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Yin Yang Magpie Feather Fan

© Karin Taylor

Joined February 2008

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Yin and Yang Magpie Feather Fan – painting by Karin Taylor – created from one single feather I’ve painted, repeated and overlaid many times, in the act of creating this piece, true balance was created through repetition of a theme, until my mind was brought back into a centred place. In the centre of the handheld area you can see an outline of the magpie, from who’s feather I used as reference for this painting. I hope you like it This fan is very symbolic of balance, the internal balance we all strive for. If interested in learning more about the concept of yin and yang, please read info below (excerpts provided by Wikipedia.) Thank you for viewing my art today. The background is from my own photograph of my back fence. Created in Procreate for iPad with stylus pen. Some final adjustments in Photoshop CS5.
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Yin and Yang
Yin and yang applies to the human body. In traditional Chinese medicine good health is directly related to the balance between yin and yang qualities within oneself. If yin and yang become unbalanced, one of the qualities is considered deficient or has vacuity.
Yin is characterised as slow, soft, yielding, diffuse, cold, wet and passive; and is associated with water, earth, the moon, femininity and nightime.
Yang by contrast, is fast, hard, solid, focused, hot, dry, and agressive; and is associated with fire, sky, the sun, masculinity and daytime.
In Chinese philosophy, the concept of yin-yang , which is often called “yin and yang”, is used to describe how seemingly opposite or contrary forces are interconnected and interdependent in the natural world; and, howe they give rise to each other as they interrelate to one another. Many natural dualities (such as light and dark, high and low, hot and cold, fire and water, life and death, and son on) are thought of as physical manifestations of the yin-yang concept. Yin and yang can be thought of as complementary (instead of opposing) forces interacting to form a dinamic system in which the whole is greater than the parts. Everything has both yin and yang aspects (for instance shadow cannot exist without light). Either of the two major aspects may manifest more strongly in a particular object, depending on the criterion of the observation.
The relationship between yin and yang is often described in terms of sunlight playing over a mountain and a valley. (literally the ‘shady place’ or ‘north slope’) is the dark area occluded by the mountain’s bulk, while yang (literally the ‘sunny place’ or ‘south slope’) is the brightly lit portion. As the sun moves across the sky, yin and yang gradually trade places with each other, revealing what was obscured and obscuring what was revealed.


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