The title of this painting is derived from a study of alchemy. Alchemy, the ancient art of transformation, was based on the seven principles of Hermetic philosophy, second of which is the “Principle of Correspondence” which states “That which is Above corresponds to that which is Below and that which is Below corresponds to that which is Above” meaning that there is a relationship between various planes of existence and the inner and outer worlds. By examining what can be perceived one can gain a certain sense of what is beyond perception. In this painting are hidden images that represent the male and female aspects (of mind) which alchemy was said to balance creating an “Intelligence of the Heart” or a “Feeling Intellect”. A lone figure on the horizon contemplates the landscape, the alchemist balancing his inner world, while the mountain above is reflected in the water below.
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I am Dave McNally, and I travel the world to paint and hike. Here are some of my experiences.