If asked what my first love is, my answer is Nature. And I love sharing her with others through writing, photography or a walk in the woods. Several years ago my muse found a creative outlet and a new way to share Nature’s beauty. First came the mandalas, then little holiday angels, followed by little petal girls and fairies. Enjoy a sampler of my efforts in botanical play art! Below is a sampler of the fun I had the first few years creating art with botanicals. More recent Flora Mandalas can be found on page 2: Mandalas II
Mandalas have been used throughout history in most cultures for meditations, healing, and for spiritual ceremonies. For me they remind me to focus on what is front me, whether a creative project, a mundane task, a person needing to be heard. They remind me everything is transitory. I create them and within hours they’ve blown away, shriveled up, been made into tea, or gone off to the compost pile! They keep me connected to Nature’s aesthetics and provide a way to share that connection with others. I also share them on Instagram, Facebook, where they often have tiny tales, or quotes, to accompany them and here on my blog. As the seasons change I’ve discovered new treasures in the woods, give new life to the blooms in old bouquets, or fading garden flowers so I can continue to play through out the seasons with this ancient, healing art form!
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These little fairies and angels started to appear!