Wednesday, November 18, 2009


Honoring Autumn MandalaHonoring Autumn Mandala (Autumn Circle Series) © Sue O'Kieffe 2009
source image: pear tree branches

God is the experience of looking at a tree & saying, "Ah!" ~Joseph Campbell

I took this photo of an elder pear tree covered in lichen a couple of weeks ago during that yummy golden hour when the world is filled in magical light.

I love the way the textures and light was captured in this mandala. I've never created a mandala with nine points before either. How perfect for Art Every Day Month.

Susanne Fincher writes about the significance of the number nine in one of my favorite books, Creating Mandalas:

Symbolism associated with the number nine expresses mysterious realities of human existence. We are creatures of different levels. We are physical beings who think and have souls. Nine in our mandalas may suggest the fact that we live a more complete existence when we integrate all three: the physical, the mental, and the spiritual.The number nine symbolized truth in mystic Hebrew tradition. Perhaps it appears in our mandalas to remind us of our own true nature. (p. 107)

Last night when this mandala was finished, I sat for a long time and soaked in the mandala's energy. It was just what I needed after a frustrating day. I hope you enjoy the glow of autumn light that's celebrated here. Do you feel the uplifting exciting energy of nine? I'd love to know what you see and feel in this mandala.

Thank you, Venerable Pear Tree, for sharing your gifts with us.

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Honoring Autumn Mandala



Julie Jordan Scott said...

This is so gorgeous! It looks like a living kaleidoscope. So glad you shared it with us participating in Art Every Day Month!

Diane M. McKnight, MA, LMSW, Art Therapist/Psychotherapist/Artist said...

Nice autumn Mandala Sue. And a great quote by Susanne. I still want to take her week long workshop in GA, but it always falls during my summer residency for my MA in Art Therapy. One day soon.

Wendy Edsall-Kerwin said...

This mandala looks like it should feel fuzzy, like it's made out of chenille. It's warm and inviting, like a favorite pillow or blanket.

Unknown said...

Stunning. Just stunning

Leah said...

beautiful work, sue! this one reminded me of bumble bees. :-)

John M. Mora said...

Hey, for once I can say, "what a great pear."

Amazing emergy and three dimensionality.

Thanks for takin' a train ride.