Mandalas

I got very into painting Mandalas a few years ago and have utterly embraced it as a form to work with. By their very nature Mandalas are a spiritual tool, a way of accessing hidden areas of the mind, and helping the viewer to achieve a state of peaceful relaxation and so open mindedness. Im very into optical art and visual illusion and paint into my mandalas all sorts of weirdness that aims to trick the eye. What you see at first isnt always what it seems. The colours, shapes & themes I use are all carefully chosen to guide the eye through the painting, the journey, and to hopefully invoke a beautiful and uplifting experience. How much you want to interact with them is of course up to you. If you want you can just look at them as a lovely picture, and let their magick slowly reveal itself over time. More info on Mandalas below.

MANDALAS

I got very into painting Mandalas a few years ago and have utterly embraced it as a form to work with. By their very nature Mandalas are a spiritual tool, a way of accessing hidden areas of the mind, helping the viewer to achieve a state of peaceful relaxation and so open mindedness. Im very into optical art and visual illusion and paint into my Mandalas all sorts of trickery that tricks the eye and puts the mind into a state of wondering.. what is actually real?. The colours, shapes & themes I use are all carefully chosen to guide the eye through the painting, the journey, and to hopefully invoke a beautiful and uplifting experience. How much you want to interact with them is of course up to you. If you want you can just look at them as a beautiful painting, and let their magick slowly reveal itself over time. They are however a powerful images and will warm and energise your home and space.

