Sunday, November 9, 2014


The meaning of mandala comes from Sanskrit meaning "circle." Even though it may be dominated by squares or triangles, a mandala has a concentric structure. Mandalas offer balancing visual elements, symbolizing unity and harmony. The meanings of individual mandalas is usually different and unique to each mandala. Many use a mandala as a form of meditation.

Recently I became interested in the mandala as a way to express my individual interests and needs at the moment.  I seem to be in need of peace and strength, so this particular mandala is geared to that. 

I am developing a class on creating your own mandala that I will teach here locally.  As an artist, the first step in creating a new class is to create myself, and that is what I have done!  For ME the experience of creating this painting was the goal that led to my peaceful experience.  What many call meditation, I call prayer, but the act of creating this piece helped me to focus on what things give me the peace I seek now in my life.

As you will notice, within the circle is my strongest motivator which is Christ.  Being a christian, Jesus offers me the strength and peace I seek in my life.  Keeping my eyes focused on Him is the cornerstone of my life.  My artistic talent is a gift from God, and it is in the process of creating things that mean something to me that gives me daily joy and peace through my creation process.  I love to gaze at clouds; to see pictures within them, and as many of you know, trees are a special love of mine.  The colors blue and green are also a peaceful experience for me...the sky, the earth...I love them both.  So, in a simple sense, this is my visual of what brings me peace and strength.

So, a class is forming so others can create their own specific mandalas for their own personal end result.  I love the creative process, so this should be FUN!

I've recently come back from visiting my special little family that I love so much in Nebraska.  My beautiful daughter; who is about 5 months along...well, nearly 6...with a precious little girl.  My wonderful son in law is always so gracious to allow me to come and be with them, and of course, my adorable little 3 year old Paxton!  It was a great time to be with them and my extended family and co grandparents.  My co grandma and friend Diana and I painted stripes on the kids rooms was FUN!  I miss them already, but will be out there again when my little granddaughter arrives!  My camera didn't cooperate with me very well this not many photos, but a couple that warmed my heart!

as always...HAPPY CREATING!

1 comment:

CrimsonLeaves said...

I too am into the greens and blues, trees and clouds...wonderful construct of your mandala, Saundra. Not sure if you got my email, but I posted a painting from one of your photographs on my blog. I tried emailing it to you first but I couldn't get the photo to load for some reason. Kept freezing up the computer when I tried to attach it. Thank you for the opportunity to use it. Note that I didn't follow it to the letter, alas, so it isn't nearly as pretty as the photo.

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