Sometimes’ a painting’s subject is straightforward, and then there are the other times when an uncertain change of light transforms the painting, illuminating the more mystical side of reality. Notes from the Other Side began simply. A close view of two water lilies. But as I painted, I saw possibilities for interesting patterns in the water, then in the partially submerged lily pads, and then the baldderwarts hopped into the picture. As i worked on adding the reflected clouds, I was reminded of the halos around sacred images. The painting started to take a mystical turn. Perhaps it was the influence of showing Morris Graves’s wonderful paintings to my students? Whatever the cause, I was delighted with the turn. Details below. Enjoy.