Mandalas Simple and Complex

A mandala is a circular geometric pattern that symbolically can represent the entire universe. Sometimes, a mandala is meant to represent wholeness and life itself in relation to the infinite and the world that extends beyond and within minds and bodies.

In Eastern religions, a mandala may represent paradise, deities, sacred spaces, or simply be used as an aid to meditation.

These kinds of designs are also significant in Jungian analysis. Carl Jung thought that mandalas offered a “safe refuge of inner reconciliation and wholeness,” and found that the act of creating a mandalas had a calming, focusing effect on his patients’ psychological states.

My Mandalas are primarily created using flower petals on a light box, although I sometimes use other materials as well, and other backgrounds besides the light box. I consider the mandala a fundamental design shape, and am most interested in the form as an issue of formal design.

Please consider joining us for an exciting webinar on Saturday December 12, 2020 at 11am PT as I present and discuss a number of my mandala light box images, and show the process of creating these shapes. Click here for more information, here for registration, and here for our schedule of upcoming webinars.

Lodestar © Harold Davis

Spiral of Flower Karma © Harold Davis

Spiral of Flower Karma © Harold Davis

Lady Pink Apple Slices with Lemons © Harold Davis

Lady Pink Apple Slices with Lemons © Harold Davis

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  1. By Watching a Mandala Video on December 11, 2020 at 10:47 am

    […] just watched the stop-motion videos that Phyllis made of making these two mandalas. How totally cool! Please consider joining us tomorrow, on Saturday December 12, 2020. We will […]

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