Thursday, December 2, 2010

Happy Birthday Quincy!

Finally I can show you some new work. I have created this mandala for Quincy a while ago but she had to wait for her birthday to see it and I to show it to you. It was commissioned by her mother (and one for her son, which I will show later).

Quincy, I hope you will love both mandalas and that you will have a wonderful birthday and that these gifts from your Mom will make your day more special. I returned today and found our country covered in a white blanket of snow! Early, normally winter sets in late December. I bet you haven't had a lot of snow on your birthdays before ..... The snow matches the swans so well I think :)

A keyword list of swan meaning: Love Grace Union Purity Beauty Dreams Balance Elegance Partnership Transformation

The swan is one of the most powerful and ancient totems. Most of swan’s associations come from its appearance it is a graceful, white bird, and the largest of the waterfowl. But swans are also powerful birds. From this, they reflect the power and longevity that is possible when we awaken to the power and beauty within ourselves. Swans mate for life and are usually depicted in mythology as pairs so they symbolize love, and monogamous relationships as well as loyalty and trust in partnerships.

I can go on and on about the swan. Who isn't fascinated by swan and all it's symbolic meanings. It is such a magical and inspirational creature.

Who doesn't know The Ugly Duckling, by Hans Christian Andersen. An awkward young cygnet, is called an ugly duckling by the other young waterfowl in the lake. Seeing his reflection in the watery surface, he can’t help but agree, and hangs his young head in shame. The other birds refuse to play with the pathetic creature, and he is left to himself. At last his mother finds him, and assures him that this phase will pass, and he will grow into the most beautiful bird of all - a magnificent snowy white swan. And as time passes, so he does. This is a familiar tale for every child, reassuring them that beauty is from within, and not a matter of outward appearance. This healing tale has been told for over a century, to children who feel isolated, or that they don’t fit in, teaching them to look within to find their own inner beauty and radiate it. When their time comes, they will be transformed, and have the grace, beauty and eloquence of a majestic white swan.

For more about Tundra swans click here

For more symbolic meaning of swan click here

More about swans in general click here


  1. oh my!!! I just came in from walking Emma and what a beautiful sight to behold!
    I think you are getting better and better, if that's even possible ;)

    I'm glad you're home safely, even in snow! I know you don't like this season. Maybe we can help each other get through it.

    I'll email you later on.

    happy Birthday Quincy!!!


  2. This is absolutely gorgeous! I just love the swans! ♥ Blessings!

  3. Enchanting! I love Swans and have quite a collection....

    Lo is right, each Mandala of yours grows in scope..... and now that one graces my home. I KNOW how gorgeous this one is in it's intricate details. Quincy will be thrilled!

    WELCOME HOME! Stay warm!!!!

    Kisses to all!

    ♥ Robin ♥

    p.s. my word verification is "beake"! Ha-ha!

  4. The swans are just gorgeous Marianne. This mandala is special. It will be much appreciated. I have seen on the news that there is a lot of snow over your way. Stay warm.

  5. Beautiful mandala Marianne!!!

  6. Oh Marianne this is truly beautiful, the swans are just perfect along with the colours...your mandalas just get better and better.

  7. BRRRRR! stay warm marianne. no snow here yet but one of these days the earth will be white!

    i'm glad to hear you're home for a time.

    do you think robin's word verf really was 'beake'? hahaha!

    my is 'quack'.

    but do swans quack? i'm not sure....maybe they crackle? :)

    it is late here and i am rambling. so i'll just say happy birthday quincy and love love you marianne.

  8. Absolutely beautiful Marianne! Quincy is very special.


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