Mandala Stone #4

Fragile silken petals
blue with knowing
reach in opposing

Always supported
by green growth
on which they
are dependent.

Elizabeth Crawford  6/4/11

Notes: This is not one of Marc’s drawings. This is a free hand design I created myself and have now digitalized. Although I love the balance to be found in the geometric lines of the more formal Mandalas, I believe that life is often a bit more random and chaotic.

Please feel free to respond with your own thoughts or  verse, either here in the comments section, or on your own blog. Leave your URL, so that I can come and see it.


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Loves words and language. Dances on paper to her own inner music. Loves to share and keeps several blogs to facilitate that. They can be found here:
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11 Responses to Mandala Stone #4

  1. Yes, the radial design is formal. I was working on one the other day, but put it aside, for fear it wasn’t working. I love this piece. You speak of color with depth of meaning, color speaks.


  2. So beautiful, both words and image, Elizabeth. That is a really beautiful design, a soothing blue.


    • 1sojournal says:

      Sherry, after doing all those geometric designs, I had to try it free hand. Breaking the rules is a definite corner stone of my existence. Glad you like it,



  3. Renee Espriu says:

    This image gives an almost surreal look of being under water or of a beautiful piece of blown glass. Your words bring it to life.


  4. 1sojournal says:

    Thank you Renee, although my process here is opposite of yours, I have also done the words first then looked for an image. This image was a break out for me, so it remains a favorite,



  5. Diddums says:

    AH HA! A digital Mandala. 🙂


    • 1sojournal says:

      Ahh Diddums, I have missed you. And yes, I finally got brave enough to try some things. I have a long way to go, but am actually enjoying the process. It allowed me to finally put some backgrounds on the Mandalas, something I had pretty much given up attempting altogether. But, then I had to try a few effects. What a wonderful surprise, and not just the Mandalas, but your presence here. It is so good to see you,



      • Diddums says:

        Yes, I was missing you too. I seemed to fall by the wayside for a while. 😦 I think now that I’m blogging from the bigger machine than from the cramped, slow, little one, I might get into it again.

        One of the things I like about digital pictures is that we can keep things in different stages, go back to a previous state, undo something that doesn’t look so good, or try a different version. It’s reassuring. 🙂

        One of the best aspects of digital art is the lack of clean up and mess when doing it. I think, once I realized all of the advantages, I sort of dug in to learn whatever I was willing to try, lol. And it has been a very full and hectic year all the way around. I feel that I simply got lost for a time, just trying to adjust and find my feet again. Just very glad to see you here,



  6. Tilly Bud says:

    Gorgeous picture.


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