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Healing Lotus colored pencil drawing

Healing Lotus Rainbow Yin Yang Mandala Drawing

The original artwork titled “Healing Lotus” was created on April 26, 2009 with Prismacolor colored pencils on Strathmore drawing paper, 8″ x 10″. It was drawn in a time period where I created many mandala drawings. This unique drawing features a psychedelic mandala with a central yin yang of red and blue, surrounded by rainbow colored lotus petals radiating outward in a spiral pattern. Outside the mandala are rainbow lines and rays of sunshine which appear to be coming from within the mandala itself. A larger version of this artwork can be seen in my Portfolio gallery on my website.

Mandala

A mandala is a geometric symbol, often circle shaped, and is a key feature in sacred geometry. Mandala is the sanksrit word for “circle”, and they typically represent the cosmos and the symbolism of the mind and body internal universe. Mandalas are commonly seen in east Asian artwork and religious paintings, although they can often feature in Christian artwork as well as religious symbolism artwork throughout the world. Mandalas are often used for meditating, and this one can heal the heart and rejuvenate the spirit.

Yin Yang

The central yin yang represents balance within the spirit as well as outside in your interactions with others. The Yin Yang symbol comes from the ancient Chinese concept of dualism, and is a key component of Taoist philosophy. The yin yang symbol represents the balance of forces in the universe, such as light and dark, masculine and feminine, death and birth. The yin yang represents how opposite forces are actually complementary to each other, and necessary for each other’s existence. They are typically represented as a black and white symbol, but in this drawing I chose to represent it with red and blue.

The Chakras

The rainbow colored lotus petals represent the colors of the chakra. Although there are actually seven chakras, I chose to draw eight lotus petals to give the mandala symmetry. Each color represents a specific chakra, from red to purple, that flows from the bottom to the top of the body. Red is the root chakra, which is found at the base of the spine, and represents your ground. Orange is the sacral chakra, which is located near the navel, and represents sexuality and creativity. Yellow is the solar plexus chakra, which is located in the middle of the abdomen, and represents confidence. Green is the heart chakra, located in the center of the chest, and represents compassion and empathy. Blue is the throat chakra, located in the center of the neck, and represents communication and self-expression. Indigo/violet is the third eye chakra, located in the center of the forehead between the eyebrows, and represents wisdom and intuition. Finally, purple/magenta is the crown chakra, which is located two inches above the head, and enlightenment and a higher state of consciousness.

In this mandala there is an extra green petal, more of a teal color, halfway between green and blue. This extra green petal was added in to give extra healing power to the heart chakra. The chakras are found on lotus petals that radiate outwards from the center in a spiral pattern. The lotus flower is a powerful and ancient symbol of divine perfection. The lotus represents the ability to gain control of the energy flowing through the chakras. The rainbow lines and beams of light emanating from the outer wall of the mandala circle represents releasing positive energy to the universe.


Buy a Print of Healing Lotus

This unique and beautiful artwork is available for purchase as an art print and other merchandise in my online stores.  Please read about the stores below and learn about which products are available in each store.

Healing Lotus Wall Art

Healing Lotus Wall Art

FineArtAmerica – High Quality Wall Art and Home Decor

For high quality fine art prints and home decor items, please visit my FineArtAmerica/Pixels store. This artwork is available to purchase as a variety of fine art prints wall art options, such as giclee paper prints, framed prints, stretched canvas prints, metal prints, acrylic prints, wood prints, and tapestries. Each print medium comes with multiple sizes to choose from and many other options to suit your home decor needs and tastes. Paper giclee prints come in your choice of 8 paper types, including archival matte, glossy, luster, and metallic papers. There are hundreds of options for frame and mat color and style. Canvas prints have five choices for wrap style, and come in glossy or matte finishes. Wall tapestries are made from polyester fabric and come in three size options.

You can also purchase home decor items, such as fleece throw blankets, sherpa blankets, duvet covers, shower curtains, beach and bath towels, throw pillows, and coffee mugs. Other gift products include cell phone cases, jigsaw puzzles, tote bags, greeting cards, spiral notebooks, face masks, and t-shirts in this store.

Healing Lotus apparel

Healing Lotus apparel

RedBubble Store – Beautiful Apparel and Gifts

In my RedBubble store you can find unique gifts and products for purchase for yourself or a loved one. In this store are many wall art options, including art prints, art boards, canvas mounted prints, stretched canvas prints, framed art prints, metal prints, photographic paper prints, posters, wood mounted prints, and wall tapestries. They have fewer sizes and options than the FineArtAmerica store listed above, but still offer a decent selection of wall art at affordable prices.

Redbubble is well known for their amazing selection of apparel and clothing options for men, women and kids. Their options for clothing includes the following: active t-shirts, baseball shirts, classic t-shirts, graphic shirts, lightweight hoodies, lightweight sweatshirts, long sleeve shirts, long shirts (for big and tall people), premium t-shirts, pullover hoodies, pullover sweatshirts, racerback tank tops, sleeveless top, essential shirts, tank tops, tri-blend shirts, v-neck shirts, zipped hoodie, A-line dress, chiffon tops, fitted scoop neck shirt, fitted shirt, fitted v-neck, graphic dress, leggings, mini skirt, premium scoop neck shirt, relaxed fit shirt, kids and baby clothes, and socks.

