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Without Knowing

Without Knowing

Creating a mandala is always an adventure, and the first step is being willing to HAVE that adventure!  For reasons that are unclear to me, there is initial hesitation.  From the book “Art and Fear”…”What separates artists from ex-artists is that those who challenge their fears continue, those who don’t, quit.  Each step in the artmaking process puts that issue to the test.” (David Bayles & Ted Orlando)

What is the fear?

Fear of failure, judgment, being lost, not knowing.  I seem to paint less representational and more conceptual pieces as time goes on.  I don’t “know” what the painting will look like, or how it will unfold.  What is required is to show up, begin and be willing to keep going…without knowing…trusting the mandala magic.  The goal of having a beautiful piece at the end of the journey is a hindrance, although I admit that is always in mind for me.  The judgment of what is successful undermines the creative process.  The true goal is to connect fearlessly to the creative energy and allow what(ever) wants to express.

I am consistently given gifts when I commit to creating.  “Without Knowing” begins with bubbles effervescing up out of the center.  Next are egg shapes with spirals in them.  Yellow, orange and red hearts under and overlap violet peace signs.  The peace signs have been showing up regularly in recent mandalas, likely because that is what I seek most at this time.  Thirty-two additional hearts surround the piece.  The background transitions from deep blue to turquoise and then back to deep blue, symbolizing life’s cyclical nature.

“Without Knowing” is once again a gift and a reminder…to be willing to have the adventure, take the journey, reserve judgment on the result…quoting William Shakespeare now; “There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”

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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  1. jane darrah

    This is a wonderful piece of writing! And I needed to hear each and every word…thank you , Vikki…

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