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.

Monday, May 18, 2009

HOLLYHOCK MANDALA 1

I think this is my best piece to date. I am especially pleased with it because Brian's oil painitng of hollyhocks was an early inspiration to start with images of flowers.
He and Jon had given me seeds which I tried to grow unsuccessfully 3 times. This year, they came up in my vegetable garden like weeds and grew to 7'.

Friday, May 15, 2009

RED & YELLOW PRICKLY PEAR MANDALA 1

This mandala is made with red & orange flowers of the Prickly Pear Cactus. The variegated coloring on these blooms add an extra dimension to the design.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

POMEGRANATE MANDALA1

This mandala brings in a whole new dimension to the designs process. Instead of creating concentric rings with single flowers or asymmetrically paired blooms, I have used mirror images paired and arranged so as to generate these interesting negative spaces.

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Again, Brian has been nagging me about negative space and its importance in the design process. I thought I knew what he was talking about, but when I stumbled onto this, I went "A hah!" I don't know where this stuff comes form. I feel like I am just along for the ride. Now, I may have to go back and redo all my mandalas to incorporate this design element. I hope you enjoy this as much as I do.

POMEGRANATE GROWTH

Before I show you the mandala I created with pomegranate flowers, let me introduce you to the plant. We have an ornamental tree in our yard. It will not produce edible fruit, and it is the slowest growing plant I have ever seen; but every year, I am fascinated to watch the flowers grow into fruit.

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These are common here in Tucson.

This photo gives you a good look at the leaves and the developing blooms. Down at the bottom, is a bud in an early stage. It is hard like the skin of a mature pomegranate. Just above that, is a bud starting to open up. Above that shows the delicate bloom emerging at the next stage. The fowers are bright orange and paper thin.

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After full bloom, the petals fall off and the buds form into the pomegranate fruit. The next image shows you what the flowers look like as they open up. I've never seen anything quite like it.

Friday, May 8, 2009

YELLOW PRICKLY PEAR MANDALA 1

This mandala is made from the yellow flowers of the prickly pear cactus. As you will see from future pieces, there is quite a variety of prickly pear cacti with blooms ranging from pink to yellow with red. I've used a new technique on the outer rings of this mandala which creates some interesting shapes with the negative space between the blooms. I will be doing more of that as it adds another level of interest.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

JUMPING CHOLLA MANDALA 1

Presenting a mandala made with the flowers of the jumping cholla cactus. I look forward to these every spring. For more discourse on these cacti, see our parent blog.