• Storm Ritter

duels of despair

Oh, the battle of balance. Anyone else quietly, yet manically, trying to find sanity? How do we juggle all the emotions!? Feels like I am haphazardly throwing around my energies, while battling society's expectations of normalcy.


This past week, I painted Duel of Despair and Battle of Balance. Ironically, the pieces ended up puzzle-piecing themselves together seamlessly. Pretty telling about my mood, eh?


These 4x6" canvases are special talismans to add to your space--a possession to house all the energies. Their stories outline the shared journeys we are all undertaking. No matter who you are, I bet you have some crazy shit on your plate -- I feel you!!!

Even amongst all the chaos, I am still Entranced by so much. I can thrive, painting away alone in my studio, but I am also a massive extrovert, constantly captivated by adventures and projects. Time will tell how our bewitching world will take it's next steps. Needless to say, I am feeling like a puppet -- yearning for renewed freedom.

We just have to make our own magic. Divination is the answer. Conjure up some stronger mojo, use your inner spirit, and keep your most prominent energies at bay. Stay at ONE with yourself and keep your loved souls as close as your socially-distancing-self can.

On a final note, I'd like to cue up the prophet, Ozzy, with the song, End of the Beginning. The lyrics couldn't be more accurate. Nothing like Black Sabbath for a solid sermon.

Is this the end of the beginning? Or the beginning of the end? Losing control or are you winning? Is your life real or just pretend?

Reanimation of the sequence Rewinds the future to the past To find the source of the solution The system has to be repaired

Release your mind Fast forward to the secrets of your soul Your life's on overload Is this your fate?

Will you decide what makes you an entity That's your identity Well if you don't know Which way to go

You might be lost and confused A second chance no time to lose

Reanimation of your cyber sonic soul Transforming time and space beyond control Rise up and resist to be the master of your fate Don't look back before today- tomorrow is too late

You don't want to be a robot ghost Occupied inside a human host Analyzed and cloned relentlessly Synthesized until they set you free

Alright-okay, alright Till they set you free

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