Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Creating with Intention

Mandala :: Release

The other day I learned a good friend of mine's mother had passed away. Before I had the chance to speak to her, (and feeling quite concerned about her) I sat down and created this piece entitled "Release" while holding her in my thoughts.

Throughout the time I've been creating mandalas, I've found that some of my most expressive images have come at times when I've held a specific thought or intention in my mind while making them. If you have been following my work for any length of time, you know that this isn't my typical color palette but these are the colors that I felt inspired to use on this day. Choosing these colors, I felt as though they represented infinite space...

The image was created by painting with frisket (a masking substance) on extra rough Clairefontaine watercolor paper. I then applied 4 different colors of fountain pen ink over the frisket, (Herbin's Bleu Azur, Diamine's Imperial Blue, Indigo & one of their black inks - I forget which) Once dry, I removed the frisket and then started filling in the empty spaces using .5 and brush nibbed Copic Multiliner markers.

This piece ended up one of my most favorites, ever.

11 comments:

Megan Warren said...

What a beautiful mandala! The use of the frisket is a great idea - thanks for sharing it.

Anonymous said...

This is incrediblly beautiful and inspiring. True intention will transform the world and it is the simple things like this that will move through the veil and connect.
TUA! (thanks to us all)
A Drum Bubba quote!

stacy said...

this really is lovely, and such a beautiful way to express your love and concern for your friend.

Annie said...

When I saw this one the first thing that came up in my mind was "reconciliation" , letting go, peace...very, very powerful image!
I am sorry for your friend's loss!

lee said...

I love it, the colours are fantastic.....

Biffybeans said...

Megan - thank you. I've tried a few different ways to mimic the appearance of batik and this so far has been my favorite.

Anon - Thanks to you!

Stacy - thank you. :o)

Annie - Much thanks

Lee - Thank you!

claydancer said...

You have a very nice blog and your mandalas are beautiful. I have been researching chakras and mandalas. I make pottery and am making heart shaped bowls. My sister-in-law wants one in the heart chakra colors. How simple and a great idea.

Biffybeans said...

Claydancer - thank you so much for your comments. Heart chakra? I believe that would be pink & green..... (Better double check)

marianne said...

Wonderful mandala!
I love to create with something in mind....

Anne-Sophie said...

This is your most spiritual piece to date,(as seen on this blog).
It shows soul and love.
Stunning work, words cannot really begin to describe it.

Thank you for sharing that really special creation.

Biffybeans said...

Marianne & Anne-Sophie - Much thanks. :o)

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