The last three (small) mandalas (“Solar Flare”, “Cool Change” and “Bloomers”) have featured the same shape, an unfurling spiral, making me think of the expression, “Here’s the wind-up, here’s the pitch!” This builds excitement in me for what is sure to reveal itself in the coming days. “Bloomers” is very spring-like, and there is a lighthearted energy with it. As titles for this mandala suggested themselves to me, I reviewed “Unfurling” and “Ready to Blossom”, before my final decision of “Bloomers” which delights me as I find a sense of humor returning.
The mandala begins with a tiny mandala, a central shape which is repeated again at the conclusion of the piece, suggesting the cyclical nature of existence. Leaves sprout from the central shape and blue petals form a blossom. Nine pink flowers (lotus?) rest in a cool blue background with the unfurling shapes behind them. An eye forms the potential bud for a new blossom.
All the mandalas are journeys for me, the small ones (8″ x 8″) keep me creatively fluent between the larger projects. I am encouraged by these recent pieces as I see signs of new, more joyful chapter in my life. I am approaching the year anniversary of the loss of my Dad (March 7, 2014) and during the same year, I had to say goodbye to my sweet canine companion Miss Katie, and remove my paintings from no less than three galleries, who sadly closed their doors forever. It has been a year of grief and growth, a cocoon year with much darkness.
Now the season is changing and I am encouraged. I know there is considerably more to do as I continue to discover even deeper wounds that reveal themselves in order to be accepted and healed. Fortunately, the grief journey has brought me new compassion, new tools and I begin to feel more resilient. As always I am grateful for the gift of the mandalas and the comfort and guidance they offer.