listening to a picture

woman hair heart black 354 - October 16, 2015pm

What does this “simple” image say to me?

Many things.  Probably more than I know.

One thing it clearly says is: “listen”.

© 2015, Michael R. Patton
listening to silence: the book



yin yang spin red - September 22, 2014pm

Years ago, while reading Understanding the I Ching by Cyrille Javary, I discovered that our common yin-yang symbol is misleading.

The round circle, with its balance of white and black, is like a snapshot of a continual transformation…

The yin-yang forces are constantly shifting.  A more accurate symbol would show the white moving into the space of the black as the black moves into the space vacated by the white.

© 2014, Michael R. Patton
myth steps


raven mandela - September 5, 2014pm

One more mandala…

Those figures are birds fitted together in a dance…

I guess it’s fair to ask why the lighter ones are not completely white…Wouldn’t white be the proper complement for black?

I forget why I used gray.  In any case, it’s all balanced…

Perhaps that’s the point: to be imperfect and yet, still in balance.

© 2014, Michael R. Patton
myth steps

balancing act

new peace symbol - April 17, 2014pm

I designed the image above because I wanted a new peace symbol…

My idea was to give some balance to the now-familiar peace symbol created by Gerald Holtom in 1958.

I’ve “doubled” the old symbol, so that the top half is equal to the bottom half…

Also, for balance, I’ve alternated black with white.

As I see it, if we’re going to have peace, we first need to balance the opposing forces within ourselves, within our world.

© 2014, Michael R. Patton