Other products available include home decor items such as acrylic blocks, bath mats, wall clocks, coaster sets, comforters, duvet covers, fleece throws, shower curtains, throw pillows, floor pillows, travel mugs, water bottles, and fridge magnets.

Other gifts and products include die-cut vinyl stickers, laptop skins and sleeves, iPad and iPhone cases, postcards, greeting cards, drawstring bags, pin back buttons, scarves, hardcover journals, jigsaw puzzles, and aprons.

Healing Lotus fleece blanket

Healing Lotus fleece blanket

Zazzle – Unique Gifts, Stationery, and Kitchen Decor

My Zazzle store is filled with products that can be found nowhere else, including many stationery products and kitchen and dining decor, and they all make amazing gifts for a friend or family.  In this store you can find garden flags, playing cards, paper stickers, address labels, full-size spiral notebooks, weekly planners, pocket folders, specialty mugs, shot glasses, pint size drinking glasses, acrylic tumblers, stainless steel water bottles, kitchen tea towels, flexible fridge magnets, stone coasters, candy tins, reusable grocery bags, ceramic and acrylic ornaments, baby blankets, and jigsaw puzzles.

Inner Strength Psychedelic Sri Yantra Mandala

This vibrant mandala titled “Inner Strength” was created on January 29, 2009.  It is drawn with Prismacolor colored pencils on Strathmore drawing paper, and measures 18″ x 18″.  It is present in the Psychedelic Gallery of my online portfolio. A larger version of the drawing can be seen on m webpage here: Inner Strength. It was hand drawn using a ruler, protractor, compass, and drawing instructions from this website – How To Draw a Sri Yantra. A psychedelic tiger’s face emerges from the Sri Yantra, a Hindu symbol of meditation and enlightenment.  Two layers of lotus petals in rainbow colors encircle the main mandala.

About the Sri Yantra

The Sri Yantra, or Sri Chakra, features nine interlocking triangles with a central point called the “bindu”.  It is one of the most popular symbols of Sacred Geometry, and is used in the Shri Vidya school of Hinduism. It is said to be the “mother of all yantras”. The triangles represent the cosmos, as well as the human body. Another name for the sri yanta is the Navayoni Chakra, which refers to the nine triangles. The nine main triangles overlap to form 43 smaller triangles of various sizes, in five levels. The upwards facing triangles represent the masculine form, while the downward pointing triangles represent the feminine form. There are nine levels total, including the five triangle levels, the Bindu at the center, the inner and outer lotus rings, and the outer square with portals (missing from the drawing). Each of these levels has a special symbolic meaning and name. You can read more about this on the Wikipedia page about the Sri Yantra.

Inspiration for the Drawing

This Inner Strength mandala was created at a time when I was drawing lots of mandalas, mostly inspired by Asian and Celtic symbolism.  The Sri Yantra is considered one of the most difficult mandalas to draw by hand, and I wanted the challenge of creating it.  I chose a very large size of paper, since there are so many details.  I initially practiced on a smaller piece of paper before moving onto a larger size.  I wanted to make this mandala my own, so I put my own signature designs on it, including the psychedelic rainbow colors, paisley-like designs in the lotus petals, and the alternating colors.  The tiger’s face was chosen to make the yantra more dynamic, and the Ohm symbol was added as a symbol of enlightenment.  The only thing missing from this drawing was the “gate” on the outside, and that was because I ran out of room on the paper. That makes this Sri Yantra incomplete.

Inner Strength

Inner Strength

Where to Purchase Prints and Other Merch

This is one of my earliest designs, and is available for purchase as a print and on other products in my online stores. Please continue reading to learn more.

If you desire to have this artwork as a print to hang in your home or office, then please visit my FineArtAmerica store.  This Inner Strength design is available as many different types of art prints.  Choose from paper giclee prints, stretched canvas prints, and prints on acrylic, metal, and wood.  Each print has many sizes to choose from, from 8″ x 8″ to 48″ x 48″. For the paper prints, there are hundreds of options for framing and mat colors. The canvas prints have many options for wrap and even framing, and come ready to hang.  You can also choose other products from this store, such as cell phone cases, coffee mugs, wall tapestries, fleece blankets, beach towels, throw pillows, tote bags, t-shirts and much more.

In my RedBubble Store, you will find many other unique products with this artwork. In addition to prints and other home decor products, there are a wide variety of unique gifts.  There are many apparel options. Also choose from acrylic blocks, coasters, die-cut vinyl stickers, die-cut magnets, face masks in many sizes, laptop sleeves and skins, phone cases, wall clocks, bath mats and shower curtains, duvet covers and comforters, fleece blankets, pin-back buttons, and socks.

