What ARE Mandalas, Anyway?

Since ancient times, Mandalas have been used for meditation and healing. From ancient times all the way up to today in monasteries in Tibet, Mandalas were used in the process of training the mind to be quiet, so that That Still Place Within was more easily accessible. It was said that the Divine lives at the center of the Mandala. With that in mind, the Mandala was used as a focus point for meditation. As the mind quiets and becomes still, the meditator finds the Divine at the center of his own being. I read about this use of Mandalas years ago. Later on in my life, when this series of designs came through me, I realized that that was the intent within them: that the Divine would reside at each design’s center. Research I’ve done indicates that Mandalas are the visual forms of the resonance traces of specific frequencies … Please click HERE to continue reading

Reversed: Mandalas for Contemplation: Mandala Book VI

Why Reversed? Because I wanted you to see what the original drawings for my mandala books look like—each one is drawn in white on a black ground. I think they’re stunning, and deserve to be seen as much as the black on white coloring images do. I invite you to see what happens when you use Sharpie markers on the white lines, then hold the design up to the light so they look like neon signs! That would be cool. I love to look at these designs. They really help me focus and calm my mind after a bit of lazy time just gazing at them and appreciating how beautiful they are. I hope they help you to quiet your mind, too. I hope you like them as much as I do! Get Reversed HERE Please follow and like us:

Guest Article: The Zen of Adult Coloring Books

This is an article I read recently by Julie Beck, a writer at the Atlantic, who pooh-poohed coloring books – until she saw them at the bookstore and ‘had to’ have one. Or More! “I have never changed my mind about anything as quickly or completely as I changed my mind about adult coloring books. I found the trend mostly baffling and maybe a little dumb. But I saw some in a bookstore the other day and I immediately said to my friend, “Well, I’m not leaving here without one of these.” Several trend pieces about adult coloring books lump them in with other “childish” activities that grown-ups are apparently engaging in to regress back to their simpler youth, like adult preschool and adult summer camp. But I think they fit better into the trend of meditation and mindfulness that’s been going for some time now, one response among many … Please click HERE to continue reading

Are You New to Coloring, Getting Confused and Frustrated?

I saw  a comment today in a coloring book pages facebook group from a beginner to coloring who was feeling frustrated. She had a ton of coloring books and coloring supplies, but didn’t know how to use them, or even where to start. This is not a surprise! If you’re new to something, you can’t expect to dive right in and make masterpieces. First, you can go to youtube and find a scadzillion tutorials on how to color. But sometimes people have a hard time connecting what they see/hear on a video to their own hands and eyes. I’m including three really nice examples for the limited color-use idea here. When you just start out playing with color it can be pretty overwhelming. It’s like trying to learn a language and not even knowing how to say hello. So here is a way to start without having to worry about … Please click HERE to continue reading

Women in Art 278 Promotes My Books!

WOOHOO! I wrote a note to my friends at Women in Art 278 Magazine to tell them about my coloring books, and they featured an article about them! See below: Promotion: The Coloring Book Queen One of Women in Art 278 Magazine‘s amazing artists just informed us of an awesome new adventure she is undertaking. By now I’m sure you’ve heard about the coloring book craze out there, which she has now contributed to and we wish her ALL the success in the world. Angela Treat Lyon’s books are beautiful, magical and are fun for adults and kiddos alike. So why color, you may wonder. Here’s a great answer that may validate your doodles, sketches and coloring … “When coloring, we activate different areas of our two cerebral hemispheres, says psychologist Gloria Martínez Ayala. “The action involves both logic, by which we color forms, and creativity, when mixing and matching … Please click HERE to continue reading