Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Magic without warning - the best kind

 I am unreservedly a morning person. My evenings are peculiarly short but my mornings are long and so beautifully peaceful - they are almost a source of excitement as I prepare for bed. Watching and listening as the world yawns and stretches before dawn. The first birdsong, the first car, the spiders spinning their webs. Darkness becomes dawn, every morning is perfect and unassuming and unalike. It's an addiction with blissful consequences.

Often, it seems that it is in the mornings that I will see something unusual or beautiful. One morning, not long ago, sunlight crept through the window and climbed onto the tip of my paintbrush whilst I was quietly painting. The spectacle took my breath away. Magic always comes unannounced, without warning and precisely because of its guileful nature it gives the greatest pleasure.

With the deadline looming my days and nights have become an ode to the mandala with obligatory pauses for the boring necessities of life. During the day I paint the Community commission and at night I study sacred geometry and watch the mind as it creates future mandalas each one increasingly more detailed than the last. It seems that life for me now revolves around round paintings and there is nothing I can do to stop it. Nor will I ever wish to

“A human being is part of a whole, called by us the ‘Universe’ —a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts, and feelings, as something separated from the rest—a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circles of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
(Albert Einstein)


  1. What a fascinating project this mandala is... thanks for the fresh glimpse of your progress! It's looking wonderful! Great photo of first light finding your brush...

  2. THanks so much Melody. :) Yes the magic brush was a wonderful, I tried it again the next morning but it didn't happen. Conditions had to be just the llight entering the cairn at Newgrange. :) x

  3. Magic indeed, appearing always when least expected. Your mandala is looking beautiful, lovely to see the process too.There is something very satisfying about creating an image with symmetry.