“Polaris” - 2012 - 36"x36" acrylic on canvas
Based on a vivid dream the artist had, two bears of earth (polar bears) and sky (Ursa Major and Minor) proceed through the symbols of ages. An under-painting deliberately partially exposed is included with many symbols. During the dream, the artist's dream character spoke with one of her mentor-guides as her dream-self painted an under-painting of a cathedral skyline in fucshia.
In the foreground, two polar bears walk on a flower-of-life web of snow bathed in the spectral light of an aurora borealis star-filled sky. The forest edging behind the bears reaches into the sky like cathedral spires. The North Star (Polaris) plays a central role around the highlighted constellations of Ursa Major (Big Dipper or bear), Ursa Minor (Little Dipper or bear), Draco (the dragon), Cassiopeia, and others. Two rose windows of the Chartres Cathedral under-painting described below appear as medallions on at the polar bears throats and hind flanks. The geometric Kabbalah Tree of Life appears under the mouth of the polar bears. The bears stand on an image taken from an engraving of the Tree of Life on Urantian bronze helmet from 13th-6th century BCE.
The first progress snapshot (below left) shows the details of the Chartres Cathedral used to represent first phase of the dream's landscape; it also shows the initial layout of the constellations centered around Polaris (the North Star). The second progress (below middle) shows the cathedral spires transforming into tall pine trees. The first shot, while the third progress shot highlights the constellations before refinement of the polar bears was completed. The final painting appears as the first photo above.
“Flower of Life – I Ching” - 2012 - 36"x36" acrylic on canvas
Sacred geometry has fascinated the artist, Angie Bray-Widner, for years. This is her first official plunge into her personal expression of the Flower of Life and some of the embedded geometries within it.
The initial layout required use of precision tools using pencil followed golden acrylics tracings. See the first progress shot below on the right.
Metratron’s Cube was highlighted amongst the flowery circle patterns of the Flower of Life. Metatron’s Cube includes the five platonic solids (the tetrahedron, the cube, the octahedron, the dodecahedron and the icosahedron), which can be seen in the thin lines transecting the Flower of Life in the first and second progress shot. The second progress shot shows the snowflake-like look of the thirteen main circles of Metatron’s Cube in the yellow, orange and red flower-circles.
The outer golden pattern of the painting is a Yi-yantra border representing the terrestrial world. As the painting developed (see the third progress shot), this border was fine-tuned and complemented with the Later Heaven trigrams from the I Ching. The interior openings at the four cardinal directions of Yi-yantra border symbolize gates to the inner world.
The full 64 hexagrams of the I Ching were added around the outer boundary of the Flower of Life to emphasis the connections between the various sacred symbols.
The completed painting (largest one above) included further highlights in iridescent paints and inks along with a darkening of the outside boundaries.