A recent note from a diligent student:
“When I took your Village Art workshop I was fascinated by the idea of the game. I went home and then had to decide WHAT to draw, then draw it in a box and make several fully contained areas in it so I’d have places to play with the colors. I tried, but did not ring my bells…
When I first saw your mandala I intrigued – there could be so many spaces to paint. I’m on my 4th and love it. I am feeling what the colors do when they touch or even a space away how they FEEL. How I respond to them. THIS is what I have been wanting for years, but did not have any idea how to go about this. Not just colors but design elements. Big, medium and small (like Goldilocks) What it is the big color and how do I do repeat and rhythms.
This is such fun and a learning experience. Maybe, better said, a FEELING experience.
I have not played with my field notes of all the spring flowers – this is pulling me to play. I know that what I learn from this mandala-color game will apply to my flowers.
I thank you so very much.”
Thank you, Brook, for sharing your experience with me. There’s no end to the pleasure and joy of expanding our vision as well as our ability to express that vision. Each day I learn more about color, line, shapes and textures. Each day I’m reminded that the combination of colors is infinite in the number of possibilities. I’m happy that I’ve been able to find and share an exercise that works well to make the study of colors and shapes so pleasurable. I’m looking forward to presenting the mandalas at the workshop in Santa Rosa next weekend as one more way to explore color and to see the world from another angle.
Mandala No. 54 – drawn first with compass, straight edge and pencil, followed by watercolor and completed in ink.