Monday, April 27, 2015

Pink Flower Mandala

Pink Flower Mandala

Acrylic, collage, Twinkling H2O's, Gelly Roll Pens

I used Pam Carriker's color wheel stencil to start this piece. I'm obsessed with sectioned circles, spinners, mandala's
and labyrinths right now. Of course I've also been staring into the face of  flowers for years as well. Why?
It makes me happy. 

Lovey to walk the local labyrinth that happens to be close to where I live. Love the idea of entering being willing
to receive, receiving the peace of this walking meditation, then integrating that peacefulness on the way out.
Know it's different for everyone. Know that others have their own way of interacting with these millenniums
old constructions. Know that I will learn new ways of using this sacred interaction as the years pass as well.

Looking at this pink flower mandala I'm struck by a lot of things. How pink has not always been one of my favorite colors.
I remember as a child being angry that diluted red (weak) was the color assigned to girls while blue (strong) had been
assigned to boys, at least that's how it seemed. And blue is the color of the whole huge sky and the whole huge ocean
while pink seems mostly to dwell in the barbie aisle. I demanded a room with blue walls (strong) and refused to wear pink.
But now? I love how bight and vibrant it is. I love how it vibrates next to the blue. And pink relates nicely to spring green.

I also really enjoyed scribbling on this piece. And, I enjoyed scribbling with the eraser tool in photoshop today.
I thought of Jackson Pollack and his scribbles of poured paint and thought about how Jackson would have liked the kind
of disembodied but fully engaged marks I scribbled. Man, is it all about going back to that primal scribble to just purely
enjoy those ecstatic scribbly marks?

I'm also noticing that those seeds at the center of the flower made by punching holes in patterned paper. Despite
that vibrant pink they seem to have the most presence in this piece.  I think I've been thinking a lot about getting
older (and going to seed, lol) and what I'm creating for the future. How I will give to future generations?
Not sure, but I will keep you informed.