This last week when I attended the Paint Mojo Texas Retreat with Tracy Verdugo, we spent time exploring our personal symbols. I have to confess that jazzed me like nobody’s business! I like symbols. I look for them out in the world, in the way of logos, graffiti tags, signs, patterns, etc. I collect books that explore ancient markings including hieroglyphics, runes, labyrinths and mazes.
This evening at the bookstore, I sat, listening to folk music and letting my pen explore the page. I began with one of my favorite symbols, the simple circle. I added marks, allowing my hand and mind to automatically go from one strata to the next. Gently, but quickly, a mandala appeared. A mandala is a symbol which is said to represent the inner self. It is like taking a snap shot that reflects some aspect of the self in that moment.
These mandalas were drawn during one of the few rain storms we have had this year. The lightening was so frequent friends kept saying it looked like a disco outside. The water means a bit of relief from the drought. There is something psychologically renewing about rain, especially when the world is turning brown from a lack of it. These mandalas call forth renewal, growth and abundance….for the city around me…and for the part of myself that needs to be quenched.
I have added a new page to my site (oooo, just LOVE doing that.) I hope you will check out. It has another kind of mandala….a Self-Care Mandala. Head over and get a copy of it, then let me know how it works for you! It’s a freebie!
Check out the other AEDM entries for Day 4!
Big welcome to all the other AEDM’ers. I would like to invite you to add your creative art site to the Faces of Creativity Page if you feel called to join us. Help me meet a goal of a total of 50 links on that page by the end of the month.
Let’s grow a tribe, together!