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Let me take you into my world and my love of line…

Below are images of line inspired ink drawings that I create or rather, they create themselves through me.

Twisting into the self ink drawing on acid free paper

Twisting into the self
Created: January 2014
Artist: Selina Shapland

If you are a follower of my blog, then you probably already know how much I love line.  As I have said in the past, I fell in love with line when I was in Art School, back in Melbourne.  I thoroughly enjoy twisting into myself through this medium and creating simple, yet complex pieces of art.  Some of these drawings took hours and some only a few minutes to create.

Circles are a feature in my artwork as they symbolise the never ending cycles of life, death and rebirth to me.  Life has many phases and I have found that even when we hit an emotional wall or something breaks down in our lives, the symbolic death, always leads to a new rebirth and beginning.  Life as we once knew it, will never be the same.  That is one of the reasons that I love circles so much and you will see them feature in my artwork over and over.

Intricate Mandala Created: 2013 Artists: Selina Shapland

Intricate Mandala
Created: 2013
Artists: Selina Shapland

Intricate Mandala was created some time in 2013 and when I look at it, I am reminded of the Mayan civilisation.  I think it may have something to do with the triangles and circles however, I am not sure exactly what gives me this inner feeling about this mandala.

Another person may look at this mandala and see something quite different to me.  That is another reason why I love art.  People can come to the image and connect with it and their deepest selves through the internal experience they have with the image before them.  That’s kind of cool!

Simple Mandala ink drawing on acid free paper

Simple Mandala
Created: February 2014
Artist: Selina Shapland

Simple Mandala was created from a circle in the centre.  I put a mark on the paper and this is what grew from that one tiny action.  Life is like that too.  We make a decision (or put our mark on an experience) and what falls out of it is something quite profound when we take a moment to really reflect on it.  The outpouring of a new set of experiences and consequences from that one moment in time.  We make our mark through our actions, our thoughts, our mental state, our emotional state and how we choose to move from one situation or experience to another.

Mandalas have so much to offer the conscious if you give them half a chance to let you get quiet and shine your inner wisdom onto the page.

If you like my art and my thoughts about my art, I would really appreciate it if you would take a moment to comment and share it with those who you know would also enjoy my musings.

S