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Alignment
Alignment
Alignment

Alignment

Regular price $1,300.00
Alignment, framed with real wood, canvas float frame, 12x16 inches is the size of the wood panel. The real wood, white frame adds extra width.

This celestial art painting has a lot of symbols referencing astrology. When I traveled to Spain I took pictures of ancient Islamic art there.  Places like Cordoba, Granada, and Seville have unbelievably beautiful ancient mosques and churches. In Granada in particular, you can see the sophistication of 10th and 11th-century Arab culture expressed in detailed writing about surgeries, surgical tools, astronomical observations and the invention of instruments for observing the stars. Also, artists chiseled wall and ceiling decorations in repetitive patterns that consisted of symbols and writing, not the images we normally see especially in Christian art (images were prohibited by the religion). Islamic architecture and its decorations are the most fascinating tourist attractions in Spain.

I found the astronomical instruments fascinating taking many reference pictures there. One of such images became the background for my colored pencil drawing. I think the circular movement around the model’s head creates yet another layer of meaning similar to the depictions of saints with golden halos above their heads. I also crowned the woman with stars and moon tiara. She is frozen in time listening to the ocean waves inside the seashell.
All in all, I wanted to create magical feeling in the astral painting to symbolize the unity of body, mind and soul.  While we can give physical presence to objects, it’s difficult to assign a particular way to depict the spiritual realm. This is where artists come in with imagination and sensitivity to observe and to show the world differently.