Sunrise Mandala {red and orange acrylic painting}

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Orange Mandala FinalWant to hear something funny? I’m not a big fan of yellow. Or orange. I can take them in small doses, but you’ll be damn sure that if you open my closet and rifle through every single article of clothing I own, you will not find one orange of yellow thing. Red I can handle. I think I own a red Nightmare Before Christmas t-shirt. So there’s that.

Orange mandala progression 1

The whole point of this is that I’m a cool color girl at heart, and sometimes I have to force myself to use colors I don’t exactly love. If I didn’t do this I would exclusively paint in blue, teal and turquoise (and yes I know those are all pretty close to the same thing) with the occasion shot of purple, green and magenta thrown in there for good measure.

Orange mandala progression 2 Anyway, I’ve been collaborating with a friend on a pretty amazing project that’s right up my alley (which is all I can say for now, but I’m dying for it to be completed so that I can share it on here!) and as a part of it, I was doing some research on the chakras. If you’re not familiar, the basic idea of it all are that the chakras are the energy centers of your body, and that overractive/ underactive chakras can lead to various maladies/ disfunctions in the body, both emotionally, physically, and spiritually.

Some people are ruled more by their lower chakras and others more by the upper, but really you want to strive for basic equilibream. Your lower chakras deal more with the physical world, while the upper ones tend toward more mental/spirtual. I could go really deep into this , and maybe I will on another occasion, but long story short, I got to thinking that I must be an upper chakra person, and maybe that has sometime to do with my distaste for orange and yellow. When I think about my own personal weaknesses (Klutzy? Not “in your body?” Underactive Red (root) chakra. Lack of energy? Underactive sacral (orange) chakra. Lack of ambition? Underactive solar plexus (yellow) chakra.)

Orange mandala progression 5I thought it might be fun to take those colors that I normally shy away from and embrace them. Immerse myself in yellow red and orange. And you know what? I actually really, really, love the result. So much that I want to do a few more of these – a cool colored one for the upper chakras, and a green one for the heart chakra (the balancer of the upper and lower).

I feel like the more I study energy, geometry, spirituality, astronomy, physics, etc, the further down the rabbit hole I go and the more I want to create. I want to channel what I’m learning not into words, but into visuals. There’s so much to learn and I feel like I’m only beginning to scratch the surface, both with my knowledge and with my artwork.

Orange mandala progression 4

If you like this image, as always, prints are available for sale in my Etsy shop.

2 Responses

  1. Hi I’m doing a project at on tessellation and I want to do something like this can you give me tips on how you started this one. Thanks!

  2. It’s easiest if you start with a circle, the divide it into equal slices, like a pie. I always use a compass and protractor to make sure that the sections are the same sizes. After that I draw four or five smaller circles all within the largest circle, all radiating from the same center point. Then I come up with a few big basic shapes (circles, triangles, straight lines, etc) and position them in the first slice of the circle. Once I like the layout, I rotate the canvas and repeat those shapes in every other slice. The smaller circles serve as an extra guideline and help to keep everything in the same position and looking consistent. When the main pattern has been drawn out, I go back around and add a second round of smaller details (suck as breaking the shapes into smaller, more complex pieces). I hope that helps! Once you get the hang of it it’s actually really simple! :)