063008 And this is my Reality. Elemental Mandala Doodle

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    I've been getting a lot of questions lately about my mandalas. People asking what they signify, and if they are used for meditation purposes.

    I once saw a hand-drawn mandala on Flickr, and it was described as a "Meditation Mandala." It was created in one sitting as a form of meditation. Since I generally have a hard time turning my mind off, I was quite intrigued with the concept, and started drawing mandalas from that point forward. Using markers, watercolor paints, fountain pens and ink, pens, pencils, pretty much anything I can get my hands on.

    I usually create them in about an hour - such as this one. It's about 5x7 in size, and was done on Fabriano Hot Press Watercolor paper. I started to draw it with a Lamy Safari fountain pen filled with Private Reserve Burgundy Mist ink. I then grabbed a Niji Waterbrush, and painted the border a reddish brown. I accidentally got some of the ink lines wet, and I realized that I could use this to my advantage. All of the pink(ish) color you see was created by running the wet brush against the ink lines. I did a bit of outlining with a Pitt Artist pen, then went outside for a smoke.

    As I was sitting there with the painting in my hand, a cool summer's night breeze blowing across the porch - it made me remember that the only thing in life I am absolutely sure of is the earth and it's elements.

    "I may not know much and there might be many things I'm uncertain of, but the one thing I know for sure is that the elements exist. Fire, Air, Water and Earth. Nothing exists without them. I exist because of these things and to dent them is to deny your own existence. The sound of the wind, the warmth of a fire, cool ocean water lapping at your feet- these things I am certain exist. Not only in my mind but they are a part of me. I may never understand anything in my lifetime but this. And this is my reality." SMS 06/30/08

    Ceinwyn13, agnellina, and 32 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Margaret Storer-Roche 83 months ago | reply

      Nice job of journalling...great design! :)

    2. nimeus [deleted] 83 months ago | reply

      It's all in the mind... A penny for your thoughts ! What a creative mind you have, biffybean ...

    3. Eunice at Artimess 83 months ago | reply

      This is beautiful! I love the design, the subtlety of the colours and your journalling :)

    4. indyem 83 months ago | reply

      inspiring.... thank you for making your art available for all to find...

    5. kkkataish 83 months ago | reply

      oh this looks so great. Definitely inspiring. I'm always in awe of your work, even if I don't always comment.

    6. RuthArt 83 months ago | reply

      awesome work and thanks for detailing your process and thoughts.

    7. Stephanie "Biffybeans" Smith 83 months ago | reply

      Thank you Margaret!

      Thank you!

      Thank you Brand New Lady! Much appreciated.

      Indyem - you are welcome. :o) I appreciate your kind words.

      Kata, you are a sweetie. Thank you.

      Ruth Art - thank you for taking the time to leave a comment. :o)

    8. L!s@ J0Y [deleted] 82 months ago | reply

      i bow to your awesomely mandala-ness! *bow*

    9. Stephanie "Biffybeans" Smith 82 months ago | reply

      You are too kind. Thank you. :o)

    10. Noale15 81 months ago | reply

      WOW! I am amazde!
      You are doing such a wonderful work!
      This is gorgeous!!!

    11. ☆§HΔY'§♣WΦЯŁÐ☆ 78 months ago | reply

      I see alot of your work al over flickr and everything I have seen has totally amazed me

    12. Stephanie "Biffybeans" Smith 78 months ago | reply

      Thank you Noale - I appreciate that.

      Thank you Shay, that's a nice thing to say, (and hear!) I'm glad you took a moment to send me a note. :o)

    13. wolverine047 65 months ago | reply

      This is awesome...

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