Friday, September 2, 2016

Day 2: 30 Days - 30 Paintings - Sept. 2016

Sri Yantra Gateway

The Sri Yantra is a complex and mesmerizing 12,000 year old Hindu symbol and is considered the "mother of all Yantras".  Yantras are geometrical designs based on the principles of sacred geometry and are often used for meditation. 

As an  intricate design, the Sri Yantra is a mathematically precise, interconnected matrix  based on the Golden Mean or Phi ratio. It is composed of nine interlocking triangles - four triangles pointing up and five triangles pointing down.  

A total of 43 triangles with 33 intersections are created from the overlapping of the nine original triangles.

[As an aside:  The symbol appears as an interesting focus in the 2007 science fiction movie The Last Mimzy.  While some of the information presented about it is circumspect, the visual effects in the movie are quite lovely.]

The Sri Yantra frequently makes its way into my paintings due to the fact that it is a very strong design element for me and resonates deeply within me.  Today's painting uses the Sri Yantra representation as an element of texture - capturing paint and light in an intriguing way.

Sri Yantra Gateway
9" x 12"
Acrylic Mixed Media on paper

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