Into the Mystic

Into the Mystic is an abstract painting that explores my beliefs about the mysteries of life through the movement of color and the music of Van Morrison.
Into the Mystic Abstract Painting
Kimba Livesay, Into the Mystic, 2022, Acrylic on Canvas 40x40x2. In Private Collection.

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The Mystic

I’ve always been curious about the mysteries of life. I have many questions and maybe you do too? Where was my soul before I was born? Where will I go when I die? What is my divine purpose in this life? Believe it or not, I think I have an inkling of an idea to my questions, especially when I think about the mystic.

In the Beginning  

Into the Mystic by Van Morrison is one of my favorite songs. Yes, the painting was influenced by the song, although not entirely. I wanted to explore what would going into the mystic look like? The first two lines,

We were born before the wind
Also, younger than the sun

presented a Spiritual truth that vibrated in my soul. It opened the remembrance and knowing of creation. I believe Divine creation is fluid. At the top of the painting, you see colors of red, orange, blue and purple. The formless form of these colors embodies the creation of the wind and sun. The color white that ebbs and flows through creation is the energy of the Divine. Our universe was made into perfection.

The Sky

The next section of the painting is the blue heavens. The white circular paint represents the Milky Way galaxy, our solar system. Here white not only represents the Milky Way but Divine energy. This is the non-linear space and time where,

Magnificently we will float
Into the Mystic

It only makes sense that we will return to the mystic. Afterall we are made from ancient star and cosmic dust.

The Sea

The sea has a gypsy soul that runs through it. I’ll get to that in a minute. If you haven’t guessed, the painting does not mirror the order of the song, it’s all interconnected. 

Smell the sea and feel the sky
Let your soul and spirit fly

I love that Van Morrison separated soul and spirit. They are closely related but not the same. Your soul is the essence of who you are. Your Spirit is how you connect to the Divine and others. The color blue symbolizes the soul and the color purple is Spirit. They are closely intertwined as they touch the mystic.

Gypsy Soul

The gypsy soul is beautiful, free and ancient and associated with magic and shamanism.

And I wanna rock your gypsy soul
Just like way back in the days of old

I use the colors blue and green, colors of heaven and earth, to symbolize the gypsy soul. It is also the flag of red and yellow signify the energy of the foghorn as it blows.

Going Home

At the bottom of the painting, the sea is connected to creation, the mystic, the gypsy, the foghorn, heaven and earth. It is the cycle of life before we sail into the mystic. Morrison tells us that he wants to hear the foghorn blow.

I wanna hear it
I don’t have to fear it

And that reminds me of the poet John Donne when he wrote “For whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee.” It doesn’t matter if it’s a horn or a bell, eventually you will be called home into the Mystic. And what I think is incredibly Spiritually liberating is that you don’t have to fear it.

An Invitation

I invite you to listen to the song, Into the Mystic by Van Morrison, while viewing the painting.

Come on, girl
Too late to stop now.


Kimba creating Into the Mystic
Kimba painting Into to the Mystic, Photo 1


Kimba creating Into the Mystic
Kimba working on Into the Mystic, Photo 2

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