Monday, February 18, 2013

Wisdom Cirlce: Limitations

I always find this time of year rather a challenge.  It's easy to loose perspective, especially when the northern hemisphere winter seems to drag on.  My husband and I find our heads filled with thoughts of escape and change, but having young kids tends to ground us in reality.

Without the glorious inspiration of nature alive around me I find my art is subdued and sometimes monotone.  However, it has been the preparation of my workshops for 21 Secrets and Life Book 2013 that have keep me focused, and the challenge of commissions that have kept me fresh throughout the dull months of winter.

Down-times are a fact of life, and it is usually then that I allow myself to swim in the passive and let the neutral tones take over my work.  I find that allowing my thoughts to fall out of my head and into a mandala to be the most powerful form of therapy and expression.  I let these mandalas take on a life of their own, even if it seems completely removed from my usual style and color. (I teach a little of this technique in my online class "Wisdom Circles" if you are interested.)

When I create mandalas they take two forms: color and design.  Sometimes it's color that calls me, other times in design.  Either way my mandalas, or wisdom circles, are very powerful meditation aides for me, and deeply personal expressions of my processes and experiences.

Like everything in life, artistic confidence waxes and wanes.  There are crisis points where I ask myself if I really should be doing this, let alone sharing and teaching.  But I try to put a check on the internal dialogue and plow forward anyway, because at the end of the day, art is who I am...take it or leave it!

This mandala, called "Limitations", was done using Silks Acrylic Glaze, Dimensional Fabric Paint, Gold Gel Pen, and Embellishment on tinted pastel paper.

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  1. the colours may not be your trademark bright, but they are still so rich and gorgeous... I don't think you could do anything that wasn't full of gorgeous colour in one form or another... wishing a speedy taste of spring your way...xx

  2. A most beautiful and thoughtful piece. I love it. xx

  3. I love them Dion...And your Springtime will bring even more beauty to inspire beautiful creations.

  4. Should you be sharing and teaching? As one who benefited from your Watercolor Pencil Workshop, I vote a resounding "yes!"

    I do understand where you're coming from, though my down-time is summer rather than winter. (Where winter drags on for you, the steam bath which passes for summer does the same here.) However, I like your muted color scheme as well as your brighter ones. It isn't so much which colors you choose, as how well you use them.


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