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He Loves Me, He Loves Me Knot

He Loves Me Knot-webHe Loves Me, He Loves Me Knot

This mandala began with an interest in some Celtic Knot imagery and before I knew it, an essay on the challenge of deciphering relationships had been expressed visually.  The “He Loves Me” portions are simply rendered hearts with the ribbon symbol overlay.  “He Loves Me Knot” starts out innocently enough in the center of the mandala, but takes twists and turns, lines pass over, under and through before the heart shape completes at the edge of the piece.  In truth, relationships house both of these aspects, quoting Don and Eva Piper from the book “90 Minutes in Heaven”, “You’re going along and you’ll go way up, thinking,  This is so exhilarating, thrilling and amazing!  Then all of a sudden, you’ll come down, lose your stomach and think, This is terrible!  I don’t know how to get through it, bounce back from it…”
Certainly, I am no expert on romantic relationships, but this piece gave me some insight and acceptance.  I have always operated on the principal that the intolerable moments indicate that the relationship should end.  No wonder my Mom liked to say, “This too shall pass…” and is credited with an inspiring marriage that endured sixty-nine years.

I love the mandalas for consistently helping to provide new perspectives on difficult concepts.

Filed under: Ebb and Flow, Healing Art, Loss, Mandalas, Mythic

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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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