Blue Watercolor Mandala

Uncertainty is where things happen. It is where the opportunities — for success, for happiness, for really living — are waiting.
Martha Nussbaum

Panting a blue watercolor mandala, by iHanna

After I made some swatches with my new White Nights Watercolors, on loose paper and in my art journal, I decided to do a test painting. A square one, just for fun. I decided on blue, and started in the middle of the paper…

…and then I let it grow from there into something I have no idea where it came from. It just happened, as is true with a lot of things in life.

Tray, watercolor mandala painting and water on iHanna's desk #mandala
A blue watercolor mandala.

It grew more complex and time consuming than I had planned. I was sitting in the sofa, after reading in the awesome novel The Night Circus, when I did this painting.

Painting, reading, writing in the sofa

I remembered a few years back, when I did all my art on this tray, because I had no other space. I remembered that creativity can happen anywhere. And it did.

Watercolor Mandala Painting #1 2015, by Hanna Andersson, aka iHanna #mandala

I think this mandala might be the beginning of a series of paintings actually. What do you think?

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9 Responses to Blue Watercolor Mandala

  1. Lynette (NZ) says:

    Love how your mandala turned out – and enjoyed that novel too.

  2. ELisabet says:

    It looks lovely! And the blue colour is beautiful.

  3. Sophie says:

    I love how the colour makes it look both soft and mysterious. I can definitely see Night Circus inspiration in there. I think it would make a nice series too.
    Sophie

  4. I’d like the mandala on tiles please!

  5. This is a beautiful and super unique mandala! I really hope you explore a series in this style…it also looks like an excellent way to practice your brush skills…anyway, wonderful as usual!

  6. Aimee says:

    I LOVE it! Looking forward to seeing a series, if that’s what evolves. Have fun with it!

  7. Andria says:

    This watercolor painting is so pretty. I am doing some painting prompts using Alena Hennesey’s Painting Workshop book, and this type of painting is a beautiful response to the “monochromatic” prompt!

  8. Chris says:

    This is a beautiful mandala, Hanna, and a great launch for a series. I recently created a series of drawings, and I loved doing it, but I was a little anxious when I found that I didn’t want to work on them in order. Several other bits in between them, and then back to do another one. I think just telling myself I wanted to do a series did a funny thing to my head. When I wasn’t thinking about it any more, I was free to do it! Kind of like what the quote by Nussbaum says. Not quite, but sort of.

    Looking forward to all your work, even the non-series ones!

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