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Ann Dunbar


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Painting, Mixed Media 97 Followers Member since 2006
France

Mandalas 13 artworks

I have always been fascinated by images within a circular design form, perhaps it is something to do with my textiles design training whereby we carried out exercises to create interesting fabric repeated patterns. A visit to Versailles palace instilled in me a love for baroque, stylized floral mot... Read More
I have always been fascinated by images within a circular design form, perhaps it is something to do with my textiles design training whereby we carried out exercises to create interesting fabric repeated patterns. A visit to Versailles palace instilled in me a love for baroque, stylized floral motifs and geometric forms, which were to be seen all over the decorative panels on doors, ceilings and furniture or furnishings. The powerful age of the sun king was so much in evidence- his personalized imaging on items such as the sun, the shield, the fleur de lys etc was skillfuly integrated into the decor. After sketching the designs much loved by Marie Antoinette, I was inspired to create a collection of certain elements of the designs within a circle., through the principal of a mandala. So many different design possibilites and numerous facettes could be placed within such a simple shape like a circle. The understanding of the schema makes you reflect and think of the metaphoric implications related to the creation of mandalas. What are they, what are their origines and where are to be seen and why they are used?
The mandala form is a primordial model which takes us to a point of infinity. Letting my imagination free as if I was taking a voyage from the centre, drawing concentric circles and then decorating them with the floral or leaf forms.
From the first mandala I embroidered over hologrammic paper, I was so excited to see how the embroidery came to life and shimmered with an energetic movement within the circle, especially when light was displaced over it.
The existence of a centre in which the essential elements rotate, is essential for all organisation to prosper- it is the fundamental structure in which nature herself gravitates from- the atom, cosmic particles, cells, in effect all is linked, since prehistoric times, man has remained fascinated by the circle: sun, the moon, and what is is the sky, even the zodiac is in a circle.It is the rhythm of life itself.
We live our lives in cycles and in circles. The circle is revered by man and nature. It is seen as an expression of spirituality, of harmony and infinite energy. It represents a voyage to the centre. My veneration for the mandalas is to me like a transendental experience and motivates me to experience its connective force to seek internal peace and harmony. Read less

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Four kissing Gourami fish - Painting, 20x20 cm ©2017 by Ann Dunbar - Symbolism, Paper, Fish, mandala, fish, circular patterns
Ann Dunbar ~ Four kissing Gourami fish
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Antique Rose - Painting, 20x20 cm ©2017 by Ann Dunbar - Symbolism, Paper, Culture, mandala, flower motif, cicle design, silver, fleur de lys
Ann Dunbar ~ Antique Rose
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20x20x3.8 cm © by Ann Dunbar
© Ann Dunbar
Loa Mandala - Mixed Media, 20x20x3.8 cm ©2016 by Ann Dunbar - Art Nouveau, Other, Paper, Culture, mandala, circle, flower
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Ann Dunbar ~ Loa Mandala
Mixed Media
20x20x3.8 cm © by Ann Dunbar
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Floral mandala - Painting, 20x20x3.8 cm ©2016 by Ann Dunbar - Art Nouveau, Canvas, Flower, flower, circle, mandala
Ann Dunbar ~ Floral mandala
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20x20x2.5 cm © by Ann Dunbar
© Ann Dunbar
Lotus Mandala - Mixed Media, 20x20x2.5 cm ©2016 by Ann Dunbar - Classicism, Other, Paper, Flower, mandalas, lotus flower, circle
Ann Dunbar ~ Lotus Mandala
Mixed Media
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Fleur de lys - Mixed Media, 20x20 cm ©2017 by Ann Dunbar - Art Nouveau, Paper, Flower, fleur de lys, mandala, flower patterns
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Ann Dunbar ~ Fleur de lys
Mixed Media
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Leaf Mandala - Painting, 20x20 cm ©2017 by Ann Dunbar - Illustration, Paper arts, leaves, mandalas, circles, natural form
Ann Dunbar ~ Leaf Mandala
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20x20x3.8 cm © by Ann Dunbar
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Daisy Dance - Painting, 20x20x3.8 cm ©2016 by Ann Dunbar - Paper arts, Other, Paper, Flower, mandala, flower, circle form
Ann Dunbar ~ Daisy Dance
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20x20x3.8 cm © by Ann Dunbar
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Marigold Mandala - Painting, 20x20x3.8 cm ©2016 by Ann Dunbar - Classicism, Paper, Flower, Marigold, flower, circle, mandala
Ann Dunbar ~ Marigold Mandala
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Silver opal mandala - Painting, 20x20 cm ©2017 by Ann Dunbar -
Ann Dunbar ~ Silver opal mandala
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20x20x3.8 cm © by Ann Dunbar
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Spiralled mandala - Painting, 20x20x3.8 cm ©2016 by Ann Dunbar - Paper arts, Other, Paper, Culture, mandala, floral
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Ann Dunbar ~ Spiralled mandala
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Baroque metallic - Painting, 20x20 cm ©2016 by Ann Dunbar - Classicism, Paper, Patterns, circle, baroque, pattern, mandala
Ann Dunbar ~ Baroque metallic
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Versailles Rosette Marie Antoinette - Painting, 20x20x2 cm ©2016 by Ann Dunbar - Art Nouveau, Paper, Flower, flower, rosette, baroque
Ann Dunbar ~ Versailles Rosette Marie Antoinette
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