Tag Archives: Mandala

Happy Solstice!


I’ve been spending a lot of time making gifts for others, but art is a gift I give myself: a Mandala to celebrate the victory of light over darkness.

Moonlight (glow in the dark!) gelly roll pens on black bristol board


Oldie But Goodie

Also recovered, thanks to my recent spurt of workroom organization — my “Mandalas Only” sketchbook, which I found hiding in a stack of pads of art paper.  I used to draw a mandala nearly every day; lately not so much.  I’ve got so much else I want to explore these days, but sometimes it just feel good to get back into the meditative rhythm that mandalas bring to me.

Lost&Found_Mandalas_100514_croppedThis new page of three, once again executed in my favorite black Sharpie pen and colored pencils, is different from those on the earlier pages in the book — more open space, more varied combinations of color.

…And the next one

I know, I know — I’m a mandala-holic. They’re my go-to, fall-back, and place-of-comfort. This one’s from Monday night, after a busy day of meetings in the city, a long commute home, tired and still not able to fall asleep.

LastNightsMandala 080514

Right now I like it the way it is, but I’m still not sure if it’s done. The more I look at it, the more I’m leaning to leaving it alone.

ICAD 2014: #61 One Last Mandala

This one’s self-explanatory…

ICAD 2014 # 61_The Last Mandala - Cropped

Thanks, Tammy Garcia!

ICAD 2014: Catching Up #2: Mandala Set

Even though I tried a lot of different things this month, mandalas will probably always be the thing I draw for concentration, meditation, for bringing myself to a place of safety and serenity.  Here’s a some of the mandala ICADs I did in July — I dated many of them prominently because I was trying to keep track of the days when I really needed what they bring me.

ICAD 2014 July Mandala Set

ICAD 22 – 28 Chasing Rainbows

A boost of color seemed just what I needed, so I opted to go with Daisy Yellow’s suggested theme for the week, Rainbow Love. I’m really happy with the results.

Haiku and bubble mandalas in Sharpie pen and colored pencils, “over the rainbow” half-mandala in Stabilo markers, no-drawing-at-all rainbow of chairs, mixed media rainbow Medusa and “make your own rainbow” ladies, craft acrylic painted Paramecium Party (I was aiming for paisleys, but they wanted to be something else so I went with it…)Image

ICAD 2014 #9, #10 and #11

With less time to think, this week I’ve been using the ICAD prompts — and making positive progress in my quest to be satisfied with the less-than-perfect.  No much of a let-up in sight, so — as they say in my office — the trend is likely to continue.

#9 Alphabet/ABC [Traveling art kit: Flair and fine tip sharpie pens, colored pencils]


#10 The Beatles/Blackbird (one of my favorite lyrics) [Flair pen and found image]


#11 (Mandala with) toy camera scramble [Sharpie pen and colored pencil]