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I just thought I would share a behind the scenes view of a mandala. I start from the center with a circle. From that point out I make little lines north, south east and west, then I put in the intermediate points of the compass at northeast, southwest, northwest and southeast. From that point on I let intuition take over and whatever line or shape comes to mind I trust in it and starting at the north point and continuing clockwise around the circle I repeat the design element. I think that's when I go on auto pilot and begin to relax. As a discipline and a pure love of making mandalas, I create one everyday, usually first thing in the morning (after I get my child off to school). If I like it and it seems worthy of coloring, I will get to that at some point, and consider it a double blessing. The first being, I just carved out at least an hour and a half of quiet meditation time. After that, anything is a bonus! If a design comes out of that quality time, it's a daily double! This morning while I was making this mandala, I started to go a little too fast and I stopped myself, took it down a notch and remembered the wise words of another mandala artist I've come to know, Sarah Clark, "You can't rush a mandala, it just won't have any part of it." Those words came to me at least half a dozen times this morning and I'm so pleased with the results! One of my goals is to keep improving my technique, and going slow is the best way to obtain that goal. If you want to see some really fine mandala work, please check out Sarah's exquisite designs at
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!