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Inner Realm


Today’s mandala also generated from an image I saw on the floor during yoga.  In my yoga bliss, the image felt brilliant, and is much less inspired once translated into actual form.  This piece jumped the track more than once, an unreasonably loud thunder crack caused me to jump, Sharpie in hand, while rendering line, causing unplanned squiggle.  Distractions (dog quivering under table in studio??) led me to err on the waves that make up the outer border.  The color palette is different and unfamiliar.  My goal is to live in a constant state of appreciation and unconditional acceptance of myself and others.  This piece points to the evidence that my “Inner Realm” still houses more self judgment than I would like!

Filed under: Healing Art, Mandalas

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As a Phoenix native, Vikki Reed's vibrant watercolors of desert botanicals evolved from her love and appreciation of the desert's ability to produce tender beauty in the midst of harsh conditions. The mandala series which began in 2004 resurrects a childhood knowledge that mandalas are a primordial tool for centering and healing. Vikki studied in the 1980s with watercolor greats Irving Shapiro and Paul Kuo, and began exhibiting at the outdoor shows in Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico after Paul's encouragement. This led to gallery representation with the Wickenburg Gallery and Work of Artist's Gallery. Vikki also exhibited at the Celebration of Fine Art for eight years. Before taking sabbatical to act as caregiver for her father in 2010, Vikki was featured in a one woman show at the Northern Trust Bank in January 2008 and was selected to create an ornament for the White House Christmas Tree that same year. Vikki's current focus, the Mandala Series, combines ancient symbolism and the healing power of color.

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