Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Quotations and art - Circles

For many years my focus in art was mandalas, and - consequently - circles. I love that they are a symbol for so many things I hold important: unity, eternity, safety, wholeness, oneness. At that time I collected a lot of quotations about the circle and its symbolism.
I still create mandalas, and sometimes they show up unannounced. 

"Until we extend the circle of our compassion
to all living things, we will not, ourselves, find peace."
Albert Schweitzer
"Les Quartiers de la Ville"
Commission for individual
2007, 24" square, acrylic; 
©2017 Margaret Bremner

"Everything the Power of the World does, is done in a circle. 
The sky is round and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball, and so are all the stars. The wind, in its greatest power, whirls. Birds make their nests in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours. The sun comes forth and goes down again in a circle. The moon does the same, and both are round. Even the seasons form a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. The life of a man is a circle from childhood to childhood, and so it is in everything where power moves. Our teepees were round like the nests of birds, and these were always set in a circle, the nation's hoop, a nest of many nests where the Great Spirit meant for us 
to hatch our children."
Black Elk, medicine man and visionary of the Oglala Sioux
"Expecting Triplets"
7"x8" mixed media, ©2017, Margaret Bremner, available

"Let your vision be world-embracing,
rather than confined to your own self."
"Playful Planet"
10.5"x10.5" mixed media, ©2016, Margaret Bremner, sold

"A wheel was shown to me, wonderful to like a wheel, a circle, a whole, that can neither be understood, nor divided, nor begun nor one has the power to divide this circle, to surpass it, or to limit it.” 
Hildegard of Bingen
3.5" square, mixed media, 
©2016, Margaret Bremner, sold

Want more? See A few favorite quotations... (and art) here.
And Quotations and art - Ways of seeing here.

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