Monday Morning Mail Art Call: Mandalas

There’s nothing like a drawing a mandala to create peace and harmony within.

One of my favorite art mentors and encouragers, Carrie Brummer, of Artist Strong, offers free webinars on how to draw mandalas from time to time. In so doing, she offers folks a way to get in touch with their creativity via an ancient art form that is very easy to learn and build upon. Here is a sign up link for her next webinar first week of April on drawing mandalas: http://app.webinarjam.net/register/14015/5cab2b0890 You can read about Carrie and her art here: http://www.carriebrummer.com/ You can explore her offerings via Artist Strong here: http://www.artiststrong.com/

Mandala by Carrie Brummer

Mandala by Carrie Brummer

What is a Mandala?

Mandala is a Sanskrit word that literally means circle. Mandalas are a circular design, usually created from the center point outward. When drawing or painting a mandala, you are creating a geometric pattern within the form of a circle. This pattern is believed to represent the universe at large. Mandalas are sacred in Hinduism and Buddhism, as they often are relied upon to offer spiritual guidance and aid in meditation.

Now, let me tempt you to create your own mandala to release into the world…

Mary Campbell has issued a Mandala Mail Art Call. All pieces received will be displayed at her exhibit in June 2016 and then SOLD to raise funds for food pantries in the NYC area. This is your chance to be a part of something bigger than yourself, to give back in a very small way via your creativity. All information is provided below.

MANDALA MAIL ART CALL
Send mail to be received by May 28, 2016

Send your mandala mail to:
Mary Campbell, 123 Scribner Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301 USA

ALL work received will be posted online at tinyurl.com/mndla-pics

A Mandala is a graphic pattern – circular divided into four separate sections, balancing visual elements, symbolizing unity and harmony, representing the cosmos
mail art Size- less than 12″ x 12″
(Please include on front or back one word as a meditation guide)

ALL work received will be Exhibited June 3- 31, 2016
At ETG Book Cafe, 208 Bay St, Staten Island NY
And SOLD with ALL sales going to local FOOD PANTRIES
to increase their food stock

(Exhibit is part of the “Food Can Mandala Project” which includes a 24′ mandala to be created from cans of food, on view June 18 at the Unitarian Church of Staten Island and then the food cans will be distributed to Staten Island food pantries. Project funded in part by a DCA Premier grant from SI Arts with public funding from the NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs.)

Three Ways to Nourish Your Soul

If you’re anything like me, a creative soul living in the real world, achieving and maintaining peace and balance in your life is difficult. Let’s face it, the real world is a mess and our lives reflect and multiply that in many ways.

As I travel along my path, I keep my eyes open for possibility and sometimes I find true gems as my reward.

One such gem came to me through a network of creative women who took me in and gave me wings. April Cole runs a group on facebook called, The Studio – artist lounge. The group is a closed one, but genuine souls in search of healing through art can be added from time to time. This February, she added a healing art therapy component to the group and it promises to be an amazing journey. It takes a commitment to self and peers that some may not currently possess, but if this sounds like something you can embrace and follow through with, I invite you to request an invitation to join. There are introspective, artistic exercises each month, not to mention a very supportive network of artists of all levels.

Melody Ross and the Brave Girls Club Team are a loving, nurturing group whose mission is to spread love and art. If you’ve never heard of them, you should definitely check them out. (http://bravegirlsclub.com/) Their Soul Restoration courses are deep and thought provoking with an unrivaled healing component. This month, Melody released a free course, “The Thing About Love.” (http://bravegirlsclub.com/archives/archives/series/the-thing-about-love) I promise that it threatens to tear down the walls of those hard core, societal ideas about love, replacing them with TRUTH. A lesson we all need to learn and/or be reminded of.

Most recently, I received an invitation from Carrie Brummer (of artistthink.com) to join in on her free webinar, How to Draw and Color a Mandala, on Wednesday, March 4th. She released this video as a means of invitation and introduction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kr8FUu6sVSE I’m in! You ought to join us! Use this link to reserve your spot: https://artistthink.leadpages.net/mandalawebinarmar2015/

Looking forward to spending the remainder of the day in the studio!

Happy Trash to you, until we meet again!