Sunday, December 27, 2009


impermanence mandalaImpermanence Mandala (Ocean Series) © Sue O'Kieffe
source image: sea foamsea foam

My gift for the holidays was an afternoon at the beach on Christmas Eve. It was a perfect winter day, which for me means sun out/no wind.

The lesson I receive whenever I visit the ocean is that nothing stays the same. The waves roll in, leaving sea foam behind. The bubbles glisten on the sand for a while, then pop pop pop they are gone. To visit the ocean is to learn about impermanence.

Pacific Ocean
This visit to the beach on Christmas Eve day was holy; I got to take in everything offered to me -- the sounds of roaring waves, the smell of fresh salt air, the exhilaration of highly oxygenated air -- and in return I sang back my praises to mighty Pacifica. Give and take ... the tide rolls in and then rolls out. This is the ocean's pulse.

The mandala created from sea foam has 13 points. While some consider 13 to be an unlucky number, others consider it to be a number of new beginnings. It signifies the beginning of a new mandala series. I look forward to exploring the stories the ocean has to offer and sharing them with you.

How do you explore the sacredness in nature?

Sue O'Kieffe
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Judy H in NC said...

I love coming to your site at least once a week and seeing what you have created. I especially like how you show the picture you created the mandala from. It's very interesting. Sometimes, before I look at the original picture I try and guess what it was you photographed and used.

Keep up the good work in the coming year.

spldbch said...

What great themes -- the ocean and impermanence. Beautiful work, as always.

Quilt Architect said...

Loved finding your web blog. I like listening to the ocean as well. Great find. The mandala looks like a star constellation. Both the ocean and space are so large and incomprehensible.

John M. Mora said...

This is a beaut - happy new year, Sue. My best.

Laura Hegfield said...

sue this is infused with ocean-ness for me...I love the lacy almost sparkly quality of this mandala!

Miss Weideman said...

Sue, is your work available for purchase?

Sue O'Kieffe said...

Miss Weideman - My work is available for sale. I hope you see my reply. Contact me via email in the left side bar or go to my Etsy shop.

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