Friday, November 06, 2009


zen dream mandalaZen Dream Mandala (Exploring the Mystery) © Sue O'Kieffe 2009
source image: fall grass

All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream ~ Edgar Allan Poe

fall grassI love the dream world and associate it with November, when the nights get colder and the veil between ordinary and non-ordinary reality is thin.
This is Samhain, el Dia de los Muertos, Halloween, Celtic New Year time. Spirits, our ancestors and loved ones come and visit. It's a moving powerful time of year.

I love these simple field grasses that show up in autumn; I wish I knew their names. Spirit directed me to use the 3 configuration, which is probably my least favorite , but I love the resulting simple yet powerful painterly quality.

As I was finishing this mandala, I felt my mother's presence behind me, telling me how much she liked it. Red, black and white was her favorite color combination. She left this world ten years ago, and it's been a while since I have noticed her energy around me. It felt good.

I quietly slipped into the Art Every Day Month challenge this year and missed the first few days.
This year I am focusing on things I want to play with and to practice being easy on myself. Sometimes that is the biggest challenge of all!

~Sue O'Kieffe
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Julie Ann Shahin said...

Your mandala reminded me of a diamond right away!!!

Have a grea day!


Anonymous said...

Cool mandalas; neat that you used grass seeds!

Sharon said...

Your mandalas are amazing.

Meredith said...

This is a lovely seasonal mandala. I'll have to pass this on to a friend of mine who also does mandalas :) You do beautiful work.

Happy creating for the AEDM challenge!

Kathryn said...

Your mandalas are really unique! They remind me of kaleidoscopes. Beautiful.

Kathy Ostman-Magnusen & Dennis Magnusen said...

How absolutely BEAUTIFUL.. like a mind and heart travel.. I LOVE it! ~Kathy