I had this beautiful hand carved set of wooden bowls that just called to have some mandalas painted on them. I am not sure what kind of wood it is but they are definately good quality bowls.
I love nature and all natural things. I thought about the tree that gave us this bowl and wanted to paint in honour of it. Trees are living beings and they have great power and energy. Native Americans often referred to trees as the “Standing People.” I believe that each tree has special gifts and lessons to share with us.
This is the first mandala bowl I have painted. I think my bowl was a tree queen!!! I felt honoured to do this so I wanted to create something that I wanted to create something that felt Regal and Tribal. The ulimate boho Queen would totally have this bowl in her tent, on her altar... I used some gold leaf paint to add a texture and a vintage twist to the outside of the bowl so it has a shimmer as the light catches it. I then, used black, linen and gold metallic acrylic paints to paint the mandala.
I chose to do a dotty mandala which is a dot on a dot on a dot on dot, arranged into a geometric pattern. Circles, cycles, this is a good representation of life force energy.
"The circle is a universal symbol with extensive meaning. It represents the notions of totality, wholeness, original perfection, the Self, the infinite, eternity, timelessness, all cyclic movement, God ('God is a circle whose centre is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere' (Hermes Trismegistus)). As the sun, it is masculine power; as the soul and as encircling waters, it is the feminine maternal principle. "It implies an idea of movement, and symbolizes the cycle of time, the per petual motion of everything that moves, the planets' journey around the sun (the circle of the zodiac), the great rhythm of the universe. The circle is also zero in our system of numbering, and symbolizes potential, or the embryo. It has a magical value as a protective agent, ... and indicates the end of the process of individuation, of striving towards a psychic wholeness and self-realization" (Julien, 71).
Bowl measures 6 inch diameter