Color Explorations (part 2) Earth and the Ideal: Mauve, Brown and Black

Meditation Through Art: half-day Zoom seminar Jan 23rd morning (Japan time)

Color Explorations II: Earth and the Ideal

Japan: Sat Jan 23rd, morning 9 am-12 pm (3 hrs)

US/Canada: Fri Jan 22nd evening

time zones:  16:00-19:00pm PST

                         17:00-20:00pm MST

                         19:00-22:00pm EST


Greetings in the New Year 2021!

Have you ever pondered the effect of color on our psychological state?  In this class we will continue to explore color by making one-color paintings (mandalas) in a specific order, moving from mauve (violet, the color of the ideal) brown (earth), and black/gray (representing empirical will).  This half-day seminar will be a continuation of the previous Meditation Through Art seminars and the second color exploration. Guided art meditations will be offered as a meditative path towards gaining greater awareness. The art meditations are based on the text  “Unfolding Through Art” written by Namgyal Rinpoche, with whom I studied in 1998 and 2003.

The theme of the webinar will be:  Color Explorations II: Earth and the Ideal

During the seminar we will:

-Prepare a meditative art space.

-Create Mandala paintings that explore color as a subject. We will investigate the effect of color on our state by creating artworks.

-Learn about color terms and types.

-Introduce the 7 factors of Awakening, and how this relates to our study.

-Review the meditative process, and share our art and insights.

-Engage in a question and answer discussion.

The course is open to all, regardless of experience with meditation or art. You will be involved in the creative process for 2 hours of the seminar and make 8-10 mandalas.

A recording of the class will be available for those who register and cannot attend live.


Materials, Zoom, and a Workspace

Please prepare the following before the class:

-Colors: a watercolor or gouache set (paints are preferred as they are a bolder statement) OR colored crayons or soft colored pencils. (pictured: Holbein gouache, Caran d’Ache water-soluble Neocolor crayons, available on Amazon) for this class, you can also use Sumi ink.

-a sketchbook at least 11 x 14″ (280 x 350 cm) or F4 size, thicker paper is best (above size is 16 x 20″ watercolor paper)

-a compass, ruler, pencil, and eraser

-several brushes for painting, water container, tissues

-a place to work (desk)  that is accessible from your computer. We will do the exercise during the class, and share what we have done.

– a computer, with a free Zoom account, which is easy to set up online.

(You do not need to have the text to take the course)


After registering, you will be redirected to PayPal where you can enter payment (Dana). Please see the Dana section below for details. You may also send payment through Venmo (in the US). Please contact me to arrange it. After registration, I will send you the online link for Zoom, plus any preparation for the class. At that point, just follow the simple instructions that will be provided.


Rather than a set fee for the course, I invite you to give an amount that feels right for you. This is Dana, a Buddhist term that means generosity, or “donation from the heart”.  Your donation will provide for the course, with a donation to support Clear Sky Meditation and Study Center‘s new Meditation hall. If Dana is new to you, a suggested range is 30-65 USD.

Questions? Please feel free to reach out and contact me.