Mandala Gallery ll

All of the designs except the very last one, were created by Marc Bove:

Although I colored all of them, the very final image is my first attempt at creating a free-hand mandala ( Sorry Marc, I just had to try it). The precision and geometry of Marc’s designs are far beyond my ken. I did take a Drafting class when I was a sophomore in high school, but suffice to say, that was a long long time ago.

Each image has been given a title and you can find that by running your mouse across the specific Mandala. You may get a larger view of the image by simply clicking on it.

From the beginning of my experience of coloring Mandalas, I have grown more and more convinced that these images are another form of poetry and music. That became even more concrete as I put this second gallery together and found words forming in my head. Some of them already have bits of poetry attached and more seem to be on the way. You may even get to share some of that in the New Year. Stranger things have come to pass, lol.


10 Responses to Mandala Gallery ll

  1. Susan B. says:

    Wonderful images! On a cold and nasty day they warmed me. Who knew that coloring could be an adult activity?


  2. 1sojournal says:

    Putting this together yesterday, made me feel like I had been given a ‘snow day’. Surrounding myself with all of this color and beauty was both healing and inspiring. I love it when that happens. Maybe the Gallery is my ‘snow angel’ left for others to find and smile about. Coloring these images has given me so much pleasure and contentment. We adults really need to stay in touch with that child that dwells in each of us. The results can be fantastic.

    Thanks for stopping and commenting, Susan,



  3. Marc Bove says:

    I was hardly able to take my eyes off your colours…Your interpretations of my designs are simply wonderful and moving. I never imagined it could be possible to get so much harmony out of my drawings. Therefore, as I am totally unable to colour them…I could find it a bit frustrating. You and I are at each end of the planet and nevertheless we can share something.
    Thanks a lot.
    Marc Bove


  4. 1sojournal says:

    Thanks so much for taking a look, and my apologies for any frustration it might have engendered. You do something I can not, and I do something you can’t. But, when our ‘can’ts’ come together they make a moment of beauty and harmony that might open the door for many others who might of thought they couldn’t. Personally, I think that’s a rare and incredible gift and concrete proof that the world is much smaller and far more connected than we might imagine.

    Thank you for your gift and for sharing it with me. I can only look forward to even more…



  5. These are truly beautiful. What a wonderful joining of two talents. I do love your free form though. Softer and flowing. Alice


  6. 1sojournal says:

    Thank you Alice,

    I am particular to both and find that I radiate toward one or the other at specific times. I find them healing and calming. Started out looking for a bit of easy fun and found an entire world of active meditation, I would not have known otherwise. Then realized that the poet in me wanted a piece of the action. I love how it all comes together.



  7. stillevolving says:

    Hi Elizabeth-

    I am finally getting some time to read more of your blogs and getting to know you. These mandalas are beautiful. I agree that coloring is magic for children of any age.

    Actually, seeing these brought back a special, rather funny memory. When I was in my 20’s, I taught in a daycare center in NYC. One day the art teacher was out and asked me to cover for him. I had my Dover publishing co.’s coloring book of mandalas, so I made some copies and a number of 3 and 4 year olds and I spent time coloring these amazing designs.

    Thanks for your designs and thanks for sparking that memory.



  8. 1sojournal says:

    Hi Jane,

    good to see you here and thanks for your kind comments. I like your story and actually the man who designs these Mandalas has one that is very similar and explains how he eventually got into the designing aspect of the images. I love it when those kinds of connections happen.

    Many of the Mandalas are titled because of what goes through my head when I am coloring them or now, drawing them free-hand. Amazingly enough, others seem to find those titles very appropriate as well. What I love best of all is when I begin to hear bits of poetry forming before I even finish the image. Some of those will be presented here as posts on the blog.

    Thanks for stopping by and happy reading. Hope to hear from you soon,



  9. Becca Givens says:

    Amazing – simply amazing! I love your attention to detail and eye for colors and shades of coloring. Bravo!!

    Becca, I love playing with colors and feel they speak to those who would listen. Glad you enjoyed,



  10. aloha Elizabeth. others have noted your sense of color. I agree. you have a beautiful sense of color. it also appears to me (via these mandalas) that in your process of color application you slip into a meditative state (or possibly near meditative state). I believe that to be at least part of the intent of mandala creation. a creation of which you are enjoining—as collaboration, with Marc Bove as you bring color to his shapes.

    your own mandala works beautifully as well (imo). it stands out as different only because it is one of a kind whereas the others are all unified in the collaborative making. I have no doubt that when you continue to create your own, you will find your series to be uniquely you and in the body of numbers to be validated and beautiful. it is (again imo) just like writing. when we get into the daily practice of it, we find our own way. and pattern. and voice. I like that. I think you already have these in terms of mandala making. it is not so visible only because you have yet to create them (or possibly present them) as a body of creations.

    fun. because I like and play with color and the visual too. aloha.


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