Thursday, February 4, 2010

IF - Focused


This week's prompt for Illustrtion Friday is "focused." This is a mandala painting I did a few years ago for an illustration assignment. A mandala (Sanskrit for "round" or "circle") is used to assist concentration and meditation.

Mandalas can be created in many mediums--even dance! The process for creating them is often ritualistic as in the creation of sand mandalas unique to the Tibetan Buddhists. Once created these are deconstructed and the sand is dispersed in water to symbolize the impermanent nature of existence.

16 comments:

Kate Cummings said...

Interesting. This reminds me of the motherhood experience.

dthaase said...

wow - this is great - wonderful color and design

nina seven said...

lovely design, ann marie, and i loved reading about mandalas. interesting stuff! thanks so much for your comment. i agree - lizzie will not like julian's gift at all!

Simonette said...

Too cool. I love how they're all peeking at one another.

Zelda Zap said...

This is beautiful Ann Marie! I love the colors and the expressions on the faces. Well done!

Mark said...

Nice bit of work Ann Marie.

Amy C said...

totally beautiful - love the color combos and this is such a perfect idea for focused

Michelle Henninger said...

You have had some really cool posts Ann Marie! Thanks for sharing all this! They're beautiful!

jcdillustration said...

I can almost hear the music and see the mama and child dancing! The expressions are great!

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nina seven said...

thank you, ann marie!

Anonymous said...

What a fabulous design. I could never come up with anything so intricate. Such detailed and fabulous work indeed! Great Job!

The Green Telephone said...

This is very nice! I like how they all have different expressions.

sruble said...

Your mandala is lovely! The ladies look very focused. It makes me wonder what they're thinking about.

Bella Sinclair said...

Wonderful mandala! I love the peeking eyes. Hahahaha. You definitely captured motherhood.

I had the privilege of watching Tibetan monks create and wash away a sand mandala once. Quite an experience!

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