blue watercolour mandala by slbradley

drawings: Meditations III


I was preparing a line drawing in the style of the Meditations I series for a competition when I accidentally dropped a slice of pesto pizza on my work. The green stain it left was heart breaking, but also inspiring. I began experimenting with adding colour into my work, first as random splotches and then as deliberate lines. This series represents the third wave of media exploration using only water colour pens and paint.

As is true of all drawings in the Meditations series:
Each drawing tricks you into thinking it is perfectly symmetrical when in fact it’s quite the opposite. I like the human and imperfect nature of each drawing that is revealed as you study them closer, and the contrasting immediate assumption that they are highly precise, architectural creations. For me this seemingly irreconcilable truth about the forms echo a similar truth about the intersection between humans and the divine: we are all one. Each person is an imperfect/perfect, lonely/infinitely combined, simple/complex (etc) reflection of the one energy of the universe.