We had a wonderful, small circle of women, drawing and sharing in my studio, last Sunday. The weather really co operated, thankfully and it wasn't as hot as this weekend, with Indian Summer blazing away here in northern Ca...otherwise the studio would have been like a sauna.
Here are some of the small practice mandala's that were created just in the white on black.
The contrast of the white prismacolors on the black canson mi tientes paper is always so stunning. It is hard to jump into color, because often these are so perfect just as they are.
This is the mandala that I began that day. It really expresses alot of my feeling about transitioning into autumn and the approach of winter. Actually, fall is my most favorite time of year, but their is always a bittersweetness to it as well.
Lots of release and letting go is inherent within it.
|There is something about the dark center that is so provocative|
After a wonderful morning of diving in and drawing small mandalas, we began our bigger ones and then created small test color wheel mandalas, practicing blending the rainbow prismacolor pencils that we use in the process. Color is so exciting, and it changes everything.
The soul unfolds itself, like a lotus of countless petals.â•ˇ
> - Kahlil Gibran -
Here are all the mandala's in process up on the wall. Because this is such detailed work, we need to give our eyes, hands and backs breaks. Often times when you stand back and look at what you are doing, it is possible to see the work in new ways. The mandalas will let you know what the next step is.
This is Patricia Waters mandala in process, created with a dear friend in mind who is going through some traumatic life changes.
Most everyone in the group promised to send the completed mandala images to me, perhaps those will be included in another post.
I knew that in finding the mandala as an expression of the self
I had attained what was for me the ultimate.
C. G. Jung