I took about 4 or 5 weeks off from making any art. Not really on purpose......just got busy with the holidays and I was enjoying my son's company while he was home from school. BEFORE the holidays I seemed to have really gotten into a feeling of "flow" in regards to art making. It almost seemed as if I could do no wrong while creating. It was incredible to feel that way!! Taking all that time off...........BIG mistake! I have discovered how hard it is to get back into it after taking so much time off!! I made several mandalas recently......none of them seemed to flow......they were like work, forced, awkward feeling. It was very upsetting and frustrating! Then I decided to try something a little bit different and make a larger mandala than I ever have before. I had received an email from The Center where I take classes and where I am also doing a little teaching. They are having a fundraiser later this month and were requesting artwork to be donated for a silent auction. I thought that a nice BIG framed mandala would be a good thing to donate so I got to work. I worked on the this for 7+ hours straight yesterday!! I have never done that before! I even forgot to eat! And I believe I found my FLOW!! I was afraid that it got a bit busy.......not being used to working this large I wish I had used more larger elements rather than so much small detailed stuff but......all in all, I am quite pleased!! And ready to try another!!