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You may not have heard of her… yet. Elspeth McLean is a painter who is using her art to not only lighten her own heart but to do hopefully the same for others. One dot at a time.
She calls her style of painting “Dotillism.” Using acrylic paint and a paintbrush, she creates vibrant, colorful, and intricate pieces of art composed of patterns of dots. The designs can be made into logos, hang beautifully on café walls, be the centerpiece in an art gallery, or be a treasure in your home.
McLean, as per her artist bio, draws influence from mythology, seasons, ancient art, and more. As the bio explains, she finds painting dots to be a meditative experience and makes it the focus of her life. “Through her art she hopes to connect people with their inner child and to bring some vibrancy and joy to their lives.”
Such a focus is Dotillism in this female artist’s life that she has earned a Diploma in Art Therapy. Research supports the many benefits of art therapy; the creative process improves mood and the physical as well as mental well-being of a person. In the case of Elspeth McLean, the benefits are for both painter and recipients of her work.
The joyfulness that I see in her works captivated me when I saw them and made me smile. I found her Mandala Stones on her website and loved the detail as well as the style. So imaginative! It’s much more interesting than my pet rock! Seriously, though, talk about giving back to the earth, which is already so naturally beautiful.
Inspirational Elspeth McLean has a local connection to me as she resides in the same province as I. She is on Saltspring Island, British Columbia, while I am on Vancouver Island. I checked her Instagram page and it looks like she is also living in New Zealand. She is proudly a one-woman business, just like me!
I hope you find her colorful Dotillism creations as lovely as I do. I cannot imagine looking at one of her works and not feeling uplifted in the mood by the bright colors and the thoughtfulness behind it. I also love knowing that she finds a calming benefit in each creation; to me, knowing that tidbit adds value to each finished product.
~Wishing you a day washed in bright color,