2016-258 – Orange Rustic Wood Mandala

Rustic Wood Wall Art Painted Orange by Rustic Modern Designs
Rustic Wood Wall Art Painted Orange
by Rustic Modern Designs – 32″ diameter

This week’s MotD theme: Orange You Glad

Wisconsin artist, Debra, of Rustic Modern Designs, works with rustic wood to create beautiful works of modern art. Here she put a lot of rustic wood slats together in a circle and painted it orange. I love how she creatively figured out how to reuse strips of wood that otherwise might be useless. And even though she used one shade of color, because of the variations in the wood, it looks like many different shades of orange.

About her art she states:

I use mostly reclaimed wood to create my art. I build, paint and create every piece. Along with making the custom boxes. I am a artist that loves both rustic and modern art and believe that they can both be brought together to create a unique look. In my shop, you will find a mix of both.

View more of Debra’s rustic art via her Etsy Shop.

Inspiration for Today

From ColorMatters.com they present this fascinating list:

Unique Meanings of Orange in Different Cultures

  • Orange is both the name and emblematic color of the royal family in the Netherlands.
  • Orange is the color of prison uniforms in the U.S.
  • Orange (saffron) is a sacred and auspicious color in Hinduism.
  • The middle traffic light is orange in France.
  • In the U.K., orange stands for the Northern Irish Protestants and has very strong religious and political significance.

In A Course in Miracles, the very first two lessons focus on the idea of “meaning”:

Lesson 1 — Nothing I see … means anything.
Lesson 2 — I have given everything I see … all the meaning that it has for me.

Today’s MotD reminds us that what something means to one person can mean something entirely different to another. More importantly, it asks us to explore and examine what meaning we have given to things/thoughts/actions. When we understand that we are the ones that gave these things/thoughts/actions a meaning, we are also the ones that can change their meaning. If the meaning we’ve given to something causes suffering, change the meaning. Therein lies our peace.

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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