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Two Amazing and Unique Mandala Artists, Two Very Different Mediums

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We’ve gone mad for Mandalas this week, and in the process of writing our articles on the meaning, history and use of mandalas, we came across two extraordinary artists whose work we had to share. They have much in common – they are both very talented, unique mandala artists – and yet they’re also so very different. Both use nature as their main media, but one’s work is the size of football fields, and the other’s is small and intricate. One works with mother nature in her darkest slumber of winter, the other in her full bloom of life.  And that’s just the beginning:


1) Artist Simon Beck creates sensational snow mandalas (mostly with his feet!) along the frozen lakes of Savoie, France. He spends days plodding through the snow in raquettes (snowshoes), working 5-9 hours per day, with his art pieces averaging the size of three soccer fields.  The longevity of his work is completely dependent upon the weather, and he is sometimes unable to finish a piece.  But he doesn’t mind – in addition to being meditative, the main reason he creates his art is for exercise.


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2) Next up, the mandala artist whose art is the opposite of the monotone, one-medium, giant-size and one-season work of Simon Beck is Kathy Klein.  Kathy’s work features the vibrant colors of meticulously placed natural elements — flowers, plants, seeds, shells, stones and leaves.  Based in Arizona, Kathy calls her pieces danmalas, based on the vedic sanskrit words dān (“the giver”) and mālā (“garland of flowers”), which translates to “the giving of flower circles”, although other objects such as pinecones and even vegetables are ceremoniously lined up into the familiar mandala shape.

The careful placement of each object is juxtaposed with the natural imperfection of leaves and flowers, so that there is simultaneously a sense of precision and organic growth; even the ground that the danmala lies on plays a part in adding texture to each piece.

From Kathy Klein’s website:

She creates the danmalas by first centering herself in a meditative devotional space. Her inspiration is given from the golden sound residing within perfect silence. They are reflections of the inexpressible, a gesture which points towards life’s abundance, an unspoken verse of Love. The danmalas remind us all to listen to the unheard voice of nature, creation, and the eternal mystery.


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Are you a mandala artists, or do you know of a unique mandala artist?  Please share below!


More Mandala Resources:

To see a view a beautiful collection of Mandalas – from tattoos to crop circles, fruit, quilts, flowers, stone and more– visit, and follow our Pinterest Page of Mandalas. 

Want to learn more about children’s facination with circles and encourage them to create mandalas?  Visit our childrens mandala page. 












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Mandalas Explained

mandalas explained

The Origins and Meaning of Mandalas

By Kristina Parr

Already the way the word rolls off your tongue gives light to its meaning and depth, man – dah – la:  its rhythmic tone sounds as if the word could go on and on… just like the continuum and interconnectedness it represents.

Derived from the Sanskrit word meaning ‘circle’, a mandala is a timeless masterpiece, rich in both tradition and symbolism, and has long been considered a sacred object.  Found in cultures and religions as far reaching as Buddhism, Hindu, Celtic, and Native American, mandalas are regarded as a symbol of harmony and unity, and serve as a tool to discovering ones spiritual truth.

Graphically, a mandala is often dominated by squares and triangles, and has a concentric structure. A play of colors and shapes create a visually balanced form that radiates beauty as well as unity.  The design of the mandala is so visually captivating that the mind becomes absorbed and lost in its power, enveloped in a spiritual cocoon. (Easily mesmerized by its form, any outer noise and distraction can be quickly tuned out allowing pure concentration and mindfulness. )

Look about and you will easily see mandalas occurring naturally in the world around. Similar to the phenomena of the flower of life- the modern name given to a geometrical figure composed of 6 continually overlapping circles- flowers, snowflakes, even seashells are all made up of this sacred geometry. These overlapping circles naturally and continually open and fold into one another.

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Examples of Mandalas In Nature

Life and our universe is also made up of such corresponding energies that flow and radiate from one to the other… in an out… growing, spiraling, intertwining, yet always coming back to the middle.  In fact, humans have had a facination with circular forms since the beginning of time, and even the Milky Way itself, our orbiting planets, and cycles of life are all symbolic circle patterns.

It is this energetic flow and continuum that make a mandala so useful and effective in meditation. With its clear focal point, yet mesmerizing colors and shapes, a mandala supports attention and concentration, and is often used for achieving a higher consciousness and a deeper awareness, hence bringing the viewer closer to their own sense of self.  It is believed that our attraction to certain shapes and configurations found in mandalas conveys our current physical, emotional, and spiritual subconscious condition or mood.

Psychologist Carl Jung, who believed colors and symbols were key to healing, not only believed in the power of the mandala in the journey to wholeness, but he is also credited with introducing the Eastern concept of the mandala to Western thought.  He believed this symbol represented the total personality- – or the Self.   Jung noted that when a mandala image suddenly turned up in dreams or in art, it was usually an indication of movement toward a new self-knowledge.

He observed that his patients often spontaneously created circle drawings and had his own profound personal experience with mandala images:

“In the products of the unconscious, we discover mandala symbols, that is, circular and quaternary figures which express wholeness, and whenever we wish to express wholeness, we employ just such figures. ”
                         -Jung, 1927 Memories, Dreams and Reflections

Given their aesthetic and spiritual appeal, mandalas are still used in today’s world to help one reach a sense of wholeness and spirituality.


Mandala Resources:

Check out these really unique Mandala artists – a florist and a snow artist!

To see a view a beautiful collection of Mandalas – from tattoos to crop circles, fruit, quilts, flowers, stone and more– visit, and follow our Pinterest Page of Mandalas. 

Want to learn more about children’s facination with circles and encourage them to create mandalas?  Visit our childrens mandala page. 

If you’re in the So Cal Area, Art for all People holds some great Yoga + Mandala classes, visit their amazing studio right on the shores of the Pacific!



Kristina Parr writes for Project Harmony Intelligence (phi), a collaboration of mindful designers, architects, and healers who bring “mensch and nature” together in a variety of artistic and therapeutic forms have combined their own type of unique mandala.  Combining their specific talents and holistic sense phi mandalas can be used to help individuals enhance and discover their true self, bringing increased prosperity and value to their life.   Find out more about having phi create a personal mandala for you.

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Kids Mandala Coloring Pages

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We compiled this group of kids mandala coloring pages for you to download and print. Making mandalas, or coloring mandalas is a wonderful ancient practice to help one relax and calm the mind.   We find that using a colored pencil works best for these mandala coloring sheets.   What is a mandala, you ask?  Read our article on the meaning of mandalas.

As for the relationship between children and mandalas, it’s an important one.  We humans have always had a fascination with the circle and we experience it throughout nature– from a tree’s rings, to the spiral of the Milky Way, the orbiting planets, and the cycles of life itself.  As children, we also discover that we can use a crayon to make circular forms on paper; it’s a universal stage of artistic development that every normal child throughout the world experiences. In fact, it is the first major milestone in image-making and for that reason, it’s believed that a child’s circle drawing may be one the earliest representations of the self.

Circular forms in art are often referred to as mandalas, the Sanskrit word for “sacred circle.” For thousands of years the creation of circular, often geometric designs has been part of spiritual practices around the world and almost every culture has revered the power of the circle.

As an alternative to ‘coloring in the lines,” try making a family game out of creating a mandala, where each person takes turns adding a layer to the mandala until you decide it’s complete. For more info, check this article on The Artful Parent.

To see a view a beautiful collection of Mandalas, visit, and follow our Pinterest Page of Mandalas. 



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