I just discovered a video of Kevin making a image he titled “Venus” at the Eugene Art Walk shot in September of 2013, seven months before I met Belle Burch. This is uncanny. Kevin refers to my Rose Cross study, and draws a rose. A beautiful woman let me take a photo of her because I was looking for a model for Fair Rosamond. Kevin knew Belle and Ambrose and took part in SLEEPS demonstrations.
Kevin lived in an apartment next to me for over ten years. I shared my study with him. He thought I was a Rosicrucian. I now understand we are in contact with the other side, very possibly with the Grateful Dead. All this (automatic) writing with chalk.
I can find no description of the devilish man holding Venus’s arm. He looks like Kevin who told me he was a Wiccan, and invited me to Eugene’s first Wiccan Fair held down by the river. He was painted by an artist of Dutch ancestry, John Van Hamersveld.
This is proof I did not target and stalk Belle Burch. I am an artist who went in search of a model at the Art Walk. Note the accordion music in the background of my interview with Jill and Belle. You can see the musicians. They look like sisters. Jill says she is a ‘Fitness Fanatic’. So is Belle – and Venus! Uncanny!
On Fri, Apr 18, 2014 at 6:59 PM, John Ambrose wrote:
Belle, my big project in Love Dance, a Broadway musical based upon the music of LOVE. Bryan was my best friend in HS. He was a roadie for the Byrds when he was 17. We hung out in a coffee shop in LA in 1963.
I about choked when you told me your were a dancer! Belle! You ring all my belles and set off all my whistles. It is just the way it is.
I want to see the hippie dance extravaganza on Broadway! How about you?
On Friday, I found her, at the Art Walk. I was filming a magical singer in Ken Keasy Square when I got a glimpse of her thru my lens. I come in for a close-up, and I gasp! Here she is, my model for Fair Rosamond that I have been searching for ever since I declared I was a Pre-Raphaelite in 1969. As an original hippie, I had always had long hair, but, now I was not holding back. I now carried a palette, my shield, and a brush, like a Knight’s Sword.
My hero, Dante Gabriel Rossetti had his Muse, Siddell, pose for his version of Fair Rosamond, but this image lacks refinement and good breeding. My Rosamond had to have a regal profile, a strong chin, and an angelic mouth. She would be more handson, than pretty. I did not want a poser, but a powerful personality that took risks. She had to be as radical as her paramour, King Henry FitzEmpress, the son of Geoffrey de Anjou. From Henry and Queen Eleanore were born the Plantagenets who would lauch the War of the Roses.
She must have felt my energy directed at her, for even though I used two singers as my human shield, a beautful women can feel the eyes of an admirer. She raises her lovely hand and waves me off. But I persist. And, now she makes her way to me. She has to know what I am up to. I pretend I do not see her coming my way. This is a musical, an ancient dance.
Please view the first two videos. Be patient before you behold her. At the corner of Floral Drive and Fairmount I have an epiphany. I knew I was weeks away from beholding her. She had to appear.
All of a sudden we are exchanging words, names, and ideas. I tell her about the family legend, and our friendship with Joaquin Miller who co-founded the Bohemian Club. She stops my narrative.
“The Bohemian Club? There is a Bohemian Club?”
I am aghast! No man has ever had such great fortune. I was convinced I would die before I met a woman who knew what a Bohemian was. Not only did she know the meaning, she wanted me to take her to this club – NOW!
I told this beautiful young woman Joaquin gathered artists, poets and writers at ‘The Abbey’ a salon in the Oakland Hills he also called the Hights.
“We should found a Bohemian Club here in Eugene!” I suggested and her eyes were twinkling with mischievousness. This is a young woman who loves thinking outside the box. Here is – Belle Companion!
“I am a radical!” She informs me. And I clutch my heart.
“Me too! Has anyone ever painted you? I would like to paint your portrait.”
“Someone did a drawing of me, but, I always wanted my portrait done.”
This conversation occurred after I turned my camera off because I did not want it to come between us. Her reaction to me telling her what my blog is about, is the end of my novel ‘Capturing Beauty’, for she captures me, takes my name and my number.
“We can talk!”
We speak the same timeless language.
I have already done one sketch of her looking down at her cellphone, her beauty fingers taking my name and capturing it. This is Fair Rosamond. At her spinning wheel, making flax threads for her embroidery. Here is the end of the clue of the Rouge Thread. Here is the splicing of the Rosy Quest to the thread that carry on the dream into the future.
