2017-226: A Whole New World Mandala

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:

I post a variety of in-progress art for that day which can include mandalas from the Mandala of the Week, the Mandala of the Month, the Mandala of the Year, or the Mandala Meditation Stones.

Happy Coloring!

joyfully, Maureen

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