[img src=http://dreamspaceart.artjournals.co.uk/wp-content/flagallery/mandalas/thumbs/thumbs_24-sky-mandala.jpg]560Sky Mandala
This was one of my earliest Mandalas and is named as it appears to float in the sky.. Copyright 2007 Jo Thilwind, dreamspaceart.com
[img src=http://dreamspaceart.artjournals.co.uk/wp-content/flagallery/mandalas/thumbs/thumbs_23-techno-hell-arggghhh-my-eyes.jpg]400Techno Hell {Arrrggghh my eyes!}
copyright Jo Thilwind 2012. dreamspaceart.com
[img src=http://dreamspaceart.artjournals.co.uk/wp-content/flagallery/mandalas/thumbs/thumbs_22-pinkred-mandala.jpg]430Pink red MAndala
Jo Thilwind C020 Artwork Copies
[img src=http://dreamspaceart.artjournals.co.uk/wp-content/flagallery/mandalas/thumbs/thumbs_20-butterfliesdaisies.jpg]390Butterflies&Daisies
A lovely painting of all things bright and beautiful. summer in all its glory, and the painting really gives off the feeling of a warm summers day. Copyright Jo Thilwind 2011. dreamspaceart.com
[img src=http://dreamspaceart.artjournals.co.uk/wp-content/flagallery/mandalas/thumbs/thumbs_19-wonky-techno-mandala.jpg]490Wonky Techno Mandala
I did this for my lovely friend Griff who's into mad techno spacey things and lasers, in return for designing my new website. He didnt in the end but it was lovely to design with him in mind and do something that hadnt strictly come from me. An interesting way to work for a change. Proper head messing painting, see the stars dropping out of the universe on the right. Copyright Jo Thilwind 2012. dreamspaceart.com
[img src=http://dreamspaceart.artjournals.co.uk/wp-content/flagallery/mandalas/thumbs/thumbs_18-techno-mandala-detail.jpg]450Techno Mandala (closeup)
A close up detail of Techno Mandala. Copyright 2012, Jo Thilwind
[img src=http://dreamspaceart.artjournals.co.uk/wp-content/flagallery/mandalas/thumbs/thumbs_17-techno-mandala.jpg]400Techno Mandala
This painting was inspired by my new pink paint!, I wanted to do something really bright and decided to go with pinks, oranges, reds and gold for full effect!. It appears to move when you look at it like cogs turning. copyright JoThilwind 2010. dreamspaceart.com
[img src=http://dreamspaceart.artjournals.co.uk/wp-content/flagallery/mandalas/thumbs/thumbs_16-herethereotherwhere.jpg]360HereThere&Otherwhere
copyright Jo Thilwind 2012. dreamspaceart.com
[img src=http://dreamspaceart.artjournals.co.uk/wp-content/flagallery/mandalas/thumbs/thumbs_15-rainbow-mandala.jpg]530RAINBOW MANDALA
copyright Jo Thilwind 2011. dreamspaceart.com
[img src=http://dreamspaceart.artjournals.co.uk/wp-content/flagallery/mandalas/thumbs/thumbs_14-hearts-mandala.jpg]520Hearts Mandala
A lovely warm mandala with big juicy hearts in reds and oranges, outlined in gold. ITs a big warm cosy hug of a painting. I'm fascinated by the shapes that appear between the hearts that actually create a mandala pattern in themselves.. Copyright 2012 Jo Thilwind, dreamspaceart
[img src=http://dreamspaceart.artjournals.co.uk/wp-content/flagallery/mandalas/thumbs/thumbs_13-buddha-mandala.jpg]460Buddha Mandala
I painted this after a trip to Sri Lanka, very inspired by the Buddha imagery there {there's a lot!}. I wanted to convey the peaceful vibe of this image and portray the calming magical energy emanating from this great presence, hence the pulses in the sky. Copyright 2009 Jo Thilwind, dreamspaceart
[img src=http://dreamspaceart.artjournals.co.uk/wp-content/flagallery/mandalas/thumbs/thumbs_12-autumn-circle-cycle.jpg]860Autumn Circle Cycle
The colours of autumn leaves, painted in a spiral from bright young green through to dark brown. Copyright 2009 Jo Thilwind, dreamspaceart
[img src=http://dreamspaceart.artjournals.co.uk/wp-content/flagallery/mandalas/thumbs/thumbs_11_eight-gates.jpg]6008 Gates
This was a commission for an exhibition in Dubai. Artists were asked to portray their view of the 8 gates to heaven and this was mine.Copyright Jo Thilwind 2009
[img src=http://dreamspaceart.artjournals.co.uk/wp-content/flagallery/mandalas/thumbs/thumbs_10-eye-of-horus-mandala.jpg]470Eye of Horus Mandala
This has a very Egyptian feel and I studied egyptian art as reference for it. The eye appears to float in 3D in front of the mandala.. Copyright 2010 Jo THilwind, dreamspaceart
[img src=http://dreamspaceart.artjournals.co.uk/wp-content/flagallery/mandalas/thumbs/thumbs_9-ayahuasca-mandala.jpg]500Ayahuasca Mandala
This is a funny painting for me, dont know where it came from, I think I ws just on one, and I rarely paint green as it does my head in. A friend saw this and waas amazed as he had seen a mandala exactly like it floating in the forest in front of him while having a ayahuasca experience in Mexico, so that became its name. Copyright 2008 Jo Thilwind, dreamspaceart
[img src=http://dreamspaceart.artjournals.co.uk/wp-content/flagallery/mandalas/thumbs/thumbs_7-butterfly-mandala-detail.jpg]520
[img src=http://dreamspaceart.artjournals.co.uk/wp-content/flagallery/mandalas/thumbs/thumbs_6-butterfly-mandala.jpg]740Butterfly Mandala
I love this painting. Its so beautiful and the colours remind me of a circus or carnival. I painted a lot of weirdness into this one, and as you study it you will see that a lot of it doesnt make sense and the Butterfly is completely woven into the Mandala. Copyright Jo Thilwind 2011. dreamspaceart.com
[img src=http://dreamspaceart.artjournals.co.uk/wp-content/flagallery/mandalas/thumbs/thumbs_5-lapiz-lazuli-mandala.jpg]550Lapiz Lazuli Mandala
This is a beautiful painting the colour of jewels, and the background {which took as long as the mandala to paint} looks like Lapis Lazuli. Copyright 2009 Jo Thilwind, dreamspaceart.com
[img src=http://dreamspaceart.artjournals.co.uk/wp-content/flagallery/mandalas/thumbs/thumbs_4-gong-mandala.jpg]460Gong Mandala
This has a very Indian feel, which was my intention, but I painted it entirely while listening to Gong,{my favourite band}, and feel very much that the music inspired the painting. Copyright 2012 Jo Thilwind
[img src=http://dreamspaceart.artjournals.co.uk/wp-content/flagallery/mandalas/thumbs/thumbs_3_gothic-mandala.jpg]430Gothic Mandala
This was a commission for my friend Pete. I askd him what things he liked and what inspired him, and the list he gave included gothic architecture, ,I ching, red, water and the colour purple to namea few!. I managed to get almost all of them woven in. I find {as does he}, that you ant really look at the sky unless you kind of hook your eye on the edge of the stone window and look through it. Otherwise your eye just registers a vague blue circle. This painting is also the front cover of Andy Boles new album 'The Glorious Event'. Copyright Jo Thilwind 2011. dreamspaceart.com
[img src=http://dreamspaceart.artjournals.co.uk/wp-content/flagallery/mandalas/thumbs/thumbs_2_flame-mandala-lovepainlove-eclipse-medium.jpg]610FLAME MANDALA {LovePainLove} Eclipse
I did this painting after a heart breaking ending of a sacred relationship. I was devastated and painted it in a frenzy of love, pain and passion. It speaks of the great love and also the pain. The love we had, and the pain of its end, eclipsed all else for a while. This painting in particular seems to pulse as you look at it, and sometimes the flames appear to pour from the centre to the outer edges. Copyright JoThilwind 2012. dreamspaceart.com
[img src=http://dreamspaceart.artjournals.co.uk/wp-content/flagallery/mandalas/thumbs/thumbs_1_planet-gong-through-the-eye-of-the-rainbow-telescope.jpg]610planet gong through The eye of the rainbow telescope
This is my take on the Gong Mandala, a reworking of the bands original logo and I think it takes it to another level. The band have embraced it and it features on their website. It tells of the magic of the planet gong and its energy pulses from the centre of the mandala and out into the sky, then takes you back in to go round again. From here to the planet gong far away in the distant universe then back to 'here'. Love it x Copyright Jo Thilwind 2012

