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water’s edge weavings mandala…

Posted in art, drawing, flowers, mandala, poetry with tags , , , , , , , , , on 2017/04/24 by greenteadoodles

water’s edge weavings

The ink stage is finished for the latest mandala. This one was inspired by the blue flags that are a typical spring flower where I grew up. They are beautiful and somewhat rare in my experience finding their place right on the edge between the rocks of the Canadian Shield and the water of the lake. As with most of the mandalas I have been drawing, there are embedded Celtic knots and at least one animal playing off the symmetry – in this case three minnows and a dragonfly.

Tom has written a beautiful sonnet that echoes and deepens the image.

rippled lobes that move forever outward
curving through the waters of the form
spars that bend beyond the point of breaking
yet still hold together through the storm
knots entwined in paradoxes folding
over depths concentrically excited
spherical harmonics tessellating
surfaces by shadow now ignited
into beauty changelessly in motion
always fixed but never standing still
echoing the memory of an ocean
deep beneath where silence drinks its fill

a universe encompassed in a jewel
by the water’s edge: a forest pool

image (c) 2017 Hilary Farmer
poem (c) 2017 Tom Radcliffe

Mandala #1 – peace grows from the centre

Posted in art, drawing, mandala, painting, poetry with tags , , , , , , on 2016/06/16 by greenteadoodles

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.


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