Friday, 2 March 2012

Blue Mandala - An 'In the spring' allegory for IA & a completion of last week's texture challenge





 

This week's Inspiration Avenue challenge, set by the lovely Lisa, asked us to use Botticcelli's 'Primavera' ('In the Spring') painting as inspiration for creating allegory, something with a hidden meaning and something from our soul. In my last post (underneath this) I shared a WIP for the IA texture challenge and this mandala painting is the finished result. I'd also like to link this up with Paint Party Friday today and catch up with some bloggy friends there.

The 'tropical' blue was inspired by the gorgeous blue Spring skies we've had this week. Mandalas have been used for centuries as a way of conveying meaning and soul. This is one of the simplest mandalas I've created. Often I like to include lots of fiddly details in my mandalas - but not this time.

Whilst creating this mandala I was feeling the need to strip back, clear my mind and be calm. Interestingly, without consciously making it so, this mandala seems to reflect that inner need. Now looking at it with this in mind: this mandala is also about growing from the inside out, being unafraid of the empty quiet, floating on calming oceans with rhythmic waves, happy making skies and radiating light. But honestly, I didn't think about making meaning as I made this, I just enjoyed getting lost in the act of creating.

Fascinating how art, writing, music or any form of creative expression reveals something of its maker even without their intention. After reading part of my YA novel a friend commented that, despite the story being fantasy fiction, she had learnt so much more about me as a person from my writing. This at first surprised me, almost scared me; I'd known that authors reveal themselves in their fiction but somehow hadn't spent time considering it in a personal context, with me as the author! Silly of me really because of course we put ourselves into everything we create.
  • What does your creative work say about you?
I'm unlikely to get much internet time next week but when I'm back online I shall write a catch up post & share with you what I was up to whilst away from my computer...

Wishing you all a great weekend & a happy week to follow!

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62 comments:

  1. Mandala's always seem to evoke a sense of calm to me and this one you made is especially so. Yes, sand and ocean - I can almost hear the waves.

    Darla

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    1. Thank you, glad you can imagine the waves :-) Kat X

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  2. Pretty, love that blue!It is calming, so nice! Geez, I think my work would reveal that I'm not in the least bit normal! Can't wait to read that novel of yours!

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    1. Normal would be boring :-) Thanks for your kind comment. Kat Xx

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  3. I love what you have written today - excellent food for thought.
    Happy PPF,
    Rinda

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  4. Isn't it wonderful how some of our best work comes from just loosing ourselves in the creative process. I like the finished Mandala--the beautiful blue is serene and very calming.

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    1. I know what you mean about losing ourselves - it helps the flow, for sure. Thanks :-) Kat X

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    1. And just enjoyed a visit to your blog - your art work is wonderful. Thanks for stopping by and introducing yourself. Kat :-)

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  6. I enjoyed reading about your thought process about the mandala. I've never done one, but I feel the need to simplify too.
    Blessings,
    Tricia

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    1. Tricia, thanks for visiting. Just enjoyed a visit to your blog too. Hope you get chance to try creating a mandala soon - its quite relaxing. I do lots of mandalas free form in a doodle fashion - this is most therapeutic.

      Kat :-)

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  7. I love mandalas--and the texture on this one is really great! I am a bit envious of your tropical blue Spring skies, tho ;)

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    1. Thank you:-) But no need to be too envious of our blue skies cause here in the UK they don't last long :-))

      Kat X

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  8. now totally stressed about what my writing and art say about me... think I need a cup of tea and lie down to get over the stress of it... or maybe a margarita and a swim would do a better job... nice thought provoking post...xx

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    1. Oh no, didn't mean to cause any stress! Margarita & a swim sounds best or, for me, chocolate helps!

      Kat :-)

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  9. Loving the blue and the 3 dimensional work. Calming and soothing. Well Done!

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    1. Hybrid J - thank you :-) Kat X

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  10. I love your blue mandala and your description radiates from it. The quiet and calming waves. Keep getting lost. Sometimes that is when when our best rises to the top!

    XO
    Kim

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    1. Kim - thank you for your lovely comment :-)

      Kat Xx

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  11. Kat your Mandala is beautiful! And I always love your writings. Happy PPF! :-)

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  12. Your Mandala is so pretty. The color blue is my favorite and it calms you.

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    1. Thank you Ariel :-) Yes, blue seems to be my colour of choice this week maybe because I craved its calming & uplifiting.
      Kat :-)

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  13. So simple but sweet and inspiring!!

