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“Broad Shoulders”


Today’s mandala, “Broad Shoulders” features an unplanned but pertinent figure, (light blue and heart shaped torso, light tan arms flexed upwards, yellow green head with four “hats”).  I had been thinking about the inordinate amount of responsibility in my life and the design took shape, admittedly it is not supported by the cacophonous color scheme, but I was excited to see it in the drawing, as it confirmed the muse was with me.

The mandalas often have an auto-biographical teaching element, Carl Jung discovered mandalas were helpful in psychoanalyzing his patients, Suzanne Fincher wrote an amazing book, “Creating Mandalas” in which she details how one can create/ interpret mandalas, offering this as a way to facilitate communication with the subconscious.

I had time to consider the responsibility/play imbalance in my life and confess a knack for turning fun pursuits (painting mandalas) INTO responsibility (painting challenge – 31 mandalas in 31 days).  The tyrant that lives in me further retitled the challenge, “create a mandala each day that is even more fabulous than yesterday’s creation”…impossible!  My new intention is to discover how much play I can integrate into my day, hope I don’t make it into a challenge. 

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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