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I am billing today’s mandala as “interactive” suggesting that viewing enjoyment may result from tilting your head twenty degrees to the left.  I don’t know what happened…a foundational flaw in the design, I presume. The magic of the mandalas is that no matter what I do, the mandala can make it right, but not this time.  I began to see it as the piece progressed, but during the “31 paintings in 31 days challenge”, there is not time to begin again.  This is a great opportunity for me to duel with my perfectionist nature.  It is said that “perfection is the enemy of the good”.  I agree and feel victorious about finishing and posting this mandala that is less than perfect but, well, good.

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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