THE SACRED CIRCLES
I began to draw and paint the eight interlaced circles after I saw them on new missals in a church. I was attracted to the design and the organizing pattern. I paint them as thin lines or focus on the circles' centers. They are painted with the colors of nature: flora, land, sea and sky. I then started to play with omitting parts of the circles and have found the possibilities are endless.
Drawing and painting the circles calms me and brings me to a meditative place. They free me to paint without regard to representation – only the pattern and color matter. Whatever unrest I’m feeling the circles have become another form of contemplation for me. Recently I found a new purpose as I create them. I keep a prayerful intention for a person, a country, or a disturbance of any kind as I work. As I painted the landscape colors I prayed for the environment and the people who work the land, those trying to save the land, and for those who need to become aware of what we’re losing.
I have discovered – as people throughout the centuries have – that the divine design of sacred geometry has been, and will continue to be a center of peace for people amid the chaos and uncertainty of the times. My hope is to extend a moment of peace to the viewer as they contemplate the colors and the calming of the circles.
B+W Circle I, ink + black marker on paper
B+W Circle II, ink + black marker on paper
B+W Circle–Partial, ink + black marker on graph paper
Rainbow Circle, watercolor on handmade recycled Indian cotton paper
Blue Circle, watercolor on handmade recycled Indian cotton paper
Blue Circle, partial, watercolor on handmade recycled Indian cotton paper
Sky, Land + Sea I, oil on gessoboard, 10" x 10"
Sky, Land + Sea II, oil + acrylic on prepared paper mounted on panel, 10" x 10"
Sky, Land + Sea III, oil + acrylic on prepared oil paper mounted on panel, 10" x 10"
Sunset Along Long Island Sound, oil + acrylic on prepared oil paper mounted on panel 10" x 10"
Sea + Sky, oil + acrylic on prepared oil paper mounted on panel, 10" x 10"
Forsythias, oil on prepared oil paper
Spring, oil on prepared oil paper
Windy Day, oil on prepared oil paper
Shell, oil on prepared oil paper
Summer Greens, oil on prepared paper
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