I know that may sound silly and juvenile, but I am as serious as one can be about an artistic hobby. Coloring is my art form. So in that sense, I suppose you could call me a "sort-of-artist" (I say "sort-of artist" because I don't sell my work or consider it my full-time job. It's just something I do in my spare time).
I find coloring to be creative, calming, and meditative. It is the perfect stress-relief tool because while I am doing it I am not thinking about anything outside of the project at hand; and after hours of detailed work, I have a beautifully colored piece to show for all my time and effort.
Since mid-October I have colored eleven more mandalas. As I explained in my original coloring post, the word mandala originates from Sanskrit and means "circle." Mandalas represent wholeness; and personally speaking, remind me of my relationship to God. It's interesting to realize that mandalas are around us all of the time in the form of the earth, sun, moon, and our conceptual circles of friends, family, and community. Currently, Bo and I have hung a grouping of 16 of my colored mandalas as a headboard. Now that I have completed eleven additional mandalas, Bo and I are trying to decide how we can display them in a unique way that will not make our house seem like the "mandala house"! After all, there is a limit to all good things...even colored mandalas...
Here is a closer look at my newest creations:
Note: Bo has proclaimed himself the official "Coloring Naming Director." Yeah...my hubby's just a little weird sometimes (that's why we go together so well!).
#1 - Star Flower
#2 - The Triangle Dance
#3 - Pretty in Pink
#4 - Shalom
#5 - From Darkness to Light
#6 - Thai Lotus
#7 - Cathedral Ceiling
#8 - Aztec Christmas
#9 - Ring Around the Rosie
#10 - Hands Adjoined
#11 - Octopus Eyes
So there you have it...all my lovely new mandalas!
Just so you know, I don't always color mandalas. In fact, I received a new adult coloring book for Christmas. It is filled with intricate drawings of nature. I actually colored one yesterday, but it is going to be a gift for my step-mother (and therefore, just in case she is reading, I can't share it with you on the blog). Regardless, look for an upcoming post about those colorings in the next few months!
Up next - a traditional (vegan) chicken finger basket (complete with homemade sweet potato fries and homemade honey mustard sauce!) Yum-o!
Question of the Day:
Do you have any suggestions for how we can display my newest colorings?! I would LOVE to hear your ideas!
Ally and Bo