And last, in my Zazzle Store are lots of cool and unique products that are found nowhere else.  These products include glassware, keychains, ornaments, two-tone mugs, glass paperweights, grocery bags, tumblers, and luggage tags.

Chinese Phoenix and Dragon Mandala

This artwork, titled “Phoenix and Dragon”, was created on September 12, 2007.  It was created with pastel pencils on a sheet of 30″ x 40″ black paper.  It is the largest drawing I have done to date. A larger image can be seen in my portfolio here: Phoenix and Dragon

In this drawing, a silver Chinese Dragon creates a fiery Phoenix Bird from his flames as they fly around a sun mandala among clouds and fire.  In Chinese mythological literature, the dragon represents the Yang, or masculine, and the phoenix represents the Yin, or feminine.  They complement one another and create balance in the universe. When together, they are symbols of marital happiness and harmony.

Phoenix and Dragon

Phoenix and Dragon

This was created when I was really into mandalas, hence the incorporation of the sun mandala in the background.  The dragon and phoenix represent yin and yang, fire and ice, silver and gold.  The dragon itself was based off of Chinese dragons, but drawn in my own style. However, Chinese dragons do not breathe fire, as they are actually associated with water.  The phoenix in the drawing is more in the Western style, rather than the Chinese fenghuang, which is typically more peacock-like in shape and with rainbow colors.  So this drawing can also represent East and West, with the Western Phoenix on the left (west) and Eastern Dragon on the right (east).  The sun mandala in the background also doubles as a compass rose, with the main points (north, south, east, and west) as the larger “flames” of the mandala points.  There are a lot of layers of symbolism in this drawing, and it is open to the interpretation of the viewer.

Above you can see close up views of this drawing.  You can appreciate the metallic sheen of the dragon’s scales, the many colors in the flames, and the details in the sun mandala.

This artwork is currently available in my online stores as an art print and more.  Please read below for more information.

The best place to purchase as an art print is my Pixels.com store.  Here, you can choose from many print options, including giclee paper prints, posters, canvas, acrylic, metal, wood and tapestries.  There are hundreds of options for framing and mat colors, and also many sizes to choose from.  You can also get other products such as tote bags, throw pillows, blankets, and coffee mugs.

In my RedBubble Store, this artwork can be purchased on many apparel options, and as a sticker, prints, home decor, and cool gift ideas.

Psychedelic Dragons Rainbow Mandala Drawing

Originally titled “Epiphany”, now titled “Psychedelic Dragons Rainbow Mandala”, this drawing was one of my earliest psychedelic artworks. It was completed on March 31, 2007, and was created with Prismacolor colored pencils on drawing paper. A larger version of this drawing can be seen in my portfolio gallery – Epiphany.

Celtic Mandala and Triskelion Symbolism

It was heavily influenced by sacred geometry and ancient Celtic artwork designs and symbolism. It is a complicated and many layered geometric mandala based on the Celtic triskele (or triskelion). A triskelion is an abstract figure consisting of three spirals that have radial symmetry.

The central figure of this drawing is a triskele of three groups of four fish, with blue, green, yellow and red coloration, overlaid on abstract spiral designs. There is a triquetra or Trinity Knot in the very middle between the fish tails. An inner border consists of three Chinese dragons overlaid on a golden abstract design with spirals. An outer border consists of a ring of rainbow colored Celtic waves. Outside of the wave border is a light yellow circle with sun rays reaching out.  Encircling that is a golden colored belt which is just out of the drawing, with more waves and spirals, on top of multicolored psychedelic dragon scales.  Many layers, very complicated.

Psychedelic Dragons Rainbow Mandala closeup

Psychedelic Dragons Rainbow Mandala closeup

The Myth of The Koi Fish and the Waterfall

Although while I was drawing this it was just to create a cool design with dragons and rainbows, the mandala itself can be said to be loosely based on the Chinese myth about the koi fish who swim up a waterfall and turn into dragons. The story goes that a group of koi fish were swimming in the Yellow River in China, going upstream against the current. When they reached the waterfall at the end of the river, they encountered a waterfall, and many of the koi fish turned back. A few koi fish remained, and they leaped and swam hard against the waterfall, trying to reach the top. One day, after a hundred years of swimming and leaping, one koi fish managed to make it to the top of the waterfall. To reward the koi fish for his perseverance, the gods transformed him into a dragon.

This drawing was created at a period of time that I was fascinated by Celtic artwork and mandalas.  I created several psychedelic mandalas during this time period.  I really love the symbolism involved, and the sense of peace and meditation while creating these fascinating geometric forms. I wish I had created more.  The reason I stopped is because I honestly had trouble coming up with unique and original ideas.  I didn’t want to seem like I was just copying other people’s work.

Art Prints and Gifts

T-shirts and more

This artwork is available in all of my online stores for purchase as an art print and on merchandise. You can purchase this as an art print in my FineArtAmerica store. Home decor, gifts, t-shirts and vinyl stickers are available in my RedBubble store. My Zazzle Store has keychains, coasters, mouse pads, and other cool stuff.