From about May 19 – June 2, 2015 I embarked on an ambitious series of 12 paintings entitled “Mandalas in the Abstract.” Up until this time, I created only symmetry, asymmetry, and hyperbolic tessellation styled mandalas. The first bit of inspiration towards the idea of doing abstract mandalas came when I posted Robert Delaunay’s abstract mandala on my Mandala of the Day blog site back on April 13.
Sunnyside Up Cafe in downtown Corvallis invited me to display my art on their shop walls for the month of June. Instead of hanging up art that I displayed there previously, I decided to create new art for this show. And to take it a step further, I decided to create them in a very new-to-me style: abstract.
For a while now, I’ve been following abstract artist, Robert Burridge‘s art and newsletter. On his web site he shares his version of the color wheel along with examples of various abstract composition forms he uses and teaches in his workshops.
I decided to combine both ideas, his color wheel and his composition forms, into one study of 12 paintings using variations in colors, composition and mandala structures.
While painting, I repeatedly let go of negative thoughts that kept popping up in my head such as: this looks like crap, these colors are weird, I don’t know what the hell I’m doing, etc.
In a positively light, I repeatedly reminded myself that…
- I’m new to abstract painting…give me a break
- I’m playing with colors in a new way for me to see what happens
- I’m stretching the envelop of my experience with creating mandalas
- I’m allowing myself to expand and grow into uncharted (at least to me) waters
- and…so what if it looks like crap…that’s what gesso is for
So here it is…my slide show of the 12, 12″x12″ abstract mandala paintings (apologies for the poor quality of the photos):
BTW…I have yet to name these paintings and am open to suggestions in the comments below.
And here’s a video clip of the display: