Friday, October 21, 2011
Towards something new.
This is what I'm doing just now.
Good morning out there. Today I'll show you some of my newest work. I assume it won't surprise you that it's all about mandalas.
At a certain point I started to think about how far it is possible for me to take a mandala by loosen it from the regulare form that I've been doing them, but still be able to recognice it as a mandala. Why, you might ask.
Well, for several reasons, first of all I want to create new tasks for myself and this one could get me occupied for a while. And then I wonder how it can give me (and perhaps you) the feeling of a mandala with well-defined "symbols" at the same time as I try to create a feeling/vision of crumbling. In other words, in one hand I want something very sturdy and in the other something very fragile, both at the same time in the same piece.
I don't know if this was well explained, but I recon you are so smart that you'll understand what I mean even if it's not well explained.
The photo below shows the one mandala that started this whole thing. I had this idea of making a background before I made the mandala and suddenly I saw some other possibillities. This specific one does not crumble but it got me thinking. Isn't that a lovely thing, that one thing leads to another and before you know you are loaded with ideas?
The next one is my first try to combine the two contrasts, sturdy/fragile. As you see I tried to make an opening in the center by leaving the four corners of white paper white, to illustrate the reverse side of my paper. I tried to make a shadow to underline just that and to my great joy, my handyman automatically moved his hand towards them to remove them from the page.
Boy... what a satisfaction that was, to have convinced his eyes and mind in a way that lead to that automatic reaction. That kind of reaction is far more worth than words.
The feeling of crumbling is in it's beginning here, I expect much more to come as I'm practicing. I'm on my way with this one but something about the designs isn't how I want them to be. I love the blue colour though. :-)
Isn't it amazing how many possibillities that excists in a mandala or another object for that part?
Most times I use markers and ink to make my mandalas, and if there is a painted background it's acrylic paint. I love the process I'm in right now, I just hope that it doesn't feel boring for you.
This weekend Sandra is coming and we have to find something fun to do.
Have a nice weekend and take care.