The expression one finds in the contrast of black-and-white art is a powerful feeling.
This is not to say that works in color are lacking.
But black-and-white art is something different. It’s basic, natural, earthy.
There’s a deep, soulful aspect one can only find when creating in monochrome.
Making art, even photography in black-and-white, feels more like a lifestyle choice.
Color brings vibrancy. A basic layer of emotion. Black contrasted against white is raw yet dramatically beautiful.
When making a mandala piece, I’m thinking about how this would look in print.
I ask myself three questions:
1. How would this look on paper?
2. Would I want this hanging on my wall?
3. What’s the message I’m trying to make?
Mandalas are more than just designs. They, like any art, are expressions of an idea.
The details of a drawing makes the idea come out. It’s the story.
What’s your story? What do you want to tell. What do you want people to feel?