Simple Mandala Techniques
Today was a good day. I am wiped out physically, having put in two back-to-back all-nighters, but my soul and my heart are happy. Worry consumes me easily these days, especially when I hear of friends falling sick, but when I am able to share my passion for art and inspire others to indulge in self-care through art, all my worries melt away.
Today, I did a live Zoom mandala drawing session in partnership with Kin Parenting that was streamed live on Facebook. I even wore my doodles shirt for the occasion!
The audience comprised kids ranging in age from 6-11 and I was encouraged to see that they took my message to heart: Art is not about doing something perfectly; it’s about enjoying the process and making something that gives YOU joy. You do art for yourself...and if other people like it, the joy doubles. You have to let go of the notion you’re making it to please anyone...and if you have no expectations from yourself or the piece you’re making, then whatever you create will be amazing! It was so wonderful to see the young artists share their creations at the end of the session...not a single one of them had copied exactly what I did. A win!!! They were listening! They infused their own personalities into each of their mandala designs...their own patterns...their own ideas of what was beautiful. Such a treat to watch!
Art plays an integral role in my life. It helps me build my mental resilience, provides me solace, and decompresses my weary mind. It’s the instant pick-me-up.
Seeing how it’s benefiting those who’ve been attending my live sessions, I’m planning to continue doing at least one YouTube Live every Friday at a set time.
Would you like to attend it? What time would work for you best? Are there specific things you want to learn (I’m not a certified art teacher but I can help you listen to your instincts and create from your heart)? Let me know in the comments.
And, please, stay safe!