Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Destinys Guide - A Mandala Design Watercolor Painting

"In this world you've a soul for a compass;  And a heart for a pair of wings
There's a star on the far horizon; Rising bright in an azure sky
For the rest of the time that you're given; Why walk when you can fly?"
   ~Mary Chapin Carpenter

©Destinys Guide - Watercolor, Size:10" x 10.5"
   Laura Leeder, Nov.28, 2011

This decorative design is called a Mandala.  The pattern for this one was created by Win Dinn, a Mixed media artist and Instructor who resides here in the Creston Valley.  She has created a coloring book for adults, with 24 tempting patterns to play with. 

When leafing through her book, I was drawn to this one in particular and knew that I wanted to use its design in a watercolor painting.  The result is this beautiful piece!  (can you tell that I'm pleased with it?) 

Win describes Mandalas as "a form of art used by Tibetan monks to focus their thought and foster a state of meditation.  Use them to express yourself, reduce stress and rekindle creativity."

I certianly enjoyed the process and have already chosen another of Wins patterns, that I look forward to starting another painting with very soon! 

For more information on Win, her artwork, the courses that she offers , please follow this link to her blog:

If you'd like to purchase or get more information about her Coloring Book, you can email her at

Now it's time for some digging....somewhere in a box, I have a CD by Mary Chapin Carpenter with the song that the above quote is from......

Thanks for stopping by.....and remember....why walk, when you can fly!
Laura Leeder
Watercolor Artist, Creston, BC


Judy said...

It is really a beautiful design! I also love the quote: Why walk when you can fly!
I'm going to take a look at Wins blog, thanks for sharing1

Laura Leeder said...

Judy, as always, your comments are appreciated! Please do check out Wins site.

Win Dinn said...

A gorgeous job, Laura, and thanks for the plug!

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