Everything begins with a circle

The circle draws attention to it’s centre and content that it encircles. I am fascinated with circular forms made by either nature or man. We see them everywhere! Its a topic that keeps arising again and again in my creative process and I am still quite sure that I am going to explore this further, if not in this brief then certainly in the future.

Indefinable yet ever present, it is nothing at all. It is the formless from, the imageless image. It can’t be grasped by the imagination. It has no beginning and no end. This is the essence of Tao. Stay in harmony with this ancient presence and you will know the fullness of each present moment – Lao-Tau, Chinese Philosopher (6th Century BC)

Reference:

French, K.L. (2012). The Hidden Geometry of Life: The science and spirituality of nature. London, UK. Watkins Publishing.

Kathy Klein

Kathy Klein is the intuitive creator of these mandalas (sanskrit meaning – ‘sacred circle’) made from natures bounty. This avid collector of wild treasures tunes into the creative process in a ritualistic way – ensuring that her experience is both meditative and meaningful for herself and the people who adorn walls with her limited edition prints, or for those fortunate people who serendipitously come across them on their travels amongst the landscape. I am truly inspired by her desire to create in a ‘connected to cosmos’ way allowing the treasures to take their own colourful forms and energy, seemingly without a pre-meditated (excuse the pun) outcome. Her works are obviously linked to higher intentions and I am comforted to witness the actions of a kindred artist taking a profound step into claiming such. Klein has provoked me to really stand in my power as an artist who honors our co-creator in all that becomes manifest.

Kathy Klein is a devout lover of plants, animals, people and the divine presence within all.  She creates the danmalas by first centering herself in a meditative devotional space.  Next she gathers flowers and natural objects while her mind is kept in mantra, resting in the immaterial. Then, through an act of grace and giving to all, she allows the materials to fall to the will of creation patterns.

 

Reference:

Retrieved on 26th November 2013, from https://www.danmala.com

Tea for Thought – Gratitude

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‘Gratitude helps you to grow and expand; gratitude brings joy and laughter into your life and into the lives around you’ – Eileen Caddy

‘Tea for Thought’ is a self-portrait project aiming to capture a glimpse of anything that I may be feeling, contemplating or reflecting upon during the meditative act of sipping my tea each day. By writing a few relative words (sometimes in the form of a quote) upon the dried tea bag each day, I intend to share with you a series of work inspired by this moment in time.  Its fellow tag featuring a doodle in the form of a mandala, painted or collaged by yours truly will accompany each tea bag.  I am looking forward to the accumulative result of my daily tea sipping musings.  Here’s the first of many to come…The deepest craving of human nature is to feel appreciated. Lets think about gratitude – the quality of being thankful!