The word Mandala means ‘circle’ in Sanskrit. A  Mandala is a pattern or image on which to meditate. A sacred image which draws attention inward. As you look, and study the patterns, concentrating the mind and allowing the eyes to go soft, the inner focus shifts from outer world distractions.

I believe them to be portals to the realm of the subconcious.

When you attune to a Mandala, with an open and calm mind, you can experience a change in conciousness. Intuitive thought as opposed to intellectual. All Mandalas are circular, that being the most perfect and harmonious of shapes. Having no beginning and no end, it represents the endless cycle of life. Other shapes are of course used, but the circle contains and creates the inner space, a magic circle if you will, a place of power.

Meditation involves relaxation, and although some of my Mandalas initially appear very detailed and involved, the harmonious proportions, balance of colour & rigidly accurate geometry, actually soothe the mind. All seems  how it should be and there is nothing to distract or ‘jar’ the vision. The optical imagery I paint in is designed not to be obvious, but to reveal itself when the viewer is ready and has taken the time to sit and interact with the Mandala.

Symbolism is a powerful tool for the mind as strong associations are created through imagery. When you allow your mind to float freely, you can just absorb the painting and bypass conscious thinking. This will quiten and calm a busy mind, creating a feeling of peace and tranquility.

Many of my Mandalas appear to float in bright summer blue skies, subconciously creating the the  open, warm and free emotions seeing a sky like that brings. I hope they bring you a smile, I hope you enjoy them. x

OUR EYES BELIEVE THEMSELVES, OUR EARS BELIEVE OTHER PEOPLE, BUT OUR INTUITION BELIEVES THE TRUTH OF THE SPIRIT.

 

 


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