September 4, 2010

6 Degrees of Separation


A little idea-less at the moment, so I thought I’d re-visit the Celtic Knot. I made one of these last year, with the help of this youtube video. You can find that post HERE with the embedded video.


If you can draw a bunch of dots in a row, then you can make a Celtic Knot.

I found a couple definitions on line that I thought were interesting.

The Celtic knot symbol, is also referred to as the mystic knot, or the endless knot. The more esoteric or spiritual meaning of this symbol eludes to beginnings and endings. In viewing these beautiful knots, we cannot see a beginning or and end, and therefore we are reminded of the timeless nature of our spirit. This translation harkens to our most primal selves as we contemplate the infinite cycles of birth and rebirth in both physical and ethereal realms.

A less spiritual representation is also related to the knots endless nature. Due to it's infinite path, the Celtic knot can represent an uninterrupted life cycle. Some may use this symbol as a charm of sorts – warding against sickness or setbacks that might interfere with an otherwise calm and stable life. In this vein, these knots are used as emblems, which can be found in jewelry, clothing, or home décor. In ancient times, gifts adorned with mystic knots would be given with best wishes of longevity, or luck with new endeavors.


My markers felt the need to embellish these little loops! But it still needs something, all that white space is just too darn…..white!


Doing the only thing I know to do in that white space……it became slow-journaling time.


I think our lives are a lot like a Celtic Knot. Similar to the “6 Degrees of Separation” theory. Where it’s thought that anyone on the planet can be connected to any other person thru no more than 5 people. Well, this may be hard when it’s cross-continental but I would buy it for the United States…do you?

Just random thoughts here, so don’t hold me to them….but apparently all the experiments they tried didn’t really work (except the email one….but that’s email). So, who knows…..maybe we are only separated by 6 Degrees or maybe were not….it’s a fun theory either way.


Jeanne Nelson said...

Very eye-catching page, and interesting thoughts. Your celtic know and its details are awesome. Can't wait to receive my sketchbook! Happy Weekend!

Liberty said...

Eden this is wonderful! I love it both before and after the doodles are added. I just love how detailed your patterns are (that you used to fill in the knots).

sarah said...

love it! very thought provoking! the Celts knew all about it! everything and everyone is indeed connected.... i am gonna try one of these, i have a long love of Celtic knots and wanted to give it a go.... just moved to the top of my todo list.... thx for sharing! blessings.....s......

Marthann's Musings said...

Oh Eden: I love, Celtic Knots. I do them all the time. So glad to find the video.
Your work is beautiful. You are like I am in that you like the bright colors !! and markers. Never can have too many markers. I am going to do one of these SOON and will post it.
Have a great holiday weekend.

The Paris Salon said...

love your drawing and colors Eden! I did not know all that info on Celtic knots, very informative and interesting :)
Have an awesome arty weekend,

Marthann's Musings said...

Eden. Just wanted to let you know I referenced your today's blog on my post today. Again. I love it.

Janet said...

Lots of interesting info about the Celtic knots, and of course I love your drawing of one. You are the Queen of Markers!!

Eileen Bergen said...

Your detail is just amazing - as usual. This is very pretty and I like the symbolism.

I don't know about 6 degrees of separation but I do believe we are all related. The more people who feel that deep in their hearts, the more compassionate and kind we will be. That's my dream anyway ...

chel said...

I just LOVE this!!

Julia Christie said...

Love how this turned out Eden. You have such an eye for patterns!
Great piece and it really complements the idea you've presented too.


lori vliegen said...

wow, gosh, you completely had me at the solidly colored knot, and then i scroll down and see your doodled version.....wowza!!!! absolutely spectacular!!! xox, :))

gypsy said...

The knots are so neat, Eden!

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