Once in awhile I come across an artist that I simply must rave about. It goes beyond someone’s artwork inspiring me, beyond appreciation for talent, and into the realm of sensing the deep and profound spiritual “ring” that I hear when viewing their work.
I speak now of David Wietzman, the creative designer behind KA Gold Jewelry. My son and I spent an hour last night drooling over the bountiful photographs of his gold and silver designs (with my son constantly saying over each item, “I want that, can I have that?” — and he’s 10). What is so impressive to me, beyond the sheer beauty of the designs and obvious quality of construction, is the depth of knowledge that has been cultivated by the artist over the years. Each design is the embodiment, in precious metal, of sacred symbols from spiritual tradition. Having been a long time student of multiple spiritual traditions, symbolism and Phoenician-based scripts (Hebrew, Arabic, Greek, etc), I can truly say he has done his homework. And beyond that he has blessed each piece with his rich energy and created valuable works of art.
A statement from his website: “[David has] devoted his life to seeking the greater truths from the world’s religions and cultures by studying the fields of Kabbalah, Judaism, Buddhism, eastern spirituality and ancient wisdom…. He understands that sacred geometry and spiritual symbols from around the world tie everything in life together. …..When David achieves a new understanding of a symbol, he shares it with the world through his jewels to empower the wearer and share his knowledge and greater truths.”
I share with you here some of my (and my son’s) favorite pieces, but you really must go look for yourself. Even if you aren’t in the market for jewelry, go look for your own inspiration, and be fed by his special energy. It is artists like David Weitzman who can help empower us all.
“David’s work transcends cultural, religious, and even language barriers……..David’s jewels aim to unite people in a world that often seeks to divide them. People everywhere share values such as health, love, and a connection with something greater than themselves. David’s designs are meant to inspire the wearers to bring that fulfillment to their lives.”
Amazon offers some great deals on mandala kits for every age. Kits are a great idea for these reasons:
- They are simple to use and self-contained, having everything you need in one place.
- They make easy no-brainer gifts for anyone who could use some creative fun.
- The mandalas you make can become gifts themselves, as beautiful framed pieces or personalized greeting cards.
- They are reasonably priced, affordable for any holiday budget.
- You don’t have to be an “artist” to make something beautiful.
- They inspire creative activity and fun for the whole family.
Now you can create your own personal Mandala art with the Mandala Designer kits.
Each kit comes with its own theme; Romantic, Classic, and Nature and can be used together or separately to create a personalized Mandala for you.
Each kit includes paper, tracing pen and pencil, set of six colored pencils, Mandala tracing wheel, and a frame to hold the paper and the wheel. All you might need to do to supplement these kits would be to add more colored pencil colors, an eraser and a pencil sharpener, but those are optional.
There are endless options in each kit to create different and unique Mandala designs. Great for ages 6 to adult.
I so love the photos that are shared on PD Photo from Ireland. I want to go there sometime myself. This mandala, entitled “Khaga” (Sanskrit for air) was inspired by the flight of birds and a gorgeous rainbow. I sought to express a feeling of “lightness of being.”
Air is the element of the East, connected to the soul and the breath of life. If you’re doing a working related to communication, wisdom or the powers of the mind, Air is the element to focus on. Air carries away your troubles, blows away strife, and carries positive thoughts to those who are far away.
Currently prints are available at Zazzle, and other products will be available soon, keep coming back, or let me know your requests.
And the photos that inspired it are:
Lately it seems I’ve been into an “elements” theme. This image is a tribute to Waters, entitled by the Sanskrit word “Sindhu”. I used three different photos to compile this image in Photoshop. They are public domain photos kindly shared with the world at PD Photos, and are created (to start with, anyway) using the Photoshop technique so kindly explained at Earth Mandalas. And of course prints are available at our Zazzle Store.
Water is a feminine energy and highly connected with the aspects of the Goddess. Used for healing, cleansing, and purification, Water is related to the West, and associated with passion and emotion.
And these are the three photos I used:
We love Zazzle! They’re quick, they do a good job producing a large line of products. If you’re an artist and create your own work, consider using them to share your work with the world, without having to carry an inventory! And of course we humbly share our own products here. Articles listed below tell the story of how some of these images were created. Enjoy.
I love the idea of creating one thing out of another. I created two different Mandalas in Photoshop from the same simple image of tree bark that I shot while visiting family in Virginia. I took the picture because I was intrigued by the texture. And every part of the design is made up of a piece of this picture.
The first image (left)is entitled “Valka Prathamaja”. In Sanskrit, “valka” is tree bark, and “prathamaja” is “first born.”
The second image (below) is entitled “Valka Dvitiiya” — “valka” again being tree bark, and “dvitiiya” being “second after the first”.
The seed idea for creating mandalas this way came from Earth Mandalas, and I have elaborated on the ideas with layers and filters, etc. Follow that link for a great tutorial and templates for creating your own mandalas this way.
Posters and other products made from these images are available at our Zazzle Store, just click on the images.
The fun part? Showing you the image these were created from: