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“Undying Love”


I began this mandala (for day 23/31) with the unfavorable comment about “Inner Realm” (lolling tongues!) in my head…so feeling the sting, I went with what is tried and true for me, hearts, warm, bright color palette, diamonds.  I was contemplating the title (“Sans Tongues”) and continuing the piece when it became time to check in with my dad (97 with dementia).  So I called to find out how he was doing and discovered that he was feeling very anxious and urgent about getting my help to take care of my mom (who died six years ago after eighteen years of Alzheimer’s).  I was struck by the unnecessary anguish he was feeling, of course I didn’t argue or explain because he is firmly planted in his reality.  This experience does make me question where in my life I am stressing over already resolved (or soon to be resolved without my action) scenarios.  So I titled the mandala “Undying Love” and then I noticed that the border contains eighteen hearts, one for every year my dad lovingly and loyally cared for my mom during her illness.


Filed under: Dementia Tolerance, Healing Art

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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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