Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Maine State Mandala

I have created a mandala to celebrate the state of Maine. I plan for it to be the first of all 50 states. I have already started on one for Arizona. I have started a separate blog for my Maine designs at: www.mainelymandalas.com and another specifically for the states series at: www.travelingmandalas.com Both sites have a link to an animated version of this design with explanatory text and music. That puts me up to 26 animated videos on You Tube.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Daffodil Mandala Array

I have completed a mandala array made with photos of daffodils. This is also part of my Mainely Mandalas collection. I also show you the mandala used in creating the array.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

The Twelve Faces of Babaji Revised

Zazzle has censored my Babaji mandala again, objecting to my use of the ancient symbol of the swastika. I had previously explained to them that the swastika is one of our earliest sacred symbols found in various forms around the world long before the Nazi's perversion of it. I have had Babaji designs on Zazzle since 2008, but they would not relent this time, so I have changed my design. This revised version uses an Aztec symbol which is actually a variation on the swastika, but looks different than the one we are more familiar with. The Navajo and Hopis used one identical to the Scandinavian one, and Buddhists still use it today. The Babaji mandala was my first digital mandala and still my favorite, so it is important to me to keep it available. Those interested in more information will find Wikipedia's article on this symbol fascinating. I think of the swastika, in all its forms, as a cross in motion.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Easter Lilies

I used photos of white Easter lilies to create these designs to celebrate Easter and spring. It is part of my new Mainely Mandalas collection, and a Signs of Spring series. The mandala and array can be seen on a variety of products on my Zazzle site, where they may be purchased. I use the blog to tell the story of the creative process, and to archive its development. On Zazzle, I use the lily border to frame a number of popular prayers and scriptures. There, you can use it to create your own customized design adding your own text. Zazzle makes it fun and easy. The design can be put on a poster, greeting card, or any number of other products.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Tree Mandala Experiment

For several years, I have planned to use trees for my mandala designs. I started with a bare branched mesquite tree a couple of years ago. I spent months "extracting" the tree from it background, but set it aside. I haven't given up on it, and plan to come back to it at some point. I also started extracting a birch tree, but have set that aside as well. I decided to try working with something simpler, and chose this small, bare branched tree near my home. Even this simple tree took two months to extract. Trees with leaves should be easier, but I like the bare branched ones because there are so many interesting shapes out there, and it is nice to be able to see the structure. ***************************************************************************************************************************************************************** These designs are an experiment to see what can be done with the trees. They show some of what is possible. I will not be putting these up for sale, but would appreciate any feedback you have. By the way, I am trying to think of a name for my Maine/New England collection of designs. I have my Cactus Hugger Designs for Arizona flora. I plan to keep adding to that collection, but want to start a Maine collection as well. I am thinking of Mainely Mandalas. Let me know how you like it.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Flying Seagull Mandala Reduced

The original seagull mandala was expanded and suitable for a large poster or mural. This reduced version is better for other applications. It also shows more detail in the lower resolution web image.

Seagull Mandala 1

A friend asked me for a seagull design, and that poject evolved into this mandala set on a feather star. I am moving from Tucson back to Bangor, Maine next month; so this is my first design with an eye toward New England. It is also the first of what will be a series of bird mandalas. Think eagles, hawks, hummingbirds, and so on.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Green on Red Chile Mandala Array

I have redone my chile array to be green on red rather than red on green. That is one of the things I like about digital. It allows for the creation of different versions of designs.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Red Chile Christmas Mandala Array

I have completed the mandala array made with red & green chiles. This one features a couple of new twists in the design. The process keeps evolving. This card will celebrate smokin' hot southwestern holidays. Here in Arizona, we string and hang red chiles, put lights on our saguaro cactus, make tamales, display our luminarias, and walk around in short sleeves over the holidays.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

2012 Christmas Mandala

I have completed the 2012 Christmas Mandala made with photos of red & green chiles, for a smokin' hot Southwestern theme. I used the green chiles to make the background star. The red chiles would show up better on a darker green, but I want to preserve the Christmas colors. I show you the desing again on black which shows the pattern better. This looks best as a poster. I could add rings and expand to mural size for an awesome image.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Aloe Vera Mandala Array

I have completed the aloe vera mandala array. I will include this in my 2013 Desert Rat Calendar.

Friday, September 7, 2012

Aloe Vera Mandala

I have completed the aloe vera mandala. The mandala array is next. The aloe vera is not the most beautiful plant or flower, but it gave me some intersting shapes to work with. Hummingbirds really like the flowers in the spring.