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Monday, October 17, 2011
The title of this piece sounds like something from the 1960s. That was the time when I was at art college in London, but I was not part of the hippy scene which was popular back then. Fads fade, but great art stands the test of time. I hope my work will stand that test!
Thursday, September 8, 2011
I find music can be the most expressive of all of the arts, and abstract art sometime comes close to it. The paintings of Wassily Kandinsky are a good example. My mandalas are in part an attempt to also get close to the sensation that you can feel when listening to music.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Monday, July 18, 2011
This mandala design was not based originally on a dandelion. Thats what it reminded of, after I had finished it. Sometimes, I have no idea of what I am going to create at first. It can be very exciting to use a more random approach, until something starts to emerge. It is important to have an open mind, be playful, and have fun with it.
Monday, July 11, 2011
As an artist, I am fascinated by design, and the incredible designs found in nature. Wilson Bentley, a self taught farmer from Vermont, USA, was the the first person to photograph a snow crystal (snowflake) in 1885, and spent the rest of his life recording them. According to Bentley, no two are alike! His book "Snow Crystals" contains 2400, and yes, no two are alike. Designs and patterns abound in the universe, and we are part of that pattern.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
The island of Lindisfarne is located off the Northumbrian coast, England. It is also called Holy Island, and was a primary pilgrimage site for Celtic Christians. Whatever your religion or believe, Lindisfarne is a spiritual and mystical place where you can find calm and solace. Although we may not have a physical place like Lindisfarne to go to, mandalas can act in a similar way, bringing peace and tranquility to our lives.
It has been said that there is harmony, peace and bliss in the sound of Om. It is the most important word in Hinduism and is held sacred, the expression of spiritual perfection. A short but powerful word that starts with O, which is also a circle. I have tried to capture a sense of sound and power in my mandala.