This watercolor was a card given to me by my artist friend Kathy Tangney. She gave it to me three years ago shortly after I met Fernando and months before we married. In this painting, Kathy painted me with my arms stretched out "Turning Toward the Journey."
Remembering this card, I pulled it out for Stage Three of The Great Round. What I didn't remember was that Kathy can also decorated the other side with...
mandalas! I'm sure you could only imagine my surprise when I saw this. Now I've been interested in mandalas for 17 years now, but I haven't been known for it and I haven't lead anything so organized as my current study of mandalas in this 100 Mandalas Challenge.
Here is how the card looks opened up. We met up recently after I found this card. We enjoyed dinner together and drew mandalas as we caught up on our lives. As I look at this card again, I see that I am now embarking on a new journey and I'm ready. I'm turning towards it! How fitting to find this card at this time.
Another "find" in my journals is this page that I created when I was in Stage One or Two. I knew I wanted to find a special project to work on but I felt stuck. My energy was still on the low side and I was feeling restless. I pulled out my watercolor paints and began painting this mandala. I enjoyed the feeling of creating the swirls. As you can see I didn't carefully measure anything here. I worked intuitively. I then traced the shapes and added details using a black pen.
Lines were drawn in the background to give me a place to list those things that excite me. In Stage Three of The Great Round, we pick a special project to focus on for the rest of the stages. If you are stuck and not sure what you want to focus on, try painting a spiral and then journal in and/or around it about those things that light you up. Consider these questions:
What energizes you?
What excites you?
What are you curious about these days?
Sitting on my desk is another spiral I had made years ago. I had paired it with the affirmation, "My creativity is infinite." This is an important belief that has supported me in all that I pursue. I'm sharing it with you. Take this affirmation and make it your own. Believe in your own creativity. I do. I believe without a doubt we all have the ability to create. It is a matter of YOU deciding which skills, gifts, and talents you want to use.
I'm having so much fun exploring The Great Round in Susanne Fincher's book, The Mandala Workbook: A Creative Guide for Self-Exploration, Balance, and Well-Being. If you are just discovering my blog, here are a few links to check out that explain the different stages we have covered so far.
Stage 1: Resting in the Darkness (Includes an interview with the author Susanne Fincher)
Stage 2: Floating into the Light (Includes an interview with Susan Paul Johnson about mandalas as a spiritual practice)
Stage 3: Turning Toward the Journey (Includes interviews with Sadelle Wiltshire and Heather Plett about Labyrinths)
Thank you all for sharing this creative journey with me. A journey is best shared with others.
Kathryn Costa, Collage Diva + Creative Dabbler
Kathryn Costa, New Hampshire, USA
I started the 100 Mandalas Challenge to explore the creative possibilities within a circle and discovered so much more: creating mandalas is a powerful tool for relaxing, healing, and cultivating joy. When I'm not creating mandalas, I enjoy collage and art journaling, photography, and Ikebana (Japanese Flower arranging). I live in New England with my Brazilian husband, Fernando. www.truenortharts.com