Hello everyone! I am back with a mandala post for today. I was going through my gallery and few of my older blog posts that I had written for my ex- now deleted blog, and I stumbled across this picture:
This mandala was my first ever professional piece that I did, and I even have it framed. I obviously have come a long way from my first ever piece of doodling and looking back at this picture makes me proud of all the progress I have made within the short span of a few years. When I deleted my previous blog, Jumbled Thoughts, I made it a point to copy all my posts to a word document, because that blog was a huge part of me and I wanted some piece of it to still be alive within me (I’ll do a post on why I deleted that blog soon). Here’s a glimpse of what I had written on my previous blog, along with the picture of the mandala.
Well this is most certainly not my first ever work that I have inked on paper rather it might be like my tenth, but this is most certainly the first piece of work that I professionally completed. When I show my family my piece of work, many tend to gaze in awe at it, and assume that it is very hard. I tell them it’s not, but most tend to refuse to believe my words. Countless amount of people look at my work and think that it’s a work of pure perfection, but I find that the beauty of art is not making things perfect rather creating pieces that the eyes can devour.
The beauty of art is always truly shown when one puts in effort, love and the essence of oneself into the work they do. Many may tend to copy other mandala’s that they may stumble upon online, but what is the worth of copying some else’s ideas when you can come up with your very own. I’m sure that every one of you would be feeling extremely honored when you present work that you thought of, than borrowing ideas from another source.
Art is a very complicated word. But I tell you that everyone has some kind of artistic talent in themselves, that just needs to bubble up to the surface. Don’t ever be afraid to add meraki into your work. Try drawing Mandala’s, and I am sure your work would always be a success because remember that art is not perfectionism. Don’t ever give up if it doesn’t turn out all right rather keep trying you will get it someday.
Reading that was somewhat of an emotional moment for me. I think I did that mandala approximately about four years back. Looking back at my work it doesn’t only remind me of the progress I have made in the art world, but it reminds me of the progress I have made as a person during the past four years. My school life, home life and personal mini bubble, things have changed. The thing about doing a mandala is that it takes a long time and while I spend about two hours on one mandala, those two hours I reflect on things as well. It’s me. My mandala. My thoughts. The funny thing though is all those thoughts translate into shapes that I have used in my mandalas, and by looking at a mandala I remember my state of mind while I was crafting it. Those mandalas are not simply pieces of art, but bits of memories too.
Got a bit emotional writing this, I didn’t expect that. But hormones exist! Thank you for coming back to read this, hoping to see you in the next post and if you haven’t already left questions for me to answer in my 100th post then click here. Have a great week ahead! Goodbye!