Meet my Latest Mandala Silk Painting – Om Mani Padme Hum

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.

It’s often that way with my artwork. I only start to paint when I feel moved to do so. It’s a spiritual journey exploring the divine through colour and shape.

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 info@silkandart.com so that we can have a chat together about it.

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8 Responses to Meet my Latest Mandala Silk Painting – Om Mani Padme Hum

  1. Amanda says:

    Fiona,
    This is so beautiful- as are all your mandalas! I am so impressed with it. I love the beautiful colors you have chosen. You seem to be able to use so many unusual colors together, without ever having the effect become muddy, something that can be a challenge in my own work. You seem to know well how to access your creative mind for those choices.

    Also today I was on a hunt for good music for my studio, searching for it and not finding what I wanted. So how nice to see your guidance for that too as I read your post! Thanks!

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      Thanks so much Amanda and I appreciate you stopping by and commenting. The whole thing about colours is really fascinating isn’t it? I believe that any colours can sit side by side as friends and look great together. And the truth is, that I don’t sit and plan these paintings. They just organise themselves, which makes it all so much easier. I just listen and do what I’m told.

      Glad to inspire you with some lovely music too. Really lovely to meet you. Do keep in touch. Thank you. 🙂

  2. Jillian says:

    Oh, Fiona, I love this post. The fact that you have air, water, fire, and earth incorporated into your space as you create is so gorgeous. And you can see all of those elements in the silk. I am not “an orange” person–now that I look at it it’s for a pretty stupid reason(!), but that is the most beautiful orange I’ve ever seen. I will have to figure out where to put one of these and commission you!
    xoxo

    Jillian
    Jillian Todd Portrait Couture
    Transformation from the Outside In
    http://www.jillantodd.com
    http://www.jilliantoddblog.com

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      Jillian, thanks so much for commenting. And I’m so pleased you resonate with my artwork. Orange is linked with the sacral chakra as you know, the seat of creativity, the womb or birthing place of life. Free expression of the divine feminine. Loving and embracing this colour allows our inner creator to shine and step out . It allows us to authentically relate to ourselves.

      I’d love you to have one of my mandalas in your workspace…as a representation of the divine feminine. xxx

  3. OMG how amazing, I am moved by the colors and the detail, its emitting an amazing energy. I love how you do your work through inspiration that says a lot about who you really are. I love being in that space and flow where words or creativity just flows through me. You have an amazing gift Fiona and to be able to recognize it and act on it when spirit is telling you to is incredible.

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      Thank you Kirk. Feeling spirit move and speak through us is vital. Allowing it full expression is key in being who we truly are. I feel honoured that you resonate with this work. xx

  4. Beautiful as usual. Orange is growing on me. Spirit envelops me.

    • Fiona Stolze says:

      Thanks for stopping by again Rowena. So nice to have you appreciate my art. Yes, orange is such a beautifully creative colour. Painting these is a true meditation. Looking forward to seeing your artwork some time soon. 🙂

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