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Let It Bee

Let It Bee-underway

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.

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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