I was reminded of my friend when coloring this mandala. Not that she looks like a frog! She just likes frogs. She collects frog-shaped things 🙂 I used crayons and markers to color this one but the crayons proved to be quite annoying. Markers, by far, are my most favorite medium to color a mandala. I plan to try acrylic paints sometime. Let’s see how it goes. Till then, the green pond with the green frogs will have to suffice.
P.S. No, these aren’t frog princes!
Sep 21, 2014 (07:11PM): The Green Pond
It is evident that since Jul/Aug 2014, I haven’t been able to color as many mandalas as I would’ve liked to. Being surrounded by kids who end up fighting for colors (and your attention) can be challenging at times! The scorpion – beautiful and yet very dangerous. Beware!
Aug 15, 2014 (06:30PM): The Scorpion
Everything came out well and gelled together.. in perfect harmony.
Jul 30, 2014 (05:37PM): Harmony
This one was a surprise for me in more than one way. Firstly, I tried a shade which I have rarely used. I used to think it was a useless color. My bad. It was surprisingly good and hence covers most of the mandala. Secondly, this mandala took more time than I had expected. I started it on Jul 27th and ended on Jul 30th. Thirdly, the overall African feel was completely unintended. Reminds me of my visit to Uganda back in 2008. While I was coloring this mandala, a phrase from a very famous Urdu verse by Mir Taqi Mir kept popping up in my mind “le saans bhi aahista..” or breathe slowly.. breathe slowly as you color this mandala.. breathe slowly as the lion may hear you..breathe..slowly.. ..so slowly that you even forget the ‘e’ in breathe!
Isn’t this what this mandala represent? The support system for the heroine of the story. Where would she be without them? Aren’t they are much the heroines of the story? Often taken for granted, this support system of ours.
Jul 26, 2014 (07:20PM): The Support System
Random ramblings.. in graphical form
Jul 06, 2014 (11:38AM): The Evil Circle
This one I colored using Dry Erasable Board Markers and regular color markers. The title comes from the book The Fifth Mountain (by Paulo Coelho) that I was re-reading at the time when I colored this mandala. As mentioned in one of my earlier posts, it is my most favorite book of all time. The book talks about the unavoidable and the growth.
The idea of the unavoidable in one’s life and the possibility of growth as a result is quite powerful. It is unavoidable for the flower to leave the state of a seed. But this unavoidable results in its growth into a beautiful flower. I am a risk averse person (on most occasions). Given a chance, I’d avoid taking any risks as it may lead to change inevitably. However, sometimes, risk and change are unavoidable. The only option, or the best option, in such a case is to accept the unavoidable and use it for growth – personal, professional, family, community, etc.
Jun 05, 2014 (07:09PM): The Unavoidable & the Growth