Here is the backstory; I had been making pendants from my art as well as found art, since the fall. They turned out so lovely that I began to sell them and found them to be quite popular. Plus the whole process appealed to my love of making things in multiples. I am maker.
|Healing Star Mandala|
I made a pendant of one of Patricia's mandala's as a Christmas gift for her. It actually was of her Star Mandala...which is this one here. She wound up giving it to her caregiver as a gift. A dear friend of hers, who was at the house during her last month of life, commissioned me to make a series of these for all the women in the loving circle of friends that surrounded her during that time...and I have continued to create them along with Amulets from my own mandala images.So one thing has led to another, and another and I have continued this artmaking journey for months. The interesting thing is that this whole process has brought me closer to Patricia, and led me full circle back to viewing all of my mandala's in another light.
|Flowering Color Wheel|
In order to get an image to be strong in a smaller format, there must be a lot of contrast and not a lot of detail in order to reduce the image to a contact sheet size. So I am viewing my work with a different lens.
I also have realized that I am always soothed by doing things in multiples, which is why I love creating mandalas. Mandalas, have repeating patterns in them, and creating repetitions makes one feel safe and comforted. Kind of like a visual fence that encircles what is important, what is in the center, the heart of the matter.
|Goddess of Balance|
I have also found more of her original mandala's, as we a community of women friends, now go through her art and her possessions, and I have photographed them with an idea to reproducing them in the future. It has allowed me to really and truely see and appreciate her art, in a deeper light. And when I work with the images, she is in my mind in a different way, which has taken a lot of the edge off of my grief around losing her. Healing Indeed!
Another thing has happened, and that is that this whole process, which has included making the Amulets from all of my mandalas, ( I am now calling them amulets instead of pendants, which alludes to the power inherent in these images) has begun to bring me a greater sense of abundance, and a new direction for making money.
I have always felt that my art, and in particular my Mandala drawings, have work to do in the world. That these images enhance and support others, separate from the healing power of creating them, that the images are meant to inspire others. This has become clearer with this process. I am grateful and blessed by this entire process and my sadness has been a process of personal transformation.
Thank you to all who have been following my musings, in this blog over time, and who find their way here synchronistically. Always remember that doing Art heals, in subtle and profound ways, whether you feel you can do it or not, --- JUST DO IT! you never know where a process will lead you.
Until the next time...when I plan to post my new series of SoulCollage® cards.