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