ⓒ Barbara Goodsitt
Peace & Happiness

One of the exercises I give my class is to design a personal mandala. I urge them to work spontaneously, letting their subconscious guide their design and color choices. 
Drawing and painting mandalas can help you to harmonize your harsh emotions, ease your pain, regain your trust in yourself and believe in your life again.  As one who absorbs thoughts and feelings from others, I find creating a mandala as a way of becoming empowered with my own values and common sense.

We also incorporate some color blending techniques into the piece. 
Here are some meanings of color choices:

Red – strength, enthusiasm, passion, willpower, authority, survival.
Yellow – intelligence, curiosity, vigilance, new goals, arrogance.

Orange – vitality, ambition, self-respect, optimism, joy.
Green – change, fertility, rejuvenation, healing, freedom, carefulness
Blue – harmony, contentment, calmness, trust, communication, loyalty
Pink – sensibility, vulnerability, protection, care, unconditional love, melancholy.

Brown – "roots”, stagnation, safety, self-doubt, solidity, suppressed energies.

White – relief, innocence, clarity, timeless. 
Purple – humane, idealistic, spirituality, meditation, passivity, estranged.

Black – loss, depression, fear, secrets, rebirth. 


Teresa Mallen said...

Such a lovely mandala. Do your students reveal theirs or are they kept private? I would imagine that some would contain imagery that is very personal to the creator.

Barbara Goodsitt said...

Thanks Teresa.
I let my students share their art if they wish, but I don't rquire them to do this. Some of them have very meaningful personal imagery, and some are purely decorative.