Mandala #1 – peace grows from the centre

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First Mandala – Peace Grows from the Centre

Back in May, I decided to try drawing a mandala as a meditative exercise. As I was drawing, the title came into my mind. I just plunged into the process and no doubt there are layers of the meaning of mandalas and traditional motifs that can be delved into in the future. Some of these patterns are “zentangle” inspired.

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Peace Grows from the Centre – water colour

The addition of water colour to the mandala definitely changes one’s perception of the patterns and relationships between the parts. It would be interesting to take the black and white image and use Gimp to see what difference the application of other colours would make.

UPDATE: New poem from Tom wonderfully capturing the feeling of this mandala – thanks!!

Layered flower unfolding out
from within the mind
to quiet sound and fury’s shout,
whispering, “Be kind.”

Almost-symmetries abound
interleaving forms
where shadows softly intersect
calming hidden storms.

From the very centre peace
grows outward toward the rim
until all conflicts, turmoils, cease
to sounds of gentle hymns.

image (cc) 2016 Hilary Farmer
poem (c) 2016 Tom Radcliffe

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2 Responses to “Mandala #1 – peace grows from the centre”

  1. Layered flower unfolding out
    from within the mind
    to quiet sound and fury’s shout,
    whispering, “Be kind.”

    Almost-symmetries abound
    interleaving forms
    where shadows softly intersect
    calming hidden storms.

    From the very centre peace
    grows outward toward the rim
    until all conflicts, turmoils, cease
    to sounds of gentle hymns.

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