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Mandala : Australian Rainforest by danita clark

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Watercolour pencils, Art Pens, on Canson paper

Depicting elements of the Australian rainforest.

A new approach to drawing within the mandala framework, this was created through a period of transition in my life over the last few months. I have recently moved out from my public dentistry employment towards a commitment to my business and art.

The animals depicted were seemingly chosen somewhat unconsciously, where my focus was on choosing four to “fit the theme” and details from an art point of view!

However on reflection this mandala is so much more…..

SNAKE (green python) – it’s secret is patience.
It is coiled in it’s polarity or duality (yin/yang) searching for balance.
It sheds it’s skin, so achieves a sleeker and newer version of itself – TRANSFORMATION

FROG (green tree frog) – It signifies renewal.
It’s change from the tadpole to the frog is a resurrection, and an awakening of creativity.
It is seen as bringing luck and abundance.
It can swim through life’s transitions -TRANSITION

BIRD (female satin bowerbird) – it doesn’t give up it’s secrets easily.
The male is a stunning deep shiny blue in colour, and constructs elaborate bowers filled with bright objects, often blue in colour. The female is green/brown.
In Australian slang, a bower bird is a person that sees useful things in every thing and collects them!
It is air symbol, the search for higher knowledge.
Bowerbird speaks of the pleasure in construction – ACCEPTANCE

BUTTERFLY (Ulysses) – emerging through persistence.
The metallic blue wings with a black border, are camouflaged when closed.
Accept the journey, embrace the environment and the body, knowing there is inevitable change, and allow the stages and the new growth – TRANSFORMATION

Enjoy !

©Danita Clark 2010 NOTE: Copying and displaying or redistribution of this image in whole or in part, in any form or by any means, without permission from the artist, Danita Clark, is strictly prohibited. Removal of embedded watermarks on any image is strictly prohibited. To request permission to use any material on this page, to link to any image, and for further inquiries, please contact Danita Clark.

My passion is creating art & making mandalas. I hope my art touches your heart and soul. Thank You for viewing.

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  • leonie7
    leonie7over 4 years ago

    outstanding art work so beautiful lee

  • Thanks for coming to peep Lee

    – danita clark

  • LoneAngel
    LoneAngelover 4 years ago

    wonderful work

  • Thanks for your feedback Angel

    – danita clark

  • KazM
    KazMover 4 years ago

    Delightfully Drawn Depiction
    Entirely Enjoyable
    Wonderful Words

  • Hey Kaz thanks & its a delight to share with you x

    – danita clark

  • BCallahan
    BCallahanover 4 years ago


  • LOL right back at YA ! Barb x

    – danita clark

  • jewd barclay
    jewd barclayover 4 years ago

    Love the gentle respect in this piece Danita and the symbolism is touching..x

  • Thanks so much for your words Jewd

    – danita clark

  • Vitta
    Vittaover 4 years ago

    Magnificent work!!!

  • Thanks Vitta x

    – danita clark

  • HeidiArts
    HeidiArtsover 4 years ago

    Thanks for sharing this Danita and enjoyed your explanation too.

  • my pleasure heidi *

    – danita clark

  • © Karin  Taylor
    © Karin Taylorover 4 years ago

    Wow it’s fantastic and reading your description added yet another dimension … Very significant and rellevant choices you made only to realise later on!! Love that kind of story!!! Beautiful work Danita! :) x

  • Thanks ! AMAZING how it all unfolds isn’t it Karin :)

    – danita clark

  • shadowlee
    shadowleeover 4 years ago

    beautiful work danita

  • thanks so much for your feedback irene

    – danita clark

  • Solomon Walker
    Solomon Walkerover 4 years ago

    an exceptional and beautiful work of art Danita

  • Hey thanks for your kind comments solomon

    – danita clark

  • You’re very encouraging! Thanks so much

    – danita clark

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