My childhood Sundays of white linen-clad tables abundant with food and wine; adults with kids on their laps, laughing and talking for hours are long gone. Modern life, with shopping and working available at all hours also has our families spread around the world with little time to visit.
One of the superpowers that music and musicians have is the ability to make people move. Dancing for me will always be synonymous with celebration and fun. Our bodies thank us for this effort by giving us huge doses of feel-good endorphins and serotonin.
Sooner or later, it seems, any artist who uses imagery will want to paint birds. And why not of course? Birds are fascinating and changeable and exotic in more than a few hundred ways.
My connection to Buddhist principles suggested it was one more step toward accepting the impermanence of everything. I suppose I reasoned if I did not have to look death in the face everyday, maybe I could keep it at bay?
My mandalas focus on kaleidoscopic details of nature which are often mandalas in their own right.