All posts tagged: journal

Inspired Vision Retreat

What is calling you?What do you desire for this next year? It’s January 1st, and you’re full of ideas aboutthings you want to do differently this year. You may make an ambitious list of goals and New Year’s resolutions. But in the back of your mind, you also know thatyou’ll forget all about them by next week, or next month. You’re not alone. Let’s toss out the New Year’s resolutionsand set an intention for 2019. A single word is powerful. They can set us back, slow us down, and even stop us dead in our tracks.Or, they can inspire us to forge ahead, make healthy choices, andfocus on the positive. As you consider the year ahead, what needs your attention right now? What word will you select to inspire and guide you? Let’s discover this together. The Inspired Vision Retreat:a nourishing and playful approachto finding clarity Course Begins: Friday, January 11, 2019PICK ONE WEBINAR (optional)Webinar Session 1 – Friday, January 18, 2019, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., EST.Webinar Session 2 – Saturday, January 19, 2019, 10 …

Gratitude Mandalas

42 gratitudes. Pictured above is the Flower of Life pattern made up of 42 petals filled with declarations of people, accomplishments, and gifts that I’m grateful for. At the center is my “inner circle” including my devoted husband, son, colleagues and dear friends. In the white petals are words that describe the qualities that I’m grateful for within this circle. The other circles in this design cover a variety of gratitudes: Family Friends 100 Mandalas Community Accomplishments Gifts and Talents that I’ve nurtured in myself Authors and Artists who I admire If you look closely at my mandala you’ll find some keywords that repeat: friendship, connection, creativity, curiosity, support, love, sharing, and caring. I see each of these words as invitations. Invitations that point to what to focus on in 2017. Last year I did this exercise and it is interesting to look back on how I filled in the design with color and gratitudes. I didn’t look at last year’s mandala before working on my gratitude mandala for this year until now as I post them here in this …

Create a Mandala Shield

Dear Mandala Family, Serendipity has been showing up again and again in many ways for me. A couple of months ago I designed a “virtues shield” that you’ll see further down on this post to go with a magazine article. Then, a couple of weeks ago I was reviewing the different projects for Stage Seven of the Great Round in Susanne Fincher’s book, “The Mandala Workbook” and came across a “mandala shield” project. How cool that what I had created for the magazine article was published in July the same month that we study Stage 7. I seem to be in synch! The mandala shield project is similar to a project that I learned about in my training to become a Virtues Project Facilitator. The prompts from the VP training are more specific than what Susanne offers in her book. Pictured above is the mandala shield that I created this week for myself. I started by drawing a circle, dividing it into four and drawing a circle at the center. In the upper left quadrant, I picked …

Four Artists Play: Mandala Art Inspired by The Mandala Guidebook

I asked several artists who I greatly admire if they would review a copy of my book, “The Mandala Guidebook: How to Draw, Paint, and Color Expressive Mandala Art.” What is so much fun with these reviews is how each artist was inspired to play and create mandalas and they took the concepts and ideas from my book and made it their own. Michelle Ward I first “met” Michelle many years ago when I was first blogging and she was hosting creativity challenges on her blog. Through these challenge, Michelle inspired me to experiment with different mediums and techniques that show up in my mixed media mandalas today. In addition to loving Michelle’s design sensibility, I appreciate her process for finding inspiration everywhere and finding creative ways to translate that in her own style. Michelle writes, “If you have considered jumping into mandala making then I recommend seeking out Kathryn’s book.  It’s a wonderful introduction to the unique art form.” “[Kathryn] has a gentle yet enthusiastic voice that walks you through options for designing, embellishing, and adding color …

Easter Reflection: Moving Stones & Letting Go

[NOTE: Today’s featured post and mandala art is from a blog post that I published back in 2009. It is fun to revisit themes and it seemed so timely with Easter upon us.] My creativity was at an all time high last weekend and by Sunday evening I was tired. I had that feeling of exhaustion and let down one gets after preparing for a party and celebrating. I reminded myself that I was tired and that turning in early was the best thing to do. Before bed I picked up the book, “Seasons of Your Heart” by Macrina Wiederkehr. It was my first time opening the book since a colleague had loaned it to me. Too tired to read it from the beginning, I thought I would randomly open it up to see the message that appeared. I turned to page, 118 where I found a poem titled, “On Letting Easter In.” When dawn stands still with wonder when birds jubilate in the trees when buds hurry into blossoms and grass starts wearing green …

Journal Mandala

Journal Mandalas

Today’s mandalas take on a different look and feel. I’m working “off the grid” and rather than arrange the colors and shapes in a radial balance, that is, from the center outward, I break up the plane in ways that feels intuitively right to me. These mandalas each tell a story, quite literally. The first two mandalas in this post were both drawn on the same day while traveling in Georgia. I had a day to myself waiting to check into a hotel and before the retreat started in the evening. Click on the mandalas for a closer look and you’ll see some of the journal writing that tells more of the story. This mandala records the events of the morning.  Here is a look at the story (saga more like it) and some of the visual details to go with it: The first hotel that I checked into was awful! There were stains on the furniture. The place was old, tired, and worn. I was afraid to take off my shoes, open my luggage, …