May 04

Artist Date: Mandala

My Mandala

My Mandala

Artist Date: Mandala

For my artist date this week, I chose to create a mandala. A mandala is a geometric figure representing the universe in Hindu and Buddhist symbolism. The design grows out of the urge to know oneself and one’s place in the cosmos. So, in theory, creating a mandala would help me figure out where I am these days.

Let’s see. My design is radiating outward. It has arrows pointing beyond the circle along the outer edge. I have a flower in the middle representing Spring, new growth, and blossoming. Also, it could be a call to get more involved in nature. But there are a lot of rigid lines as well. I have a few curlicues that could signal mental confusion or maybe a kinder interpretation would be that I’m trying to bring some fun into it. Finally, I have stars at the heart of my mandala. I think it means that my core shines brightly.

Although I’m not particularly drawn to art, I enjoy creating mandalas because they don’t require any freehand talent. I don’t have to try to draw animals or landscape and hope they turn out recognizable. I like the parallelism of mandalas. I noticed in this one that I was a little loose with exactness. The elements are not mirror images of each other. I allowed myself to draw more lines in some sections than in others. I strayed a bit from the strict rules of the mandala. I think that says something about where I am right now, too.

Fun factor: Coloring.

Have you ever created a mandala? How did it turn out? If not, do you think you’d like to try?


  1. Carol A Malone

    I love that you’ve created your own Mandala, Shelli. You are very creative.

    1. Shelli Proffitt Howells

      Thank you, Carol! This is one of the easier “artsy” kind of things that I felt comfortable with. Anyone could do it!

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