Tuesday, June 30, 2009


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


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


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.


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.
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


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


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


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.

Sunday, June 14, 2009


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


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


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


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.


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


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

Tuesday, June 2, 2009


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


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