Mandala No.15: Focus

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Mandala No.15: Focus by Judy Backhouse (copyright)

Focus is about aligning your thoughts, actions and energy. You start out wide, but narrow down, getting closer and closer to a single point. So Focus is based on a spiral, moving inwards towards that focal point in the centre.

The alignment is represented by fish; first milling about aimlessly, but gradually turning until they all head in the same direction. Even in the background, the flowers align on the grass in sympathy.

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I tried hanging Focus in different ways. Hung square, the beautiful sweep of the spiral is clearer, but the dominance of the pink area makes the painting look unbalanced to me. So I tried hanging it diagonally and rather liked the result.

Focus is painted in acrylic paint on a 50cm x 50cm gallery-wrapped canvas and is finished with matt acrylic varnish. The image continues over the edge as shown below. It is signed on the back and ready to hang.

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Mandala No.4: Joy

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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.

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