC has a state-of-the-art growing operation that gives this collective the ability to keep the donation levels at $50 an 1/8th or below for top-grade medicine.

They have spent the last six months making the place 100% compliant with all the local Long Beach regulations as well as SB 420 and still breathes the spirit of Prop 215 – The Compassionate Use Act of 1996.

Here’s their new video made by WeedMaps

If you live in the Long Beach area and are a medical marijuana patient I highly recommend you check out their website –, and then give them a visit. Tell them that “Jon, onehumanbeing sent you!”