The first time I really became aware of spiral imagery was during a family vacation to the west coast, where we stopped at some petroglyphs in New Mexico. There was one image of a line of people dancing under a huge spiral. This resonated with my worldview and faith, and stuck with me. Next, a few years later I was painting a chair for a friend of mine in Oregon, and had some extra paint, so I signed the piece with my handprint on the underside, and noticed that a spiral would tuck nicely into the space in the palm. Hmmm...a logo is born...my hand and my creativity in one image. Then I started seeing this hand-and-spiral design everywhere, in many native traditions around the world. THEN I started putting it into my paintings, usually under trees...at some point I realized that in these paintings the spiral meant the life coming from the earth and growing into the trees. On a more shallow level, spirals simply make a really nice design element, sometimes art just looks cool and doesn't necessarily have a deep meaning.
I make one of these stone spirals on the lake beach outside my cabin in Michigan every year.
In other news, I've been back from vacation since Friday night, after a long drive, a tiring evening of packing for market, a busy weekend of selling cards, and now a few days of generally getting my house, garden, business, and life back in order (shedding cats!). Took down my show at Korova on Monday too. Summer is here! I jumped in a creek yesterday.