2016-007 – In the Air Mandala in Color

In The Air Mandala in Color
‘In The Air’ Mandala in Color
watercolors & gel pen on watercolor paper
design and painting by Maureen Frank

This week’s MotD theme: In the Air

I present my coloring of this week’s Mandala of the Week: In the Air (from Sunday’s MotD post). This mandala asked us to take a look at what we’re putting off that, in reality, we really want to do, be, etc.

For my coloring I chose an issue I have about learning how to draw…actually my RESISTANCE to learning how to draw. I’m confident with drawing shapes, geometric patterns, simpler realistic things, etc…it’s drawing more true-to-life things like animals, people, etc. that I struggle with the most.

Knowing my lack of abilities, I set out to learn how to draw. I bought a bunch of books, downloaded tutorials, and bookmarked lots of videos. And yet I keep putting off the reading, watching, and the actual practice of learning how to draw.

Through meditation and coloring, I remembered that I used to love to draw as a kid. Somewhere along the line I picked up some wild notion that “I can’t draw.” In re-connecting with my love of drawing, I realized it would serve me best to go back to the basics of drawing, using a grid system (like I did as a kid) and just do plain ol’ practice, practice, practice!

The Essence of My Coloring

I added the hills and mountains in the background which for me represent all my opportunities and potential. Water flows from the mountains, hills and from the “pyramid” into the main body of water…representing my lifeforce.

The pyramid represents my Higher Guidance. Drawing the grid on there reminds me of the guidance I received about how to approach my drawing studies. The pink orb encourages me to bring my heart’s desire into physical form…to make them manifest…otherwise they just stay “up in the air” forever…left unfulfilled.

I found this process to be very helpful and will do this again for other RESISTANCE issues I have…of which there are a few. 🙂

How About You?

What would you work on? What areas of your life are you resisting?

I’m happy to post my colorings however I would really love to share and showcase your colorings here as well. Feel free to send them to me. Or you can post them on my Mandala of the Day Facebook page.

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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