This mandala started out as a way to use up some leftover acrylic paint from another mandala. You can view the beginnings of the “Fuchsia Mandala” via my Mandala of the Day 267 blog post from September 24, 2017.
Without any forethought, I just laid down the paint on an 8″x8″ canvas in simple 1″ (or so) flower petal-like brush strokes from the center outward. From there I used markers and gel pens to outline and enhance the petals.
When I finished that day, I thought it was done. Apparently, it wants some more enhancements. So I’ll be upgrading this off and on throughout the week.
Fuchsia gets its name from 16th-century German botanist Leonhard Fuchs. The fuchsia plant is named in his honor, and the color was first introduced as the dye fuschine. It became known as magenta in 1859, to mark the French victory at the battle of Magenta, a city in Italy.
In the meaning of colors, magenta represents universal love at its highest level. It promotes compassion, kindness and cooperation and encourages a sense of self respect and contentment in those who use it. Gentle and caring in its approach, it generates acceptance, tolerance, support and patience.
With this new-to-me understanding of this color I sense that this mandala design, in its own sweet and gentle way, encourages us to connect with others in a kind and compassionate manner. At the very least, it inspires us to start by being kind to ourselves and then work our way outward to others.
Follow Fuchsia’s progress via the Mandala of the Day.
About the Mandalas of the Week
Each week I choose one of my existing mandala paintings that wants to be upgraded OR create a new one and post it here. Throughout the week, I paint/draw/color/collage/etc it and post my progress on the Mandala of the Day. I post the upgraded version later in the week.
The Mandala Lady