The Process

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Many spiritual traditions use mandalas to aid in meditation. Symbolic designs have been handed down through the centuries and artists must adhere to exact guidelines.

In creating my own mandalas I never plan to create a particular design, nor do I set a color palette. I prefer to let my intuition and creative impulses to direct me.

Suspend thought to access inner energies

Rather than ‘thinking’ about what lines to link or designs to create, I step back from decision-making. I draw a circle with a protractor and then mark off the circle in degree segments. Once the points are placed on the outer rim, I add lines to create squares, triangles or other geometric figures within. These are then subdivided into smaller and smaller areas.

6Selecting colors for mandalas

When the basic design lines of the mandala are inked in, I often select the colors randomly, intuitively selecting which patterns to emphasize. The only thought involved is a desire to vary the light, dark, value and intensity of the colors to create an internal rhythm. After all colors are applied, the design lines are again inked for definition.

There are no mistakes in intuitive art

When I suspend my judgmental thinking mind there is no such thing as a wrong choice. The designs and colors choices that emerge reflect my consciousness at the time of creating the mandala. Rather than seeking perfection in outcome, I enjoy the process of participating.

107(2)Reflecting upon completed mandalas

After completing a mandala I place it where I can easily view during my daily activities. The design that I might have considered as weak or the colors I might have questioned, over a short period of time, seem to transform themselves.  The mandala seems to find coherence and ‘bloom’ in some mysterious way.

The unique process of creation guarantees that each mandala is one of a kind. In fact, I have been unable to duplicate either the design or the color choices of a completed mandala in a new work.