My artwork is prayerful, an offering, celebrating the inter-connection of all life, the wild beauty and geometry in nature, the balance of elements; inviting us to a place of centered grounding, as we live and love in changing times.
The miraculous regeneration that occurs every spring never ceases to astound and enchant me. As the season unfolds, each succeeding leaf and flower opening is a cause for celebration - and an affectionate reunion with dear friends. Perhaps my all time favourite combination of wild-flowers, is that of Bluebells, Red Campion and Greater Stitchwort, especially alongside the spiralling bracken fronds. This year, a pair of blackbirds nested right outside my studio door, so their coming and going wove into my artwork, along with Wren and a gorgeous grandmother frog who frequented the tiny pond in our polytunnel, leaving a legacy of tadpoles. Beneath the plants and animals of this painting, is an infrastructure of hexagonal geometry known as the ‘Flower of Life’ - an ancient patterning describing all life as an inter-dependent, inter-connected whole. In these uncertain times, a poignant offshoot of ‘waking up’ to all we stand to lose, is a sharper appreciation of all we truly value; bringing the things that matter in life into clearer focus. Gratitude leads to a much more attentive presence, making it easier to live in right relationship with ourselves and all our plant, animal and mineral relations; returning us to wholeness, belonging, peace.
A Symphony of Spring: Unfurling with Song-sweet Delight into Fragrant, Heartfelt Optimism © Anne Thomas 2019
This mural was created communally, to be sited outside a community-run shop, cafe and community hub that is flourishing on the site of a former service station in west Wales. The mandala celebrates the many benefits of this initiative: how we can work together to regenerate our local communities. Included in the design are notable wildlife species found in the immediate area. The underlying geometry reflects the four elements and the turning seasons.
Seventeen people contributed artistically to the painting over a three month period – the youngest aged 4 and the eldest 78. Some people joined in for an hour, some for much longer. We worked quietly through the winter, gathered around the circular pattern, sharing stories, drinking tea and offering ideas as the design developed. In this way it was an organic process, which evolved from my initial concept, to unfold and expand in response to the input of all involved.
The whole painting process was recorded using stop frame photography and edited to create a short film, with a soundtrack specially composed. You can view the film ‘The Birth of a Mandala’ at youtu.be/DymR4BRjAAs
You can read more about the project and view a map to find the mural at www.peoplescollection.wales/items/515349
Many Hands Make Light Work - Cletwr Community Mandala Directed by Anne Thomas 2016
Snowdrops © Anne Thomas Celandines and Violets © Anne Thomas May © Anne Thomas Midsummer © Anne Thomas The Gift of the Grain © Anne Thomas Returning © Anne Thomas Full Moon © Anne Thomas Affirmation © Anne Thomas
A Cloak of Listening
© Anne Thomas 2020 Fleeting Brilliance © Anne Thomas 2020 Dreaming Into Stillness
© Anne Thomas 2019 Emerging © Anne Thomas 2018 Affirmation © Anne Thomas Beneath the Waves © Anne Thomas Celandines and Violets © Anne Thomas Earth Ki © Anne Thomas Heavenly Ki © Anne Thomas Maiden of May © Anne Thomas May © Anne Thomas Midsummer © Anne Thomas Ocean © Anne Thomas Snowdrops © Anne Thomas The Gift of the Grain © Anne Thomas Connection
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