Thursday, December 24, 2009

YELLOW PRICKLY PEAR MANDALA 2

I have reworkded this mandala and put it on a background with the rays of color to add a new dimension to the image.

Friday, November 6, 2009

CHRISTMAS CARD BOX SET

This is the page I use for printing the front and inside faceplates for box sets of Christmas cards. I can give you a set of 12 cards for $10.00 plus shipping. That breaks down to 3 cards each of 4 designs. The Peace Mandala comes in two versions. One has Merry Christmas and Happy New Year on the inside. The other has Season's Greetings on the inside. The Christmas Cactus mandala also comes in two versions with the same distinctions on the front. I think these are two of the most unique holiday cards I have ever seen.

PEACE MANDALA 1 WITH RAYS

This was one of the first mandalas I created, and was my Christmas card design for family and friends last year. I have revisted it, by adding the rays to the background and including a radial gradient. You can have it for your Christmas card this year.

NIGHTBLOOMING MANDALA 5 WITH TEXT AND RAYS

This is another example of the application of rays and radial gradient to an existing image. This nightblooming mandala is my signature piece, so I want to update it for you.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

BLUE COSMOS MANDALA 1 ON RAYS WITH RADIAL GRADIENT

Allow me to explain that technical title. I have added a radial gradient to the rays in the background. The center of the rays is darker and they get lighter at the edges. The effect is subtle, but the eye picks it up subconscioulsy for an enhanced sense of depth. I have made the rays into a template which can be superimposed on any backgorund and colorized as needed to fit any image. If you want this effect added to any previous image you have seen; just let me know, and I can make the change.

Monday, November 2, 2009

BLUE COSMOS MANDALA 1 ON RAYS

It took some doing, but I now have the rays designed as a template that can be colorized and blended to fit over any background. I think it adds another dimension to the mandala.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

BLUE COSMOS MANDALA 2

This is a variation on the previous mandala. I use the orange background with white flowers for quite a different look.

Friday, October 30, 2009

BLUE COSMOS MANDALA 1

A friend has asked for a mandala with blue flowers. There is no such thing as a blue cosmos to my knowledge, but I had a collection of pink cosmos. Through Photoshop, I was able to change them to blues and lavander.
The background is made from photos of cantalope sections. It was made into a 4x6 repeating pattern to an interesting effect.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

NIGHTBLOOOMING CACTUS FLOWER MANDALA 3

This is a remake of my nightblooming mandala with the poem. This arrangement is one I use on my 2010 calendars.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

NIGHTBLOOMING CACTUS MANDALA 3

I have redone the Nightblooming Mandala again to reflect a further refinement in my technique. Since this is my signature piece, I want it to be right. Begining with the Rainbow Mandala, I have started inserting larger flowers at cardinal points in the design. I think it adds another dimension to the mandala. Your feedback is welcome. This can be turned into cards, and can be done as prints or posters with texts including the poem. I am posting it on Zazzle as t shirts, and mugs as well as posters and cards. I will add it to my calendar images as well.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

RAINBOW MANDALA 1

This one takes me back to my hippie days. There are several approaches that can be used to create rainbow mandalas, so I will be experimenting with some others and you will get to see the results. For those of you interested in how this is done, I took the photos of nightblooming cactus flowers and desaturated them in Photoshop under layer adjustments. I then went to hue/saturation, checked the colorize box and used the slider in hue/saturation to change the hue. By increasing saturation and darkening a bit, I was able to come up with these vivid colors.
Bob Coyne

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

BARREL CACTUS MANDALA 3

This is the last in this series. I managed to use all 18 elements in its design. This may be the best yet. What do you think?

Sunday, August 2, 2009

BARREL CACTUS MANDALA 2

Comes the second mandala in our barrel cactus series. The light flowers tucked in behind the mandala at top and bottom are an experiment. Feedback is always welcome.
This one uses primarily the red and orange blossoms.

Friday, July 31, 2009

BARREL CACTUS MANDALA 1

This is the first mandala made with the barrel cactus flowers. I use only the yellow blooms in this one. The next one will be made with the orange and red blooms, and then I will do one with a combination of all.
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The background for this one is made from a photo of a slice of bread, and is quite beautiful in its own right.

BARREL CACTUS

Perhaps you have been wondering where I have been. I have been up to my ears in barrel cacti. They are the last to bloom during the year, so I have been taking photos and extracting them in Photoshop.
Usually when I create a mandala, I will have 7 or 8 elements that go into its design. I have 18 elements for barrel cactus designs. I may not use them all in one design, but it has taken some time to assemble them all.
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We have two barrel cacti in our yard. They come in quite a variety. This first one as viewed from the top is the centerpiece of my first mandala. Extracting this took awhile.

These are flowers of the first barrel cactus. They are small and relatively simple, but their vivid yellow is quite striking.
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We have two above as they usually bloom in clusters, but I want you to see the closeup of this individual one as well. Isn't nature amazing?

The other barrel cactus is this large one which I would guess is 40 years old. It is over 3' tall and more than 4' around.

It has these large, beautiful blooms. There are 5 flowers blooming at once in this photo. Sometimes, various barrel cactus will get a complete circle of flowers all the way around creating an awesome crown. Ours have yet to do that.



These two blooms give you an idea of the gift nature bestows with these flowers.




This individual bloom is my latest photo and I haven't even extacted it yet.






These flowers close up overnight and gradually open in the morning. They last for 3 or 4 days.
The mandalas I am creating, use the flowers of 7 types of barrel cacti, but there are more here in the Sonoran Desert.




Tuesday, June 30, 2009

SPINNING OLEANDER MANDALA

This is another experiment in trying to give the mandala a spinning effect. Not entirley successful, but it is an idea I will revisit.

