How line art shaped my designs
When I was introduced to oriental line-art over
nine years ago, I soon discovered how line-work has a way of transforming the simplest motif or pattern into
something special and breathing life into it.
Over the years, I obtained a small collection of
invaluable books to guide me upon my learning path in this ancient art culture. Since then, those books have become
a 'sine qua non' for my continuing erudition and vital source for reference. From this unique medium, I have gained
a wealth of expressive form and style, enabling me to convey the storehouse of ideas I have been inspired to create
designs with, for Lotus Sunrise collections.
|"I soon discovered how
line-work has a way of transforming the simplest motif or pattern into something special, and
breathing life into it"...."line-work may appear to be a very disciplined form of art, as opposed
to the free forms of modern art. However, it possesses a unique language just as any art form
Line work may appear to be a very disciplined form
of art, as opposed to the free forms of modern art. However it possesses a unique language, just as any art form
does. Using fine, artistic and rhythmic lines, beginning with just a single line forming a shape or pattern, new
lines are added en rapport, creating a build up of intricate and flowing rhythmic patterns. The result is a rich
stylization of subject matter. Often line art is described as projecting a "live" quality, even with non-living
One of the prominent features in Sinhalese art
tradition is the extensive use of creeper work, combined with motifs and decorative designs. In fact, creeper work
is universal and can be found in the vast numbers of preserved and restored medieval art works, such as paintings,
murals, tapestries, carvings and various other artistic formats.
Much of medieval European, Middle Eastern and of
course, Oriental art used this intricate and elegant ornamental pattern. Naturally, every region developed a
typical style of creeper design, characteristically different from one corner of the globe to the other. One only
needs to see the Lotus Sunrise logo and web page banner to instantly become acquainted with an example of rich
stylized creeper work.
Oriental art forms typically use intricate and elegant
ornamental patterns, seen on this mosaic (Image by
When I began developing collections of designs for
my website, I wanted each collection to pertain to a theme, different from the next. 'Island of Wonders' was my
first collection created for the site. With an Oceania theme fused with a Sinhalese art style. Starting from raw
sketches of ideas, the designs gradually took shape and character. Colour is an important feature of course, as it
must be pleasing upon the senses. My palette is rather my laboratory, for mixing and blending colours. Vibrant and
subdued hues are carefully selected to complement each design's individual nature. Together with line-art,
definement and stylization, infuses a soulful salience that brings a design to life.
I aim to create all my collections with an
atmospheric ambience that can offer a pleasurable visual experience and understanding of subject matter. Each work
of art provides a journey for the imagination and through design descriptions, a visual extension beyond the
compositions, can further aid my viewers appreciation of designs that they may be contemplating to
When the right decor is chosen for the home or
place of business, decorative/functional art can promote therapeutic benefits as well. Whether a piece creates calm
and serenity, elegance, joyfulness, balance or harmony; the perfect atmosphere can be achieved by selecting art
pieces that appeal to you or your needs most.
In my seven years of experience with line-art, I
have discovered the "feel good" quality this poetic style generates. I enjoy immensely the creation/production
process and I believe art is a wonderful medium to manifest positive ideas and concepts. I hope for Lotus Sunrise
designs to impart that " feel good" quality upon those who may simply view or possess any one, or several of my art
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