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Sunflower spirals mandala…

Posted in art, drawing, flowers, mandala, poetry with tags , , , , , , , , , on 2017/02/12 by greenteadoodles
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Sunflower Spirals

Has my life been busy!
…and here finally is the water colour finished version of Sunflower Spirals. I still love the bumblebee the best – so here’s a close up. 🙂

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Sunflower Spirals detail

I have a few more weeks of intense busy-ness and then the plan is definitely more time for art! 

In the meantime, finding joy in apparently mundane daily tasks as I prepare for big changes in my life!

UPDATE: A delightful new sonnet from Tom for this image!

The solar phoenix burns and is reborn
as a flower turning up its face:
the sympathetic magic of its form
mirroring its namesake yet with grace
that’s all its own, the bright coronal plumes
fluttering upon the summer breeze
while buzzing in the orbit of the bloom
there moves a busy planetary bee
through the knotted pathway at the edge
where spiral seeds meet glowing petals bright
forming up in fields beside a hedge
where summer life is humming true and right.
Beneath blue sky the flower softly turns
Savoring the summer as it yearns

image (c) 2017 Hilary Farmer

Poem (c) 2017 Tom Radcliffe

Interlocking spirals mandala…

Posted in art, drawing, flowers, mandala, poetry with tags , , , , , , , , on 2016/11/16 by greenteadoodles
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Fibonacci patterns …sunflower mandala

Here is the latest work in progress. Somehow I got fascinated with how sunflowers pack the in their seeds …took a while to draw but looks cool! …and since I’ve been having so much fun with Celtic knots, there is one wreathing the seeds.

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sunflower mandala detail with bumblebee!

Couldn’t resist including a bumblebee. Love these guys!
Once I have added colour, I will post again. 🙂

Tom has already written a delightful poem for this image!

Bumbling ’bout the boundary of the flower
wandering from stamen to another
pistil where the pollen gives its power
to grow into a seed while bees recover
from their tour of each and every blossom
checking for some nectar sweet and good
reveling in beauty bright and awesome
wandering in fragrant neighbourhoods
where knots are tied around the bloomin’ world
binding all diversity together
into arcs where ratios are curled
to pack in seeds no matter what the weather.
Now every bee is pollinating hard
Ensuring future flowers fill the yard.

image (c) 2016 Hilary Farmer
poem (c) 2016 TJ Radcliffe

Forest knots mandala…

Posted in art, drawing, mandala with tags , , , , , , on 2016/09/08 by greenteadoodles
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in the deep forest, everything is connected: unity

Inspired by time spent hiking in British Columbia this summer, this new mandala grew organically bit by bit over quite a few days starting from the Celtic knot in the centre. The level of detail might be getting just a touch obsessive 😉 On the other hand I do find it truly meditative and a joyful process. I will post it again after I have added a layer of water colour. In the meantime, here is a close up to give a clearer view.

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forest knots – detail

UPDATE: New poem from Tom! Thanks Tom!!

Beneath the canopy of leaves
the forest world awaits
with intertwined complexities
and deep entangled states

Without beginning, without end
both root and branch are one
into each the other blends
as leaves soak up the sun

protecting flowers deep down below
in shadowed forest glades
turning toward the light they know
in floral-fine cascades

as in the depths the open eyes
of roots observe the world
aware of all that lives and dies
around the centre curled

in intricate embellishments
of density required
to supply the nourishment
of souls by this inspired

Poem (c) 2016 Tom Radcliffe

images (c) 2016 Hilary Farmer

Daily whirl mandala…

Posted in art, drawing, mandala, painting, poetry with tags , , , , , , on 2016/07/17 by greenteadoodles
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back to the daily whirl…

Added water colour to the previous mandala this week. Being back at work definitely impacted the choices with it turning out more intense than I was thinking while drawing it on vacation.
I really enjoyed the process this time. The selection and application of the colours was joyful representing the ongoing dance of daily life in a positive way …or that’s how I see it!

