Friday, 1 September 2017

Being Awake To Dream...

“Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. 
Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” -  C. G. Jung
Working my way through my Prayer Flag series is a journey of looking within and without. And best of all, the meditative quality of producing the art has permitted me to stop and savor the moment. To be truly mindful. There is no better way to do this than to delve into the first sound to come from silence: Om.

The final stencil of the Tibet Series is the Tibetan Om. There are many reasons why I use Artistcellar stencils in my designs. I like to think of them as the vehicle giving flight to my creativity. The artistic journey is always supported by their excellent quality and ease of use, which is so important to me. So with a selection of stencils in hand I was ready to begin.

As I was so pleased with the last flag, I again decided to use the heavier cotton duck fabric as the base. I placed the Om image at the top. My colour choice was red in various hues as it is the colour favored by Tibetan culture to designate sacred areas. I wanted the space flying this flag to have the sensation of preservation, life, protection, warmth and comfort…all the positive qualities the colour red represent.

Continuing the theme, I needed a symbol to underscore the belief that Om is the sound vibration of universal creation. And suddenly I had it. A circle. The circle is the ancient symbol of harmony, timelessness, eternity, as well as the source of the goddess within. The Artistcellar Halftone Dots and Seafoam stencils were the perfect choice. Complimentary shades of red, violet, green, yellow, and gold completed the bottom of the flag.

I am now at the end of the prayer flag series. I have discovered through this journey that the art of creation is just the first step to fully appreciating the images gently changing shape and colour as they fly in the breeze. And as the metamorphosis takes place without, the clarity of vision evolves within. Only when we are fully awake can we realize our dreams.