This mandala art began as a photo of a very large indigo blue dragonfly that I met on a steamy August day at Brookgreen Gardens in South Carolina. He was hanging out near the raised lily pond at the gardens and patiently waited for me to snap a pic. I used only his body in creating the mandala because the big maroon eyeballs magnified a few hundred times were downright disturbing.
Dragonfly is an interesting Spirit Animal in that he asks you to examine the illusions in your life and be willing to allow them to be swept away. To make that possible, you often have to dim your outward-looking eyes to see yourself clearly. As I convey in the poetry I’ve written for this piece, you must smash the mirrors that reflect back to you only what you would like to see and believe about your life.
If you’re even more daring, you’ll drop the masks you wear and let the world also see the authentic you. Some believe that Dragonfly wears a mask or two. He appears to be a light magical creature that flits about on gossamer wings. In reality, dragonflies are aggressive predators and not at all the sweet things most would believe them to be. But, then again, sometimes the masks we wear are not of our own design.
Enjoy this piece as a high-quality giclee print on Hahnemuhle photo rag paper, beautifully prepared in a slightly ornate bronzed wood frame with acid-free, cream mat and UV acrylic glazing. The finished size is 9″ x 11″, perfect for filling an intimate wall space or for displaying in a table-top stand. A copy of the original photo and the story of the piece are included on the back.