UPDATE: New poem from Tom in the comments. It is wonderful, circular and evocative! It sees meaning in and brings meaning to the image. Extraordinary!

as seasons pass and so do days
beneath the sun’s synoptic rays
soft petals furl, unfold, then fly
while flowers turn to face the sky
berries ripen, roses bloom
around the centre’s edge, assume
this too will pass and be reborn
as sure as night gives way to morn
and morning yields to burning noon
then noon to dusk until the moon
repaints cold night with silver rays
as seasons pass and so do days

image (cc) 2016 Hilary Farmer
poem (c) 2016 Tom Radcliffe

Mandala #2 – Slowing the Daily Whirl

Posted in art, drawing, mandala, poetry with tags , , , , , , , on 2016/06/16 by greenteadoodles
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Second Mandala – Slowing the Daily Whirl

This mandala was just finished yesterday and as I was drawing it, I realized I was attempting – almost literally – to unwind. The title followed…
Having a few days off work I felt I had the time to draw a fairly elaborate pattern and allow the space to quiet my mind. Once again, some patterns are “zentangle” inspired but this time, others came from looking at traditional Buddhist mandalas. A colour version may follow …but not today. 🙂

UPDATE: New poem from Tom! Just posting now since I was off-line for a few days …that also helps with the unwinding!
Thanks Tom! The poem really reflects the nature of this mandala!!

within wheels the turning turning forms
each exotic ecstasy enfolds
syncopated synergies the norm
countering the rotors of the bold
geometry and moments of the wheel
turning through the stations of the cross
reaching deep to find what’s only real
tessellating like a spinning boss
around the central singularity
wherein the secret sits alone unknown
enigma cloaked in puzzled mystery
beneath dark clouds the windmill’s arms are blown
by daily whirls of work and joy and sin
that spin the wheels and spin the wheels within

image (cc) 2016 Hilary Farmer
poem (c) 2016 Tom Radcliffe

Mandala #1 – peace grows from the centre

Posted in art, drawing, mandala, painting, poetry with tags , , , , , , on 2016/06/16 by greenteadoodles
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First Mandala – Peace Grows from the Centre

Back in May, I decided to try drawing a mandala as a meditative exercise. As I was drawing, the title came into my mind. I just plunged into the process and no doubt there are layers of the meaning of mandalas and traditional motifs that can be delved into in the future. Some of these patterns are “zentangle” inspired.

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Peace Grows from the Centre – water colour

The addition of water colour to the mandala definitely changes one’s perception of the patterns and relationships between the parts. It would be interesting to take the black and white image and use Gimp to see what difference the application of other colours would make.

UPDATE: New poem from Tom wonderfully capturing the feeling of this mandala – thanks!!

Layered flower unfolding out
from within the mind
to quiet sound and fury’s shout,
whispering, “Be kind.”

Almost-symmetries abound
interleaving forms
where shadows softly intersect
calming hidden storms.

From the very centre peace
grows outward toward the rim
until all conflicts, turmoils, cease
to sounds of gentle hymns.

image (cc) 2016 Hilary Farmer
poem (c) 2016 Tom Radcliffe

today’s doodles – two versions of a portrait

Posted in art, drawing with tags , , , , , , on 2015/10/05 by greenteadoodles
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first try – “too realistic”

Well my friend Tom (who regularly posts poems on my blog) commissioned a portrait in the style of the crows in the previous post. If I haven’t posted for a while, it’s because it’s taken a while to sort out how I might do that. I have never done even a traditional portrait before so this was quite a challenge! The first try above was not as much in the style as Tom was looking for. I was pleased that it actually had a reasonable likeness but then got back to work!

that's more like it!

that’s more like it!

This version is pretty quirky and I think it captures some of the inner Tom. He seems to like it too!
The poem below was part of the original inspiration for the portrait.

Identity

I am made of rusty steel
and old sun-hardened leather;
flagellating ligaments
of gut and binder twine.
Behold the man:
an awkward compilation
of inadequate exigencies
unversed in protocol.
Analogue approximations
rule my sovereign deviations
while digital domains complete
halting victory’s defeat.
An adequate attempt at love
is all that I desire;
rough and ready, that’s enough,
a poet’s burning lyre.

images (cc) 2015 Hilary Farmer
poem (c) Tom Radcliffe