I started the Archangel #1 painting in April 2015 and worked on it for a couple of months. I reached a point where I struggled to figure out what needed to be done next. I decided to put it on hiatus, to just let it sit for a bit.
This past month, something shifted and I’m back to painting it again. I began to “see” what happens next. Inspiration came and I followed its lead.
Now that I’m moving forward with this mandala again, I plan to share my progress here on the “Mandala of the Year” site. I’ll add more information about this mandala series at a later date.
Here’s my painting progression for the month of June (please forgive the poor image quality on some of these, I’ll work on improving that for next month):
01 – sketch “moon phases”
02 – Gold trim
03 – Gold, Silver, Copper, and Pearl moons
04 – Moon shadows
05 – trees and branches
06 – more trees and branches
07 – highlights on trees & branches
08 – Tree blossoms
09 – Tree blossoms – broader view
10 – more tree blossoms
11 – Shadow from “moon” band
12 – Roof and Column details on marigold temple
13 – Roof details on turquoise temple (before column outline)
14 – Roof and Column details on red temple
15 – “new growth” symbols within turquoise temple
16 – “new growth” symbols and gold “sun” within red temple
17 – “new growth” symbols and gold “sun” within purple temple
18 – green vine going up columns in purple temple
19 – green vine going up columns in red temple
20 – green vine going up columns in marigold temple
My Mission: awakening our Creative Spirit in delightful, inspiring ways
For me, creating mandalas is more than just coloring pretty patterns in a circle. I do it because my spiritual evolution and creativity require it of me. My mandala designs come about within an active meditative state, connected with my higher self, my spiritual guides and nature spirits.
Together, we bring into form, mandala art the allows me to re-connect with my own inner peace and joy, letting me explore and expand my own creative spirit to however far and in whatever direction I want to take it.
As part of my own spiritual journey, I encourage, and hopefully inspire, others to explore their own creativity, to help them re-connect with their own inner peace and joy. As a means to that end, I make all of my mandalas available for people to color. Why should I have all the fun?
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