Thursday, January 29, 2009

NIGHTBLOOM MANDALA WITH POEM 3

This is another version of this mandala. I am still refining the process and finding ways to add more interest. I just had this one printed at 24"x36" and have to admit that I was blown away. I am in awe of and grateful for the technology which allows this kind of creation and to God behind and in the beauty of it all.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

POPPY BACKGROUND

Isn't that neat?

POPPY LINE MANDALA


Brian has been nagging me to make some textured backgrounds from plants for my flower images. So when I completed the mandala, I decided to give it a try. I had saved the background for last.
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I took a sprig of poppy foliage from one of my photos and cut and pasted it onto a new page. I then blew it up, duplicated, rotated and stretched until a pattern emerged. It formed an almost kaleidescopic image that is almost a piece of art in itself. I then applied some blur and darkened it so it wouldn't compete with the foreground.
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All that was an unexpected and total accident, so it inspired me to add the quote you see here.
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The mandala design is basically the same one I used for the Nightblooming Line Mandala-just tweeked a little bit.
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My thanks to Brian.

Sunday, January 11, 2009

DALAI LAMA MANDALA 4


DALAI LAMA 3


DALAI LAMA MANDALA 2


DALAI LAMA MANDALA

I have long admired the Dalai Lama and was pleased to be able to put this together. I am going to post several versions of this with different texts. The common theme to all is that while he and his people lost their home, the world gained an important father figure who has perhaps had a wider influence than he might otherwise have had.
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These mandalas are not for sale. I am offering them for demonstration purposes. This same format could be used with other people. I will, however, caution against secularizing its use; so it should be reserved for a few revered persons.
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If the Dalai Lama or his organization would like to sell these to help raise funds for their cause, then these could become available through them. I will let you know if that becomes possible.
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This is not a traditional Tibetan mandala, but it does have some of the elements and comes closer to the tradition than any of my other pieces.