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    1. BlackPumpkin - thank you for visiting my blog & leaving such a kind comment. Kat :-)

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  14. Beautiful shapes, texture, layers and monochromatic palette!
    ♥♥♥
    Happy PPF!!
    Mary
    Mixed-Media Map Art

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    1. Mary - Thank you for your kind comment & for visiting my blog today. Lovely to "meet" you :-)
      Kat

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  15. I love your mandala... that blue is so calming. And i love the simplicity of it.
    Have a wonderful weekend & happy PPF. xoxo

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    1. Pauline - thank you muchly for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment.
      Kat :-)

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  16. The simplicity works perfectly Kat - and I'm looking out on that blue in the sky right now!!

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    1. Hi Lisa - thank you sweetie :-) Hope the blue sky days continue! Kat Xx

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  17. Really neat to see how this developed from last time & that it had such meaning grew from where you are at the time of making it!

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    1. Thank you Carolyn :-) BTW I like your avatar/profile picture.
      Kat :-)

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  18. Very interesting art work. . . I like your interpretation of it. Blessings, Janet PPF

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  19. Lovely, exquisite mandala!
    Thank you for sharing the fascinating process of making it and the meaning of it manifesting itself.

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    1. Thank you Anne for your lovely encouraging comment. Kat :-)

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  20. Even more than your very calming and symbolic mandala, I thoroughly enjoyed your description. So very true, Kat.
    And with this beautiful artwork, I can see you are feeling more relaxed and opened to what life has for you.
    I hope you are well...Love Lisa♥♥♥

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    1. Lisa - thank you sweetie for your kind comments & for the inspiration too. I'm reasonably well at the moment, fingers crossed - thanks for asking :-)

      Kat XX

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  21. Very pretty Kat! Lovely shades of blue. Calming indeed. Fascinating your friend sees you in your fiction writing. I's never thought of that.

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    1. Thank you EVA, good to hear from you, enjoy celebrating a year of PPF next week! Kat :-) Xx

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  22. Hi Kat. As always I love your mandela. The ocean does radiant light and calm.

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  23. It looks like the wheel of the years to me, I am glad it turns to spring

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    1. Janine - ooh I like the idea of it being the wheel of years, thanks :-)
      Kat

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  24. Your description is thought provoking. "Unafraid of the empty quiet..."

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    1. Lou Anne - thank you for visiting my blog & leaving a comment. Glad I gave you pause for thought :-)
      Kat

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  25. A lovely piece. A relaxing blue wave to float upon and just think. And the question you posed...Much thinking to be done here.

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    1. Kelly - thank you for stopping by and leaving such a lovely comment! Kat :-)

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  26. This made me feel zen more looking at it. Your description was calming, and so is the combination of the design with the beige upon the blue. Beautiful interpretation of the theme <3

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    1. craftydvl - thank you for your really encouraging comment, I'm glad it had this effect on you. There isn't any beige on the painting just blue, pale blue, white & silver but it is sooo hard to get the true colours from reality to computer screen.
      Kat :-)x

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  27. I was hoping to see what you would do with your mandala from last week, and you didn't disappoint! This has turned out beautifully...I love the simplicity, and the words you have written explain it perfectly and give me lots to think about. I love that clear blue sky color! Still waiting for that blue sky here, but maybe tomorrow or the next day...

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    1. Maggie - thank you for your super lovely comment. Hope you get your blue sky soon!
      Kat :-) Xx

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  28. Big hugs to you, Kat!! So glad to see your finished piece. Beautiful blues (lovely that you've had the blue skies there!). Simple, calming and perfect.

    :)

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    1. Anne - your encouraging sweet comments mean a lot, thank you sweetie :-) Kat Xx

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  29. Love the simplicity in this very nautical mandala. Very thoughtful work you are doing here! Visiting from CED challenge!

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  30. I believe a part of one's soul comes through their work in whatever medium they may have created in. ...sometimes, it isn't that surprising to discover a little something about the artist in that way. I find, like your friend i too have a bit of that gift in me to be intuitive to my surroundings. ...actually,if observant enough, I believe ,most can. Your mandala is beautiful and soothing, loving the blue colour you chose. Thanks for this interesting well written post; enjoyed it very much.

    What does my work say about me?.....There is always been a tiny, little blue light that flickers inside ;)...but always Happy ; )

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  31. Ever since a week ago Tuesday, I've had a terrible time keeping my computer going. It keeps freezing up and I have to reboot. No fun at all.

    However, I simply HAD to stop by to tell you how wonderful your comment made me feel about the allegory I created. Your insistence it fit the theme was so positive and made me feel SO good.

    I also had to admire your lovely mandala and how much it has grown (so to speak) since last time I viewed it. The colors you chose really do speak to spring, and the wonderment and new life it brings.

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