Mandalas (pronounced MAHN-da-la) are found in various cultures throughout the world, especially those of Native Americans and Tibetan Buddhists. They symbolize the world, the universe, or the cosmos. Traditionally they are symmetrical—round, square, or a combination of both—with a definite center and delineation of inner and outer. Inspired by the writings of Carl Jung,* who saw the mandala as an expression of self, I borrowed the concept and interpreted it loosely. I worked small, using 4” x 5” pieces of watercolor paper, inks and crayons. I then digitized the images with a flatbed scanner, and enlarged them. The process was enormously liberating, and I would recommend it to anyone who wants to loosen up creatively.

*See The Secret of the Golden Flower by Richard Wilhelm, with commentary by C.G. Jung