In this blog post I told you about my visit a few weeks ago now to Hoogland Hydro near Johannesburg. What I didn't mention is that one of the activities was designing a Mandala. Brief is very simple: draw or paint a picture based around circles. The premise here is that what we end up - as with any communication of any kind, I suppose - tells us something about ourselves. At the end of the session we talked a bit about what we'd done and what we could see in them.
My Mandala is pictured above. I completed it in three sessions: the first goes as far as the green sections, the second was the outer tabs. These two were completed whilst I was still there, whilst the third session was this afternoon, always intended to finish it and finally done so. Using oil pastels which is perhaps not the easiest medium to control.
I started with an idea of heading towards simplicity and the light with each successive ring becoming more complex, but I'm not sure that this is the effect I've achieved. Any - broadly polite - suggestions gratefully received.
The first time in many years that I've done something like this. Now that I have a set of oil pastels - and the idea - I may have another go in due course. Meanwhile, my thanks to Jo at Hoogland Hydro for introducing me to the idea and encouraging me to finish it. I'm pleased that I went outside my normal comfort zone to do this - and put it on public display.