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Black ink drawing by Selina Shapland, Australian Artist

Simplicity
Created: 31/12/2013
Artist: Selina Shapland

One of the things that I love about making art is the simplicity of line.  I love line and I love to play with different ideas in my visual diaries.  I do not know what I would do without art to express that side of me that cannot put words to form.

This mandala reflects my thoughts on the cyclic growth of plants in nature and yet, it also has a hint of the cycle of the seasons hidden within the simple images on the page.  I am reminded of the beauty of a sunflower in all it’s glorious full bloom and the hidden potential of living a full life through the unfurling of the leaves.

Life is techni-coloured to me.  It is also filled with black, white and a whole lot of grey area.  I don’t know if other people think about these strange things but they certainly flit, like little butterflies, across my mind.

As I sit here typing my stream of consciousness thoughts for you to read, I realise that this mandala digs deep into my psyche, revealing how much I yearn for the simple and beautiful things in life.  Maybe this is a reminder and a well-timed wake up call, to stop and become aware of all that I have in my life.  Maybe Simplicity is teaching me to look for the light hidden within the living world?  These are just thoughts and speculation.  My mind loves this kind of playful romp through art and thought.

I am quite tired today and so my thoughts may not make sense.  I hope they do, however, I feel unable to go back and reflect on them at this moment in time and so I trust you will forgive me for my rambling style.