Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Mandala: Center of Bloom

Mandala: Center of Bloom

You know it's funny, but though I've created over 1,000 mandalas in the last 3 years, I don't color many of them in.

There are two main ways I create them. Either by using a single colored pen or marker on paper, or by putting watercolor on paper and then coming back and creating a mandala over top of the painting. I think I do it this way because I kind of like doing the mandala part more than adding color. Coloring them in doesn't seem to hold the same rhythmic pleasure for me and so I think once I finish one, I abandon it in favor of working on another. (It's less about art for me than the meditation of creating it.)

But once in a great while, I get the urge to color one in... It's usually a just little urge because I just don't have the patience to stay with it and so I take an inked piece like the one above, and I will add just enough color to make me happy.

Since I treat this work less about art and more about personal growth, I wonder if there is a part of me that worries about "messing up" if I try and think too much about adding color and making it look "pretty.". But isn't that what I teach in my workshops? That the end result is irrelevant? That it's about the journey rather than the destination? I think once you start to turn a subjective eye on what you create, it can muck up the original intention.

Right now, I think I'm going to go and color one of my mandalas and I'm not even going to TRY and stay within the lines....

7 comments:

Patty said...

That Mandala is beautiful, I hope you keep making more of them.

Megan Warren said...

I like the look of the mandalas drawn black on white or white on a dark colour. I'm the same I rarely color them in. Maybe you could copy them before colouring in if you were worried about mucking them up.

Cindy said...

I want to try one now. Beautiful.

Biffybeans said...

Patty - thank you so much!

Megan - I don't so much worry about messing them up as I just get started coloring them in and then I lose interest. I like drawing them better than coloring them.

Cindy - you should!

catherine said...

I really like your mandalas. It's interesting you say it's more about meditation for you:

I found you through the FPN, and I've just bought my first FP in years (Lamy Safari F). The only time I've ever really used one in the past was when I was a teen, and I used to create line drawings with it ... sort of like intricate mazes. People used to think I was weird, because they weren't exactly beautiful, but it was the process of creating them that was so relaxing.

I'm looking forward to re-discovering it, while I make the journey into the murky world that is FPs and inks!

Biffybeans said...

Hi Catherine!

I love hearing that you used to do line drawings.... bring them back with that new Safari! I definitely think less of the final product when I create than about the actual process. I think that's partly why I can do one after another after another because I want to be "doing" them. Thank you for your comments and I'm glad you found my blog!

Heather said...

I like drawing them better than coloring them.

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