day 8, inspired by... Patty

This entire website project has been unfolding pretty organically. I have owned this domain and put work up on it off and on for almost a decade. Recently it was a suggestion by several folks in Jonathan Field's Good Life Project which I am fortunate enough to be a part of. Even before the "Project" began I watched Lisa Congdon's interview and was inspired. I thought, "Wow, everyday... I kind of want to do that."

So here I am, moving forward on my commitment to posting one piece a day, Monday-Friday, through the end of 2013. It is a way to keep myself accountable to working towards this dream of not only "being" an artist, but also living as, earning as, expressing as, sharing as.... The list could go on and on. 

I mentioned in the very first post, I very much was tempted to commit to a "one a day" post of a specific subject matter. I opted not to follow that path, but... one of the types of items I was considering exploring and posting one a day of was mandalas. It seems lately I meet someone or see something and immediately want to translate the experience into some circular art. Consider yourself warned, you will likely be seeing quite a few of these over the year... 

The above mandala was inspired by one of my fellow GLP'ers. Patty sent me some flowers for the opening of my #ichooselove show that served as the initial inspiration for several paintings. This mandala in particular reminds me of Patty for a number of reasons. The colors and spaces are soft and sweet, almost quiet on the outside. As it works towards center it becomes busier and bolder, there is a lot of exciting stuff going on. The black outlines were added last to add a little edge to this sweet piece.

The symbolism of daisies which form a ring around the center carnation symbolize purity, innocence, loyal love, beauty, patience and simplicity. So many characteristics that seem so very "Patty" to me.  The center flower, a light red carnation symbolizes admiration which is very much what I feel for this amazing lady.

Thanks for tuning in... I'll be back tomorrow:)