My sister Sheila posted a challenge:  to create a mandala from objects that you found at home. For my first mandala, I laid out some spoons and forks to create a circular shape. Found a tangerine and some grapes in the refrigerator for the center. Went outside and clipped some ferns, picked up some blossoms, and added them to the silverware. I used some shells that I had collected and nestled them in the curve of the spoons. It was so satisfying and so beautiful. So immediate. I fell in love with this process. I will be posting some of my mandalas and hope that my experience may inspire others to adopt the practice which is very, very easy and so satisfying.

Autumn Foliage

Leaves and ferns collected from our neighborhood in Easthampton yesterday. Truly temporary as today the…

Autumn Foliage

Leaves and ferns collected from our neighborhood in Easthampton yesterday. Truly temporary as today the…

Locavore Mandala

Late tomato, McCowan apples, organic sweet potatoes, organic white potatoes, Asian salad greens Most edibles…

Locavore Mandala

Late tomato, McCowan apples, organic sweet potatoes, organic white potatoes, Asian salad greens Most edibles…

October Garden Mandala

New mandala in the window on Cottage Street. It will be interesting to see how…

October Garden Mandala

New mandala in the window on Cottage Street. It will be interesting to see how…

Autumn Mandala

Seaweed, goldenrod, scallop shells, beach stone, yellow shellEastham, MA2020 On Saturday Mark, Dylan (our son),…

Autumn Mandala

Seaweed, goldenrod, scallop shells, beach stone, yellow shellEastham, MA2020 On Saturday Mark, Dylan (our son),…

September Flower Mandala

Queen Ann’s Lace, hydrangea flowers, corn fronds, cornflowers, goldenrod, purple field flowers Easthampton, MA, 2020…

September Flower Mandala

Queen Ann’s Lace, hydrangea flowers, corn fronds, cornflowers, goldenrod, purple field flowers Easthampton, MA, 2020…

Keepsake Mandala

Small bowl, wooden bracelet from India, tiny heart-shaped bowl, sapphire earrings, engagement ring, glass Buddha…

Keepsake Mandala

Small bowl, wooden bracelet from India, tiny heart-shaped bowl, sapphire earrings, engagement ring, glass Buddha…

Eastham Mandala with Turkey Feathers

Beach stone, gray-green lichen, pine cones, gray beach rocks, shells, wild turkey feathers July 2020…

Eastham Mandala with Turkey Feathers

Beach stone, gray-green lichen, pine cones, gray beach rocks, shells, wild turkey feathers July 2020…

Red Mandala

Glass heart, red wooden balls, yellow wooden balls, dominos, poker chips, plastic circles, wooden pins,…

Red Mandala

Glass heart, red wooden balls, yellow wooden balls, dominos, poker chips, plastic circles, wooden pins,…

Second Bird's Nest

Bird’s nest, pine cones, feathers, wooden balls, lucky rock 2020 A second very well preserved…

Second Bird's Nest

Bird’s nest, pine cones, feathers, wooden balls, lucky rock 2020 A second very well preserved…

Second Eastham

Moss, beach rock, lichen, oak leaves, pine needles 2020 Most of these materials were collected…

Second Eastham

Moss, beach rock, lichen, oak leaves, pine needles 2020 Most of these materials were collected…

First Eastham Mandala

Moss, crab skeleton, pine cones, lichen-covered sticks, shells 2020 The materials for this mandala were…

First Eastham Mandala

Moss, crab skeleton, pine cones, lichen-covered sticks, shells 2020 The materials for this mandala were…

Eastham Mandala

Mark Brown Beach rocks, clamshell, lichen 2020    Mark and I visited our daughter Jen,…

Eastham Mandala

Mark Brown Beach rocks, clamshell, lichen 2020    Mark and I visited our daughter Jen,…

Sewing Mandala

Pincushion, a wreath of buttons, embroidery floss, spools of thread, white buttons 2020    This…

Sewing Mandala

Pincushion, a wreath of buttons, embroidery floss, spools of thread, white buttons 2020    This…

Allium Mandala

Allium heads and stems,  shells, wooden balls 2020 This spring I had a wonderful crop…

Allium Mandala

Allium heads and stems,  shells, wooden balls 2020 This spring I had a wonderful crop…

Ocean Mandala

Dried starfish, shells 2020 The materials for this mandala came from Massachusetts and Georgia. I…

Ocean Mandala

Dried starfish, shells 2020 The materials for this mandala came from Massachusetts and Georgia. I…

Garden Mandala

Garden Mandala Quince blossoms, bridal wreath, Siberian Irises, garden fern May 26, 2020 I created…

Garden Mandala

Garden Mandala Quince blossoms, bridal wreath, Siberian Irises, garden fern May 26, 2020 I created…

Mark's Studio Mandala II

Mark’s studio Mandala II Mark Brown Cookie tin lid, small tins, measuring spoons, washers, poker…

Mark's Studio Mandala II

Mark’s studio Mandala II Mark Brown Cookie tin lid, small tins, measuring spoons, washers, poker…

Marks Studio Mandala

Mark’s Studio Mandala Susan and Mark Wrenches, circular saws, nuts, washers, gray painted wooden circles…

Marks Studio Mandala

Mark’s Studio Mandala Susan and Mark Wrenches, circular saws, nuts, washers, gray painted wooden circles…

Prentiss Mandala

Prentiss Mandala- Wooden cask top, pincushion, spools of thread, embroidery floss, Christmas ornaments made from…

Prentiss Mandala

Prentiss Mandala- Wooden cask top, pincushion, spools of thread, embroidery floss, Christmas ornaments made from…

Driftwood Mandala

Driftwood Mandala- Found Mandala, tree root Jekyll Island, Driftwood Beach, Georgia, April 2020 During our…

Driftwood Mandala

Driftwood Mandala- Found Mandala, tree root Jekyll Island, Driftwood Beach, Georgia, April 2020 During our…

First Birds Nest Mandala

First Bird’s Nest Mandala- Bird’s nest, pine cones, feathers, shells, lucky rock Easthampton, Massachusetts, May…

First Birds Nest Mandala

First Bird’s Nest Mandala- Bird’s nest, pine cones, feathers, shells, lucky rock Easthampton, Massachusetts, May…

Song of the South II

Song of the South II, Simplified version Georgia, 2020

Song of the South II

Song of the South II, Simplified version Georgia, 2020

Song of the South

Song of the South- Palmetto fronds, Spanish moss, fern, flowers, butterfly weed, tangerine Saint Simons…

Song of the South

Song of the South- Palmetto fronds, Spanish moss, fern, flowers, butterfly weed, tangerine Saint Simons…

Gifts from the sea

Gifts from the Sea-  Dune grass stems, feathers, shells, live oak leaves Georgia, April 2020…

Gifts from the sea

Gifts from the Sea-  Dune grass stems, feathers, shells, live oak leaves Georgia, April 2020…

First Georgia Mandala

First Georgia Mandala Silverware, tangerine, grapes, flowers, ferns, shells Saint Simons Island, Georgia April 2020…

First Georgia Mandala

First Georgia Mandala Silverware, tangerine, grapes, flowers, ferns, shells Saint Simons Island, Georgia April 2020…