The artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place: from the sky,
from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web. ~ Pablo Picasso
There is no abstract art. You must always start with something.
Afterward you can remove all traces of reality. ~ Pablo Picasso
Ground: my computer, a software program, filters, pause, sacred geometry, play, the parts
Light: imagination, experimentation, openness, patience, love of beauty, surprise, the whole
My interest in geometry did not begin with crop circles but has most definitely been enhanced by them. Perhaps a decade earlier I became aware of my passion for beauty through graphic art and photography by combining images, colors, shapes, and sometimes words. Four variables converged at the same time and led to my exploration and discovery:
1) I was teaching myself to use Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.
2) I was learning the principles of sacred geometry.
3) I was meditating with mandalas.
The mandala above is one of the results. It’s based on the Seed of Life of sacred geometry which is composed of six circles juxtaposed on each other to form a flower.
Adobe Illustrator is a complex graphic arts program. At around the time I created the mandala above, I also was creating a series of designs called In-Visible Meditations. As I look at those designs now, years later, what I know is that I have no memory of what steps I took or how I actually created them. I am pretty clear that I could not recreate them ever…even with great effort.
Sacred geometry symbolizes the “underlying metaphysical principle of the inseparable relationship of the part to the whole. It is this principle of oneness underlying all geometry that permeates the architecture of all form in its myriad diversity. This principle of interconnectedness, inseparability and union provides us with a continuous reminder of our relationship to the whole, a blueprint for the mind to the sacred foundation of all things created.” ~ Bruce Rawles
Mandala means ‘circle’ in Sanskrit. “Mandalas are designs of sacred geometry symbolizing the Universe as a Whole. They represent the Soul or Higher Self within us remembering itself. Contemplating mandalas helps us heal our sense of spiritual fragmentation and assists us in manifesting creative energy, optimism, and the Light within.” ~ Barbara Shipka
Crop circles are also mandalas. I had known of them for years but they hadn’t yet captured my attention. Then one morning I found that I could ‘feel’ the energy via photos on the internet and, after that, I came across instructions for drawing them by Zef Damen in the Netherlands. Though it may seem counterintuitive, given that drawing them adds structure and discipline, learning to draw them was a natural evolution from my free-form mandalas.