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People have been suggesting that I enter my mandalas into a contest on a Sunday morning news program. They have a segment about sun designs or something of that nature. I so want to do it but, and this is a pretty big but, I truly don't decide on the colors. It's odd to admit that. But I don't really draw these designs either, something larger than myself guides me to these fascinating circular patterns. I never have a plan, I never decide, "Oh now I'll make this, or tomorrow I'll make that"....I sit down, exhale any frustrations of the day, maybe recite my, "What is a Mandala?" quote and then I draw. Whatever comes to mind, I put it down and then repeat it around the circle. I meditate, I trust that what I do next is what I'm supposed to do next, then I let it all go. It is the same with coloring...more than once I've sat down to execute a particular color scheme, only to see my hand reaching for the exact opposite colors. And so it was with this piece. I thought it had potential for a sunburst. The first color I went for was blue....good bye sunshine! No more trying to make decisions. My mandalas are all about letting go, never control or decisions. They have been so freeing because I don't come in with an agenda for them. It's simple: I sit, I trust God, I draw. The end. :)
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Photography: Pat Olds
Hello, and welcome to my website. My name is Jody Cooke and I am a designer living in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. I have been an artist in some form or another for over thirty years. My new passion is mandalas! Since I learned about them in January 2013, I have created over 1,500 (black and white) of these circular patterns and over 160 full color. Some are very small and sketchy, most are 8 inches in diameter, currently I am creating on 24" x 18" paper (transitioning into a Lotus Mandala series as of summer 2017) and one is a 24 inch square acrylic mandala painting on canvas. Definitely not my preferred medium..but I gave it a try!