Flower Mandalas

Art of Healing Just a quick note to let you know about a new podcast on the Art of Healing by Bernie Siegel. The podcast comes to me through the Art and Healing Network. Here’s a link to their current podcasts, including this new one by Dr. Siegel: The Art of Healing with Dr. Bernie…

Works by schizophrenic artists Adolfi Wolfli (left) and Arthur Bispo do Rosario (right) Part III: Art and ‘Madness’ Schizophrenic art Copyright 2013, David J. Bookbinder Toward the end of the 19th century, the Romantic preoccupation with the idea that genius and madness were linked prompted a search for unrecognized geniuses in insane asylums. Previously seen…

“Snow Flower” by Alexey Kljatov. Creative Commons license. Some rights reserved. Mandalas: Alexey Kljatov’s snowflakes Copyright 2013, David J. Bookbinder Just a quick note to let you know about the fascinating, mandala-like snowflake photographs of Alexey Kljatov. Using simple, inexpensive equipment (a Canon point-and-shoot camera and a standard SLR lens reverse-mounted to the Canon), he…

Yayoi Kusama – Ascension of Polkadots on the Trees at the Singapore Biennale 2006. Taken by Terence Ong in September 2006. Part II: Art and ‘Madness’ Copyright 2013, David J. Bookbinder I only know that summer sang in me a little while, that in me sings no more. “Sonnet XLII,” Edna St. Vincent Millay Many…

Image © Daniel Poyel Daniel Poyel Crystal Art Occasionally, an unusual mandala artist comes across my Facebook Flower Mandalas page. Today, it was Daniel Poyel, who makes beautiful mandalas from Swarovski crystals. Here is his Facebook gallery page: Daniel Poyel Crystal Art Gallery More anon, – David David J. Bookbinder, LMHC Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas essays:…

Melencolia I, Albrecht Dürer Part I: Art and ‘Madness’ Copyright 2013, David J. Bookbinder As both an artist and a therapist, I tend to attract, as clients, people who identify themselves as artists, either professionally or as an avocation. This is the first of a series of posts about doing psychotherapy with artists. Artists, and…

Stone Wall X, Jamaica Plain MA Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder Making mandalas, which I began to do in 2001 shortly after I acquired my first digital camera, was one of the main ways I was able to integrate the “me” I was prior to a near-death experience and the “me” I was afterward. Post-NDE,…

30,000′, Boston to Albuquerque Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder When I began the Flower Mandalas project, I was dimly aware that I had been influenced by the work of Harold Feinstein, with whom I had briefly studied. And I eventually figured out that Harold, in turn, had been influenced by Georgia O’Keeffe’s flower paintings, and…

30,000′, Boston to Albuquerque Copyright 2013 David J. Bookbinder Growing up, I was a kid scientist, apprehending my part of the cosmos through experiments first with magnets and electricity, soon thereafter with chemistry,  and by high school with electronics and model rockets. I identified math and science as my strengths, and my family and I…

Recently, a blog reader kindly recommended the magazine Stone Voices as a possible place for me to publish extracts from my upcoming book, Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas. I finally checked it out, and it seems to offer a unique take on art and spirituality. Here’s what they have to say about themselves: “STONE VOICES explores the…

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David Bookbinder

I am a psychotherapist, photographer, digital artist, and writer living near Boston, Massachusetts. As a therapist, I work primarily with artists, children and families, and people with addictive behaviors. Like Carl Jung, one of the fathers of modern psychology, I believe art can be a pathway to the essential Self and foster personal and global transformation.

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