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Gill Rippingale
United Kingdom
hello there.....I hope you enjoy looking through my pictures......and here's a bit of background.....
Apart from an interlude when I was helping to bring up my sons, drawing has always been at the centre of my life. As a child I was fascinated by the world around me, particularly the flowers and insects I found in the garden. All my early drawings are of flowers and insects - especially butterflies. I also had a very keen eye for detail, pattern, colour and symmetry.....As I grew older I developed a deep interest in myth, legend, religion and creation myths from around the world. These ideas found their way at one time or another into my artwork......I experimented with watercolours, inks, and crayons, until all these elements came together to produce my current style ( such as it is) and the subject matter of many of my drawings. I am self-taught....and of course still learning...!
In 2001 I began the study and practice of Buddhism and Buddhist meditation, which had a very strong effect on me......and resulted in the series of drawings I call ' Dharma Art'. These drawings were never contrived, thought up or designed.....they were produced when I was in a highly concentrated, absorbed, yet relaxed and open state of mind - a meditative state - and the images simply flowed onto the was really like retrieving something that already existed in my mind and uploading the image onto paper.....when I sat down and took up my pencil, I usually had no idea what I would be drawing....
At the present time I am back to experimenting with pen and ink.....and there is more of a deliberate effort to produce a pleasing image.....I am taking a great deal of inspiration from trees, ferns, ancient woodland, stone, and pagan and celtic myth and art....and excited to see where this will lead me and my drawings.....
.......It's a week since I began a new drawing....and it's all going well. I've spent a reasonable amount of time working on it this week aided by unseasonal weather - lots of dull and rainy days, so it's been easy to remain at the drawing board. I have been reminded how strange the creative process is we ever really know what we are about to embark on when first we take up our pencil or paintbrush....? I always seem to get taken by surprise! I start off thinking I know what the drawing is going to be.....and then as soon as I start to get really engaged, something else takes over......and after a little while I realise that the drawing isn't turning out the way I expected ....and so it continues....I always allow myself to go with the flow....and the flow is well and truly at the moment.....


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Iessika Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2012
Hi Gil,

I am re-watching you. You'll probably know who I am when I say that you commented on Chasing the bends of green Lush before. There's a story behind my flee from the other account, but I frankly don't care to explain it right now. It should be enough that I'm here, still watching you, still adoring your work... :rose:

Paranda Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012
Hi Jess! yes, of corse I remember commenting on your wondeful Picture. Sorry to hear you've been having some difficulties..hope it's all sorted, and so pleased you like my stuff!
hadas64 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
hello again
i just read your ID and got realy exited by it.
i am a musician myself and only recently discoverd the world of drawing mandalas. i call it a meditation and it gives me much relaxation when needed, energy and organization. i find your words so matching with what i feel although i didn't start as a kid.
thanks for the openness and the beautiful words above.
Paranda Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
Hello there,
Great to hear about your experience of drawing mandala's, and that you resonated with what I've doesn't surprise me, as I believe these sort of experiences are common to all who tap into their creative energies -to me that's the most important thing about being human...long may you continue with your music and art activities!
hadas64 Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011
thank you very much
Art-of-the-Shaman Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for the Kind words and the fav ~ look forward to seeing more of your magnificent creations ~
Paranda Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
....wo.....what timing! found your page.....very impressive....thanks, I'll keep plugging away....
OrganicFantasy Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2010
After being blown away by your drawings, I had to eventually stop for a bit and find where my socks had flown off to.
azarashi9 Featured By Owner Nov 2, 2009
Me again. I finished second Mantra and i'd like to use your Love Light of the Beloved painting for cover art if you are okay with it.
Paranda Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2009
o dear sorry i didnt get your message sooner... yes thats fine - Ill try to load one without watermark asap....
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