Hand Painted Sacred Symbols

It occurred to me that the watercolour with salt technique I’ve been developing would look good with well known sacred symbols, since the effect definitely makes me think of what we refer to as the formless void, where limitless Chi awaits to be manifested into form and structure.

The pink lotus was the first one I thought of, since water is indeed symbolic of the void, and the lotus blooms on the surface of the murky water. The blue could be symbolic of the “blues”, or of peace.

Pink lotus on blue painting

 

Next on the list was the Yin and Yang symbol, otherwise known as Taiji.

Yin Yang on blue painting 001

I thought that I pretty much knew what this symbol was all about, but when you do the actual drawing, you learn some interesting things:

  • It actually contains five circles, and three centres.
  • For those that think this symbol justifies the view that there are no straight lines in nature, it might help to consider the vertical axis which aligns the centres of the two small circles.
  • When looked at as a line drawing, devoid of any black or white, it’s easy to see that the two circles which form the heads of the yin and yang look very similar to a double wave form, or double helix.

yin yang design

 

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