063008 And this is my Reality. Elemental Mandala Doodle

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

  • Margaret Storer-Roche PRO 7y

    Nice job of journalling...great design! :)
  • nimeus 7y

    It's all in the mind... A penny for your thoughts ! What a creative mind you have, biffybean ...
  • Eunice at Artimess PRO 7y

    This is beautiful! I love the design, the subtlety of the colours and your journalling :)
  • indyem PRO 7y

    inspiring.... thank you for making your art available for all to find...
  • kkkataish 7y

    oh this looks so great. Definitely inspiring. I'm always in awe of your work, even if I don't always comment.
  • RuthArt PRO 7y

    awesome work and thanks for detailing your process and thoughts.
  • Stephanie Smith PRO 7y

    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)
  • L!s@ J0Y 7y

    i bow to your awesomely mandala-ness! *bow*
  • Stephanie Smith PRO 7y

    You are too kind. Thank you. :o)
  • Noa Kaminitz 7y

    WOW! I am amazde!
    You are doing such a wonderful work!
    This is gorgeous!!!
  • Shay 7y

    I see alot of your work al over flickr and everything I have seen has totally amazed me
  • Stephanie Smith PRO 7y

    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)
  • wolverine047 6y

    This is awesome...
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