It's been a while since I've added anything new to my etsy shop, but I've been working at some new pieces the last couple of weeks and finally have them up to share!
These yogi figure paintings from last week's post, "playing with poses" are the newest ones.
And I've added two Mandala pieces and have several more in the works here in the studio because they are so much fun to work on!
A mandala is a sanskrit word for sacred circle. I spent a good bit of time studying them in college as part of a project on "Tantric Art" during my semester abroad in India. Traditionally, they are created as a meditation and consist of layers of geometric shapes inside of a circle that represent Gods and Goddesses, Buddhas, temple or palace layouts (depending on the tradition). I started creating my own, more abstract mandalas, last fall in an Expressive Arts Therapy class...For a little while, I was creating about two mandalas a week, using sharpies and colored pencils. I was amazed at how powerfully calming and centering it was to make them. I stopped doing them for a while, but I am starting to pick it back up again, this time using my acrylics (and sharpies...always the sharpies!).
If you want to try making one yourself, all you need is a piece of paper and something to draw a circle with (a protractor or trace a kitchen bowl). I usually start in the middle of the circle and start moving outward with whatever material I'm using, allowing my mind to settle and my hand to take control. Try it! It's fun!
Also, I now have prints of two original paintings ("Heart Opening" and "Home") which are also available in my shop!