Sunday, November 23, 2008

Labyrinth Three



This entry for Art Every Day Month is a more interactive sort than usual. I had this idea the other day, sparked by something Pietra said in one of the earlier comments about using the labyrinth as a meditative image. So I did up a simple outline, in a couple sizes to share with everyone.

The idea being that you, the readers of this blog, can print out the jpg version, or download the psd version; then color it in as a meditation, either with physical media of your choice or through an art program like Photoshop. When I did that first labyrinth, I found the idea of starting at the beginning and coloring my way in, of approaching it in a conscious manner as a path or journey, while at the same time letting the path reveal itself in an unconscious manner in the choices of colors and patterns to be quite revealing. Though you wouldn't have to do it starting from the outside and going in--if you were feeling lost, or looking to find your way out of a situation, you could start at the center and work your way out. (Or, you could do whatever feels right to you at the time, too.) Whichever way, when you finish it, you can then look at the journey as a whole, and name it as a process, and see where you have been and where, maybe, you are headed.

The linked versions should be about the right size to be useful (if you print out the jpg version you may want to turn the image itself 90 degrees or set the paper orientation to landscape as it's slightly wider than tall). And if anyone needs a different format let me know.

If you give this a try and feel like sharing, I'd love to hear about what you come up with, and if you have a picture and would like to show it, you can leave a link to it in the comments here.

7 comments:

Pietra said...

Wow... so cool!
Great idea. Thanks for the mentioning, thanks for the "color yourself" labyrinth.

It will be very useful!

Jul said...

How fun! I love interactive art.

Jennifer said...

Well, I used this to make something in ceramics...how it will get colored will be figured out later.

Thalia Took said...

Jennifer that's really cool. That has the possibility of being quite tactile, too, unlike a flat piece of art. I don't know what yours looks like, of course, but one could make a grooved labyrinth out of clay that you can trace with you finger; that would be really meditative.

Pietra said...

I have made mine... it is on http://dichiaroluna.multiply.com/photos/album/266

I will work on more...

Thalia Took said...

Pietra yours is really cool. There is something very womblike about a labyrinth, isn't there? Sit in the center and contemplate/gestate/process.

Pietra said...

Totally... I could think about the things I feel I am made of...

Thanks for the visit there, by the way lol

PS: I have to write: my word verification now is "blessef". Now Google is misspelling...