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. 🙂
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
Well, the colour version is full of joy! I had an idea of the palette I wanted but even so, somehow the evolution from black and white to colour is a surprise and a delight. Hope you enjoy it too!
Here is the accompanying poem by Tom 🙂
The tallest trees are rooted deep within rich fertile Earth where saffron flowers grow: unbending yang encompassed by soft yin, entwining roots encircle all we know: this gentle Earth, this paradise of sky this forest old that reaches for the light this rooted tree that dreams that it might fly this branching green explosion burning bright as butterflies slip between the seconds easing past the trunks and up the Path softly higher toward the solar Presence bright airy space where swallows dance and laugh. Rising inward, reaching, thrusting tall Spreading outward, strong, the source of all.
image (c) 2016 Hilary Farmer
poem (c) 216 Tom Radcliffe
This mandala is a kind of inversion of the previous one – even to the extent of “breaking the rules” and creating it from the edge inwards instead of from the centre outwards. There is still a Celtic knot as a foundation but the trees are reaching for the centre instead of stretching out. For this one, I tried for the first time to divide the circle into a number other than eight. The twelve divisions give a very different feel – there are connotations such as clocks or rose windows… I expect this mandala to be quite transformed by the addition of colour and will post again once the painting layer is done.
Tom had a preview of this one and has already produced this potent poem to accompany it – Thank you! 🙂
Reaching upward toward the changeless Sky filled with swallows turning as they fly
Deeply rooted in the fertile Earth entangled moments giving joyous birth
To connection: linked embodied minds souls well met, butterflies in kind
Thrusting inward to the source of all bending outward, answering the call
Of root and branch and leaf to grow and thrive a flower blossom opening, alive!
image (c) 2016 Hilary Farmer
poem (c) 2016 Tom Radcliffe
When I was drawing this mandala, I thought of greens and purples …I was thinking mysterious …but the more I painted, the more it became instead suffused with joy. I hope it lifts your heart to look at it as mine was while creating it.
UPDATE: A truly wonderful poem from Tom for this image! Thank you. 🙂
Intertwining all connects to all
radiating joy from root to branch
curving endless rise within a fall
twisting time, sequestering mere chance
as some creative gravity draws skies
toward the future, outward looking in
toward the open contemplative eyes
toward the garden innocent of sin.
Silent beauty deep, complex, divine
entwining truths entangled by connections
bending on in endless knotted lines
a pilgrimage through stations of reflection.
Each moment moves, creating time and more
in stillness drawing all into the core
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.
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