MSB drew and painted many versions of a bridge composed of stars, surrounded by dark rocks in the foreground. These boulders represented the unconscious mind. She would often place a small figure on or near one of the rocks - her "creative spirit."
MSB called this "Hours are Crystals." Inside the larger circle hovering behind the woman in the red cloak are two women - trapped I think. Inside the woman lives another circle that contains a green and beautiful world.
MSB called this mandala "The Temple Where the Streams Meet." She wrote about the process: "About half way through it I discovered that it had a great deal of connection with Kubla Khan. It is nearly done, and just now I am sick of the sight of it. Still I feel better for having done it in spite of my disappointment in it – a month from now I may not think it is as bad as I do at present." It's a beautiful painting of course, but she could never acknowledge her own gift.
MSB's "creative spirit," her positive animus as she perceived it. This painting lives in the Ballinger Room at the Rhode Island College Special Collections Library.