Monday, March 25, 2013

Great Round of Mandala - My 2013 Journey

After completing the Book of Days project led by Effy Wild, I decided not to do another one for 2013.  While I learned quite a bit (read LOTS OF STUFF), I felt like I needed to move on.  Instead, when Julie Gibbons let it be known that she was going to guide the willing through a year-long project on Mandalas I knew it was destined that I follow along.

Mandalas have been with me for several years now.  I think they came to the surface when I started reading Rhodia Drive written by Stephanie Smith, who also writes Spiritual Evolution of the Bean.  Stephanie is an amazing artist who paints amazing mandalas and showed that it is never too late to begin.

From Julie Gibbons' introduction to the Great Round of Mandala course work:
The Swiss psychologist CG Jung, with whose work I was familiar with in the field of personality psychology, spent many years researching the mandala archetype and related symbols and he was first to deploy painting (for non-psychotic adults) as part of his therapeutic work.
Convinced by its ability to reveal the unconscious, Jung began to create a mandala every day but would argue vehemently that these mandalas were not works of art. He was absolutely committed to them as a tool for the process of individuation – the term he coined to describe the realization of the whole/true self.

And so I begin:
Stage 1: Resting in the Darkness
January 2013

Qualities of the Circle
charcoal drawing - non-dominant hand

Spider Web mandala
charcoal drawing
Stage 2: Floating into the Light
February 2013 
Soothing Mandala
water soluble pastels  
Million Star mandala
mixed media
Water mandala #1

Water mandala #2
tempera paint
 These are all worked in a large multi-media spiral bound journal.  I write about each exercise on the left side of the 2 page spread and I make the mandalas on the right side.  Because my journalling is private and most likely extremely boring to everyone but me, I won't be putting them up here for public consumption.

If you are interested in doing this project on your own, please look into The Mandala Workbook by Susanne F. Fincher.  I find it fascinating and perhaps you will as well.

I've also been working in some of my other art journals.  I'll save those for another post.  Thanks for reading this far.

Peace out!

Sunday, March 10, 2013

This is Why I'd Like to Learn to Use Watercolors

The first thing I'm going to work on is stormy skies.  This weekend was quite the taunt for it, too.  

(The pictures don't look wonderful, I'm afraid.  I don't have a photo editor* at the moment and the vegetation is quite bleak due to the winter cold spells.)   
This was the sky as seen in my backyard on Friday, March 8.
This is looking west.  That's a fig tree in the foreground.
Late in the day it looked like it might be clearing.

The last of the daylight seen through the clouds on Friday night.
This is sunset on Saturday, March 9.  It was gorgeous in person.

It was a lovely weekend with the cold rain.  I sat in my studio (formerly known as the workshop) and listened as the rain pattered on the roof.  I have some space heaters out there that keep it nice and cozy, too.

As far as art, I'll be posting some pictures soon.  I've been working on the Great Round of Mandala project with Julie Gibbons.  I've also been slowly working on some intuitive painting.  I don't have lots of canvases so I have to stop between layers to let them dry properly.  That kills momentum.  

I've been working in my regular art journals, too.  Too personal to share everything but perhaps a few will be posted here in the near future.

I feel change coming again.  That elusive restless feeling is bubbling under the surface.  Tomorrow is a new moon.  That is supposed to mark a time of movement.  Maybe that is when "it" will happen?  Who knows.  What comes, comes.

*Can anyone recommend a free photo editor that resembles the Microsoft version?  It's what I'm used to.