I incorporated aspects of her life into the design. Some are literal interpretations and some are vague references, but I am hopeful that I chose wisely, and that all will be meaningful to her.
My goal was to have some positive energy of healing flowing outward from this mandala. In the very middle is a focal point containing the single word of “hope”, but it doesn't show up in this photo.
Before her illness, she loved to travel, cycle, and hike. She has also lived in big cities, coastal areas, and the mountains. She has a thirst for learning, and I incorporated references to her degrees as well as her schools’ colors. And of course, I couldn’t leave out a cat.
I’ve given small little gifts of healing art to my friend before, with permission granted that it’s okay if it is “closet art”—meaning that if she just wants to hang it in her closet, it’s fine by me. I am hopeful that I may get promoted to “the office” on this one.
I am a mosaic artist and not a painter, so this is no masterpiece of skill or technique, but I hope that it is evident to her that it was made with love. This past summer, I purchased some oils, watercolors, and acrylics to take a stab at each medium. This is acrylic on canvas, and its size about 24” x 24”. My watercolor attempt is here, and I really enjoyed the freedom that this medium allowed. I’ve been intimidated by the oils, so they’ve remained unopened.
I’ve just re-read this post trying to come up with a kick-ass conclusion, both for myself and for the few who bother to check-in here, and I’ve realized that I have used some version of the word “hope” at least four times thus far. It’s a pretty powerful word, and I think maybe I’ll just leave it there. Verb or noun it’s a good thing…