Thursday, April 10, 2014

Aloe Mandala

Continuing in the theme of botanicals is exactly where I want to be as these spring days are "springing". I'm excited about the new leaves, and the flowers starting to bloom. A couple of agave in my neighborhood are sending up stalks, the yuccas are blooming too. Hopefully, now that it rained a bit, the Ocotillo will get some leaves and flowers.

In the meantime, I'm still painting succulents. I continue to be fascinated by their dangerous beauty and tenacity. In some cases, they have healing properties - like the aloe. 

Today, I'd like to introduce you to:

Aloe Mandala

First Pass - Aloe Mandala
What fascinated me about this lovely one is the swirl pattern in the growth. The spiral just naturally draws one's eye to the center. As many of you know, I'm intrigued by spirals - spirals in labyrinth, spirals in petroglyphs, spiral galaxies...etc. So, this piece became the Aloe Mandala. 

First Pass  - The first pass was cooler colors, but it reminded me too much of "Miami Vice" colors and was way too "80's". 

So, I warmed her up a bit and settled on that version. I liked the delicious melon like background alot more. I also like that she's a spiral (circle) in a square configuration. A bit opposite a true mandala - but echoes the sentiment. She's presently at the framer getting all prettied up for the June show at 

Alternative Space Gallery – First Unitarian Universalist
4700 Grover Avenue – Austin, TX – 78756
Opening Event – Saturday June 7, 2014 from 6-8 pm

ENJOY! And please share this post with your friends!

Final - Aloe Mandala
ˈman də lə
 1.   A Hindu or Buddhist graphic symbol of the universe: specifically: a circle enclosing a square with a deity on each side that is used chiefly as an aid to meditation.

In tantric Hinduism and Buddhism (see Vajrayana), a diagram representing the universe, used in sacred rites and as an instrument of meditation. The mandala serves as a collection point for universal forces. By mentally “entering” the mandala and moving toward its center, one is guided through the cosmic processes of disintegration and reintegration. 

Mandalas may be painted on paper or cloth, drawn on the ground, or fashioned of bronze or stone. Two types of mandalas represent different aspects of the universe: the garbhadhatu (“womb world”), in which the movement is from one to the many, and the vajradhatu (“diamond world”), from the many into one. (source:

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