"Mandala" is Sanskrit for "circle". Mandala artwork is meant to be spiritually reflective while being relaxing to create. The repetitive pattern work in a mandala allows the artist to focus on their thoughts while they create something beautiful.
We always include artistic techniques and terminology during our class conversations. For this class, we will discuss symbols in art, color relationships and the use of alternative supplies.
Like all of our Knoe Studios Paint Party designs, this artwork was designed and created by the Instructor, Emily Knoe. The inspiration was the order of creation in Genesis, hence the name "The Beginning". This time of year is so appropriate to reflect on this, as Rosh Hashannah (the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve on the Jewish calendar) has just passed.
In the center of the mandala, you'll see a black circle, representing the void and chaos at the beginning. In the first inner ring of the mandala, which looks a bit like a corona-effect, you'll see the alternating white and black, symbolizing the separation of day and night. The second inner ring shows two shades of blue, the darker shade in an obvious ocean-like wave pattern. This represents the separation of the waters. After this, emerges a leaf and pomegranate motif that hearken back to ancient Mesopotamian motifs. This symbolizes the vegetation and seed-bearing fruits. The next ring has a golden stripe pattern as an emblem of the sun. In this same ring is also stars and moons. Emily specifically included 8 moons in the design, as their are 8 lunar cycles. You may also notice that the star is an ancient design called the Star of David. After these, come birds and fish, represented by the stylized scale/feather of the next ring. The final ring is written in Hebrew, "Adam Eve".
We hope you will be able to make it to the paint party on October 10th. We are excited to hold this event at Velo Creek Bike and Brew. Refreshments will be available for purchase through the Velo Creek coffee shop.
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