New Moon Mandalas

Each month, the Goodwins put out a linear new moon mandala, faithfully at the new moon. I've been fascinated with them and taken to coloring them.

Here's what I have so far:


March 10, 2005


April 17, 2005


May 7, 2005

October 18, 2006


December 20, 2006

September 10, 2007

"New Moon Mandala - Controlled Radiance"


December 9, 2007

I was again inspired by the Mandala of the Month. The square version done, all black lines by Clare Goodwin, all coloring mine, I decided to make a version suitable for print and framing. Either way, by printing via your printer or using a photo site for 8x10, this should result in a version ultimately framable in 8x10:

In this version, I found it best to fade away the outer square border somewhat, so that it doesn't distract from the overall design.

Julia, who is _SO_ knowledgable about things, noticed right away the Islamic influence of the original linear mandala. I think this came from the person who this month has the mandala site of the month. Paul Barchilon is a Sephardic Jew who creates art in the Islamic style. He explains about the Islamic "prohibition to include any kind of representational artwork. The complexity of design they have achieved within those limitations in 1300 years of art has always amazed me, both by how different it is from Western art, and at how incredibly sophisticated it is." A weird synchronicity, I found a link elsewhere to more artwork created within this very restrictive limitation

"New Moon Mandala - Hearts"


(small version of Original by Clare Goodwin)


February 7, 2008

"New Moon Mandala - November 2008"


This version designed to look best on 8x10 (or 8 1/2 x 11 inches or whatever cm equivalent...)

Resource for Mandalas on the web