Friday, June 25, 2010

My First Mandala

010607 Prismacolor Meditation Mandala

Looking back through my mandala images on Flickr, I came upon this image which if I remember correctly, was my first ever mandala. This is the comment I wrote below it, dated January 6th, 2007.

010607 Prismacolor Meditation Mandala

"This was inspired by Jouste's meditation mandala. It was done with Prismacolor markers, and completed in one sitting. (About 3 1/2 hours - the time just flew......) I was listening to Eckhart Tolle's "The Power of Now through most of it. I also did something a little different for about 90% of it from the center out. I sat with a bag filled with 12 markers (+ 1 blender pen) in my lap. I would pull out a marker at random, and that's the one I would use for that ring. I got a little tired of that at the end, plus I wanted to touch up a few areas with certain colors. Interestingly enough, "Red" didn't come up on a random pull till one of the last few pulls."

I think the red bumps with green/blue circles look like frog eyes."

9 comments:

Katie said...

That's a beautiful mandala for a first one. The colours are so exuberant!
xx Katie.

Anonymous said...

take a look at this

http://www.neatorama.com/2010/06/26/time-lapse-video-of-the-creation-of-a-mandala-sand-painting/

gregorym said...

I have a question, I have a Lamy Studio that I would like to carry on a daily basis (maybe in my briefcase) so that I can use it more often.
Should I be worried about the ink spilling out of the pen or is it pretty safe these days? I use Lamy cartridges rather than fill it from a bottle.

Eden said...

Wow!! That's really pretty!! I'm not good at "random pull-out", cuz I'd make a mess of things, but yours works!!! Please tell me more about the blender. I've heard people mention it, but don't know the why's and how's. Thanks much :D

Biffybeans said...

Katie - thank you! It seems like only yesterday when I was making it.

Anon - Love it! Thank you for posting the link.

Greg - good question. I'm pretty notorious for storing my pens in a horizontal position and every once in a while, I get some ink in the cap. Nothing major, but it does happen.

Biffybeans said...

Eden, I doubt you'd make a mess - because in my mind, mandala creation is all about the process rather than the finished results. The blender pen... I no longer have those markers - that was several years ago that I made this piece. I think the blender is meant to blend the marker colors while its still wet on the paper, but I never got the hang of it. In fact, I never really liked those markers at all.

gypsy999 said...

Intriguing to see how your design has evolved from your earlier work. The current mandalas are so open and free, they dance on the paper. I see mine getting more symmetrical as I get more certain of my lines.

Also, Thx for sharing the pix of your work using the frisket, I'd like to try it as well!

Tammy

Note Booker, Esq. said...

What caught my attention in your post was that you completed this in one three and -one-half hour sitting. What intrigues me about that is not the time it took you, but that you had 3 and a half uninterrupted hours. I can;t remember what that's like.

Biffybeans said...

Tammy - thanks for noticing. I sometimes can't tell whether or not there has been a progression, though I do know that my life is very different than it was three years ago when I 1st started drawing them.

Notebooker - I guess it's all a matter of priority. I'll admit that I sometimes neglect my chores & just sit & doodle....

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