2016-343 – Tis the Season for Wreaths Mandala in Color

Tis the Season for Wreaths in Color by Maureen Frank (me)
Tis the Season for Wreaths in Color by Maureen Frank (me)

This week’s MotD theme: Tis the Season for Wreaths

I present my coloring/painting of this week’s Mandala of the WeekTis the Season for Wreaths (from Sunday’s MotD post). Earlier this week I purchased a sample pack of five M. Graham watercolors paints: jewel tones. I opted to use only these five colors to see how I could make it work and hopefully have be interesting.

I’m used to using watercolor pencils and crayons. The intensity and smoothness to these paints created a new experience for me. In some areas the colors came out much darker and other areas came out a bit too light.

I have to admit I was disappointed with my first attempt at using these paints. Please note, the paints are fabulous! They will just take some more time and practice on my part to learn how best to use them.

Once I realized my “disappointment”, I pulled out my trusty white gel pen and basically made lemonade out of “lemons”. In the end I’m very happy with the way it turned out.

Inspiration for Today

Disappointment is inevitable. If we stop ourselves from moving forward for fear of disappointing others or, more importantly ourselves, we stay stuck where we are…which comes with its own bag of disappointments.

Disappointment is our reaction to circumstances that turn out differently than we wanted. To move past it, all we need do is affirm that “it is what it is” and then create a plan of action to move forward from our new starting place.

“We must accept finite disappointment but never lose infinite hope. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Happy Coloring!

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