I’m participating in the 100Mandalas challenge to create 100 mandalas. When I sit down to create something I tend to want to boil the ocean in my artwork. Mandalas provide a nice container within which to start. I can stay inside the lines if I want to…or not. I will explore different mediums and some of my mandalas will be observations. I’m keeping my options open. Shouldn’t we all?

Update: I’ve continued on my 100 mandala journey over the last year and I’m about half way through. At first I wanted to do 100 in 100 days…but life happens and I decided to let it and not ‘should’ on myself. I’ve posted about half of them below and there are several others that exist as 1s and 0s on my computer that are not quite done.

I’ve learned a good bit about myself through this process. How we do one thing is how we do everything, as they say. It’s hard to step back and observe though. What I’ve noticed is that I’m getting better at being with what is; at setting goals but not berating myself if I fall short or if it takes longer than I expected; at pivoting my focus without regret when called for; at seeing pattern and shape in everyday objects. As I planned to do, I tried other mediums from time to time but I come back to photography more often than not. It is home to me. That’s good to know too.

When you observe your art-making, what do you discover? What does that tell you about how you might deal with other aspects of your life? Is your approach liberating or restrictive? If restrictive, what is one thing you could do to feel more free?

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