Week 7: Garden Delight

“Garden Delight”

Garden Delight Mandala

For this mandala design, I created one full-color version using markers

Garden Delight Mandala
Garden Delight Mandala – 7″ Diameter

This hyperbolic tessellation mandala features turquoise flowers and orange butterflies, with purple bodies and blue orbs on their wings; all of which help to make a garden delightful…hence the name “Garden Delight”. I used fine-point markers to color this version of Garden Delight.

A Hyperbolic Tessellation, in simple terms, consists of repeated, uniform patterns, starting from the center, going outward as if on a beach ball, representing a 3D spherical effect on a flat 2D surface. The pattern becomes smaller, curved and skewed as it expands outward until it turns into a circular outline.

The Message

This mandala asks us to look beyond the obvious, to take a second and maybe even third look at what’s being presented to us in order to see beyond our initial impression. It begs the question: what’s really going on here?

At first glance this mandala appears to have a flower in the center which is then skewed and shrunken as it repeats around the circle and outward to the edge. Upon closer inspection, the ‘petals’ of these flowers look like abstract butterflies with green bodies and blue orbs on the wings. Upon closer inspection again, shift the focus over one segment to see a different set of butterflies come into view with their purple heads and bodies. This time while still having blue orbs on their wings they now appear to span outward.

Like this mandala, how often have we experienced an event that looked one way to us only to find out later that it was something completely different. For instance someone crying can sometimes look like someone laughing. Someone appearing to be mean or hurtful may really be someone who is suffering some form of emotional pain. Something that looks like a bad experience may really be a great opportunity.

We’re being asked to take in what’s going on around us at first glance and then to look again from a different perspective. Before we jump into action based on our first impression, take a moment to go deeper than the obvious, by seeking answers to these questions:

  • Is all that is before us, really as it appears?
  • Can we see this differently?
  • What’s really going on here?

We may be pleasantly surprised by the answers.


Where You Can Find “Garden Delight”

Original Artwork

  • Available for Sale

Etsy Shop

ArtFlakes Shop

CafePress Shop

  • Garden Delight Collection
    • Full-Color Clothing (shirts, jackets, etc)
    • Greeting Cards (5×7, 4×6, w & w/o message): Full-Color, B/W Cards to Color
    • Prints and Gift Items

Red Bubble Shop

  • Garden Delight Collection
    • Color-Your-Own Cards – w/ and w/o affirmation
    • Paint-Your-Own T-Shirt (black design on light t-shirts)
    • T-Shirts: White designs on Dark T-shirts
    • Paint/Color-Your-Own Prints (black design on white canvas or print)
    • Full Color Square Prints

Zazzle Shop

  • Garden Delight Collection
    • Mugs: Paint-Your-Own and Full-Color (w/ or w/o message)
    • Full Color Greeting Cards (w/ and w/o affirmation)
    • Color-Your-Own Greeting Cards (w/ and w/o affirmation)
    • White Mandala on Dark Grey Greeting Cards
    • Full Color Pendants (w/o affirmation)

Want “Garden Delight” On a Different Product?

While viewing these shops, if you prefer “Garden Delight” to be on a different product, let me know. I’m happy to accommodate other options/ideas.

Thank you for your consideration and your continued support.

joyfully, Maureen
The Mandala Lady


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