2017-128: Spiraling Branches Too Mandala

Spiraling Out Too by Helen R. Klebesadel
Spiraling Out Too by Helen R. Klebesadel

This Week’s Theme: Spirals.

Wisconsin artist, educator, and activist Helen R. Klebesadel, created this mystical magical watercolor painting of spiraling fractal tree branches. In 2011, Helen and Alaskan artist Nikki Kinne embarked on a fun painting series they called “33 Paintings in 33 Days Project.” This is Helen’s Day 2 painting entitled: Spiraling Branches Too.

About this painting she states:

[it] builds on yesterday’s little image, growing in size and complexity by layering the branches and creating a space of misty depth.  These images of the dendrites that appear in branches, rivers, nerve endings, and many other physical patterns in our bodies and the earth body represent for me a sense of connectedness and a recognition that we are all a part of nature.

About art she states:

I believe the act of making art can be an act of self-determination and empowerment. My paintings examine how in re-claiming, re-visioning, and re-membering ourselves as whole people, we bring our art, our action, and our voices to the world. We have to be able to imagine the world we want in order to achieve it. In our creative work, it is important that we notice and examine how awareness occurs on the path to finding a creative and critical voice. When we recognize that our place in the world is a part of larger social patterns, we can start to change those patterns to create the world we want to live in.

View more of her exquisite watercolor paintings via her online gallery.


“Modern humans became fixated on a collective hallucination of linear time, ignoring the fractal spirals of the surrounding universe.”
~ Daniel Pinchbeck

Happy Coloring!

joyfully, Maureen

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