2017-051: Revolva Mandala

Revolva and her Fire Hoops - Revolva.net

Revolva and her Fire Hoops – Revolva.net

This Week’s Theme: Hoops

I struggle to make one hula hoop go around my waist, Revolva (an international hula hoop act, circus sensation, writer and character performer) spins FOUR of them…all on FIRE…and all while balancing on ONE LEG! Amazing.

A bit about Revolva:

Being a role model for girls and women is of paramount importance to Revolva. That’s why you’ll find her exploding onto the stage with tight technical skills and extra humor, sometimes talking into a mic instead of just doing a beautiful dance, and staying long after the show’s over to chat with any audience members who need to meet a female comedy variety act.

In line with her commitment to empowering women, in 2009, Revolva co-founded Circus Artemis: Portland Women’s Circus with Shireen Press of Flamebouyant Productions and Kricket Caffery of Peg Stilts. The mission of the circus was to work with women artists and technicians in a supportive, respectful, and collaborative performance environment and to create high-quality circus productions that inspire, amaze, and empower audiences, the wider community, and each other.

Inspiration for Today

“I am building a fire, and everyday I train, I add more fuel. At just the right moment, I light the match.” ~ Mia Hamm

Happy Coloring!

joyfully, Maureen
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2017-050: Hoops Mandala

Hoops Mandala to Color by me (Maureen Frank)

Hoops Mandala to Color by me (Maureen Frank)

New Week New Theme: Hoops

Every Sunday, I post on my Mandala of the Week site a simple mandala to color related to the weekly MotD theme and then showcase it here as the Sunday Mandala of the Day. On Thursdays, I showcase someone’s (or my) coloring of it as the Thursday Mandala of the Day.

Read about and download today’s “mandala of the week” here…

Happy Coloring!

If you would want your mandala or your idea for a mandala to be considered for the “Mandala of the Day”, read about how on the Participate page. It’s easy! Or recommend one you’ve seen via my Contact page.

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2017-049: Supertree Grove Mandalas

Gardens by the Bay, Singapore - source: flickr.com/photos/jhecking/

Gardens by the Bay, Singapore – source: flickr.com/photos/jhecking/

This Week’s Theme: Gardens

With today’s MotD, I add yet another “Sites to Visit” to my bucket list. What an amazing collaboration between humans and Mother Nature. Jan Hecking captured this upper level view allowing us to easily see the trees from top to bottom. I love the geometric patterns surrounding each tree. Lots of math, science, nature, and art going on here.

Located in central Singapore, this grove of SuperTrees inhabits a portion of a nature park spanning 250 acres called “Gardens by the Bay“.

About the trees from the GardensByTheBay.com.sg site:

Measuring between 25 and 50 metres tall, these iconic tree-like vertical gardens are designed with large canopies that provide shade in the day and come alive with an exhilarating display of light and sound at night. …

Of the 18 Supertrees in Gardens by the Bay, 12 of them can be found here at Supertree Grove, with the tallest one measuring up to 16 storeys in height.

Make a trip to the top of one of these iconic Supertrees and be awed by splendid views of the Gardens and the surrounding Marina Bay area. Or, stroll along the 22-metre-high OCBC Skyway, a 128-metre aerial walkway that connects two of the Supertrees, and see the Gardens from a different point of view.

Check out their Our Story and Fascinating Facts pages for more photos and details about these trees and the gardens. View an interesting 3:13 minute video about the trees and gardens.

Inspiration for Today

“Nature is based on harmony. So it says if we want to survive and become more like nature, then we actually have to understand that it’s cooperation versus competition.”
    ~ Bruce Lipton

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2017-048: Næman Garden Mandalas

Naerum Gardens in Denmark by Henrik Schurmann

Naerum Gardens in Denmark by Henrik Schurmann

This Week’s Theme: Gardens

How cool is this garden neighborhood in Denmark!

Captured by professional photographer Henrik Schurmann, it shows off the elegant asymmetry of these delightful oval home plots demarcated by hedges.

About Nærum from Kulturarv.dk

The round gardens in Nærum were designed by a landscape gardener called C.Th. Sørensen in 1948. Each of the 40 gardens is bordered by an oval hedge, separated and linked together by a network of grassy pathways. …

Care has been taken to structure the Nærum allotment hedges to suit the grassy hills. Spaces between the hedges are for children playing and for reducing the risk of neighbours arguing over shared hedges. Neat rows of vegetables and flowers are grown inside the hedges whereas outside the hedges the plants grow freely on common ground. … The hedges are a combination of wild roses, privet, hornbeam, thuja and hawthorn.

Inspiration for Today

“Landscape is more than flat land covered by floodwater, the seeping of peat bogs, a river of liquid pewter viewed from a sentry tower. It’s an influence on what a person values, what she is willing to sacrifice or argue for.” ~ Susan Vreeland

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2017-047: Gardens Mandala in Color

Gardens Mandala in Color by me (Maureen Frank)

Gardens Mandala in Color by me (Maureen Frank)

This week’s theme: Gardens

I present my coloring/painting of this week’s Mandala of the Week: Gardens (from Sunday’s MotD post). When I first created this design I saw one way I could paint it and planned to follow through on it. Then this morning while meditating I saw these stepping stones that appeared to be going up into the night sky. I knew right then how I wanted to paint this week’s MotW.

I used acrylic paints, matte medium, and gel pens (white and light blue) on Canson mixed media paper. I also felt inspired to paint swirly designs upon the picket fence.

In the next day or two, I’ll be posting images of my progress through this painting on my ArtProgressions.com blog site.

Inspiration for Today

“Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful,’ and sitting in the shade.”  ~ Rudyard Kipling

Happy Coloring!

joyfully, Maureen
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2017-046: Le Vieux Logis Mandalas

Le Vieux Logis garden - source: OurFrenchGarden.blogspot.com

Le Vieux Logis garden – source: OurFrenchGarden.blogspot.com

This Week’s Theme: Gardens

Sometimes instead of the garden being round, what is found in them turns out to be round, like these perfectly clipped puffs of Box spheres and triangular Yews. It makes me want to play in and around them as if they were giant chess pieces.

Rob, of Our French Garden, captured this delightful image of the grounds at the Le Vieux Logis (hotel) located in the pretty village of Tremolat, France. See more of his Le Vieux Logis garden photos on his 8/30/16 blog post.

Inspiration for Today

“Green is the prime color of the world, and that from which its loveliness arises.”  ~ Pedro Calderon de la Barca

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2017-045: Round Herb Garden Mandala

Lovely Country Garden in Denmark - source: CamillaAtHome.blogspot.com

Lovely Country Garden in Norway – source: CamillaAtHome.blogspot.com

This Week’s Theme: Gardens

What a sweet little country herb garden captured by photographer Brian Vanden Brink and posted on A Seaside House blog site by Camilla. I love how birdhouses are incorporated into the entryway posts of the white picket fence. It feels like a little piece of heaven and you just know the elementals thrive within this delightful green oasis.

So enamored with this lovely garden, I used it as my inspiration for this week’s Mandala of the Week.

Inspiration for Today

“Confronted with the vision of a beautiful garden, we see something beautiful about ourselves.” ~ Jeff Cox

Happy Coloring!

joyfully, Maureen
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