A Massive Monolith and Beautiful Butterflies

And my Mandala from last week...

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On Wednesday, for a change of scenery, I took my children to the nearby village of Rudston. In the churchyard there is an enormous monolith. A gigantic stone believed to be the tallest standing stone in the UK. It is almost eight metres high, a metre thick and two metres wide.It has been there for about 4000 years. It weighs 26 tons and was somehow placed here from a site 10 miles away. It was incredible to see and touch and put a strange perspective on time.

We decided to explore the village and set off down a hill. When we reached the bottom, my children began running as they had spotted something extremely rare and exciting for them at the moment - an empty play park. They had so much fun that we went back on Thursday and took another walk around the village, following the bank at the side of the Gypsey Race, the small river, or large stream, which travels on to where I live by the coast. 

(To put it into perspective, my daughter is in the photo on the right and she is about 4 feet tall)

Today we returned for a third time and it turned out there was more to discover: this included a Roman Sarcophagus, a prehistoric Cist stone and a large pink buddleia absolutely covered in the most beautiful peacock butterflies. Loads of them! 

The play park was empty again and instead of thinking of the next thing to do and taking out my notebook and drawing or writing something, unable to switch off for a second; for once I did just that. As my kids played on the slide and climbing frame, I lay back in a large round swing and gently swung back and forth while getting lost in the clear blue sky and glorious translucent treetops. I heard the birds singing, my children laughing and felt a contentment I’d long forgotten about. 

I thought about the butterflies, and landed upon this week’s challenge:

Create a butterfly 

Draw one, paint one, make it from wire and tissue paper, stained glass, mosaic, tracing paper, clay, fresh flowers. The possibilities are endless. Make it look real, make it totally abstract. Or do it like a Rorschach test where the ink or paint is painted on one side of folded paper and blotted onto the other side. Have some fun with it.

Last week’s challenge:

I had visions last week of making Mandalas in the woods and on the beach with my children, but the first time we went to the woods, we had just arrived when my son came over and informed me that a bee had got in his sandal and now his foot hurt. A nearby bench and an antiseptic wipe confirmed this to be the case and we headed back to the car. 

So my mandala was made on paper. I used graph paper, a compass and protractor and my daughter’s fairy stencils. I drew the design, traced it with layout paper and then photocopied it and painted it in with watercolours. I really enjoyed making it and I’m happy how it turned out.

I would love to see your Mandala and butterfly designs.  

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Have a lovely week x

Sophie Walker

Mindful Creativity Practitioner, Artist and Writer., Attentive Art

I'm an Artist who studied psychology and mindfulness to help myself overcome some of life's challenges. Now I help others to do the same using creativity and psychology. I believe creativity holds the key to the enjoyment of life and I want to help everyone to feel good about yourself and your life.