Mandala Monday {#1}

by Louise on February 11, 2013

in Life in Spain, Mixed Media Mandalas, Monday Mandala, Nature Art/Found Objects, Nature Mandala's

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My first Nature Mandala {made from natural found objects}

I am so excited about getting my new art studio up and running, but it’s going to be a few months away as I get some building work finished in my new apartment first. As I arrived in Spain with only one suitcase, I couldn’t bring any of my big art supplies with me either so am now looking for inspiration in whatever I can lay my hands on as I have been longing to create!

Taking a walk along the beach and around the gorgeous gardens where I live not only fills the air with sweet aroma’s, {the jasmine near the cottages is intoxicating}, it is also a creative playground full of natural objects washed up on the beach or items that have fallen from trees and plants.

Collecting these is so much fun, and I soon discovered that there is an abundance of creativity and color all around me, as well as beautiful natural patterns – I don’t need my paints or canvas’s just yet!

So like any new beginnings or fresh starts, I am creating a new practice to guide me on my new journey. Monday is my most favourite day of the week, so along with setting an intention for the week ahead, I am going to see what natural tools I can find to create with until I get my studio up and running again. I wont be picking anything from trees or plants only using what I find on the ground and what has already fallen. Who knows what will wash up or float in my direction!

I cant wait to share these with you each week.

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The Creative Beast February 11, 2013 at 1:02 pm

congratulations on this exciting chapter of your life Louise. Your new home looks wonderful and the nature mandala is so creative! I may try this idea using the finds from my daily walks in my local neighborhood. Though my neighborhood a suburb, nowhere near a glorious sun-drenched beach, there are still plenty of trees and flowers along my walk that I find and bring home, which would all make wonderful mandalas – thanks for the inspiration!


Louise February 12, 2013 at 4:17 am

hey there! Thanks…lovely to hear from you, it’s been ages! So funny as been thinking of AAJ recently as i saw Cindy was running another retreat. Hope all is great with you. xxx


Lorinda @ Everyday Endeavours February 11, 2013 at 4:12 pm

I’m so inspired by your enthusiasm to create beauty with whatever Mother Nature provides. That’s so easy to forget with our stashes of pretty paints and markers. I can’t wait to see what you share with us each week! xx


Louise February 12, 2013 at 5:34 am

Thanks so much Lorinda. I am missing my supplies so much! But it’s opened a new door for me so is exciting!


Pat Langley February 11, 2013 at 4:30 pm

Lovely Mandala! Love natural things.


Louise February 12, 2013 at 5:36 am

Thanks Pat! Happy week to you xx


gypsyczech - dix February 11, 2013 at 7:39 pm

You are such an inspiration! I just love what you have done with your found objects. Who needs art supplies?!?!?! I can’t wait for my next ride in the pasture behind my house so that I , too, can create some mandalas! thanks for sharing. dix—


Lindsay February 12, 2013 at 3:32 am

what a coincidence, I started a mandala week this week too! Not with natural objects, just drawing them… but yours looks much fun too, maybe I’ll give it a try. :)


Louise February 12, 2013 at 5:35 am

That is too funny! Must be a message from the universe or something. I will check yours out…how fun to have us going along on the same journey. xx


sandie February 12, 2013 at 5:44 pm

Love the mandalas, Louise. Using what you have is a good lesson and reminder that there is abundance if we are open to seeing it. Enjoy your new life and ventures.


Louise February 13, 2013 at 8:02 am

Thanks so much Sandie! Hope all is well with you too xxx


Adrianne Martin February 12, 2013 at 9:22 pm

Thank you for bringing us to Spain! Can you tell us which town you are living in with such a gorgeous view of Gibraltar?


Valerie Brown February 14, 2013 at 10:55 am

I also will be looking forward to your found object mandalas! They seem so much more rich and interesting done this way! I’m sure they will lead to a real burst of inspiration!


Louise February 16, 2013 at 4:45 am

Thanks Valerie! I am so missing my art supplies so am excited to see where this new direction takes me. xxx


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