One of the things that I enjoy about creating mandalas is that they always seem to be more than the sum of their parts. Today’s mandala is a wonderful example of that on so many levels. A friend came to me with this idea a few weeks before Christmas. For many years she had shared special time at the beach with friends. Each year they would sift through the surf for bits and pieces of glass, remnants of other people’s time near the ocean. This collection of sea glass had grown and represented all their memories and the bits and pieces of time and connections that held their friendship together. She asked if I could make a mandala from an image of some of the sea glass. Her friend arranged and photographed the glass and sent her the image. She and I sat down and started playing with the image and creating mandalas. We made about five before this one that finally seemed to hold the energy that she felt about the glass and all it represented. I remembered that I had some images of sand, so we pulled those up and placed the mandala on the sand, returning the glass, in a manner, to the beach where they had found it. But it was now something new, something more.
Our lives are made up of seemingly random bits and pieces but the patterns that those bits and pieces create can be beautiful if we allow ourselves to see.
I wish for all a New Year filled with a sense of wonder and appreciation for those ordinary moments, the bits and pieces, the connections that make up our lives.
never ending beauty! I “pinned” this page onto the Creativity & Camaraderie Club Handbook Pinterest Board….
Thanks, Mary! Yet another result of Creativity group!
Awesome! I love glass so this really moved me!
Yes, you would feel the energy that the glass holds!
Nancy gave our family this as a Christmas present which we were thrilled to receive. Nancy and my wife Karen went to undergrad together and have remained very close friends while we have raised our three children. It has become something as a tradition for Nancy to join us on vacation out on the east end of Long Island (Ocean Ridge, Fire Island). Over the years, long walks along the Atlantic shore has yielded many a treasure, including the pieces of beach glass found in your beautiful mandala. We’ve each spent time studying your composition. For me personally, it takes me right back to those Aug Summer days. Being an artist myself, one of the biggest challenges in the creative process is to send the viewer to another place through my art, in a romantic sense – and your beach glass mandala accomplishes this. Thanks for your inspiration and Happy 2014!
Rockville Centre, NY
Thanks, Chris! It was an honor to work with Nancy to create this. I really work to speak to people’s hearts so I am glad that this took you to that place of memory.