Sendrine - winner of the "Winter" Challenge - has picked a new challenge for us, "Mandala": Any subject, any size, any material.
This challenge will start today - February 9 - and end April 30, 2010.
As always, if you have a mandala in process at this time, you're welcome to complete and enter it. But please do not enter pieces that are already complete.
I did a few searches on mandalas to answer some questions I had. First, here is a google image search of mandalas.
And here is Wikipedia's conversation about it.
If you read down a ways in the Wikipedia article, you'll see a discussion of how the mandala is used in different religions. It was interesting to see that it's present in religions aside from just Buddhism and Hinduism.
I also found a nice, simple description of a mandala: "The Mandala acts as a support for anyone in meditation. The Mandala itself is often illustrated as a palace with four gates, facing the four corners of the Earth. It is a symbol that represents wholeness, and can be seen as a model for the structure of life itself."
Or.....you can just consider it a pretty circular design. :-)
Please check out the details here: http://www.flickr.com/groups/mosaicchallenge/discuss/72157623389293264/
To get a list of all the current challenges, please check this link: http://www.flickr.com/groups/mosaicchallenge/discuss/72157606054982090/