Wednesday, March 4, 2009

A Few of My Favorite Mandalas to Brighten Your Day!

Colorful Mandala Hand in Sketchbook

Neocolor II Crayons in an Exacompta Sketchbook

Watercolor and India Ink Mandala

Holbein & Daniel Smith Watercolors, Sennelier China Ink on Fabriano Hot Press Watercolor Paper

022607 Mandala - One of my favorites

Various markers on Borden & Riley Marker Paper

Mandala with Sanskrit Healing Mantra

Holbein & Daniel Smith Watercolors in a Cachet Watercolor Book

Mandala with Mantra (View Large)

Holbein & Daniel Smith Watercolors, Derwent Inktense Pencils, and J. Herbin Larmes de Cassis Fountain Pen ink on Arches Hot Press Watercolor Paper


Anne Coleman said...

I love that second one! You do beautiful work!

Stephanie "Biffybeans" Smith said...

Thank you Anne! :o)

Anonymous said...

I love the second and third mandalas: I always look forward to posts containing them!

How did you get into drawing them? Do they reflect your mood, or what you wish your mood to be? I'm intrigued by the idea but find myself blocked by various worries and anxieties.

Stephanie "Biffybeans" Smith said...

Thank you veritablyshort! The way I got into them was by seeing a fellow artist post one on Flickr. The way he said to do them was to start at the center and don't stop until you are done.

After creating several hundred of them myself, I've developed my own process that I'm working to develop into a workshop.

What are your worries and anxieties connected to? Not creating a perfect piece? Or does the process bring out various anxieties about other parts of your life? The one thing that I always emphasize is that mandala creation is a meditation. It's not about creating art, any art that results is a bonus. You just put pen to paper and try not to judge yourself, or what's coming out on the paper.

It's also helpful if you inject an intention into the project before starting. Like, "I am doing this to relax." Inject intention and heart into anything, and how can it be bad? :o)

If you would like me to help you more with creating them, feel free to contact me through my profile. :o) And thanks again!

Anonymous said...

I would love to see a blog post devoted to creating mandalas. Maybe a step by step process of the creation of one. Of course, you would have to interrupt the creating for photos, and that might ruin your concentration. Anyway, I enjoy your artwork, and really like number 3!

I love the idea of a workshop, you should consider a book too. That way you can sell them at the workshop ;-)

I am going to attempt one in the next couple of days.

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