Sunday, June 26, 2011

Josje step 7 / Ta-da!!!!

 Here The mandala is finished. The 3 clouds have become 3 Hibiscus flowers.

Hibiscus is a tropical flower which belongs to the family Malvaceae. Its name originated from the Greek words Hibiscus meaning “mallow” and rosa-sinensis meaning “rose of China” thus the flower is also known as rosemallow. Hibiscus is large and trumpet-shaped, with five or more petals, ranging from white to pink, red, purple or yellow. It is an exotic and gorgeous flower that has symbolical meaning as well. It blooms only for a short period of time so it is considered a symbol of delicate beauty.

Hibiscus has been called “Flower-of-an-hour”. When someone gives you a hibiscus, it can also suggest “Seize the opportunity” which of course is represented by the hibiscus’ full bloom which can end anytime.

Hibiscus is commonly associated with Hawaii, the yellow variety being its official state flower. A red hibiscus behind a girl’s right ear meant “ I have a lover” and if its behind her left ear, it meant “ I seek a lover”. A girl with hibiscus on both her left and right ear wants to convey the message that she has a lover but is seeking for another lover. In Hindu worship, hibiscus is used as an offering to their goddess while in Singapore it is regarded as a flower of celebration.
This picture was taken at Josje's home and somehow the colors are more true here.
Hope you enjoyed the process ;)

Today I am cleaning my patio with a pressure washer.
I am half way. I am enjoying this job. After 3 days of being lazy and tired I finally have energy to do something.

Hope you are enjoying your Sunday.


  1. this is one of the most beautiful you have done, although they are all beautiful. hmmm, i think i should find a hibiscus flower and wear it behind my left ear! See if that works. LOL. Blessings to you, dear Marianne.

  2. Oh M, this is my new favorite!! (Other than my own of course.)
    How sweet it looks with her picture and little Sjimmie!
    Absolutely stunning! Such talent you have.


  3. How incredibly gorgeous, the colors and illustrations just seem to glow. I love this one too Marianne, it's my favorite I think.
    It didn't hurt that you mentioned one of my favorite places on earth, Hawaii. It's been too long since i tucked a flower in my hair, i'm going to do it today! thank you for the inspiration my friend!
    xox lori

  4. This is stunning! The subtle changing shades of green (KJ will love it - her favourite colour), the magical Orange Cats, the Hibiscus...and shown next to Josje's (with little Sjimmie) is truly precious. It makes me feel peaceful and serene! Ah, I need it as I am about to go to the Opera for the conclusion of Cycle #2 of "The Ring"...

    Sending you and all the family my love,

    ♥ Robin ♥

  5. Lucky Josie if she got this one. That wonderful cat reminds me of our Brand who we put to rest a number of years ago in our back yard. I wonder about the current lover of the woman wearing two flowers...what does he think?
    YOur art amazes me and I find such enjoyment in looking at it.
    Hugs from me.

  6. This mandala is just perfect Marianne. I really like seeing the picture of the baby with the mandala. We were quite busy today too.

  7. What a beautiful piece of art - I just love this Mandala. I also love and miss the Hibiscus flower. When I lived in California they were everywhere and seeing them always reminds me of my "second home" and summer time in California.

    I would enjoy doing some pressure washing too, especially during this heat. Did you wear your bathing suit and cooled off while you were working?

  8. Oh gosh, it's so beautiful Marianne!

  9. this is an amazing piece, marianne. robin is right, i love the color green and all the colors. there is something unreal about how you've put this together, kind of alice in wonder-land, and i think it carries special blessings as a result.

    i love hibiscus flowers.

    great work, marianne ♥

  10. Beautiful!!!!!!!so Special,just like Josje.....
    We meet tomorrow in Rotjeknor?Today very busy day,off to Nick's place ;))

  11. oh it is amazing marianne!
    i love it!

  12. Oh Marianne, this is stunning, beautiful colours and design, and so vibrant.

  13. oh Marianne!!! this is amazing...wonderful work!!!


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