This time, Michelle taught a technique that I have never heard of - drawing a mandala. I have never even heard of a mandala, let alone draw one. I went on an online quest to learn more and . . .
. . . here is what I found out about mandalas:
The word "mandala" is from the classical Indian language of Sanskrit. Loosely translated to mean "circle," a mandala is far more than a simple shape. It represents wholeness, and can be seen as a model for the organizational structure of life itself--a cosmic diagram that reminds us of our relation to the infinite, the world that extends both beyond and within our bodies and minds.
Mandala definition: Any of various ritualistic geometric designs symbolic of the universe, used in Hinduism and Buddhism as an aid to meditation.
You can see mandalas in all walks of life, for example, here is one found in a church:
Isn't it beautiful?
If you want to learn more about mandalas, you can also check out www.mandala.com.
Since this lesson is about sadness, I thought that my mandala was supposed to depict sadness and look sad. My first attempt turned out kind of happy, so I wasn't going to post it. But Michelle encouraged me - she said: "Sharon, your mandala does not have to look sad! The idea is just that making a mandala can be healing for sadness; if it turns out looking happy that's great! I hope we get to see it!!!"
So, without further ado, here is my very first mandala:
I was upset because it has mistakes and imperfections - you can see my lines, the black marker smudged, etc. But I have learned that it is not about perfection, but just expressing yourself. So, there it is, my imperfect mandala!
And for my second attempt, I found inspiration online when I saw a mandala made with this stained glass window effect:
Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today. I have been immersed in this class and have been have a blast doing it. I hope you are enjoying your day - ours is supposed to be rainy this morning, but sunny this afternoon. That's good!