A collection of hand-drawn mandalas by artist Lisa Cano invites us to explore contemplative and colorful expression. In the words of the author:
Many of the drawings in this book were originally designed for therapeutic purposes.
I was working with an auto accident victim who had, for 28 years, been left-handed. Unfortunately the accident left him having to relearn to do things as a right-handed person.
The first drawing I did was experimental, harboring the hope of developing the fine motor skills of his right hand. Not only did we accomplish this goal at an extremely rapid pace, but he thoroughly enjoyed the experience!
Working on these drawings also proved to have an added benefit for him of mental, as well as physical relaxation.
Over the next several months our work with these drawings was incorporated into our regular routine.
The cover of this book shows examples of several of the drawings within after they have been colored. Because of the versatility of the drawings, they stimulate the imagination in all sorts of ways.
How fun it is to give copies of the same drawing to a group of people and then witness the outcome! They may have started out the same, but the final results are individual works of art.
My purpose in creating this book is to give everyone the opportunity to use these mandalas to explore their own creativity. I hope you have as much fun as I did creating them!