It all started back in Feb 2014. I was under a lot of stress from my work and professional commitments – without even realizing it. Until one day, when I lost sleep without any apparent reason. My doctor told me that it was due to stress and my lifestyle (consisting of work, work, and work). I took 2 weeks off from work, put my cell phone on silent, and spent time with myself and my family. Did a lot of thinking and also worked on restructuring my daily life to make it more balanced. One day, I was having a conversation with my friend and she asked me if I had thought about trying painting. I told her that I am hopelessly lousy at drawing (can’t draw a straight line to save my life). However, on her insistence, I decided to give it a go, and bought a children’s water color set. I drew basic geometric patterns and colored them. Even though maintaining color consistency was a challenge for me, I enjoyed the process and the product that came out of it.

When I shared the updates with my friend, she told me about the mandalas. She warned me that mandala-painting could be addictive. I searched online and found some mandala patterns. Downloaded them, colored them, and was hooked! Indeed, it was addictive! On my friend’s recommendation, I decided to experiment with various color mediums – water colors, pencil colors, and markers.

Two days ago, I got the idea to keep an online record of my mandalas. I thought it would be good to keep a chronological journal of my mandalas as well as the reflections/thoughts I had when coloring these mandalas.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

– “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost

Here’s to yet another journey; to taking the road not taken before.

Fun times, interesting times, ME times!

2 responses »

  1. Hello. I would like to put your Lion King drawing on my band T-shirt for this summer tour run. I would be happy to send you a shirt in return for the ability to use the image.

    Thanks!
    Sammy

    • Thank you for your interest in using the image, Sammy. I didn’t “create” the image. I downloaded the image from the net and colored it. So, I don’t own the copyright to the original image. You are welcome to use the colored image from my side 🙂

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