Feb 072012

On a recent trip to the mountains, I only brought along some crayon pastels and tag board thinking I might makes some quick studies of the beautiful mountain landscapes around. I was feeling very connected to the nature around me but instead of a landscape, I felt like making a mandala. What else is new? I revisited an old project that I used to do with my younger elementary school art students – Scratchboard – although we used to call it “black magic”.


You can create your own scratchboard using either crayon or crayon pastels. Pressing firmly, cover the entire piece of paper or tag board, making sure not to leave any paper uncovered, and then cover completely with black crayon, black ink or tempera paint mixed with some dish or hand soap liquid so it will stick to the waxy crayon. Afterwards we scratch our design into the black paper and uncover all the colors below. It felt like I do was doing scrimshaw rather constructing a mandala. Although I think it was a nice change and kids of all ages will love it. I only had a nail and my compass point to work with but there are tools available with varied thicknesses.

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If you try it, make sure to use some newspaper underneath to catch the bits of black crayon that you scratched off, and let me know how it goes.



Jan 112012

Here are two recent drawings using colored pencil and black paper…and of course my beloved compass:


DSCN3548I have always been intrigued by sacred geometry, and lately I have been enjoying creating Flower of Life mandalas. Drawing this sacred symbol in various ways can fill a lifetime and each time I finish one, I feel more energized and connected to source. The flower of life is a name given to a sacred geometrical figure consisting of evenly spaced over lapping circles. that are arranged so that they form a flower-like pattern with a sixfold symmetry like a hexagon. The center of each circle is on the circumference of six surrounding circles of the same diameter. The Flower of Life contains perfect form, proportion and harmony and is said to contain the patterns of the creation of the Universe. This pattern is thousands of years old and found in many of the world religions.

The Flower of Life symbol shown of the right is an ancient carving set in stone 
at the Temple of Osiris at Abydos, Egypt.

There are many spiritual beliefs associated with the Flower of Life. Depictions of the five Platonic solids (templates from which all life enfolds) are found within the symbol of Metatron’s Cube, which may be derived from the Flower of Life pattern.

Studies of the Flower of Life were found in Leonardo DaVinci’s notebooks.

Studies of the Flower of Life were found in Leonardo DaVinci’s notebooks.

Studies of the Flower of Life were found in Leonardo DaVinci’s notebooks.

Studies of the Flower of Life were found in Leonardo DaVinci’s notebooks.

An ancient carving set in stone 
at the Temple of Osiris at Abydos, Egypt.

An ancient carving set in stone 
at the Temple of Osiris at Abydos, Egypt.

If you are as interested as I am in the Flower of Life, here are three YouTube videos you might like to check out.


Peace and love to everyone, everywhere,




Dec 212011


The winter solstice – the darkest and shortest day of the year – is a time of peaceful reflection. At this time we celebrate the returning of the light. We welcome back the sun, gradually growing in strength until the Summer Solstice. So many cultures and traditions are celebrating at this time, singing and celebrating to awaken the sun and welcome back the light.

This cold and dark time reminds us go within to rekindle our flame in the comfort of our homes and hearths. It is a time to remember and send blessings to those not as fortunate to have a warm home and shelter.

It is also important to remember that people in the Southern Hemisphere will be celebrating their Summer Solstice which is the opposite of our Winter Solstice. By honoring nature’s balance of Yin and Yang, receiving and giving, dark and light, unrevealed and revealed we can understand the true meaning of peace on earth.

This is the prayer I hold for all of you at this time of endings and renewal: May all negative energies, all negative emotions, all negative thoughts and beliefs be removed from you, us, our country, our planet, and uplifted into the highest realms of Light and Love, where they may be transmuted into unconditional Love, for the greater good of all!


The black moment is the moment when the real message of transformation is going to come.

At the darkest moment comes the light.

– Joseph Campbell

Jun 072011

From the four corners of the Earth, the Lotus Goddesses are holding healing energy and purification for our water, air and all of our creations.

Lotus Goddesses Mandala

When one sits in the Hoop Of The People,

one must be responsible because

All of Creation is related.

And the hurt of one is the hurt of all.

And the honor of one is the honor of all.

And whatever we do effects everything in the universe.

If you do it that way – that is,

if you truly join your heart and mind

as One – whatever you ask for,

that’s the Way It’s Going To Be.

– passed down from White Buffalo Calf Woman

Mar 112011

As the seasons change – and the internal, solitary energy of winter starts to fade – the gentle energy of Spring joyfully emerges.

First sprout

The harsh soil of Winter thaws and softens. The seeds stirs in the ground and delicate roots spread out and down. Just as the trees, buds and crocuses start to emerge, my cells feel like they are vibrating and I too feel my energy being refreshed and renewed.

I looked out the door and saw the dove in my blue spruce courting his love. The sparrows in my neighbor’s air conditioner are busy getting their new nest ready. Any feelings of melancholy have been replaced with excitement and renewal. I am ready to spread the roots of what needs to blossom for me this Spring and Summer. What a great time to set intentions for what needs to blossom in you!

This year the equinox falls on March 20th, 7:21 p.m. EDT. On this day, the sun is in the midpoint in the sky and both day and night are 12 hours. Last year I remembered to try and balance an egg on its end and it worked!

Here is a link to the website of a dear friend of mine, Laural Virtues Wauters, that shares more information about the Vernal Equinox and shows some of her beautiful mandalas.

Blessings to all that all blossom beautifully for you this Spring.

Sep 182010

In February, at our last mandala training with Judith Cornell, all of the new interns were required to teach a class. I attended a class with Kaho Koinuma of Hawaii and Japan. She showed us how she created mandalas using gel pens.

Gel Mandala

Over the summer, I created this mandala inspired by Kaho’s work using colored pencils with the addition of gel pens. Thanks Kaho!