Acrylic on canvas. Neo-archetypal totem. Painting initiated 18th of October 2021, completed 14th of September 2023. Published Spring Equinox, 23rd September. Interesting things coinciding with the eleventh original 3rd Eye Art-work include the Russian invasion of Ukraine the exact day I painted the R for Rated-R, Registered Trademark, Ra, Rome, Russia. Finger on the pulse. Also befitting, the Julian Assange saga playing out in the media again, Belmarsh extradition plans, parallel the fourth and final in the Intermission of the Novices series. The first in the series, Hocus Pocus, saw Assange issued with a European Arrest Warrant for questioning in relation to allegations of sexual assault. While this time around Russell Brand faces similar allegations.

Wednesday grunted. “Just spooks. Members of the opposition. Black hats.”

“I think,” said Shadow, “that they think they’re the white hats.”

“Of course they do. There’s never been a true war that wasn’t fought between two sets of people who were certain they were in the right. The really dangerous people believe they are doing whatever they are doing solely and only because it is without question the right thing to do. And that is what makes them dangerous.”

“And you?” asked Shadow. “Why are you doing what you’re doing?”

“Because I want to,” said Wednesday. And then he grinned. “So that’s all right.”

American Gods, Neil Gaiman

Dark Shadows – Intermission of the Novices IV