OLEANDER MANDALA 2A

Here is another version of the oleander mandala. I am still experimenting with filling the space on the page and with the horizontally oriented page.

Monday, June 29, 2009

SAGUARO MANDALA 1A

Let's revisit the saguaro mandala. It occurred to me that the cacti in the center were not showing up well against the dark background, so I added the blue circle. I think this is a big improvement, but I am most impressed by how easy it is to make these kinds of changes in Photoshop.

SAGUARO MANDALA 1

This one is a little different. The saguaro is iconic to Arizona, and I couldn't create a mandala of the flowers without the whole cactus. Actually, I could an probably will, but I start with this one. I photographed this nice old specimen in early bloom at the cathedral here in Tucson. It was not easy getting these pictures of the saguaro blossoms. The cactus are so tall that it is hard to get a close up of the flowers which sprout on top of the central trunk and the branches. Kevin let me use his ladder so I could knock a few down from a cactus he has in his yard, so that I could get my close ups.
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I have always been partial to white flowers, so I am doubly pleased with this picture. I hope you enjoy it as well.

Monday, June 22, 2009

OLEANDER MANDALA 3

This is a radical departure from what I have been doing. It is another way of filling the page, and gives the image a horizontal orientation. I took the round mandala and distorted it into the elliptical shape you see here.
I am ambivalent about the distortion, so would appreciate any feedback you can give.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

OLEANDER MANDALA 2

I took the simple X background and overlay the simple circle background over it to create this effect. It seems that there is a lot of potential here. There are 4 permutations possible just from the last two backgrounds. I then put this remake of the oleander mandala over it.

This is the last of my redo mandalas. Now, I can go on to new pieces.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

PINK TREE BELLS MANDALA 3

I continue to experiment with making my own background patterns. Here I took circles and radiated them around a center, which makes a simple but nice design. I was not satidfied with that, however. Again, I duplicated the pattern and shifted it to form this more complex pattern. Now, that's more like it.

Finally, I added another remake of the pink tree bell mandala and superimposed it over the background.


Because these are large, beautiful blooms; I made this design simpler than what I do with the smaller flowers because I want emphasize the beauty of the individula blooms as opposed to the beauty of the overall design.
Enjoy.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

JUMPING CHOLLA MANDALA 2

For this mandala, I created a background using this pattern of radiating lines. I had no idea what it was going to come out like, but I took a square and created an X. Through the magic of Photoshop, I then duplicated it and created radiating lines. I then duplicated that and repeated until I got this pattern.
But that was only the start. When I got finished with that, I accidentally duplicted another layer and liked the effect; so I duplicate the whole pattern and shifted it until I came up with this. I could probably make the lines thinner and repeat it all over again to create an even more intricate design. Maybe next time.

The mandala is a remake of an earlier design. I think it is a major improvement. Every one I make, shows me something new.


Friday, June 12, 2009

CALENDULA MANDALA 3

I have redone the calendula mandala. I offer it on two backgrounds. The first is over a celtic knot design, the second is over a blue circle pattern.Because the blossoms are small, but don't grow in clusters like the bouganvillia, I had to create my own curved combos to create the wave effects.
The other new feature on this mandala is that while I expanded the central mandala off the page, when I created the reduced mandalas for the corners; I a included the whole mandala. I am impressed by the capability of the software.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

BOUGANVILLIA MANDALA 2

This is another remake. It is made with bouganvillia flowers. Obviously, I use reduced mandalas in the 4 corners. The other inovation with this one is that I use concentric "waves". All my mandalas use concentric circles, but I have also used polygons, spokes, points and stars. I had the inspiration that I ought to use some waves and the clusters of bougaanvillias are well suited to this.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

HEDGEHOG MANDALA 2 ON CYAN










I have redone the hedgehog mandala. As a demonstration, I am showing it against various backgrounds. I like to create them against the cyan background because I like to absorb that color while working.




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This creates a bright, cheerful image. I like its bright colors. By putting it against a dark blue background, the flowers stand out more enhancing the color in the blooms.






Next, I created a grid with dark blue lines on a lighter blue background.




With a couple of clicks of a button, I was able to invert the background to light lines on dark. Wait, we are not done yet.



I then took that inverted background and changed the hue to green. I could choose any color I wanted. Perhaps, this gives you more of an idea of the possibilities when it comes to designing backgrounds.

Friday, June 5, 2009

GOLDEN POPPY MANDALA 3

This is an other version of the golden poppy mandala. So many variations are possible.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

PINK COSMOS MANDALA 2A

This is an alternatove version of the Cosmos mandala. If you will let me know which you like best, it is helpful feedback.

Monday, June 1, 2009

PINK COSMOS MANDALA 2

I offer you another mandala remake made with pink cosmos flowers.

Sunday, May 31, 2009

DAISY MANDALA 2

I have redone the daisy mandala using the new technique of utilizing the mirror image elements. This mandala has a star with open spaces which I like. On the other hand, those spaces almost beg to be filled in; so I offer a second version with added flowers

I would appreciate getting feedback as to which you prefer as the star is something I can use in a lot of mandalas. I'm thinking of this as participatory art in which you influence which direction I go with some of this.

I am always trying to strike a balance between making things too busy and adding enough elements of interest.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

YELLOW PRICKLY PEAR MANDALA 2

This is another redo. I think this version is more interesting.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

NIGHTBLOOMING MANDALA 4

This is a remake of my first flower mandala. I think I am starting to get the hang of it.

Friday, May 22, 2009

RED & YELLOW PRICKLY PEAR MANDALA 2

This is a revised version of the previous mandala of the same name. It took me only one and a half hours to make this revision and it represents a major reworking of the design.