Sunday, April 22, 2007

Mandala started



I joined Sue's new group the Artist's muse, which is a group to discuss this book:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Artists-Muse-Unlock-Door-Creativity/dp/1581808755/ref=sr_1_2/026-2582997-8287635?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1176471644&sr=8-2

I don't have it yet as am waiting till pay day! I will be ordering it this week no doubt. Anyway to the point the first chapter is available to read on the online viewer at amazon and discusses the use of Mandala's. I have looked into these quite a lot and found that people use them as a form of personal expression. They originate in India and are used in Buddism for meditation. Now the group decided on a theme of either Worls peace or friendship. Since the internet and yahoo groups has such a masive effect on my development as an artist andon a personal level I chose friendship. So I made a start with Acrylics on calico. I decided on this split complementary colour scheme, to represent the way frienships have common interests and views but then the ability to have an apposing views and opinions are needed and safe within a frienship. I could have chosen any split scheme but I decided on red, orange and green as the contrast. I chose these as they also represent my place in the friendship, as they are two of the colours in the Welsh flag, the colours I think of as the colours of my country. I have also decided to add some weaving to represent the sharing and support that friendships give. I have lots of work left to do on it but I feel compelled to work on this and this speaks volumes about the personal significance of mandala's. i want to thank Sue for helping me with brainstorming how i will symbolise some of these key words. Thanks Sue.

5 comments:

StegArt said...

A wonderful start. I love the colors!

Sue B said...

Carol it's a beautiful beginning! I am looking forward to watching it develop, you're off to a fantastic start.

Purple Missus said...

Lovely colours Carol and I like your interpretation of the friendship theme.

Carol said...

Great colours and I love your reasons for choosing both the colours and the theme.

I look forward to seeing your progress. I wasn't permitted to join the group but shall enjoy it through you if I may.

Lara Lorelei said...

Carol, your colours just sing- I'm looking foward to seein what you do with this next.

Claire