My painting and coloring progress for today:
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Last Sunday I played with watercolors by wetting the surface and then dabbing in colors with a wet watercolor brush to see what happens as the colors bleed, spread, pool, and mix with each other. A dear friend calls this style of painting “Happenings” because you never know what’s going to happen.
Image #1 shows what happened on Sunday when I played with green, teal, and yellow. Today I decided to improvise with my happenings result, to just go where it wanted to go. I started by filling in the background (images 2-4). Dry coloring two colors together (magenta and yellow) and then adding water which always gives me a lovely surprise, as was the case again today.
From there I fine tuned some of the elements within the green orb, giving them more definition and clarity (image 8). Then with the gel pens, I just doodled away as the spirit moved me (images 9-17).
About half way through painting/coloring this piece, I began hearing the Aladdin song, “A Whole New World” playing over and over again in my head. That’s why I gave this mandala its title. It reminds us that whenever we’re a wanting changes to happen in our world (individually and collectively), it must start from within. The outer always reflects the inner in some way, shape, or form.
Simply put: change our thinking, change our lives.
About the Mandalas of the Day: