This evening I just completed my latest mandala painting. I actually started work on it many months ago but stopped about half way through and just waited until the inspiration came to continue.
And when I do, I love to get my studio all cosy. First of all I select some beautifully relaxing music to play. My first choice is always a recording of sacred chants, either one of my favourite CD’s or I find a wonderful playlist on YouTube and then just dissolve into the music. In between painting, I love to just dance freely and allow the energy to move through me. Sacred dance …..how blissful.
More recently I have been listening more to Snatam Kaur and Deva Premal, who I saw a while back live in Glastonbury. It’s so important to me to create a very sacred ambience and invite my mind to take a back bench while I delve deeply into my creativity.
Once the music is playing, I light a candle and some incense. I tune in and select the dyes I’ll be painting with. I literally stand in front of the cupboard where I keep my dye bottles and just wait until I’m told which colours to take.
I love to infuse the sacred music with my artwork as it finds expression through the designs and colour combinations and their interplay creates something far beyond what I could have thought out with my mind.
This mandala I completed tonight is different from my other ones in that there is a very powerful mantra running around one of the outer circuits. It doesn’t jump out at you visibly but its energy is very tangible.
OM MANI PADME HUM
It is said that all the teachings of the Buddha are contained within this mantra so as you can imagine it is very difficult to put into words directly what it means. It is believed that if you say the mantra out loud or silently to yourself, this invokes the powerful benevolent attention of Chenrezig, the Buddha of compassion.
My intention is that whoever contemplates this piece of artwork is instilled with great compassion for both himself and all those around him.
If you would like to commission me to paint a personal mandala or other artwork on silk for you, please have a look at the Commissions page where you will find details of all art services I offer. You can also contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can have a chat together about it.