A while back I was experimenting with ideas from Joanne Fink’s book about zenspiration dangle design.
I’m not quite sure if Joanne suggested dangling a circle or if I came up with the idea. But it enjoyed playing with it. After finishing the exterior side of the circle, I decided to dangle the interior portion as well. Even now I’m intrigued by the different sense of the design on either side of the circle.
For some reason the outer design maintains its outward flow. When I look at it, it doesn’t change. It is strong, steady, open, and ever reaching. I am attracted to the balance between white space and color, between lines, shapes, and openness, between straight lines and curved.
My relationship to the inner circle work feels much different. I am at one and the same time attracted and somewhat disturbed by it. The structures do not maintain a particular direction, but seem to move depending on where my gaze lands. I notice the same elements of line, color, and open space. But, I feel a sense of conflict as the various elements converge on the center.
As I wondered what to do, I remembered a henna design the awesome Catherine Lent did for me. In the midst of her beautifully intricate design, she had an empty circle. We chuckled about it as she worked around it. After checking with me to be sure I was ok with it, she left it empty. She said something like, “Sometimes it’s good to leave a bit of space.”
Hmmmm. Space. Yes, leave a bit of space, or create a bit of space.
I went back to my drawing and covered the tightness of the center with a small circular piece of white paper.
I love it! I am intrigued by the space I created in the center. It is at one and the same time empty and yet full of stillness, openness, wonder, and possibility.
This speaks to me for my life as much as it does for my art.
In art, and in life it’s good to have space. Space for possibility. Space for stillness. Space for breath and being.
Sometimes it’s hard to find.
But, just like with this piece of art, I can step back, make a choice, and create space in my life, my heart, my mind.
Breath, prayer, times of sitting, a walk, are some of the small white circles that I place upon my life to create calm, still, open moments.
Sometimes it’s nice to leave a little space … or to create it.