Mandala art is really a journey in self-expression. I find when drawing a design, I become lost in the symmetry and the free-wheeling exercise of drawing. It’s a contradiction on paper. Drawing a mandala or any original design is a free ticket to simply be creative.
The idea behind my piece called “Stasis,” was to incorporate a little alien-ish design while holding to the repetitive circles and intricate details. The circles that go along the perimeter of the design create negative space but I think they remind the viewer of a crop circle. I feel these circles pull your eye to look all around the design.
I don’t like limiting the visual to what aspect or just part of the subject of the image. But a mandala is a story. What that story is depends on whose looking.
When I’m starting a new piece I actually don’t put a ton of thought into it. I just start drawing. One of the most interesting things about making art is how absorbed I get in the work.
Until I get stumped.
I have a process to get over the creative block that you can read up on here. But once I get going, the design takes on a life of its own. For “Stasis,” I drew upon my love of science fiction. I was primarily inspired by the movie Prometheus. For me, this piece has something that reminds me of an evil, person-eating creature from another world.
Or maybe the eggs that hatch one.
Either way, “Stasis” incorporates negative space and intricate lines to make an image that forces your mind to think of things and beings, not of this world.
Or maybe it could just be a simple snowflake. When you make some art, let your creativity flow. Don’t hold yourself back.
If by chance you like this piece, you can find canvas prints here.
Also published on Medium.