Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Creative Cafe


This painting comes under the subject matter called ‘Mandala’.  That is to say the pattern created is called that.

For those of you who are not familiar with term 'Mandala' think of your childhood when you used to play with a tube which you held up to the light and along which you could view moving beads etc as your rotated the tube. This would have been called a kaleidoscope, remember? Anyway, moving on! A Mandala is a uniform pattern that can be viewed from any direction. 

The word "Mandala" is from the classical Indian language of Sanskrit. Loosely translated it means 'circle' and can be related to all aspects of life: the celestial circles we call earth, sun, and moon, as well as conceptual circles of friends, family, and community. I suppose apart from enjoying the design there will be many ways in which to approach the concept of a Mandala whether in a material or spiritual sense.

Now to the interesting part from my point of view!

A little while ago I joined a group on the Internet called Creative Cafe.  Creative Cafe is a social network where members show off their art, photography, crafts, music, videos and write blogs. Creative Cafe is a charitable group run by volunteers with mental health and other disabilities in Brighton UK. Membership is free and open to everyone.

As is often the case, you will find the most amazing talent on show here so it is well worth a look and if you are interested it is easy to join!

Well, Jill who is the founder and leader, came up with an idea. She invited members to submit a picture that would look good if it were placed at the side of the main text area.  Winners would be pulled out a hat and as well as having the opportunity to see their work for a period of two weeks they would also be eligible for more!

Guess what?  I was the first one to be pulled out of Jill’s hat! Yippeeee.  Check out this post to see the above Mandala as a side picture.

Now to wait and see who will be the next winner?


LizzyT said...

Congratulations I love your design and it looks good on the Creative Cafe Page. My DH is a Maintenance Engineer, otherwise known in Oz as a Fitter. This is one of the occupations that is in demand over there so that is how we got our PR Visas. We are hoping to sell our house in the next year or so and move over there. I have family in Oz so it doesn't seem such a big thing but we are leaving very close family over here too and that will be hard. My daughter, who is training to be a nurse, and her family are hoping to join us in a few years as is my son.

Lenox Knits said...

Very cool. And how exciting to have it so prominently displayed. Thanks for the background on the mandala, it is such an interesting concept.

Liz said...

Your work is just lovely!

Meghann said...

Gorgeous, just trance-like. I love the depth and the colors are phenomenal. Thank you for sharing!!

Melina and Denise said...

Congrats on both an amazing piece of work and a lot of luck in winning the draw!


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