Mandala No.4: Joy

Joy
Mandala No4: Joy by Judy Backhouse (copyright)

Joy is something much deeper than happiness. It has rich colours; deep brick red, magenta, and orange. The colours of joy are textured, they are not the simple, clear colours that I used in the Happy mandala. Joy cannot be contained. It spills out of the edges of the circle and the colours splash over each other.

This mandala has a simple structure with the outward movement reflecting the sense that joy wells up in the centre and flows towards the edges of the canvas. The curves create a sense of dancing for joy.

Joy is painted in acrylics on an ordinary stretched 50cm x 50cm canvas. Although I have painted around the edge of the canvas, it would probably be best displayed in a dark floating frame.

Joy wrap 2

 

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