Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Inspired by...

I spent a lot of time this weekend going through the roller-coaster of emotions brought about by my engagement with the creative process. I went through the whole cycle, feeling uninspired and like giving up to pure elation and excitement about being in the midst of this wonderful, creative life. I brainstormed new ideas and new places I want to take my art and scribbled down all kinds of notes in my notebook. I filled out goal sheets and thought about a lot of things I could do with my art and this blog.
Now, I'm on an inspired up-swing!
I am having trouble falling asleep at night because of all the dreaming and scheming...
I am just hoping that I will actually be able to do something productive with all this creative energy!
We shall see....

One of the things I'd like to start doing is posting about people (artists/yogis/other creatives?) and things (products, ideas, causes) that inspire me.
So we begin today with artist,
Shayla Maddox and her fabulous light reactive circle paintings:

I ran across Shayla's work on etsy and was immediately drawn to her work. As I might have mentioned a few times before,  I really have a thing for circles.
Perhaps its the sense
 of wholeness,
of inclusion,
of cycle
that I am drawn to.

Circles feel safe.
They can be calming or energizing.
I have been thinking too about the Chakra system outlined in yogic philosophy that seems to me to be at play in circle symbology.

Anyways, with all the circle paintings I've been creating lately, it's no surprise that I was excited to find Shayla's beautiful work.
Here is what she has to say about working with circles:
"To me, circles are completeness. Atoms, molecules, planets and stars, the cycles of time, and the universe itself all exist within a circle, radiating outward, with no beginning or end. In Zen, a circle is considered a type of meditation, requiring clarity of mind and full concentration. Every circle is unique, and can be seen as a type of fingerprint of the artist who created it. Some hold that a Zen circle is the depiction of enlightenment itself." 
Aren't these incredible!
I love the idea of each circle being a fingerprint of the artist who created it, it's a lovely way to think about the art we make.

Shayla also said that when she looks at the universe
 all she sees is circles.
I have to say, I feel the very same way!
Thanks so much for sharing your light and work, Shayla!
 Check out her websiteetsy shop and blog for more!



Robin Norgren said...

what lovely work and a lovely interpretation of the world seen in circles

Kristen said...

These are beautiful, thanks for sharing! I've never thought about circles that much before either! What does "light reactive" mean?

Can't wait to see where all of your inspiration and ideas take you!


Eliza Lynn Tobin said...

Kristen, I believe that some of her paintings have paints that react to different light? and maybe even glow in the dark and change with the light changing I think. pretty neat, huh!

shayla said...

Hi! Thanks so much for the mention! Love the blog. :o)

Yes, my art reacts to different types of lighting, like interior lights, or when the sun is shining or it's cloudy outside.

They also glow in the dark. ;o)

Thanks again!! xo


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