Sunday, February 22, 2009

CALENDULA MANDALA 2

Presenting a second mandala with calendula blossoms. This one has more interest because of the contrasting shapes and colors.
Can be done as a print or poster without the text if you like.

Monday, February 16, 2009

CALENDULA MANDALA 1

This mandala introduces a few new wrinkles. I use more size variations between rings which gives the whole a contracting and expanding rythmn which adds interest. For the first time, I am combining what I call line elements with the basic concentric circles. This is also the first time I have allowed the outer ring to go off the page. Photoshop has all the information filed for what is off the page. If I wanted to, I could shrink this down so that all the outer ring would show. This technology is amazing.
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This image is made with 4 photos at different angles of a single flower. If I used more flowers or combined different types of flowers, then it would demonstrate the potential behind this method. I have added another Kahlil Gibran quote at the top of the page. It doesn't show very well at this size. It is designed to look good at poster size. As is, this would not be suitable for cards or small prints although it could be adapted for such.
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The quote is:
Love one another, but make not a bond of your love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

HEDGEHOG CACTUS MANDALA 1

A new mandala made with hedgehog cactus flowers. You wouldn't expect such beautiful flowers to grow on a cactus. To me they are nothing short of awe inspiring. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do.
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This is flower mandala number six, so I am halfway to a calendar.

Friday, February 6, 2009

NIGHTBLOOM LINE MANDALA WITH FLOWER FRAME

This completes this series of updates.

NIGHTBLOOM MANDALA 3 WITH FLOWER FRAME

Need I repeat myself?

COSMOS MANDALA 1 WITH FLOWER FRAME

Like I was saying......

POPPY LINE MANDALA WITH FLOWER FRAME

Based on what I said in the last post, I am revisiting a few mandalas with text and adding larger flowers at the top and bottom of the page. A nice effect, don't you think? Of course other versions are possible. Suggestions are always welcome.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

PINK TREE BELLS MANDALA 2

This is a second mandala made with the pink tree bells. Once you have taken the time and effort to do the flower extractions in Photoshop, then they can be used in all sorts of compostions. I haven't even begun to combine different kinds of flowers yet. I'm having too much fun with single flower pieces. This mandala is significant in another way. I have been creating mandalas that will fit into a square, but posters and prints come in rectangular sizes; so I have been using text to fill in the open spaces. Here, I have put the mandala in the center of the page, and put larger images of the flowers at the top and bottom. Besides filling in the blank space nicely, it gives the viewer some closeups of the flowers. You will see more of this.
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I am working toward calendar designs for next year. I want to do one with twelve cactus flower compositions, and another with twelve of the flower mandalas. This is fifth in the series. I will do one version with text to give some inspirational reminder on a daily basis, but for those who find a quote, saying or poem a distraction; I will do a set like this with no text. It's all about choices. Computer graphics offers lots of choices as you can see.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

PINK TREE BELLS WITH GIBRAN QUOTE

This post presents another flower mandala. These are blooms from the Pink Bottle Tree. Until I was able to identify this Australian tree, I called them pink tree bells which still works for me. I paired this image with a quote by Kahlil Gibran.

Sunday, February 1, 2009

COSMOS MANDALA 1

This mandala was made with pink cosmos flowers. It could be done with other text, but I just discovered this quote by Marshall McLuhan and was looking for a way to use it.