I promised in my last art blog to write in this one about arrows and keys (an aspect of my Below the Line art project). Well, I’m clearly, by the title of this blog, going to write about something else!
Writing about guidance more than hints I believe there is a force at large which gives guidance. This is based on personal perception and experience.
It’s possible I’m wrong. What I call guidance, somebody else might call mind. Or self-delusion. Some people insist there’s no meaning to life. I’m not interested in trying to herd anybody along any particular road. Well, that’s not quite true. I am interested in persuading people in the direction of mindfulness. I mean, how do you make up your mind if you’re not in your right mind? The world’s in a mess because we’re all out of our minds. A messy world’s very uncomfortable for some people, like street kids who scavenge from municipal waste tips every day for a crust of bread.
Truly mindful people are unherdable; they are more likely to be rebels – to take the road less travelled – because they are thinkers and questioners. Thinking and questioning leads to action, not passivity. Wasn’t Jesus an active rebel? Gandhi? Yep. They were so irritating they got killed for it.
I hope you like the nice tiles. If you’ve read my Aylesford Priory blog, you’ll recognise them as being from the front of the principal altar (which is outdoors, by the way).
The final image here is of the early stages of a small encaustic I’ve been developing. I’ve blogged about this too (proof that it dates to earlier than my visit to Aylesford!) As soon as I saw the tiles, I thought of this encaustic.
In both my encaustic and the tiles, the images come about by scratching a design through a light surface to a darker one. The arty name for this is sgraffito.
When I saw these gorgeous and meaningful tiles and the sgraffito technique used to make them I felt I was being guided in my artistic journey towards this technique in my work. That the technique had been placed before me.
I will write about arrows and keys in my next art blog. Unless I feel guided otherwise.
Have a mindful Monday.