I create pressed flower mandalas and art and teach mandala coloring classes and workshops for healing, meditation and to increase personal growth and creativity in the Rogue Valley, Oregon area.
When I began my journey into this art form, I was experiencing a mid-life crisis that manifested in depression. As I started gathering and pressing flowers, leaves, even weeds, the life-affirming qualities of nature began to transform the depression into joy. Through my art and the classes I teach I want to share the miraculous beauty of nature and its ability to heal and connect us with a sense of hope and optimism.
I was trained as a counselor, receiving my Master's Degree from Antioch University in 1974. For twenty five years I worked in community colleges, teaching psychology and personal growth classes and counseling. At age 50, I enrolled in an Artist's Way class, and two things happened: I began creating pressed flower art and later began offering Artist's Way classes myself. Now I'm sharing the healing I've experienced with others, and watching them move from darkness into the light as their creative skills blossom is deeply rewarding.
I am adding Diane's picture of a Healing Symbol in black and white in the top picture. I added some shading to my drawing from before on the bottom. Again these healing symbols came from a visualization that is on the CD that comes with the Mandala, Luminous Symbols for Healing book.
Last Monday evening, we worked with Chapter 4 which covers,"Rainbow Colors for Healing". We did the first three exercises where we learned color blending. Color blending is a new concept for me since I have been doing mainly Pressed Flower Art in which the colors come with the flower or leaf. I did the exercises in color blending again when I got home to class just to practice. Here is one of my samples. These exercises are preparing us to bring healing colors into our black and white drawings.
Quote from the book:
"The inherent Buddha-nature is said to be like a diamond, indestructible, pure and emty, but luminous in reflecting the manifestation of energies as rainbow light." Terry Clifford
My friends Diane, Susan and I are working through Judith Cornell's book, "Mandala, Luminous Symbols for Healing". In this book through using white colored pencil on black paper she helps us learn to create a scale of light. Last night we created a healing symbol for ourselves in a meditation she did on the CD that comes with the book. She feels we can spontaeously discover within ourselves symbols for constructin a healing mandala. I had some fears and anxiety going into this exercise but was delighted with what I came up with. I created in black and white a tree symbol which I will post when I finish the black and white drawing. I wanted a symbol for receptivity as I tend to be more of a giver than a receiver and know for my own healing I need to receive graciously as well as give. After the black and white drawing is done we will add color to the white again creating scales of light with the color. Participating in this group has been an exciting journey. This book can be purchased through amazon.com as well as in alot of book stores. I highly recommend it if you want to use mandalas for your own healing. It is a very well thought out program and the CD with the meditations and instruction make it easy to do on your own or in a group.
In my pressed flower art I learned how to green the leaves in a way that looks natural with copic markers.
It is only since I joined the World Wide Pressed Flower Guild that I learned this. I had been using acrylic paint which is too thick. The markers have more of an opaque look to them and the leaves look more true to form.
Well, I must sign off now to meditate and then do some creating!