The (almost not) Red Mandala


(Black fine line Prismacolor marker + every red-named colored pencil* I own)

Creative Experiments #9  — first of…several

It’s a waste of time to think that if you colored a painting red what might have happened if you painted it black. –Yoko Ono

I was disappointed in this MANDALA at first, because it looked too PINK — but I read what Yoko said and stayed with it.  After a while it looked GOOD to me, and then it also looked RED. I need to remember to see things THROUGH and to see their own special BEAUTY. 

I do a lot of these “coloring book” mandalas — black inked outlines first, generally all in one sitting, which I later fill in with colored pencils. I don’t think I’ve ever made one this large (9×12) before; most often I use index cards, which I carry with me everywhere.  The center of my mandalas are red, almost without exception, but for this one I used a brilliant emerald green for a striking contrast to all the reds everywhere else.

* Ruby, Cerise, Cardinal, Raspberry, Cherry, Poppy…and of course, (plain old) Red


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