My work is done. The Master has found his Apprentice – already doing the good work, and looking for a good and gallant deed to do! She knows who I am. She has been looking for me for a long time.
From Belmont, to Fairmount, my kindred have come to plant the kiss. Belle, my Beautiful Belle, is awake! And my heart, my mind, and my Bohemians Soul… soars! I am in love with my Muse. I always have been.
In the last video she is surrounded by beautiful old crones under the S of the Pepsi sign. How many, I dare not count lest I be whisked away the Land of the Living Grimm’s Fairytales. Then, the crone who has been concealing her, moves aside, and a curtain that has been closed, opens. I am on pins and needles to see her eyes. When I do, the sleeping kingdom is awoken. From a across the courtyard I give her a little kiss.
The painting above is titled ‘Lady Lilith’ by Dante Gabriel Rossetti. A Lily, and a Rose.
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Skeletons from the Closet: The Best of Grateful Dead was the first compilation album from the Grateful Dead. It was first released on LP in February 1974. The release was a ploy for Warner Bros. Records to cash in on the escalating popularity of the band (based on the sales of Workingman’s Dead and American Beauty).
Four of the tracks were not original Dead album studio recordings. This “Turn On Your Love Light” first appeared on the album The Big Ball, which was a loss leader sampler distributed by Warner Bros.; it had also appeared in longer form onLive/Dead. “One More Saturday Night” was taken from the band’s live release Europe ’72. And, “Mexicali Blues” was actually a track from guitarist Bob Weir‘s solo release Ace. The version of “St Stephen” on the European release ofSkeletons from the Closet is the identical recording from the Live/Dead LP with the long jam in the middle edited out.
- “The Golden Road (To Unlimited Devotion)” (Jerry Garcia, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, Ron “Pigpen” McKernan,Bob Weir) – 2:07
- Originally released on the album The Grateful Dead.
- “Truckin’” (Garcia, Lesh, Weir, Robert Hunter) – 5:09
- Originally released on the album American Beauty.
- “Rosemary” (Garcia, Hunter) – 1:58
- Originally released on the album Aoxomoxoa.
- “Sugar Magnolia” (Weir, Hunter) – 3:15
- Originally released on the album American Beauty.
- “St. Stephen” (Garcia, Lesh, Hunter) – 4:26
- Originally released on the album Aoxomoxoa.
- “Uncle John’s Band” (Garcia, Hunter) – 4:42
- Originally released on the album Workingman’s Dead.
As I mentioned in the comments section, I had contacted the artist for this work, John Van Hamersveld. He was kind enough to reply: "...The date was 1973 and I had the job of doing the drawing for "Skeletons From The Closet" cover. Note Jesus (modeled after the likeness of Gordon Mc McClelland (Rick Griffin's agent at the time both Rick and Gordon had become Christians) is in the middle of the composition. He's playing cards with Marlon Brando, as rebel biker (Hell's Angels) and the old actor Cesar Romero from the 50s, representing the Jerry Garcia nation, all sitting at a diner like cafe, outside the window is Buckmister Fuller in the Dymaxian (three wheeled bus) Car and the Frank Loyd Wright, Johnson Wax Building in the distance and above in the sky is the saucer from the "The Day The World Stood Still". The trophy in the center, chrome like sculpture is a globe as what they are betting on. The sun is on the back of the cards symbolized a hope. The ecology sign is on the match book, implying they were smoking pot. I really dedicated it to Rick Griffin at the time..." So now we know! Thanks for a great question that baffled the Deadhead experts.
The artwork for the front and back covers of the album was created by
The back cover depicts three men playing cards, with a globe in the center of the table. The futuristic Dymaxion car designed in 1933 by U.S. inventor and architect Buckminster Fuller is parked outside in the background. The three men appear as Marlon Brando from The Wild One, a long-haired bearded man in a graduation cap and gown and a bandito with a sly look on his face.
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The artwork for the front and back covers of the album was created by John Van Hamersveld. The back cover depicts three men playing cards, with a globe in the center of the table. The futuristic Dymaxion car designed in 1933 by U.S. inventor and architect Buckminster Fuller is parked outside in the background. The three men appear as Marlon Brando from The Wild One, a long-haired bearded man in a graduation cap and gown and Cesar Romero as The Cisco Kid. The front cover features the Roman goddess of fertility, Venus, from the painting by Sandro Botticelli, The Birth of Venus.
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