Creative Inspiration: Mandala & wood painting groups





In the last few weeks, I’ve participated in two different painting groups — mandalas on canvas and acrylics on wood.

These groups offered me a chance to play with colors, shapes, and patterns. Beyond that, they were a chance to relax and let go of the worries of the workday (or even what can be stress during the holidays).

“Mandala” is a Sanskrit word meaning circle or center. We often associate mandalas with circular designs and colors shapes and patterns repeating from the center. Mandalas can be precise and carefully measured geometric and perfectly symmetrical. Or in contrast, they can be free-flowing organic and asymmetrical. It’s not every day we get to blend geometry, art-making, and visual storytelling – the mandala lets us do that.

The other class involved painting our pets on weathered wood. Prior to the class, we sent photos of our dogs to the instructor, who then drew it it onto the wood piece to have it ready for us to paint.

I enjoyed the relaxing time during my mandala painting group when I could unplug from emails, listen to some music, and focus on gratitude and creativity. I found it helpful to connect to my creative expression.

Regardless of our artistic experience, the templates help guide to create beautiful work centered around and created within the circle.  The process was much more than making pretty picture; it was connecting with the deeper part myself.

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