“The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have. – Norman Vincent Peal
The image for these mandalas came from Barbara Ann O’Leary, who takes photos of fire and movement.
“If you foolishly ignore beauty, you will soon find yourself without it. Your life will be impoverished. But if you invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life.” – Frank Lloyd Wright
The beautiful photo used for this mandala was taken by Sherry King when she came across these enormous rose hips on a recent trip to the Yukon. First Nations people have a long tradition of harvesting and drying the vitamin-rich berry for use all winter, and the BBC reported their potential as an arthritis treatment a few years ago. Whatever their practical uses, I think they are beautiful, in a peculiar sort of way.
I hear the drizzle of the rain
Like a memory it falls
Soft and warm continuing
Tapping on my roof and walls
And from the shelter of my mind
Through the window of my eyes
I gaze beyond the rain-drenched streets
~~ Paul Simon (Kathy’s Song, Simon and Garfunkel)
Happy Monday, everyone.
Sonnets are full of love
Christina Rossetti (1881)
Sonnets are full of love, and this my tome
Has many sonnets: so here now shall be
One sonnet more, a love sonnet, from me
To her whose heart is my heart’s quiet home,
To my first Love, my Mother, on whose knee
I learnt love-lore that is not troublesome;
Whose service is my special dignity,
And she my loadstar while I go and come
And so because you love me, and because
I love you, Mother, I have woven a wreath
Of rhymes wherewith to crown your honored name:
In you not fourscore years can dim the flame
Of love, whose blessed glow transcends the laws
Of time and change and mortal life and death.
Today is my mom’s birthday. Here she is as a wee one. Loved then. Loved now.
(The source photo for Mom’s Birthday Mandala was taken along the Detroit River at the Red Bull Races Sunday, June 6.)
“No valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.”
Creating mandalas brings me fully into the now. I hope looking at them can do the same for others and that we all retain some of that feeling as we go about our living. Valid plans for meaningful futures for all.
This mandala was made with an image of a petunia. It turns out, by taking this fresh look at an old favourite, that there’s a lot going on with this common flower.
Forming a new world religion is difficult and not particularly desirable. However, in that love is essential to all religions, one could speak of the universal religion of love. – His Holiness the Dalai Lama
I don’t know the proper name for this plant, so I have named it after the gardener of the backyard where it lives. The source photo was taken at Orangeville, Ontario.
A few days ago, in this post, I showed the mandala I submitted to the Smogfest Art Exhibition this year. The palette was right for this purpose, I think, because bright blue is something we all associate with an ideal environment.
Today, I just wanted to explore a palette I like better. Here’s the result.
From Wikipedia about the Kiwi.
Also known as the Chinese gooseberry, the fruit was renamed for export marketing reasons in the 1950s; briefly to melonette, and then by New Zealand exporters to kiwifruit. This latter name comes from the kiwi — a brown flightless bird and New Zealand’s national symbol and also a colloquial name for the New Zealand people.
(Melonette just wouldn’t have been the same. )
As the geode of the fruit world, kiwi make a great still life photo and an interesting mandala, as well as a tasty snack.