A new mandala was calling to me, just before the beginning of the New Year. Usually, I know with some certainty the title of the mandala wanting to be expressed…”Release”, “Contentment”, “Choose Peace”…but this time the intention did not seem to solidify, so I committed to begin without the knowledge. As I slide the paper onto the painting board I hear “Let It Be”.
It begins with a peace symbol, (as many mandalas have lately) over a path, and a circle of hearts with stars inside. I know with clarity that peace must be my traveling companion, not just my destination.
The final day of 2014, my gallery home of 22 years closes and I am sad, devastated, confused, overwhelmed and busy moving over 150 pieces of art from well-lit walls to the basement of a self storage unit, and there is no painting for several days. Let It Be.
When I return to the piece, large tear drops, six in number are added to the design and they evolve from straight line to flowering vines. My brother Pat sent me a video on hollowing out a new hive home for the bees he keeps (see Adventures in Natural Bee Keeping) and was moved by the peace I felt as I watched. The idea of adding bees to my flowery vines came…naturally!
Again, I experience a delay (in painting) as my cat Franklin required a trip to the vet for a mysterious malady. I have my very first baptism by diarrhea (thanks Franklin) and the vet has no answers for me. Let It Be.
As I return again to painting and add bees, I hear from a friend who will be coming to visit soon, Hilary Bee! This is the reason I use the term “Magical Mandala”. When the creative energy presents, the inspiration, information and affirmation come from all directions!
The bees are indeed featured prominently in the mandala. As I read about their symbolism, bees are seen as courageous, heroic creatures, with mystical wisdom as well as a gift for alchemy. They build their hives with incredibly precise hexagonal structures, paralleling the mandala process for me.
The mandala is now titled “Let it Bee” and although I puzzle over why it is so intricate and will be very time consuming, I know that as I spend time with the mandala, it will provide further insights for me.