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27/9/14: my Mandala

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.

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Carolyn on 09 November 2014 17:36
Very well done for joining in this activity! Must be the equivalent of me doing a maths workshop for fun! My favourite bit is the outer circle, the complex bit. I like it that these colours are randomly generated, not following a pattern. The brown and orange circles made me think of people, a circle of friends? Then I saw them as pennies. The red and blue part reminds me of the musical box at the beginning of Camberwick Green which unfolded to reveal a character. Yours is mysteriously concealed. A sense of anticipation there!
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Geoff on 09 November 2014 23:09
Thank you, Carolyn, glad you like the finished product. As you know, art is not my thing so pleased to be involved with this. The finished product is framed and in my office - but the frame is too large, and gravity is gradually pulling the Mandala itself downwards. Will need to do something about this in due course! With thanks once again, Geoff
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