Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Nature Gathered Elements Mandala

This weekend, I worked on my Nature Gathered elements piece. Mandalas inspire a spiritual aspect in their creation. An ancient art form used across many cultures and religions, creating a mandala is a meditative process, an act of devotion. Across Asia from India to Tibet to Japan, mandalas symbolize sacred art that reflects the soul or luminous consciousness. One can use mandala paintings to make a mind-body-spirit connection to heal and reconnect to our essential Being. Below is the process I used to create this piece.

the drawing-

Copied drawing using Saral paper to prepared collaged and gessoed canvas.

the painting-

addition of gold-leaf foil and pin lining with 3-D dimensional fabric paint. Then I painted three layers of amber shellac to finish the piece. I learned this creative process from Anahata Katkin.


Lille Diane said...

Absolutely beautiful. I'll be back. I felt such peace looking at your work, and always admire people who "live their passion".

Thank you for adding to my first cup of java today in a magical, spiritual way.

Paula McNamee said...

Thanks for your comment, Diane. I am very fortunate to live my passions- art, travel, friendship.

HeartFire said...

Hi Paula - that is a wonderful piece and I like the way you explained your process of painting it. I wanted to take that Anahata class, but so many choices! Funny I have a draft post about mandalas that I'm saving for later, they are such a healing artform...
BTW - I meant to tell you, I love your new blog look, very cool!

dollproject said...

This is wonderful. I love the depth you created. I couldn't tell what it was made out of when I saw the top image. I like the WIP pictures too.

lilylovekin said...

I loved seeing the process of your work. I always enjoy seeing how a piece goes together it helps me understand it a little more. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful mandala!!
Is it painting on wood or canvas?
Please send me your email, I don't remember it.