To me, spirituality and nature are deeply interconnected, and cannot be separated from one another. The juxtaposition of nature-inspired forms with the Kalachakra symbol in this spiritual artwork reflects this belief. Kalachakra is a term used in Buddhism that revolves around the concept of time and cycles, from the cycles of the planets to the cycles of human breathing. From seed to root formation, to growth and bloom and back to seed again, plants follow their own cyclic progression. As a small child, I remember puzzling over the idea that something beautiful could come from the little, dried-up brown things my grandmother helped me to plant in the flower garden. I recounted the experience here on my blog, and it will always be one of my most treasured memories. Ever since, I have been a gardener and lover of all things green and growing. I had learned that the little dried-up brown things actually contained something precious and amazing, that things are not always what they seem. The jewel-like appearance of the seed in this mixed media piece was inspired by this experience, and by my deep belief in the sacred nature of our earth. The layers of inks and other media with their deep, rich colors represent the secret layers inside the earth, where ordinary magic happens every day.
This piece started with a monoprint (monotype) made by transferring oil-based inks onto a sheet of heavyweight 100% cotton paper with an (hand-operated) etching press. After it was dry, other materials, such as acrylic ink, watercolor pencils, and crayons were added to build up further layers of color. While making this colorful spiritual artwork, I was guided by my intuition as well as by my experience and knowledge of materials. The Kalachakra symbol, with it’s circular form and brilliant colors, frames the growing plant, emphasizing its spiritual nature. The original of this piece has been sold, but high-quality reproductions in various sizes and options are available here. I hope you’ll find one that suits your home or office.